When you have clear what you want to use AR for in your company and your employees see the added value of the new working method, the real work can begin. In general, this requires 3D models of, for example, your machines, products and so on.
A digital twin is often the most suitable for this. In practice, it appears that the availability of 3D models leaves a lot to be desired. However, it is also possible to make a 3D model of a real environment. This brownfieldingprinciple goes against the standard principles of AR. After all, it doesn't go from 3D to real life, but the other way around. However, in many cases this turns out to be the most practical solution.
Social Brothers works together with specialized companies that can produce a millimeter-accurate model of an object or an environment via 3D scans. We also call this model a digital twin: a digital twin of the real model.
The digital twin is perfect to use for both AR and VR applications. For example, there can be real lifeinformation are added to the digital twin. For example, it is possible to display production data, reliability data or other data on a machine.
Integration work packages
When you start with AR in your company, it is of course not the intention that Augmented Reality remains separate from other software systems. A major advantage of the current developments of Augmented Reality is that integration with current systems is often already possible out-of-the-box.
3D is supported by most existing systems. It is already the case that Rino, Sketch and the full Autodesk package are almost plug and play available to use Augmented Reality. For example, by linking AR with AutoCAD, you can also immediately display technical drawings in 3D. Nine times out of ten, the data you have can be used for 3D models.
Read here how Social Brothers extracts information from BIM models via APIs.
In short, to make your company AR-proof, it is especially important to understand the added value of the extra digital layer. Are you and your employees convinced of the added value?
Then there are more than enough possibilities to actually apply AR, whether it is to design faster and to make your design more transparent or to learn better in (simulated) practice. The technique of the digital twin makes it possible to develop 3D models relatively quickly and easily for use in your digital environment and out-of-the-box API integrations let AR switch again with other programs.
Want to know more?
If you want to know more about AR, read us too complete handbook on Augmented Reality or take a look at our other blogs.
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