When people think about virtual reality, they often tend to think about video games, simulators, and other such virtual reality products that have come about in recent years. With the recent release of virtual reality (VR) headsets by leading technology firms for personal experiences, like Sony, Samsung, and Google, VR technology has been getting looked at more by commercial operations about how this technology can benefit their workflows and projects.
Two particular fields where VR has been toyed with in the past are engineering and architecture. Implementing modern VR technologies into engineering or architectural 3D drafting processes opens up doors for new opportunities long before the end product is produced.
Engineering and VR
Engineers spend countless hours designing products of all different shapes and sizes. Even with the help of 3D printers and faster prototyping, some types of design flaws and errors are still not being discovered until later when test models are made, and sometimes not until after moving into full scale production.
VR technology can allow engineers to step into the world of their product designs. They can touch, hold, manipulate, and move their design around. Virtual reality makes it possible to examine every aspect of the product in greater detail and to run simulations. In addition, any changes made to the design are instantaneous, allowing for on-the-fly development and brainstorming on collaboration projects.
Architecture and VR
The potential of VR technologies in architecture are only limited to the imagination and laws of physics. Architects can transform their 3D drawings and designs into full size virtual reality homes and buildings. Imagine being able to walk inside a home you custom designed for a client, or taking project investors on a tour of the new skyscraper office complex they want to build. This is just part of the potential VR has to offer.
Architects can also use VR to manipulate design layers and spread sections apart to see how each structural support, beam, and related component works together. Additionally, the VR concept buildings can be put through a series of simulations, like hurricanes, earthquakes, and so on, to determine their structural integrity.
Just like engineers, architects can make on-the-fly changes to their designs, while still in their VR world, and see the changes transform right before their eyes. Architects can swap out building materials, move doorways, elevators, stairways, and other such internal components, and see how their design reacts to their most recent changes.
Besides being able to walk through full life-like representations, VR even allows engineers and architects to take on different viewpoints. For instance, you could shrink yourself down and walk through plumbing pipes or ventilation shafts to identify potential design flaws. Every day, VR and 3D drafting and design possibilities are becoming more exciting, and it will be interesting to see how engineers, architects, drafters, designers, and others use this newest technology.
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