Imagine being able to see your brand new product or a project in 3D space. Now that you have, imagine being able to do so without even building your product or construction. That’s something right out of sci-fi movies or is it? With the latest technological developments, this too has become a reality or should we say, virtual reality enhanced by 3D visualization.
By combining these two technologies together investors, customers, designers, and stakeholders are able to see their project or product throughout its life cycle and interact with it in a realistic and meaningful way.
This has opened up many opportunities in various industries and brought many benefits to both businesses and customers. Here is why these two are a perfect match and how they are shaping our reality through a virtual environment.
To view objects in such fashion, you need to have a 3D model or image. Some of the most widely used types of 3D images at the moment are stereoscopic panoramic images. Stereoscopic pictures actually consist of two pictures that are placed next to one another in a similar position but at slightly different angles.
It’s all set up to give anyone looking at these images an illusion of depth. The images are, in fact, 2D but the way they are positioned tricks the brain into creating 3D depth. The best-known applications of these images are 3D movies that actually aren’t 3D.
The true 3D experience doesn’t create the illusion – it actually has three dimensions and the most commonly used type is the hologram. Three-dimensional models can also be stereoscopic but they have a lot more details and are different than static images.
This means that you can view an object at any angle without having to change the viewpoint. It also allows you to move freely in an area or around an object and observe every tiny detail that it has to offer.
The only way that a person can really experience 3D models and environment and interact with them properly is to have the right technology. After a 3D model or an image has been created, it needs to be viewed properly to get all the details, features, and depth.
In this case, the hardware choice can be VR glasses or VR headsets. The better the models are and the more details they have, the more sophisticated the hardware needs to be. This includes VR sets used for viewing. Quality headsets such as Oculus Rift have complex 3D models which allow them to immerse users into an interactive and realistic 3D visualization.
The projects usually feature one of the following things:
● reconstructing buildings
● building a new house
● seeing animals and interacting with them
● testing out new products
Viewing the project as a whole in a 3D environment and interacting with it allows various professionals to make the necessary corrections to their project no matter what it might be.
This type of setup is welcomed in various fields and industries, the most obvious ones being architecture and construction where it is already being used on a large scale.
These technologies allow professionals to find mistakes early on and correct them before any money has been invested in a project. However, they also give clients a way to see whether the project is exactly what they want it to be.
This new technology is very exciting and catches the eye of everyone involved in its use, no matter if we are talking about professionals using it, investors, stakeholders or clients. This means that customers will be more satisfied and professionals will be able to market and sell their work better.
Most architects and designers have switched to computer devices for their work long ago. Since 2D drawings don’t offer enough clarity and cannot even be understood by most clients, it has become a trend to create 3D animations, models, and 3D renders that will help clients understand what is being done on their behalf.
All this has led to 3D visualization and VR technologies which have the power to present designs of future constructions in a clear light. Clients can manipulate models, move through all of the spaces, and go through every tiny detail of the designs presented to them. VR and 3D visualization combined offer interactivity and users can now even change the elements that they don’t like on their own.
With architectural visualization that is immersive and interactive, both clients and architects can notice errors and faults early on. This makes it easy to prevent issues before any money or effort have been invested into construction. You can drastically reduce costs, as there isn’t any need for additional investments other than the ones that were initially projected at the start of construction.
On top of that, clients, investors, stakeholders, and professionals that work on projects can oversee the design. They can have a fulfilling discussion about the design and truly imagine what the final project will look like. Imagination is not really precise so when a person can see their vision in front of them, it’s easier to for them to change things or try something else instead.
3D visualization and virtual reality are drastically accelerating various design processes, with the architecture industry being the first one looking to exploit their potential. However, these technologies are yet to be fully developed in manufacturing, aeronautics, data visualization, simulations, arts, and many other fields. We can only expect a bright future for these solutions.