Developed for companies who build large and complex scale prototypes where the goal is to
reduce the number of variations of prototypes produced.
Augments a virtual CAD model (part
or assembly) over top a live camera feed of a real world, physical object,
maintaining scale, placement and position of the CAD model relative to the
A tablet is used to view the virtual
CAD data but the tablet's position and orientation is monitored by an external
motion tracking system.
Tracking the tablet enables very high precision when
overlaying virtual CAD on a real world object. As the user moves around the
physical object, virtual images on the tablet remain fixed relative to the
object. Virtual data can be 'snapped to position' on the real world object with
accuracy better than 3 millimeters in most stationary views.
Mechdyne's TGX software is used to
access high resolution CAD data from central workstation/servers to minimize
latency on the tablet.
Visualize mechanical component
clashes, CAD animations and more over top of the physical object.
The connection between the tablet
and the CAD workstation/server is bi-directional. As the user moves the tablet,
the motion tracking system enables awareness of the position of the overlaid
CAD model related to its location in the entire CAD assembly model on the
workstation. The workstation does not need to be in the same location as the
design review session; access to a remote workstation is done using TGX.
The tablet interface is used to
change color and other options.
Make notes and capture observations
using the tablet stylus or other drawing/annotations.
Take pictures of the combined
physical/CAD image. This enables CAD engineers to view the picture within the
CAD model space. The picture transparency can be varied to allow the CAD
engineer to see through the real object to the CAD model.
Make annotations on the real object
image or combined prototype/CAD overlay image. Annotations can be saved back
into the CAD application with exact planar location and orientation for proper
alignment of the physical and digital information. The CAD engineer can make
changes with higher accuracy and confidence, based on the annotations.
Use the tablet as an 'x-ray' system,
moving through the entire CAD model relative to its real-life counterpart.
Users can snapshot and/or annotate areas of interest to inform and speed CAD
*Alias and VRED are currently
supported, but other CAD programs can be integrated on request and as future