It's no secret that the corporate sector is looking to augmented reality, but the entry into the enterprise AR software market by one of the biggest names in business engineering loudly and loudly announces the arrival of the technology.
Siemens announced Monday that Industries, the industrial software solutions division of Siemens AG, announced the latest version of its SolidWorks 3D industrial design software, which includes augmented reality.
In Solid Edge 2020, enterprise users can view design models in their version of physical space. This gives internal teams the ability to better collaborate on prototype designs and simplify the presentation of work products to suppliers and customers. The software also supports the simulation of motion and vibration.
"The latest enhancements to the Solid Edge portfolio can help small and medium-sized manufacturers digitize their entire product development process from start to finish," said John Miller, senior vice president, mainstream engineering at Siemens Digital Industries Software . "We continue to work to deliver an advanced portfolio of affordable and easy-to-use tools that help our customers transform digitally to reduce costs and speed product delivery."
To share 3D models with other users Upload their CAD models to the Solid Edge web portal and generate a QR code for the model. The recipient then scans the QR code with the Solid Edge Mobile Viewer app for iOS or Android to display the model in AR. In addition, users can export designs as .obj files to view through HoloLens, Magic Leap One, or other AR systems.
"Sharing drafts in AR / VR with Solid Edge 2020 can almost completely change our way of working – it's an absolute game." Stefan Islinger, Information Management at IM-CAD Support at Krones AG, a German manufacturer of packaging and packaging filling machines.
Siemens was a great proponent of AR in its role as an early adopter and investor in space. In recent years, the company has used Daqri Smart Helmets and the Scope AR platform for training and operational efficiency purposes. In addition, the company's investment arm, Next 47, entered into a $ 30 million financing round (see the 10 largest AR financing agreements from 2018) for AR headset maker Varjo Solid Edge is among the best in 3D CAD options. Adding AR to the software could soon force competitors like Autodesk to do the same.