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AR and 3D Printing Should be Part of Advanced Curriculums

makeSEA for Education provides a safe, secure environment for students to collaborate and iterate on 3D designs and projects. Our SaaS platform also offers a way to get started with Augmented Reality, converting your files automatically for use in the 3D visualization space.

Augmented Reality, visual reality, mixed reality, spatial computing, and now XR—whatever term you use to define the new technologies, it’s no secret they are changing the way students learn and interact in the classroom. Nowhere is this as evident as at the advanced technical or college level where disciplines including Architecture, Health Sciences, Engineering, and Additive Manufacturing, are incorporating the new tech into their curriculums. If the curriculum also includes 3D design and printing, students are prepped to face the job market confidently.

What I’m pointing out below is an over-simplified list of what today’s students will contend with in the future. If 3D design/printing and Augmented Reality aren’t already a part of a curriculum, they will be soon enough.

Let’s start with Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC). In the past an architect or engineer has been mired in paper-based  processes to bring the project stakeholders to the right decisions. With the introduction of 3D printing and AR visualization, students are being prepped to present clients with a 3D printed model of the project and then with the use of AR, walk the client through the future space so everyone gets a stake in refining the build.

Complex projects, such as a hospital or sports complex, are already benefiting from advanced design and visualization as clients engage with the architects and engineers to discover issues that could effect the future build. Issues such as space planning, placement of infrastructure and even the placement of the proposed build on a site can be addressed with visualization through AR and the use of 3D models. Students can study and analyze at scale, models of their designs in real-world environments. Visualization saves time and costly mistakes. This is the future of architecture and engineering and students familiar with the new technologies upon graduation have a leg up on the competition.

Many institutions of higher learning now offer Additive Manufacturing as a discipline. 3D design, 3D printing and AR are integral parts of this curriculum. As an example, 3D design and 3D printing are being used for prototyping of product line design and AR is being used as a tool to visualize those product changes in real time. With the use of AR, team members can collaborate on product design and make changes on-the-fly, regardless of their location.

Nowhere has AR and 3D printing had such an impact as it does in the study of health sciences (dental, nursing, pre-med). In the dental sector it is being used everyday to visualize, design and print 3D implants and dentures at a much lower cost than ever before. Large dental practices are employing the technologies of both 3D design and AR to produce bridges, implants, dental plates and corrective devices for patients in office, cutting down on time and costs to service patients.

AR is being used in Dr.’s offices, clinics and hospitals to provide explanations of new therapies to patients in real world environments. And Prosthetics are being designed, tested and produced for patients—everything from robotic hands to artificial limbs, ears, and even internal organs—using 3D design techniques and AR for visualization and fit.

Today's graduates will be better prepared for tomorrow's workplace if they are familiar with the new technologies already being used in many industries.

If you’d like to see how makeSEA for Education can enhance your curriculum feel free to reach out to us for a free demo or trial. Call 800-803-1050 or Contact Us today.

Collaborate with makeSEA Curate™ App

Legitimate use cases for Augmented Reality (AR) are many and varied. It can be used in so many industries to assist and improve workflow processes. AR gives an individual or a group the ability to view 3D elements on top of real-world environments through a headset, tablet or smartphone display for entertainment, education, training and enhanced productivity.

Analysts are predicting that AR and VR are disruptive technologies that will drive digital transformation for all economies in the future. According to Analytics Insight, the global AR market was valued at about $3.3B in 2015 and is predicted to reach $133B by the year 2021. This enormous increase is being fueled in part by one of the most compelling use cases for Augmented Reality in the business environment – the ability to collaborate with anyone, anywhere.

makeSEA has developed an application utilizing Augmented Reality and Magic Leap technology, that turns the space around you into a shared workspace. Collaborate with team members regardless of their location. View any 3D content in a mixed reality environment where you can share and collaborate on ideas and design, view videos, PowerPoint presentations and spreadsheets, and manipulate the appearance of objects on the fly. Visualize as if you were all in the same room.

The point of collaboration is to draw on each other’s strengths and face to face collaboration is a much better way to achieve this. Mitigate the issues associated with remote team communication with the makeSEA Curate™ that combines audio capabilities, avatars and a shared immersive experience in a mixed-reality setting for all participants regardless of their location.

