A Brief Overview Of How Virtual Reality Is Transforming Engineering

 

Nowadays, virtual reality has seeped into engineering. With the usage of 3D modelling tools and visualization techniques to design and create something, VR allows engineers in many industries to view their projects virtually to get a better understanding of how things work without having to physically go into something (i.e. machinery). In addition, VR can help engineers troubleshoot any flaws or potential risks before launching an application, a tool, etc. And, VR is deemed safer and can save engineering teams money when observing projects virtually.

This article will give you a brief overview of how VR is transforming engineering, and how it will continue to fare in the coming years.

VR Used For Training

“Engineering takes a lot of training for people pursuing a career in the field,” says Jesse Austin, a tech writer at Write my X  and 1 Day 2 write. “Depending on the career that you want to pursue, engineering training with virtual reality has to be tailored to best meet career goals. For example, an oil and gas engineer must learn how to operate a rig through virtual modules before actually setting foot on one.”

Designing And Developing

Designing and development are made easier with VR. In many cases, VR is used as a stepping stone in the design lifecycle. This is especially apparent when it comes to developing the initial concept of a design since that provides the roadmap for building and implementing it. From there, engineers can go back and review each stage for any errors, risks, or other issues in the design.

VR In Car Designing

The car industry is growing more sophisticated over the years. As one of many results of this, car manufacturers are now turning to VR for prototyping purposes when designing vehicles. With VR, manufacturers can produce several prototypes to test and review, based on the results generated, thus creating a cost-effective streamlined process.

Now, speaking of prototyping…

Virtual Prototyping With Big Data

Virtual prototyping can happen in many industries, thanks to Big Data. In fact, VR lets you step into your own data, letting you observe 3D models and images up close to where you can move them with a swipe of the hand. 

The secret is that devices like VR headsets and AR smart glasses are being used to make this happen. Although current AR smart glasses can only manage up to 1,000,000 polygons with limited computing power, such technology isn’t fully protected against cyberattacks, virtual prototype with Big Data is not off the table.

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Problems With VR In Engineering?

“VR can pose some problems, even though it’s heavily desired in engineering nowadays,” says Charlie Cobblestone, a tech blogger at Origin Writings and Brit Student. “First, when it comes to fidelity, virtual reality might not always be perfect, say, when an engineering student is learning to use 3D modelling to fix machinery – they might miss the mark, and make fixing more time-consuming. Second, developments in VR are continuously evolving, to better improve the experience for everyone, including engineering students. And third, the application development cost of VR is between $5,000 and $300,000, between 3 and 24 months or more.” Despite these possible drawbacks, there’s still hope that VR would be beneficial in all engineering endeavors in the near future.

Beneficial Design to Engineers

As a whole, VR can offer design engineers many benefits, as it stands in the present. Some of these benefits include:

  • Allow engineering teams to toy around with designs by rendering, manipulating, and updating 3D models

  • Allow engineers to provide significant feedback on said models created

  • Provide unique, low-cost experiences for engineers, AND
    Allow engineers to “visualize” their vision, if it was real (In other words, like sitting inside a virtual world yourself, and literally handling your project with your hands)

Conclusion

As you can see, VR is here to stay in engineering, and it shows no plans of slowing down as engineers are enabled to experiment and create within the virtual realm. Now, is it fair to say that VR is the Holy Grail when it comes to engineering? Well, almost.

While VR still needs more enhancement itself, it won’t be long before engineers can access its full potential, and use that to their advantage, no matter their industry. As virtual reality grows more and more into a household name everywhere – including engineering – new interactive opportunities will be made readily available for those seeking its benefits.


Regina Wheeler is a writer and editor at Write my case study and Thesis writing service. She is also a contributing writer for Next Coursework. As an eLearning consultant, she has been involved in many online tutoring projects nationwide. As a blogger, she writes articles about the latest trends in management, marketing, and finances.

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