Written by John Heller

Stop Traveling to Lock Down Designs. Vertex Gives Manufacturers Confidence in 3D Designs

An industrial HVAC manufacturer is working on an upgrade to one of their products. After the design’s completion, the design team—based in the east coast—sent the information to the 3D team—in the central midwest—to print the components for assembly verification. Unfortunately, the designed component didn’t quite fit as expected. The 3D and design teams jumped on a call for a design review and to determine changes.

After the design team completed the changes, they again sent the design to the 3D team. And again, the new design didn’t work as expected. Finally, the team agreed to meet at their suppliers’ offices—in the northern midwest—for an extensive work session. The team locked themselves in a room for two days, reviewing hard-printed blueprint designs and sketching ideas on whiteboards until they finalized the design. All in, this cost the organization:

  • Several weeks adjusting the design
  • Thousands of dollars in travel alone
  • Rushed production to meet the delayed timelines

This story isn’t unique. Manufacturers and suppliers struggle to collaborate every day, often times traveling around the globe to ensure a design is just right. This lack of confidence in the designs ends up delaying timelines and rushing key steps of the product development process. Vertex keeps companies ahead of the competition by giving them complete confidence in:

  • Selecting the best design in ideation
  • Confirming the design in feasibility
  • Committing to launch timelines in development


Consider the product development process. Once engineers begin to ideate, the rest of the extended enterprise becomes blind to ideas and designs. That’s because product information is locked within engineering tools and programs. As we’ve discussed in previous blogs, this impacts collaboration during product design—but it also impacts the enterprise’s ability to commit to a final design. Decision-makers aren’t confident in their decisions, and engineers constantly travel to “lock down” the design in person.

Vertex brings collaborators into a common, scalable platform to review 3D designs. Teams share models easily and build Stories to prepare for design reviews. Stories include @mentions and comments with questions, cross-sections, dimensions, and filtering components by metadata. Collaborators can comment back, propose revisions, capture new views, and upload geometry to propose changes. All this gives the extended enterprise high-quality information and a consistent place to collaborate.


Today’s market expects fast response to their needs. Manufacturers are always looking for ways to accelerate product release. Vertex gives companies the high-quality information they need to make decisions quickly and confidently.

Using Vertex, design teams are more agile and responsive to ideas and changes, alleviating the pain of slow decision-making. With real-time visibility and no costly travel or travel delays, the entire team benefits from early access to product information:

  • Manufacturing and service departments ask questions or bring concerns early
  • Marketing brings ideas and questions from the customers’ perspectives
  • Procurement suggests valuable supply chain innovations
  • Management and decision-makers review and approve designs and strategies


Consider again the story of the HVAC manufacturer. In that scenario, the 3D printing team could only test the design by physically printing the components. What if instead, they could visualize and collaborate in 3D and increase confidence before printing? What if the in-person meeting could happen virtually in the Vertex platform? How much time, material, and effort would be saved? That is the power of Vertex.

If you are feeling the pain of delayed commitment, contact us today to learn how Vertex can bring disparate teams together into a common, scalable platform.

About John Heller

John has extensive experience in mechanical engineering, supplier collaboration, cross-functional relationship-building, and procurement activities. Through this experience, he learned optimal ways to bridge the gap between engineering, procurement, and the supply chain. He has championed new product roadmaps, spearheaded procurement strategies, and worked with customers to understand truly valuable opportunities for product improvement. As Product Marketer for Vertex Software, John leverages his extensive background in engineering and product lifecycle to best understand and communicate pain points and opportunities in manufacturing organizations.