July 15th, 2016

Virtual Reality in Engineering

When the famous Tony Stark a.k.a iron man suits up to take on to the world…no wonder we are left in awe of his powerful armour. If you are an iron man fan, you’ll remember how he checks each and every function of the suit virtually. From its superhuman strength, the ability to fly, and function of weapons, he can actually feel and see each and everything in a 3D environment. And how can we forget Jarvis, a highly advanced computerized artificial intelligence, who handles all the tricky calculations for iron man.  All this is nothing but use of virtual reality to see the potential design flaws and eliminate the errors.

Virtual reality engineering includes the use of 3D modelling tools and visualization techniques as part of the design process. This technology enables engineers to view their project in 3D and gain a greater understanding of how it works.  This not only allows the design team make necessary changes in their project but saves both time and money too.
Virtual Reality in Engineering, Srushti IMX

In some cases, virtual reality can be used from the start of the design lifecycle. From the initial concept to the build and implementation stages, it has become possible to check for faults, structural weaknesses and other design issues. So, a shift from computer aided design to immersive virtual reality is set to change to the way design engineers work.

Not only this. The potential applications for virtual reality are endless in engineering. Whether it be training operators on how to work in hazardous environments, such as bushfires, training technicians to assemble new devices, helping aerospace engineers to design aircraft parts, or allowing walk-throughs of yet-to-be constructed buildings.

So when the virtual world has so much to offer, we can expect a revolution in the real world of engineering.

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