Salsita 3D Configurator: Custom Solutions for Custom Products

In this article, discover how Salsita 3D Configurator can help businesses create interactive 3D product models for customers to configure in real-time. With a customizable solution tailored to each business's specific needs, achieve a better customer experience and increased profitability.

Razi Alakhdar - Marketing Manager

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As the Direct-to-Consumer commerce landscape continues to evolve, it is increasingly important for manufacturers to have customizable solutions that fit their specific needs. Salsita 3D Configurator enables businesses to create interactive 3D product models that customers can configure in real-time, providing a more engaging way to showcase products and allowing customers to visualize their custom configurations before making a purchase.

When it comes to 3D product configurators, businesses are often faced with the "Build vs. Buy" dilemma. Building a solution from scratch can be time-consuming, costly, and requires specific software expertise that may be lacking in the agency developing it. Meanwhile, buying an out-of-the-box solution may seem more convenient, but it can come with limitations that can hinder a business's ability to showcase their products effectively. Salsita 3D Configurator offers a hybrid solution that combines the best of both worlds.

3D Product Configurator Software: Build vs Buy
Whether you build your own product configurator software or buy it, there are pros and cons to consider. You need to weigh the initial costs and how much time will be saved with either method. So, how do you get your dream product configurator software? Build or buy? Let’s dive deeper and find out.

Unlike most vendors of product configurators, Salsita uses its underlying technology to tailor the solution to the exact requirements of the business. It is not just a tool; it is a framework that drives all aspects of the configuration experience. Think of it as the nervous system of the body, connecting different parts and allowing for seamless operation.

The powerful framework allows for seamless integration with businesses' existing systems and workflows, delivering customized solutions that precisely meet their unique requirements. This level of flexibility sets Salsita apart from out-of-the-box solutions, which lack the customizability and scalability needed to fully support businesses. With Salsita, businesses can benefit from the ability to tailor their solution to their specific needs, resulting in a better customer experience, optimized production process, and ultimately, increased profitability.

A closer look at how Salsita's customizable solution compares to out-of-the-box configurators

Here's how Salsita's key features compare to those of out-of-the-box 3D configurators:

Parametric model support enables efficient production:

A 3D configurator with 3D parametric model support offers businesses the ability to provide more precise and complex customization options for their products. Configurators lacking 3D parametric model support often limit the degree to which a customer can make modifications to a product's dimensions or materials. Conversely, 3D parametric model support allows for an intuitive and flexible interface for customers to manipulate every aspect of a product's geometry and features, which ultimately leads to more satisfied customers and increased engagement. Furthermore, utilizing a 3D configurator with 3D parametric model support can also improve efficiency and accuracy in the manufacturing process. For example, some out-of-the-box solutions may only allow for a limited number of pre-configured options, and making changes outside of these options may require manual intervention from the business. This can be time-consuming and may slow down the production process, making it harder for businesses to optimize their production process.

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Realistic 3D Models with Advanced Pricing Engine and Manufacturing Information:

Salsita 3D Configurator offers a comprehensive solution for businesses looking to enhance their custom product offerings. With its advanced pricing engine and detailed manufacturing information, businesses can create realistic 3D models and provide customers with a transparent and informative shopping experience. This leads to increased customer satisfaction and loyalty, as well as improved sales and profitability for the business. The advanced pricing engine calculates the cost implications of each customization option, providing businesses with a clear understanding of their production costs and enabling them to optimize their production process for efficiency and profitability. This solution surpasses other out-of-the-box alternatives that may only offer basic pricing rules and lack detailed manufacturing information, reducing the risk of confusion and improving decision-making for both businesses and customers.

Multiple product configuration options:

Salsita 3D Configurator provides multiple product configuration options, allowing businesses to showcase their products in the most effective way for their specific audience. For example, a manufacturer of custom cabinets can offer a bundled package that includes a custom cabinet system for the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room. The customers can select the size, style, type of material, pattern and color of each cabinet to create a cohesive look throughout their home. Out-of-the-box solutions may only offer pre-configured options for individual products, and may not be able to bundle multiple products together into a single package. This can be limiting for businesses that want to offer more comprehensive customization options to their customers.

Customizable backend and frontend for easy integration:

Salsita 3D Configurator offers businesses a customizable backend and frontend, which makes it easy to integrate with their existing systems and workflows. This means that businesses can configure the solution to meet their specific needs, without having to change their existing platforms. For example, if a business is already using a specific eCommerce platform or content management system, Salsita 3D Configurator can be customized to integrate with that platform seamlessly. out-of-the-box 3D configurators may not offer the same level of customization when it comes to integrating with existing systems. Some out-of-the-box solutions may only be compatible with specific platforms or require additional manual effort to configure the integration.

Built on an enterprise-level framework, constantly upgraded with modern technology, API-first design, and cloud capabilities:

Salsita 3D Configurator is built on an enterprise-level framework and is constantly upgraded with modern technology, API-first design, and cloud capabilities, ensuring that it remains at the forefront of the industry. By offering a solution that is constantly upgraded with modern technology and designed with scalability in mind, businesses can achieve greater efficiency, faster production times, and increased profitability. Out-of-the-box solutions may rely on outdated technology or may not be designed with API-first principles in mind, which can limit their flexibility and scalability. This can make it harder for businesses to adapt to changing market conditions or to compete with more advanced competitors.

In short, Salsita 3D Configurator offers a level of flexibility and customization that out-of-the-box solutions simply can't match.

