Virtual assembly: move parts and detect collisions in 3D models
Assembly process account for a large part of time and cost of product development. A virtual manufacturing simulation system enables companies to better analyze product designs and gather 3D collision feedback.
Select, move and manipulate parts of your 3D model
The Move Parts feature in TechViz Virtual Assembly has a universal part recognition engine that allows part selection and manipulation. Application connectors like CATIA Connector, Navisworks Connector, NX connector, Creo parametric Connector, used in addition to the Virtual Assembly feature provide part tree and metadata information for each part in the 3D CAD model, as they are defined in the PLM database.
Detect collisions and clash of parts of virtual objects
The Virtual Assembly feature uses triangle to triangle intersection to detect 3D collisions. It allows users to detect that virtual objects have intersected and even recorded a path with the different collision points to be reloaded for further studies. An ideal solution for project reviews, maintenance, and training sessions.
Simulate collisions with real physics
Virtual Assembly simulates the clash between parts thanks to the IPSI connector (Interactive Physics Simulation Interface). The IPSI engine is the only technology on the market today able to carry out real-like simulation with large CAD models. This feature guarantees the non-interpenetration of objects, and triggers visual feedback for physic simulation and even haptic feedbacks when the collision occurs.
How does virtual assembly work?
Load your 3D model in your CAD software and display it with TechViz
Select Virtual assembly, divide your CAD model in groups and move the different 3D parts
Detect and simulate collisions to see if the parts clash
A virtual and interactive experience
A real driver for immersive simulation, Virtual Assembly works directly from your native 3D application in real time. Compatible with more than 200 3D software (Catia, 3DExperience, Navisworks, Creo, Solidworks, Unity, NX, Vred, …), our VR software solution enables an interactive experience by simulating physical interaction of objects in 3D. Ideal to improve assembly processes, validate maintenance operations or reduce technical risks.
Benefits of Virtual Assembly manufacturing
- Move interactively a part of the model or a virtual tool:
- Fine displacement step by step
- Display part position and orientation
- Multiple parts of a 3D model can be moved and grouped together
- Associate parts with tracked target
- Select an object and define a constraint
- See collisions and record a path that can be reloaded for further studies
- Connect to the PLM Product Structure tree (for supported 3D applications)
Bring your collision simulation further with Haption haptics toolkit
TechViz IPSI Connector integrates Haption Interactive Physics Simulation Interface haptic arm into our software, which enables users to interact with the thee-dimensional visualization for an immersive and complete interactive experience in Virtual Reality. This makes your haptic system and/or software compatible with your 3D CAD model. Adding haptic rendering to Virtual Assembly provides very efficient feedbacks for collision simulation.
Advantages of combining IPSI’s haptic arm with TechViz software:
- Based on Haption IPSI industrial engine
- Displayed by TechViz with the IPSI Connector
- Parts follow rigorous physics simulation
- Full rigid body engine
- Visualization of forces
Possible to use another force-feedback device (Virtuose, Inca, and Able)