Chapter 5:
Choosing a 3D Asset Management Platform

Choosing the right 3D asset management platform is crucial for streamlining workflows, ensuring collaboration, and maximizing the potential of your 3D assets.

Here are key factors to consider when selecting a 3D asset management platform:

Compatibility and Integration:

Ensure that the platform is compatible with the 3D software and tools your team uses. Look for seamless integration with popular 3D modeling, simulation, digital twin, animation software, game engines, and other relevant tools in your workflow. Our of the box API integrations with end platforms like Amazon, Google, Magento, SAP and others can also be very helpful.

File Format Support:

Check if the platform supports a wide range of 3D file formats commonly used in your industry. Flexibility in file format support ensures that you can work with diverse 3D models without compatibility issues.

Collaboration Features:

Evaluate the collaboration features of the platform. Look for real-time editing capabilities, version control, commenting, and project sharing features. Effective collaboration is essential, especially for teams working on complex 3D projects.

User Interface and Ease of Use:

Consider the user interface of the platform. A user-friendly interface contributes to better user adoption and productivity. Test the platform or review demos to assess how intuitive and easy to use it is for your team.

Metadata Management:

Metadata is crucial for organizing and categorizing 3D assets. Check if the platform supports detailed metadata for each asset, allowing you to include information such as creation date, authorship, usage rights, and technical specifications.

Preview and Visualization Tools:

Look for platforms that provide robust tools for previewing and visualizing 3D assets in the platforms you plan to use – web viewers, AR, VR, etc. The ability to assess how assets will appear and function before final integration is valuable for decision-making.

Access Controls and Security:

Security is paramount when dealing with 3D assets, some of which may be proprietary or sensitive. Ensure that the platform has robust access controls, encryption measures, and other security features to protect your intellectual property. Single sign-on (SSO) and SOC2 compliance are two key factors to look for.

Scalability:

Consider the scalability of the platform to accommodate your organization’s growth. A platform that can scale with your increasing number of projects, users, and 3D assets ensures long-term viability. If your organization is large, it is important to find a platform built on microservices to process many assets at the same time.

Cost and Licensing:

Evaluate the cost structure and licensing model of the platform. Understand whether it aligns with your budget and whether it offers the necessary features within your price range. Consider any additional costs for training, support, or customization.

Vendor Support and Training:

Assess the level of support provided by the platform vendor. Look for platforms that offer training resources, documentation, and responsive customer support. A supportive vendor can help address issues promptly and assist with the onboarding process.

Performance and Speed:

Consider the performance of the platform, especially in terms of speed and responsiveness. A platform that handles large 3D files efficiently and offers fast data retrieval contributes to a smoother workflow.

User Reviews and Recommendations:

Research user reviews and seek recommendations from industry peers who have experience with the platform. Understanding the experiences of other users can provide valuable insights into the platform’s strengths and weaknesses.

Customization and API Support:

Check if the platform allows for customization to meet specific workflow requirements. API (Application Programming Interface) support is essential for integrating the platform with other tools and systems used in your organization.

Updates and Future Development:

Inquire about the platform’s update frequency and commitment to future development. A platform that receives regular updates and aligns with industry trends ensures that you benefit from the latest features and improvements.

By carefully considering these factors, you can choose a 3D asset management platform that aligns with your organization’s needs, enhances collaboration, and optimizes the management of your valuable 3D assets.

Selecting the right 3D asset management platform can make it easier for your business to enjoy the benefits of 3D, AR, VR, digital twin and simulation technology. Here’s a look at what 3D asset management platforms such as VNTANA do, what they can do for your business and how the VNTANA platform can help you implement your 3D adoption plan.

What Can 3D Asset Management Platforms Do?

3D asset management platforms include a wide array of specialized software for 3D, AR, VR, digital twin and simulation applications. VNTANA’s platform is designed to let you:

  • Upload existing 3D designs, digital twins and simulation models or have images scanned or modeled for you for use in the platform
  • Have those 3D assets instantly optimized to reduce file size and polygon count to meet the specifications of any end use case such as AR, VR, Amazon, Google Search and others.
  • Organize and manage those 3D assets in an easy to use content management system.
  • Share those optimized models in a 3D web viewer with built-in AR so it’s easy to test and evaluate prior to publishing.
  • Publish those optimized 3D models anywhere on the web, game-engines, and other applications.
  • Add interactive hotspots to the models to highlight product information.
  • Collaborate securely with other team members or partners via secure role-based access. Annotate directly on 3D assets and tag users for clear communication.
  • Secure your 3D assets with enterprise-quality protection so they can only be viewed by intended audiences.
  • Embed your content anywhere with a single line of code via iFrame or create more custom integrations with the VNTANA API or HTML component.

These features combined let you optimize, store, organize and share 3D assets securely. They are designed to let you deploy 3D assets at scale and in a short amount of time. The interface is set up to be user-friendly so you can get up and running quickly, and file size is optimized to make file access and viewing rapid for customers.

Get Started with 3D Asset Management with VNTANA

The VNTANA platform is designed to make it easy to get started with 3D Asset Management. If your organization designs in 3D today, you can upload your 3D assets directly to VNTANA to instantly create a 3D web viewer with built-in AR. Schedule a demo to see how VNTANA can help you accelerate your 3D strategy and put you on a fast track toward increased speed to market, reduced costs and increased revenue.