Examples of how Salsita 3D Configurator has helped other businesses

See the impact of our product configurator on businesses looking to scale up their operations and provide a seamless buying experience:

Limitless Design Customization:

Salsita 3D Configurator has enabled Centro Cushions, a direct-to-consumer (DTC) startup, to modernize its business and offer customizable design experiences for one-of-a-kind pillows and cushions. With the help of Salsita's team, Centro Cushions was able to streamline its sales process, enhance its online customization options, and improve its marketing. By dissecting and understanding the Centro Cushion brand and product offering, Salsita was able to create a contemporary, product-oriented website with crisp and clear graphics. The 3D product configurator allows users to navigate easily through dozens of designs and hundreds of fabric options. With the configurator, Centro customers can design, configure, specify, and order any number of custom-designed pillows and cushions, and also share their designs with friends and family.

Centro Cushions Unleashes Limitless Design Customization with Salsita 3D Configurator
Centro Cushions: A family business revolutionizing custom pillow and cushion design with Salsita 3D Configurator
Salsita's team was able to handle any challenges that arose during the development of the configurator, Their team's diverse skill set and expertise in configurators made them a valuable partner in expanding our business online. - Yanni Konstantinidis, Business Owner at Centro Cushions

Enhancing Custom Railing Sales:

Easysteel contacted Salsita to implement a 3D configurator on their website in order to provide a more efficient design and purchasing process to both their customers and staff. Salsita created a custom configurator solution that allows customers to edit each section of the railing individually, eliminates the constant back and forth when selecting materials, fittings, and dimensions, and reduces the amount of time spent on the phone with Easysteel’s sales team. The flexibility and creative control that Easysteel’s new product configurator provides increases engagement and encourages customers to complete the purchasing process.

Easysteel’s 3D Configurator Streamlines Railing Customization and Ordering
Together, we were able to create a unique 3D product configurator that boosts client engagement, fosters creativity, and boosts sales while reducing cost and complexity.
Our project requirements—encapsulating design and specification of custom-built railings into an online 3D Configurator for consumer use—appear deceptively simple but include many complex details. The Salsita team was great at listening to our descriptions, translating these into technical requirements, and turning everything into a powerful yet easy-to-use tool. Chris Lottrup, eCommerce Manager

Immersive Online Kitchen Design Experience:

L’Atelier Paris Haute Design, LLC is a high-end French kitchen design company with showrooms in four cities. They wanted to reach a wider customer base, including those who couldn't visit their showrooms in person. To achieve this, they needed a digital user experience that combined powerful product design and configuration, real-time pricing, and the ability for customers to design their dream kitchens online. Using Salsita's 3D configurator, L’Atelier is able to offer customers an immersive, intuitive experience with powerful product design and configuration that reflects real-time pricing. Customers can customize virtually every aspect of their kitchen, including color, size, and configuration.

Making an ultra-luxe product fully configurable - L’Atelier Paris
Salsita’s powerful 3D product configurator framework helps L’Atelier Paris to greatly expand the reach of their brand and offer their customizable products to anyone, anywhere, and on virtually any device.

Simplifying Precision Manufacturing:

KILO, a Dutch furniture manufacturer, approached Salsita in September 2020 seeking a solution to automate the time-consuming process of creating precise manufacturing diagrams for individual pieces of their highly customizable laminated birch plywood furniture. Salsita adapted its framework to accommodate KILO's exceptional level of customizability, which would be integrated into KILO's website, with designs submitted by customers fed directly into the CNC machine. Salsita's team created a domain-specific language in JavaScript to model the furniture, which would enable millimeter-precise specification of the furniture dimensions with a 3D rendering of the resulting design. Additionally, they created an Orders Dashboard, allowing KILO to map the designs automatically onto the laminated plywood boards and generate design specifications that would be fed directly into the CNC machine. The new system allowed customers to order highly customized pieces online while reducing the amount of manual intervention required to fulfill each order.

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I've never experienced the high level of professionalism the Salsita team brought to the table. - Jan Paul, CEO at KILO

How to get started with Salsita 3D Configurator

If you're interested in implementing Salsita 3D Configurator for your business, getting started is easy. The process starts with a free consultation, where you can describe your business and what you want to achieve with the solution. From there, our team will analyze your product requirements and provide you with recommendations on how to best tailor the solution to your specific needs.

After the analysis, we'll provide you with a detailed description of the project scope and roadmap, along with a cost estimate. This will give you a clear understanding of what to expect throughout the project and what the cost will be.

Once you're ready to move forward, we'll kick off the development process. We'll start with a design workshop to produce an interactive hi-fidelity prototype that will form the foundation of your configurator's user experience. We'll work closely with you at every stage of development, including weekly planning meetings and regular demos, to ensure that the solution is tailored to your exact needs.

Once development is complete, we'll help you to configure your deployment environment on popular cloud platforms such as AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud. This will ensure that your solution is reliable, scalable, and secure.

To learn more about getting started with Salsita 3D Configurator, we invite you to watch our "Get Started with Salsita 3D Configurator: Meet the Team" video series. In this series, you'll meet our team and learn more about our strategy, project management, design, development, software architecture, and more.

Get Started with Salsita 3D Configurator: Meet the Team
We have interviewed a few key team members in order to give you a better understanding of the process for implementing Salsita 3D Configurator.

Do not hesitate to contact us. Our team of experts will guide you through every step of the process, from consultation to deployment, to ensure that your solution is tailored to your specific needs and provides a cutting-edge customer experience.

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