Are you getting the most out of your design reviews?

Design reviews are absolutely crucial for every engineering project. They provide an opportunity for subject matter experts and members the design team to identify potential engineering enhancements, flaws and oversights.

So why do problems still occur after the reviews resulting in costly delays, redesigns, and overlooked issues?  Why can’t these problems be discovered earlier saving an immeasurable amount of time, money, and energy?

The Problem

Getting everyone aligned before the meeting is difficult, especially when team members located throughout the country/world. Coordinating a meeting date, inviting subject matter experts & customers, arranging facilities, and actually conducting the review is a long and drawn out process.

The main problem is that these review session’s are still conducted like this:


This is a problem because personnel in the review are just reviewing the part/ product on a 2D flat screen or looking at prototype parts. It is hard to get a “real feel” of the actual manufactured product from this point of view. If you are someone that deals with large manufacturing, you will either get an inadequate feel of the product or will have to pay a hefty price to produce a prototype.

The Solution

Now imagine if your review session looked more like this:


Augmented Reality Design ReviewOne of the best uses for Augmented Reality in Engineering is for AR Design Reviews. An exact digital replica, or digital twin, of the model is created in a hologram allowing engineers and other team members to interact and view the design for real feel of location- without having to create a physical prototype. On 2D screens, it is impossible to understand an objects magnitude or how minuscule a part is.

Engineers and other subject matter experts do not have to be in the same room at the same time. They are able to load the design review AR experience from any location and the operator is able to test form, fit, and function. Notes can be left for others to view, and data can be collected on locations that need extra work. This is incredibly valuable for teams that collaborate over distance and eliminates some of the hassle that comes with setting up a review session.

As great as the current tools being used for design reviews are, you are not getting the most out of our session if it involves a flat screen Providing employees the best visuals possible is absolutely crucial because 90% of information transmitted to our brain is visual and 65% of the population is comprised of visual learners. Why wouldn’t you want to supply your smartest people with the most powerful visuals?

If you’re interested in avoiding costly delays, redesigns, and all of the other problems that arise during traditional design review, consider using augmented reality so that your team can get a ‘real’ feel of the product.