AR/VR expansion in the manufacturing industry
AR/VR tools and devices are designed to improve existing digital engineering technologies (production process automatization, automated design engineering). Engineers can test new products in virtual reality before mass production, thus reducing costs. Revenues in this industry are expected to reach $1.5 bn by 2020.
AR/VR will facilitate engineering operations on the projects of different parameters and complexity. If necessary, a user will be able to study the smallest parts of a mechanism or launch test procedures. Several specialists will work on one project simultaneously. Designers, engineers, manufacturers, clients and customers can all experience a product as if it were literally in front of them. It gives a sense of proportion and scale that simply cannot be matched when rendering on a desktop monitor.
Ford company, for example, started introducing similar technologies back in 2000. In the Ford design center in Cologne there is a special studio, where design engineers can test a new model without a material prototype. This facilitates and speeds up the work multifold!
A leading manufacturer of household appliances uses Cappasity Easy 3D Scan to make 3D images of different parts of a cooker: burners of various forms, colors and sizes, ovens and grills. Then he makes a catalogue and introduces a new service for the customers: they may chose whatever parts they like and “construct” a 3D image of a cooker of their dreams. For example, a red one with square burners and without an oven. A customer makes an order, and the manufacturer’s design engineers assemble a model first in virtual space, and only then on the assembly lines. This brings the manufacturer closer to the customers and allows him to react quickly to changing market needs.