Manufacturing, especially the pre-mass production prototyping stage, involves the verification of prototypes. This verification work encompasses preparation for verification, actual verification work, result summarization, and the sharing of verification results (feedback into prototype design). The work performed before and after the verification work itself is referred to as incidental work. It includes preliminary work, such as arranging for the diagrams used in verification and preparing tools, summarizing the results of the verification and creating a verification report, sharing information, and providing feedback. All of these are performed by hand, an expensive and time-consuming process. Verification itself is also primarily done by hand, so it is prone to mistakes, accidental work process omissions, and reworking.
MR technologies and design data, which already exists in the form of 3D CAD data, can be effectively used to tackle these problems, improving work efficiency and quality.
For the automobile industry, as well, MR technology is increasingly being adopted not only for simulations in upstream processes such as design and planning, but also in processes in the field, such as prototyping and mass production (production lines).
Let's look at an example of how MR technology is already being used in vehicle prototyping processes, where full-fledged utilization of MR is expected to become more common in the future.