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Virtual prototyping has entered the design and production processes of manufacturing industries, bringing significant advantages, such as reducing human error and costs resulting from rework or modifications.

The technologies that are part of Extended Reality (XR), namely Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR), allow you to create digital prototypes that can be analyzed and modified without having to physically build the object.

What does it mean to introduce them in the company and how can they improve the product design process?

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Why rapid prototyping with VR is needed

The design phases can present numerous challenges for the professionals involved.

First of all, designers and engineers during processing may not notice the corrections necessary to the model, which then inevitably emerge only after having created the physical prototype.

The presence of errors and the revision of the project obviously involves a waste of time and money.

Among the factors that can determine these errors, there are mainly:

  • The use of obsolete 2D technologies;
  • The “fragmented” management of the project in several times, for example through the subsequent importation of the CAD model into a 3D program for design review;
  • The postponed production of a 1: 1 scale cardboard model, which however does not really reflect all the characteristics of the product.

Using extended technologies, in particular virtual reality, allows to solve these critical issues and not only from the point of view of design review.

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Advantages of prototyping in virtual reality

Prototyping with virtual reality and, in general, extended technologies bring the following advantages in the design process and product design:

  • Better decisions are made in the processing phase.
    For example, spaces and dimensions can be evaluated with absolute precision;
  • Changes to the project are easier and faster.
    With virtual reality, for example, a curved surface such as the camber of a boat can be changed simply by selecting the volume and turning it, while with traditional programs the operation is much more complex and cumbersome;

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  • The possibility of working in several people at the same time on the same model. With the latest generation virtual reality solutions, collaboration increases, with a significant reduction in human error and work complexity, because all professionals working on the project can act on the model;
  • Costs and prototyping times disappear. There is no need for the physical prototype, because VR already gives an effective vision of what the product will be like, also allowing you to interact with it in real time;
  • Virtual reality combined with tools such as SolidWorks allows you to show the designed parts that overlap, in this way you can perform preventive corrections and avoid the localization of the error when the prototype has already been made, greatly shortening production times.

Vection supports companies in numerous sectors, including manufacturing, in the process optimization path.

Thanks to virtual reality, augmented reality and 3D technologies, Vection offers customized solutions that drastically reduce product design or project processing times.

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By David

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