Saturday, May 2, 2015
Students experiment with ModuleWorks and Virtual Reality
Through our 3rd semester MATSE (Mathematical-Technical Software Developer) student, Kilian Henneberger, we were delighted to get involved with an interesting project at our local university, FH Aachen. We have close links with the university and a number of the ModuleWorks team have studied there so we’re always pleased to help out with student projects.
For this assignment, students have to work with a company on a software engineering project to apply their learning to a real world application. The chosen project was an innovative idea and a lot fun (almost too much fun to count as study).
Our student Kilian combined ModuleWorks Simulation with a newly developed Virtual Reality (VR) headset, the Oculus Rift, developed by Oculus VR LLC. The headset is wired with sensors that track head movement and a software application can use the eye movement as an input into the program via a C++ interface, usually a gaming environment. The project was titled “Machine Simulation with an Oculus Rift”
By interfacing the VR headset to our Machine Simulation application, the user is able to view the simulation of a CNC Milling machine from all sides, getting easy visual access to the entire machining process. In this virtual world the user can spot errors much more precisely than on a 2D screen, particularly potentially expensive collisions between the machine, cutting tool and/or stock well ahead of trying it out in the real world.
The results from the project were shown on a Software Engineering show at RWTH Aachen University on 12 March 2015. We were suitably impressed at all of projects on show and had the chance to meet many talented student engineers in what was a rewarding experience for everyone involved.
Until the next time
The ModuleWorks Blogger