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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.

EDS Technologies helps a leading global automotive OEM to publish their product data in digital platform for effective collaboration


  • The company designs, manufactures and sells commercial vehicles that cater to the demands of Indian customers.
  • The customer team works on tech publications for Indian operations addressing sales & after sales services. The deliverables include parts catalogue, service and training manuals to be made available through online & offline applications on digital media and mobile platforms.

Business Challenges

  • Sharing of voluminous 2D parts catalogue, service & training manuals with suppliers and vendors.
  • Ineffective communication through conventional 2D outputs.
  • Difficulty in managing huge native 3D part sizes in mobile platforms.
  • Supplier demand for lightweight documents for easy access in mobile platforms.

EDST Solution

  • Online Mode – Web Based Application
  • Creation of 3D parts catalogue using SAP 3D Visual Enterprise and hosting for online access to their suppliers and vendors.
  • Visualization of spare parts through SAP Visual Enterprise by embedding with HTML interface for interactive visualization of 3D parts catalogue.
  • Offline Mode – Windows Based Application
  • Creation of 3D parts catalogue using SAP 3D Visual Enterprise and hosting for offline access to their suppliers and vendors in exe format through digital data storage devices.
  • Visualization of spare parts through SAP Visual Enterprise by embedding with Visual Studio windows application using OCX plugin.


  • The 3D representations were made accessible to downstream departments through online and offline modes.
  • The CAD files were compressed to 50-70% of initial file size and enabled accessibility in mobile platform.
  • 40% productivity improvement achieved by reduction in steps required for output conversion.