The timing, method and quality of how you share your product designs between engineers and designers is important - but even MORE so with clients. That's why GrabCAD and KeyShot teamed up for the webinar - How to share your designs like a BOSS.
Improve client collaboration
You want to build a strong and collaborative relationship with your clients. They are investing money in your hard work - so you want to showcase that work in the most affective way. Sharing quickly and smoothy will boost efficiency and minimize the project timeline. When you get feedback early in the design lifecycle, you're able to make fewer and smarter adjustments. Everyone wins!
Most common approaches to sharing designs – and their pitfalls
There are a number of ways to share concepts with clients, but most have expensive and time-consuming flaws.
1. Sending screenshots through email
- Comments and files get lost in thread
- Most recent version is hard to find
- Hard to get and keep track of feedback
2. Screen share service (like gotomeeting)
- Can’t work asynchronously
- Not made for CAD
- Feedback isn't saved
3. Face to face meetings
- Have to schedule and physically go to a meeting
- Get a bunch of feedback all at once - and capture half of it if you're lucky
The right rendering tool makes presenting designs easy
Sharing a design concept used to mean presenting a simple black and white 2D sketch that, if you were lucky, was perhaps followed by an image of a 3D model at some point later in the process. Otherwise the client waited around to see some sort of physical prototype.
Since rendering tools have come along this presentation process has improved immensely. Rendering like that done with Luxion KeyShot allows you to create an image that resembles what the actual physical manufactured product will look like. Designers can share a more polished product concept earlier in the design process so they're able to get constructive feedback and make changes.
The image communicates more than just form - you display colors, materials and even textures. The designer can create stunning marketing-level images. And you're sharing all of this rich product information without having to create an actual prototype which takes more time and money.
You've made a beautiful rendering - now what?
The integration between GrabCAD Workbench and Keyshot ensures that once you've created that photorealistic representation of the product, you can easily share it between engineers and finally with the client. All the while you can capture revision changes and feedback.
Check out the full webinar recording for an overview of client presentation best practices plus a quick demonstration featuring Luxion's Rex Roberts making impressive design iterations in KeyShot followed by GrabCAD's Rob Stevens posting and releasing that design to a client through Workbench Partner Spaces.