Our goal is to set you up for success. We aim to provide the tools to share your brilliant designs easily, and in a format that is clear and tangible to any audience. A presentation is a powerful opportunity to share your ideas (all nervousness aside, of course). What makes for a great design presentation? It’s all about visual navigation and collaboration. We broke it down for you.
1. Find an upload and conversion service
There are several options here, and it is important that you find the service best suited for your needs. If you are looking for a quick, easy, and inexpensive way to convert your CAD models into a VR or 3D fly-through experience, we firmly believe vCAD is the solution for you.
Additionally no expensive equipment is needed to use our tool – just a computer or mobile phone ($15 VR headset is optional). Bonus: the app is completely mobile so you can take your 3D models anywhere. The 30 day trial is free, so there is no risk in giving it a go.
2. Upload Your Files
Take a moment and upload a few of your designs. It’s a simple, quick, and intuitive process with clear steps to follow. If you have any trouble, there are several resources on the site and the vCAD team is happy to help work through any issues.
3. Push Buttons
Just like the creation of these beautiful 3D models takes time, so does the conversion process. Smaller models can be completed in minutes. The larger the project, the more time it will take to upload and convert with any tool. Either way, you upload a file and walk away. An email will be sent to you when the conversion is complete.
With that in mind, we recommend that you only upload what you need for your presentation. If there are specific points of interest to discuss, stick to those areas and upload a smaller project. In general, all conversion services perform better when you upload only what you need. However, please do not be deterred. If you need to convert the entire project, go for it!
When the upload and conversion is complete, we recommend recording walkthrough videos of your project. It can be incredibly impactful to feature highlights and points of interest via video. Sharing screenshots is another option. This allows for a controlled experience during a presentation to accompany the live walkthroughs you share with the audience.
4. Present The Design
With any presentation, you want the visuals to be clear and easy to understand. This can be a challenge with sketches alone. It’s difficult to convey a complete and comprehensive idea when shuffling through stacks of prints and PDFs. 3D walkthroughs, on the other hand, provide a continuous tour through a design that gives everyone the ability to explore and interpret a model as though it’s already been built.
You have several choices in how to present your designs. These options to ensure you can tailor your presentation to fit the situation and need.
Location, location, location. You can broadcast a walkthrough to a large room, across multiple meeting rooms, or have attendees looking at the presentation remotely on their own device.
3D vs. VR – the format is up to you. Both tell a great story and immerse viewers into the design as you move about and explore the model.
5. Tailor Your Approach
We also feel that it’s important to differentiate between a ‘pitch’ and a ‘review’ here, and provide a few tips for both.
If you’re pitching an idea, you may want to keep your content under wraps until you’ve told the design story. Then make it easy for everyone to review the content and understand the details with the walkthrough. This way colleagues and clients can review the design at their own pace, while keeping your ideas in mind.
For a design review, you’ll want attendees to be prepared as you discuss all of the details collaboratively. We recommend that you send the 3D CAD file before the review so others can explore and better understand the design from every angle. This will open the floor for insightful questions, thoughtful solutions, and limited oversights.
5. Tackle Questions
It’s hard to be prepared for every question that may pop up during a meeting, pitch, or design review. On top of that, to have supporting visuals for every anticipated question is nearly impossible when working with limited tools. However, with vCAD you don’t need to spend time on the “what ifs” as you can react efficiently and effectively during a meeting.
With 3D walkthroughs, you can adjust a presentation and navigate the design as needed. A far better solution than 2D images, which only communicate part of the story and must be prepared in advance. 3D walkthroughs allow you to hone in on particular design elements and address specific details right when the question is asked. You can move around the model, have a conversation, and ensure everyone is on board.
From start to finish, we’re confident these steps and tools will help you win the client and collaborate better with colleagues. We invite you to follow this format and let us know how it goes. You got this!