Industrial Manufacturing: Cutting Costs with Immersive 3D Visualization

How a next-generation immersive 3D simulator is used for industrial CAD training and maintenance.
March 17, 2010 - PRLog -- WorldViz today announced that it supplied an innovative 3D visualization application to one of the world’s largest industrial manufacturers. The simulator based on WorldViz software takes CAD data from a wide range of systems, and loads it into a collaborative virtual environment. Users operating a multi-wall projection system (CAVE) and several stereo head-mounted displays (HMDs) can walk around large 3D models, see each other as avatars, and collaborate on interactive tasks. Reaching in with their hands, participants can manipulate CAD model parts, open doors, lift panels, and remove components. The application will be used to test maintenance tasks on existing CAD models and to train users for new maintenance tasks.

WorldViz President Peter Schlueer comments: “More and more clients across industries such as architectural construction and design, oil and gas, automotive and aerospace adopt our 3D visualization solutions, simply because they realize how much time and cost in training and prototyping they are saving. We help them improve decisions, work-flows and collaboration.”

Developed by a team of world leading players in the visual simulation arena, including Motion Analysis, WorldViz, Mechdyne, Sensics, and Anark, this simulation system allows users to collaborate in training and maintenance tasks on real-world CAD data. The customer’s large CAD database is converted via Anark Core software and simplified for real-time 3D rendering. WorldViz Vizard software then reads these 3D models, and annotates them with tags that describe the maintenance task to be performed. Vizard runs on a cluster of ten computers, rendering the 3D models onto four walls of a CAVE, and to four users each wearing a stereo head-mounted display (HMD). Each of the HMD and CAVE users can grab and manipulate parts of the 3D model, testing for reachability, assembly ordering, and group collaboration. The customer will be using the system to train personnel, improve product designs, cut down on design time and costs, and reduce errors before construction.

For seamlessly integrating all system components into one single system, the WorldViz Vizard 3D software was the platform of choice for lead contractor Motion Analysis. Of particular importance was the WorldViz LiveCharacters software module, allowing real-time motion capture information to be used for representing live human beings in a virtual environment. WorldViz played a key role in the design of the overall system by creating an architecture based on a cluster of systems running the Vizard software, which distributes the processing for the individual CAVE 3D projection walls and HMD users.
Motion Analysis performed the construction of the motion capture system, which included thirty cameras to capture the motion of the users in the walking space. The multi-wall-display, comprised of a FLEX CAVE system with retractable ceiling and movable walls, 5 projectors, and an InterSense IS-900 motion tracker, was designed by Mechdyne, while Sensics provided four wide-field-of-view head-mounted displays.

Leveraging WorldViz's experience in the Virtual Reality industry, these diverse components were all integrated and distributed across the cluster of rendering systems. WorldViz engineers were onsite during the hardware installation to oversee the integration of components, and to establish connectivity with the Vizard software. WorldViz experts worked with the customer to train their staff in the overall use of the system, and provided demonstrations to a number of visitors.

Collaborative CAD Training and Maintenance Simulator

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WorldViz is an industry leader in interactive virtual reality solutions. The company’s flagship products are VIZARD, the VR community's favored interactive 3D content creation software, and PPT, the most cost effective wide-area tracking system currently available. WorldViz provides high quality, low-cost immersive 3D products to researchers, educators, designers, manufacturers, and other professionals, integrating all common VR products on the market and delivering complete turnkey solutions.
Source:Phil Schlageter
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Tags:Immersive, 3d, Cad, Vizard, Cave, Motion Capture, 3d Visualization, Avatar, Anark, Motion Analysis, Ppt
Industry:Aerospace, Industrial, Technology
Location:Santa Barbara - California - United States
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