4 Ways a Drone Configurator Prevents Design Spec Mistakes

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When designing and developing drone products, it's important to get the specifications and hardware just right to optimize drone performance and behavior. Many different product configurators can help design a drone. But the right drone configurator will be able to prevent potentially costly design errors.

If a drone features parts that don't match the customer's specifications, this could lead to poor or even dangerous performance. This could then lead to product returns and potential accidents that put people and property at risk. 

The Importance of Correct Designs

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If customers can design their own drone configuration, they will be able to craft the ideal custom UAV based on their individual preferences and needs. However, to ensure great results, the drone configurator used must be able to match parts to specifications. 

Otherwise, spec design mistakes can make for unhappy customers and even dangerous products that don't fly properly

If products don't match the customer's specifications, customers will likely be unhappy with their final product and return it. When taking their drones up in the air, parts that don't fit within the design could also cause accidents, leading to serious injury or property damage. 

To avoid both of these potential problems, it's best to implement a drone configurator that automatically matches parts to design specs.

The following are some of the specific ways in which a drone configurator can prevent certain design spec mistakes.

1. Automatic Changes to Back-End Hardware

A reliable drone configurator will be able to prevent possible design spec errors by automatically changing back-end hardware to meet front-end client changes. 

For example, suppose a client wants a drone with a specific LiPo voltage such as 4S or 6S. The ESC will need to be compatible with it. ESCs powered by voltage that's too high could destroy them and possibly the drone's motors.

A good configurator will ensure that parts match specifications to facilitate proper and safe operation. This will help make safer drones that perform to the customer's expectations. They'll be more confident at the checkout stage, and they'll be more likely to come back to make new products.

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2. Hides Incompatible Parts

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A drone configurator could also help guide the customer in the right direction based on the specifications they choose. It can do so more specifically by graying out or simply hiding parts that are incompatible with the current design options. 

For instance, a customer may have chosen a particular design with various components that require a certain level of input voltage for safe operation, including ESCs. If the customer is looking to add an FPV camera, the configurator could eliminate options with input voltages that are too high for safe operation. 

Additionally, the drone configurator could omit hardware that simply doesn't match a particular drone model or type, such as microdrones with limited space for components. 

3. Calculation of Product and Component Weight Changes

Weight also plays a big factor in how a drone will perform. To make sure customers don't configure a drone that's over-encumbered by too many components, a drone configurator can automatically calculate the weight of individual parts and the entire product in real time. 

Based on the combined weight, the configurator can select parts that keep the drone within a safe and functional weight range. In turn, customers will know when the drone's weight is too high to add any additional components.

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4. Set the Foundation for Realistic Simulations That Detail Performance

The right drone configurator will also be able to allow customers to work with a drone simulator. By inputting detailed design specs from your configurator, customers can work with their preferred simulator to look at gauges and other readings. Then customers can determine if stats such as flight time, thrust-to-weight ratios, and efficiency are all within the ideal range. 

This can help them calibrate their configurations and make sure they put together a high-quality drone design that performs optimally. 

Customers can also view in-depth 3D models that visualize the drone inside the configurator, which can give them a better idea of how it will look and even function. 

These models within the configurator can allow customers to explore every part of the drone. They'll also get a better sense of how individual components affect the whole vehicle. This is highly educational and invaluable for customers who are new to drones. 

Using augmented reality (AR), customers can get an even deeper understanding of how their designs will perform once in the air. Using their Android phones or other mobile devices, they can essentially view it from every angle in the real world. Then they can determine if its look matches what they want.

Click here to learn more about Threekit's drone configurator's simulation capabilities.

Avoid Mistakes and Increase Customer Confidence With a Drone Configurator

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Using the ideal drone configurator, you can effectively prevent design spec mistakes during the configuration process. You'll also be able to increase customer confidence in your services. They know exactly what they're getting with every purchase. 

This is crucial because multirotor quadcopters and other drones are big investments for most customers. The bigger the purchase, the more the customer needs to trust your store — especially online.

Threekit's innovative drone configuration software can completely revamp the online drone shopping experience. Our drone configurator can eliminate potential design mistakes and make sure customers get the drone they're looking for with every purchase.

To provide you with the perfect drone configuration solution, we complete a few different processes to get you started. 

First in our workflow, we use our virtual photography solution to capture your entire inventory of drone designs and individual components. There's no need to set up a physical photoshoot. Through the high-quality photos produced, we can then develop detailed 3D models of your drones that work within our 3D product configurator

This all-in-one configurator will allow customers to easily design their custom drones and even test different specifications. We can also integrate your configurator with an on-page AR solution. This allows customers to view their drones in real-world settings without the need for a separate app.

If you would like more information about how Threekit's drone configurator can prevent design spec errors and boost customer satisfaction, get in touch with us today.