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Certhidea Drone Configurator

Customer Challenge

The market for drones is growing rapidly. Yet there are only a few manufacturers and drone models those professionals can choose from. Certhidea's Mission was to change this and design a unique modular drone. With an online configurator, the user could modify the drone according to their very own needs. While doing so they received a virtual 3D model and technical specifications in real-time and reliably. Certhidea is a student research project consisting of students from the Technical University Munich (TUM). 

  1. Certhidea required an early prototype in order to test the user's experience with the configurator and the modular design.
  2. In the most basic version, there were 108 different kinds of drones that the users could generate. The easiest way for Certhidea was to generate each drone individually with Fusion360 and upload it to the website where an algorithm picks, an optimal drone for the user.
  3. Fusion360 does not support direct GLTF file export. ProtoTech's GLTF Exporter for Autodesk Fusion 360 came
    in handy here.      

Project Goals

The goal was to create an online tool to allow a customer to configure a customized drone. For this, it was required to visualize multiple complicated CAD Files, in a browser – quickly. Next is to ensure fast loading times and low data transmission, Certhidea decided to use the gltf files for this job. Autodesk Fusion360 doesn’t allow for the direct export of GLTF files. 

  1. This is where the GLTF Exporter for Autodesk Fusion 360 by Prototech is a great help to us. It enables you to export many files in almost no time. 
  2. ProtoTech’s plugin is very reliable and features a lot of export options. This way one can optimize the export to be the perfect fit for their website and ensure a fast and smooth experience for the user which otherwise wouldn’t be possible.    
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The GLTF Exporter for Autodesk Fusion 360 by ProtoTech Solutions proved to be a life-saving tool for Certhidea. It has allowed them to export 100+ files in a flash. Next would be the solution is extremely reliable and provides a lot of settings to control the export. This way Certhidea were able to optimize their export to be the perfect fit for their website and ensure a fast and smooth experience for their users which otherwise wouldn’t be possible.

Business Outcome

ProtoTech’s GLTF exporter for Autodesk Fusion provides quick and reliable export of a large number of complex GLTF files. It provides a plethora of options for customizing exports. It can even export multiple files at once and also has a Compression/Quantization option for the output gltf file.


ProtoTech’s exporter plugin enables the export of many files in almost no time. It is very reliable and features a lot of export options. This allows the export to be optimized and ensures a fast and seamless user experience, which would otherwise be impossible.


ProtoTech's GLTF Exporter for Fusion 360 was a huge help and I give it 5 stars!

Janis Mauch, Project Lead, Certhidea

Project Summary

Delivery Date


Project Duration

10 days

Autodesk Solutions

  • Fusion 360

Services Provided

  • Assessment of Needs
  • Process Automation
  • Rendering

Customer Industry

  • Other Engineering Industries
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