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Published on September 22nd, 2020 | by Emergent Enterprise


How BMW is speeding up vehicle prototype engineering using AR

Emergent Insight:
Prototypes in any industry can be extremely difficult to produce. This is especially true in the world of manufacturing where the end product or machine has lots of moving and interconnected parts. BMW is using augmented reality to visualize conceptual designs in a quicker process as shown by this post at hindustantimes.com. AR can result in other benefits including less use of hard materials for the prototype and easier development of subsequent iterations. When comparing the AR prototyping process to the “old” process, a company like BMW can easily see improvements in efficiency and turnaround as well as costs savings.

Original Article:
Photo courtesy BMW

BMW says that the use of augmented reality (AR) goggles allow real geometries on a vehicle body to be overlaid with true-to-scale holographic 3D models.

BMW is speeding up the process of vehicle concept and prototype engineering by as much as twelve months, using a new augmented reality (AR) application. The application is being used on individual vehicle sections through to complex production stages at BMW’s pilot plant located in the Research & Innovation Centre in Munich, Germany.

The use of AR goggles allow real geometries on a vehicle body to be overlaid with true-to-scale holographic 3D models. This helps in assessing a range of concept variants and assembly processes for future series vehicles flexibly and cost-efficiently without the need for too many test setups.

Vehicles and their components are visualised on a platform linked to the BMW’s product data management system while Computer-aided design (CAD) files of components are drag-and-dropped to the AR goggles. These are then used to reproduce the data in 3D and their original size in a realistic environment. “The AR goggles and CAD data allow to find out much more quickly whether the production worker will be able to fit the component properly later on, in series production,” explains Michael Schneider, head of Complete Vehicle at the BMW Pilot Plant.

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