Companies of all sizes that utilize remote workers are challenged with creating teams that work from many different locations. One of the issues surrounding the use of remote teams is the lack of direct personal presence. This sometimes leads to misunderstandings and a disconnect for remote team members. Effective collaboration helps teams bond and builds trust as people get to know one another’s thought processes and working styles. When individuals are able to build on each other’s ideas relationships can flourish. The makeSEA Curate App allows team members to interact in real time in a shared environment as if everyone were in the same room.

If you work with remote employees or teams we can help you work better! If you are ready to talk about improving your business processes, call 800-803-1050 or Contact Us to see how easy it is to get your business AR ready. We are enabling digital transformation for everyday business.

Augmented Reality for Manufacturing

Manufacturing may well be the vertical where Augmented Reality (AR) is currently being used and accepted most frequently. That’s not surprising if you consider that so much of the manufacturing process requires a lot of training, engineering and documentation. AR is already assisting production lines to create faster, more up-to-date processes that in the end lead to increased efficiencies and better ROI.

According to Statista, an online statistics and business intelligence platform, the use of AR in conjunction with VR in the manufacturing sector has grown from $5 billion in 2016 to $29.5 billion in 2019. Manufacturers and their employees are embracing the new technologies as evidenced in the 2018 IDC study of AR Use Cases. In that study, 82% of those surveyed responded positively to the use of AR in the manufacturing process.

We’ve already talked about training with the use of AR–and that’s still a large part of the manufacturing use case. According to the IDC May 2018 study, production line training is still the number one reason manufacturers are using AR and for the following reasons:

  • Increased efficiencies and safety
  • Improved training (hands-free) and easier knowledge transfer
  • Better collaboration
  • Easier remote training with lower travel costs
  • Up-to-date documentation

But there are other compelling reasons to adopt AR as part of the manufacturing process, including:

  • Greater team collaboration for product line planning
  • Assisting with product design
  • Faster, more economical product iteration for increased manufacturing efficiency and improved product quality

With the help of AR, product planning teams can address the aesthetics and functionality of a product. Designers, product engineers and other team members will have greater insight with a 3D visual of the proposed product. Multiple prototypes can be created virtually, viewed, tested and analyzed in real-time in real-world situations, from anywhere. The result is a product with improved design and optimized functionality created with fewer iterations–at a lower cost for a positive ROI.

Are you ready to talk about how AR can improve your business processes? Whatever your use case may be, call 800-803-1050 or Contact Us to see how easy it is to get your business AR ready. We are enabling digital transformation for everyday business.

Augmented Reality for Sales & Marketing

In the last blog we talked about the use of Augmented Reality (AR) and the real-world use cases, primarily pertaining to service related industries and industries with a service component, such as appliances, automobiles or electronic equipment. These industries are already adopting the use of AR as part of their training component for reasons that include:

  • Increased efficiency and safety
  • Improved training (hands-free) and knowledge transfer
  • Better collaboration
  • Easier remote training with lower travel costs

The IDC study of May 2018 also found that AR is being adopted for customer facing opportunities in Sales and Marketing. This is not surprising when you consider that most people have a more positive reaction to more engaging visual stimuli such as that provided by AR. In the past, sales involved a lot of brochures and paper catalogs. For companies that have adopted the new technology, products are being digitized as 3D assets and can be served up in AR via a tablet, a phone, or even through AR goggles.

This is a win for the sales people who can’t necessarily haul around or demonstrate the capabilities of large items but who can present that information for the items via AR. 62% of the respondents to the IDC survey chose "product demonstrations without the hassle of transporting the item" as their primary reason for using AR. Another 59% responded that placing a digital version of a product in a client’s environment and offering virtual customizations was an important tool for closing deals.

Not surprisingly, customers were also interested in the digitized instruction manuals offered with the product sales.

Sales people will adopt the best technologies to assist with the sales cycle, and in the May 2018 IDC study 65% of those who responded to the survey felt they saw a positive return on investment with the use of AR as a sales tool. More than half the respondents cited shorter sales cycles with customers being able to visualize the products remotely. Reduced travel costs on the part of the sales person also contributed to a positive ROI.

