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2018 Prediction: VR & AR Will Change Manufacturing Forever

2018 Prediction: VR & AR Will Change Manufacturing Forever

Let’s say you work for a computer, car or appliance manufacturer and are trying to continuously improve your product to stay ahead of the competition. Believe it or not, VR and AR are in your future, especially if your R&D department spends months, if not years, developing and testing new products.

The primary benefits of this technology? Improved collaboration, the ability to see products in a new light and better decisions. Who doesn’t want this for their business?

Nvidia Holodeck is one product that is working on delivering just that. In beta form right now, this VR product is leading the way for the manufacturing sector to succeed. However, other mixed reality solutions are already in use today, including the Ford Motor Company proprietary solution that has been in place for the last few years.  

Key Manufacturing Benefits of VR and AR

  1. Teleporting
    Just like futuristic TV shows and movies, pointing a joystick to any location within the virtual room, allows the user to go there. This permits you and other users to move around the widget quickly and easily. This is ideal for large items, such as construction of a bridge or skyscraper where it hard to see all the construction details at the same time.
  2. Completely Different Views
    Wouldn’t it be great if you could turn a 2,000-pound car on its side, move it upside down or look at it at any angle? This is possible in VR, and you can even lift it off the ground! This is very useful in troubleshooting, especially if you cannot understand what is wrong with a product.  VR provides the ability to create a better mousetrap.
  3. Magnification
    A user can zoom in on any part of the widget (even when it is on a 70-degree angle) and examine it for flaws and deficiencies.
  4. Separate the Whole from its Parts
    The Holodeck app allows the user to separate all the parts of the product and walk in the middle of the schematic. Imagine an engine in midair with all the parts floating on either side of the user. This allows the replacement of certain parts and the ability to rebuild the engine to ultimately see what affect it has on the car’s performance and stability, all within the virtual world.
  5. Writing
    With Holodeck, users have a pencil and write notes in any color about the product. You can say certain things need to get moved, colors need to be changed or highlight the importance of certain product changes. These notes stay in the app, for other users to view and add to, until the user who created them erases the notes.

    In addition, if there are a lot of notes, a virtual whiteboard can be brought up for brainstorming or for a more extensive product review. This is especially useful for collaborative efforts on a new product design or overhaul of an existing manufactured good.

  6. Durability
    Can you imagine designing a phone or computer and being able to drop it from several feet on different surfaces without ever using the actual product? You will be able to do so, and see up close and personal how the product responds when the product hits the floor.

Next Steps for Virtual Reality Applications

While many professionals struggle with how VR will fit into the workplace, they need to move beyond the glasses, joysticks and pens to embrace a technology that will change the way products are developed, tested and troubleshot. The benefits clearly outweigh the cost and risks; look for more and more applications to be introduced into the marketplace next year.

Hartford Technology Rental Has VR, AR and Mixed Reality Equipment

Interested in renting Virtual Reality equipment to try the different systems out? Give us a call today at 888-520-5667. We’d be happy to recommend the right solution for your organization and set up rentals for a day, week or month.