Virtual Reality adds a new dimension to 3D design
Technology has undergone extensive changes in recent years. With these advancements, many business practices have also changed. Amidst all the practices, it is the design & prototyping process in manufacturing industries which has seen a radical transformation. From 2D pencil sketches to 3D CAD models with dynamic designs, design based technologies have become more and more interactive over time. When error testing in the design phase was introduced in CAD softwares, it was widely accepted that the design industry had reached the highest pinnacle of its advancement. While the accuracy of design approvals for prototyping had seen a marked improvement, repetitive prototyping was still required for the more advanced testing procedures. This still did not solve the two major issues faced by these industries – time and cost. With the introduction of Virtual Prototyping, the need for repetitive prototyping has been eliminated since the entire error testing (both basic and advanced) can be done in the virtual environment.
Virtual Reality has helped in solving the two most critical factors for an industry: cost & time. For industries, the time and cost invested in making a prototype repeatedly before a final design is approved is too high. Virtual Reality supports examination of every minute parameter & runs tests to ensure that the plan is error-free. This error-testing ensures cost saving as it reduces the cost of troubleshooting. With the introduction of features like ‘drag & drop,’ VR provides ease of developing an experience for the user instead of a static 3D design.
How does Virtual Prototyping work?
Designers need not spend hours to execute their plan in Virtual Reality. It is a process with three simple steps. The process of formation of design in Virtual Reality starts with a static 2D plan that primarily acts as a base for the advanced 3D graphical design. Then the next step is ‘modeling’ of the base plan which involves the creation of a 3D model. It is then carried forward to the step of ’texturing’ in which the details, surface texture, and colour information is added. The design is then exported to the VR platform. Once the design is imported onto the VR platform, it goes through various in-depth tests and analysis. Such tests identify most of the faults in the prototype in the initial phase only which reduces the need of creating multiple prototypes.
Applications of VR in Design Industry
Virtual Prototyping has a huge potential in design industry especially in automobile, aeronautical and naval engineering. These industries involve creation of thousands components and their sub-components. The designing process for these can be a tiring and difficult task. With the quick testing and analysis ability of Virtual Prototyping, it can prove to be a boon for such industries.
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