For those of you who are still skeptical about the validity of AR for business use, it’s beginning to look like a no-brainer. Maybe it’s time to get on the bandwagon and adopt the technology. We can assist with constructing a plan to incorporate AR into your business as well as provide help with your 3D content.

Whatever your use case may be, call 800-803-1050 or Contact Us to see how easy it is to get your business AR ready. We are enabling digital transformation for everyday business.

Augmented Reality Improves Business Processes

In past blog posts we’ve talked about real-world uses for Augmented Reality (AR). The thing is, too many business people are still under the impression that AR use cases are some pie-in-the-sky fantasy and are something to think about in the future. The reality is that the “future” is already here.

Augmented Reality is being used on a daily basis to streamline and improve business processes that save time and money. According to a study done by International Data Corporation (IDC) in  May of 2018, worldwide, spending on AR Enterprise software, services and hardware will increase from $8 billion in 2018 to a projected $19.2 billion in 2019.

According to this same study, the biggest impact of AR is currently in companies with a service based component and companies with specific needs around knowledge transfer and training, sales and marketing, and manufacturing. Waiting to incorporate AR as part of company process is no longer an option if a business wants to remain competitive.

For the sake of brevity, let’s concentrate on knowledge transfer and training. AR is already changing the way work gets done. It’s changing how knowledge is transferred from veteran employees to new hires and how ongoing training is managed. Knowledge transfer and training are logical use cases for AR because they both require a connection with the physical world. Since augmented reality operates by overlaying digital information on top of a real-world physical environment, knowledge transfer and training both lend themselves to positive AR experiences.

In the IDC study, respondents were asked to list the top reasons their company was interested in AR to make them more competitive. Responses related to training and knowledge transfer included the following:

  • Increased efficiency, including improved first-time fix rates
  • Increased safety
  • Improved training and knowledge transfer
  • Enabling hands-free work and training
  • Better collaboration among team members and teams
  • Easier remote training
  • Lower travel costs

Whether for current employees or new hires, there is a compelling case for using AR for training and knowledge transfer. Because content for AR is digital, it can be updated as needed without the expense of printing manuals. More importantly, trainees are displaying a faster learning curve with the use of AR.

If you haven’t already considered AR for your business, it’s probably time to think seriously about it. Depending on the scope of the project, it’s important to factor in a development time line for incorporating the technology into your business. From constructing a plan to incorporate AR or providing help with your 3D content, we're here to assist.

Whatever your use case call 800-803-1050 or Contact Us to see how easy it is to get your business AR ready. We are enabling digital transformation for everyday business.

AR and Your Trade Show Booth

No matter what industry you are in, your trade show booth and the image you present is your show piece and influences the perception others have of your company and brand.

In the trade show booth environment Augmented Reality (AR) provides exhibitors a chance to immerse attendees in a unique brand experience. Now you can wow your competitors with the use of advanced 3D visualization technology and create interest from current and prospective clients. With the help of AR you are no longer bound by the limitations of your booth size or the high costs of transporting equipment to a show. AR allows you to place computer-generated images on top of a real-world setting.

Imagine being able to show case a new piece of equipment too large to transport to the show, or demonstrating the unique differences between two or more models, or visually going through all options available for the product—all without having to have the product physically at the show.

There are many benefits to using technology in your marketing strategy and enhancing your trade show booth with AR. As you build buzz you will also:

  • Increase foot traffic to your booth and increase attendee engagement;
  • Wow competitors with the use of advanced 3D visualization technology;
  • Increase productivity and save on time and costs. Customers can try before they buy and view options in real time - leading to better consumer satisfaction, fewer returns, fewer post-sale hassles;
  • Showcase new products and large cumbersome equipment in real time - even without the product on-site;
  • Give more in-depth details on a product visually. This immersive shopping experience builds customer interest and confidence.

makeSEA has the ability to hybrid render and visualize large, complex, 3D models. Interested in learning more? makeSEA and the Magic Leap technology can transform an existing or new trade show booth with the addition of Augmented Reality. Contact Us for a free trial or demonstration.

