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AR and VR in Engineering

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To celebrate our success at the Manufacturing and Engineering week, part of the Smart Factory Expo at the NEC - we thought we’d dedicate a blog to the use of AR (Augmented Reality) and VR (Virtual Reality) in the field of engineering! If you were able to come and say hello and grab some freebies, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

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Design and Visualisation

AR and VR technologies allow engineers to visualise and interact with 3D models of their designs. This enables better understanding of complex structures, identifying possible design flaws, and making real-time adjustments. Engineers can immerse themselves in virtual environments and gain a better sense of scale and spatial relationships.

Prototyping and Simulations

AR and VR can facilitate rapid prototyping and simulate real-world scenarios. Engineers can create virtual prototypes, test different configurations, and assess their performance without the need for physical materials. This helps in reducing costs, accelerating the design process, and identifying potential issues before physical production.

Training and Education

AR and VR offer immersive training environments for engineers. Trainees can practise procedures, handle equipment, and troubleshoot in a virtual setting. This reduces the risk of accidents, provides hands-on experience in a controlled environment, and allows for repetition and reinforcement of learning.

Maintenance and Repair

AR can overlay digital information onto real-world objects, providing engineers with real-time guidance during maintenance and repair tasks. They can view step-by-step instructions, access relevant data, and see virtual markers indicating points of interest. This improves efficiency, accuracy, and reduces downtime.

Collaboration and Remote Assistance

AR and VR enable remote collaboration among engineers, allowing them to work together regardless of their physical locations. They can share 3D models, annotate designs, and communicate in real-time. Additionally, AR can provide remote assistance, where experts can guide field engineers through complex tasks using AR overlays.

Safety and Hazard Analysis 

VR can be used for safety training and hazard analysis in engineering environments. It allows engineers to experience potential dangers and hazards in a controlled virtual environment, promoting safety awareness and better preparation for real-world situations.

Overall, AR and VR technologies have the potential to revolutionise engineering workflows, enhance productivity, and improve decision-making by providing immersive, interactive, and intuitive experiences. If you missed out on coming to see us at the NEC, don’t worry! There will always be another opportunity to find us at the next expo. In the meantime, if you’d like to get in touch to discuss a project - you can do so here. 

Or, if you're interested in seeing some of our work when collaborating with the engineering field, check out this project we created with ITL, below ⬇️