Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality

4 Reasons Why VR and AR are key to the future of Engineering

November 23, 2019

Virtual Reality in Class

Augmented and Virtual Reality in Singapore, is more than a technology for catching fun or playing games. It can contribute immensely to the engineering industry and has the potential to open the doors to limitless possibilities for many engineering projects.

VR and AR can help businesses and governments make more money from their engineering projects. Therefore it won’t be long before it becomes the norm in this industry. In this article, there will be a look at four reasons why AR and VR in engineering will be massive in the nearest future.

These are the four reasons to be discussed:

  • It Creates an Immersive Simulation Experience
  • It Creates Better Training Experiences for New Engineers
  • It Can be Used for Better Product Designs
  • It Saves Costs In the Long Run

It Creates an Immersive Simulation Experience

Simulation is a crucial part of engineering. Before building machines, its vital components should be simulated. This ensures that lapses in design and values are corrected.

Simulation becomes more crucial to the engineering process when you consider machines that can cause injury to the operator during a failure. It is a wise choice to watch that failure happen in an augmented or virtual environment, rather than have it happen in a real-world setting.

Before AR and VR, there were ways to do simulations for engineering projects. But simulation with these technologies is different. An engineer can see how the failures could happen and take steps to prevent them after production.

 

It Creates Better Training Experiences for Inexperienced Engineers

When it comes to training or educating new engineers, AR and VR are unmatched. This applies to all industries where training is expensive or can cause damage to human life without proper precautions.

Civil and Mechanical Engineers, for example, are often involved in building mission-critical projects. For this kind of task, it is risky to throw in an inexperienced engineer as they can make mistakes with immense repercussions to the project.

With VR and AR in place, engineers undergoing training will have enough room to make as many mistakes as possible. In the long run, this will make them better engineers with an improved understanding of the systems or machines they build.

 

It Can be Used for Better Product Designs

Engineering is amazing. It requires lots of calculations, an understanding of different concepts, and the ability to try things out. However, great engineering doesn’t imply great products. Good designs play a huge role in what can be considered a quality product.

Good designs create the best possible user experience by creating simple user interfaces. With the help of AR and VR, it is easier to make product designs and “test” them out. Hence, it is no longer a theoretical judgment of what a good design is, there is practical experience with a product before manufacture.

 

It Saves Costs In the Long Run

The ability to build the most efficient tools or machines with the lowest possible costs is an attribute of great engineering projects. It is quite expensive to use AR and VR today, despite the advancements that are gradually reducing the expenses. As a result, it is easy to consider it a waste of funds.

But if you look at how much it saves you when it prevents failures from happening, the design blunders it helps avoid in the design phase, you’ll agree that it’s a lot of money saved.

 

Conclusion

Virtual and Augmented Reality are quite popular in the gaming and entertainment industry. However, the impact of these technologies will be felt in more industries soon, especially engineering.

The use of AR and VR can help create better designs, products with improved quality assurance, and also ease the learning process of new engineers. It will become easier to try out new ideas, create amazing products, and make the world a better place.

 

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