While the Internet of Things (IoT) is slowly gaining awareness in the consumer goods and industrial sectors, the tech world – especially users of Autodesk’s design tools – have been joining the IoT ecosystem in droves. So, it’s no surprise that designers and developers are paying attention to Autodesk’s 3D integration with Seebo’s IoT development platform. Defining smart behaviors in 3D space is just one more way Seebo makes it easier to build smart products.

Here’s why the design and development world think this integration is a timesaver for IoT designers:

“Seamless product development” via 3D interface

3dprint.com points out the benefits for designers and product companies: “Today, not only can you model in 3D on Autodesk’s Forge platform, you can also enhance your own innovations by enabling them for the Internet of Things (IoT) via Seebo.” Designers now have the power to “place features like sensors and IoT capabilities in the optimal positions. Ultimately, consumers will be the ones benefiting as they see some incredible new smart products in the marketplace.”

It’s a reciprocal benefit for users of both platforms, as engineering.com points out: “Seebo users” can “design in Autodesk’s 3D interface; meanwhile, Autodesk users can continue to use their designs online using Seebo’s IoT development software.

The platform goes beyond the design phase. “Engineers can drag-and-drop product features, such as sensors and connectivity options, onto a model of the product. Engineers can then use the Seebo marketplace to source the hardware they will need to make these features possible and compatible with each other.”

Reduce time to market and development costs

Manufacturing Tomorrow asked Seebo how the platform’s features “help users reduce time to market and reduce development costs”. The answer lies in the IoT creator and Hardware engine, which, by assigning features easily to a3D model and “by suggesting numerous possible hardware architectures and auto-generation block diagrams”, ensure that users can “choose the most efficient, cost-effective solution for the product concept quickly and painlessly”. In other words, designing a smart concept is only half the battle – product teams must then research which hardware each smart feature requires, source that hardware, and only then see how much the smart product will cost to produce. With Seebo, it’s as easy as clicking a button.

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Screenshot of the IoT Creator’s Hardware costing Engine in action, delivering groups of possible hardware solutions for the chosen smart features. Credit: Seebo

“The Hardware Engine solutions are then used to create the specifications to order a prototype and access Seebo’s IoT marketplaces to source a hardware, firmware and app developer to create the prototype and develop the final product. The web and mobile apps are developed using the Seebo SDK and the Smart Device Simulator and the firmware and the hardware are tested using the Seebo Testing App.”

Leading companies worldwide have already launched products using the Seebo platform and the company continues to empower manufacturers to excite their customers, transform business models and improve end-user experience. For the original press release, click here.