Architecture, Design and AR

Recently I made a move to another state and in the process decided to have a small house built rather than rent or buy something I would need to put significant money into immediately. The experience wasn’t bad—but many times I really wished I could see the progress on the build in a way that would have helped me envision the final product more realistically.

As it was, I had to rely on photos and emails and phone calls from a third party who had my interests at heart! Ok, so this house isn’t a custom build but it made me think of how great it would have been if I was working with an architect or designer to be able to collaborate with him/her and to have the ability to visualize and experience the project as it progressed. It would have been so satisfying to be able to see how the build would look on the site I had chosen and to walk through the floor plan to get a better sense of the feel of the space.

Not surprisingly all of this and more can now be done with augmented reality (AR). Seeing a 3D model in context greatly assists in space planning and design visualization. Once confined mostly to large architecture, engineering, and construction firms with large technology groups AR is now available to everyone. Beyond visualization, AR can help the architect and the builder collaborate on change requests by the client and help the client and design team resolve any conflicts before the final sign off. With collaboration comes the potential to save time and costs as you capture and address the problems before the project is completed.

With the use of AR clients will be blown away by the fact that they are looking at and walking around and through a 3D model of a future-space—all while being firmly in the present.

Interested in learning more? Contact Us for a free trial or a demonstration. Let us show you how makeSEA and the Magic Leap technology can take your Architecture/Design firm to the next level.

 

Enhance Your 3D Print Program

As 3D printing is evolving it is pretty much mainstream coursework in institutions of higher learning. The departments of engineering, architecture, fine arts, and medical have incorporated 3D printing as part of their curriculum at many universities, with some offering programs entirely focused on additive manufacturing and related industries.

With the emergence of 3D design and printing, students are finding it easier to prototype and iterate quickly. Anyone can now design something and produce in 3D without needing access to a machine shop or knowing how to operate specialized software or equipment. The manufacturing and design worlds are seeing a new class of designers and engineers with the knowledge and potential to create models more quickly and to produce finished projects using new and better materials.

One of the biggest challenges facing schools is how to teach the critical skill of documentation. In addition, teaching how one can manage the assets and changes to those assets as the project evolves is essential.

For example how can you:

  • track the changes on a project,
  • capture the notes of other team members if it is a group project,
  • manage the iterations on a design,
  • track and propagate assets to other projects?

When you have the ability to capture evolving intellectual property (either from an individual or a team) it can be leveraged to benefit future student knowledge, used for school placement and recognition, and promote professional development.

Augmented Reality (AR) is also playing a role in the 3D design field. Now with the use of AR, student(s) can visualize and iterate faster on a project contributing to fewer test prints and wasted materials. Using AR as part of the 3D program can save time, money, and the environment allowing a program to service more users with fewer printers.

To find out how makeSEA for Education captures intellectual property, promotes documentation for individual or team projects and incorporates AR (with Magic Leap technology), Contact Us to request a free no-obligation trial or demonstration.

 

Embrace Change

Change can sometimes be difficult and a little intimidating but the use of augmented reality as part of your marketing, sales and even training efforts is rapidly becoming main stream.

One of the most confusing concepts to grasp is the difference between virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). With virtual reality, you wear a headset that covers your eyes and allows you to enter and interact within a completely synthetic world.

With augmented reality, you also wear a headset, but you see through the glasses where 3D digital content is superimposed onto the real world. You interact both with the 3D digital content and with the real environment – creating a true mixed reality environment and an immersive experience.

AR is now being used in every industry from architecture and construction to trade show booth design and enhanced retail shopping experiences. Use cases are endless and adaptable. Everything from training manuals to a presentation of a building infrastructure to the introduction of a new piece of equipment at your trade show booth can be accomplished with the use of augmented reality.

Imagine, as a construction or architect design firm that you have the ability to present a design or construction change as clients walk through layouts, pick their finishes and request changes. Collaborate in real-time (both locally and remotely). You can design smarter, more efficiently and control costs while you keep everyone on the same page.

We have the ability to hybrid render and visualize large, complex, 3D models. Sound interesting? Contact us to find out how makeSEA and the Magic Leap technology can work for your business.

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