Using Virtual Reality For Machine Design


Developers: Gary Lindahl, Maggie Rawlings, Milana Huang, R. Ingram, K. Ahlers, D. Stevenson, J. Bettner, D. Chapman, M. Novak, V. Lehner, M. VandeWiele, M. Larson, J. Lohmar

Caterpillar, Inc. uses virtual reality as a tool for interactively evaluating new machine designs. Using virtual reality, the operator of a virtual machine can test alternative machine designs while driving through a virtual proving ground, or can perform a loading cycle to fill a truck with soil. Hydraulically-actuated tools can be assessed with various hydraulic systems.

Using a virtual-reality system enables engineers and designers to get a “feel” for their machine designs very early in the design stage, helping them evaluate many different designs in shorter periods of time than possible using conventional methods.

This application was a part of VROOM - the Virtual Reality Room event showcased at SIGGRAPH 94.

Email: Mmrawlings@aol.com

Date: July 1, 1994 - July 15, 1994
Dee Chapman

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