SAP 3D Visualization is a central element of providing faster and easier access to abstract product information. Visual information can be interpreted easily within fractions of seconds. Having the visual information available over the complete product development process and into production or service-related processes coming from one central source is a key for fast and error-free decision making.
Very often detailed product changes are only available in a textual way. So the details of the design change are not clearly visible. Visualization like a 2D Viewable or a neutral 3D file can help to make this visual information visible outside the CAD authoring tools.
Solution – Visualization
Since SAP R/3 4.6c various aspects of viewable-support were added to increase the usability of the software:
Thumbnail support for DMS: In both Easy DMS and SAP PLM DMS (SAPGUI based) there is a possibility to display thumbnails. The thumbnail is saved as an additional file inside the DIR. The 2D Thumbnail could originate from CAD Integrations or the SAP Conversion Server.
Thumbnail support inside other objects: After the release of SAP PLM 7.0, thumbnail viewing of objects like Bill of Material/Material Master is an additional feature.
Single Part Viewing inside DMS: Inside DMS (SAPGUI based) the single file visualization based on the Engineering Client Viewer (ECL Viewer) can be started.
Single Part Viewing in other Objects: Launch of single part viewing for Material Master or Bill of Material is well established after the release of SAP PLM 7.0 with the help of Product Visualization.
Embedded Assembly Viewing: As part of the Product Designer, Engineering Workbench or the Production Order it is possible to display the produced assembly. Prerequisite is the availability of neutral files and transformation matrix information. This information is usually provided by the SAP Conversion Server and the SAP CAD Integration. This visualization is based on the Engineering Client Viewer (ECL).
Embedded Assembly Viewing in Product Structure Management: Beginning with PLM 7.01 it is possible to display the visual assembly also for configurable products, based on the Product Visualization.