Is return on VR investment an easy sell?

Large scale, immersive visualisation comes at a high price but manufacturers, installers and consultants in the field claim ROI is easy to demonstrate to customers. Anna Mitchell explores the impact visualisation technologies have on aerospace and automotive manufacturers and the future of the VR market.

Advanced visualisation and virtual reality is steadily muscling its way into the research and development activities of aerospace, heavy machinery and automotive industries. What was once the sole domain of skilled model makers is increasingly going digital. Shortening development cycles, distributed enterprises and staggeringly expensive downtime implications are just some of the factors positioning virtual reality as an essential part of product development. 

The tools available to manufacturers range from immersive CAVEs, through power walls and right down to single displays, tables and even head mounted displays (HMDs). Most organisations will use a mixture of solutions depending on user and application. 

Display requirements for fully immersive environments are demanding. A CAVE typically measures between 2.5m to 3.5m wide and tall. The most expensive component is the projection technology and in these environments it’s all about resolution. 

To learn more from manufacturers, integrators and CAVE specialist, mechdyne read the full article in the InAVate Active magazine.

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