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Volume 123, 20172017 The 2nd International Conference on Precision Machinery and Manufacturing Technology (ICPMMT 2017)
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Case study of virtual reality in CNC machine tool exhibition
1 Advanced Institute of Manufacturing with High-tech Innovations, National Chung Cheng University, No.168, Sec. 1, University Rd., Min-Hsiung Township, Chia-Yi County, 621, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
2 Advanced Institute of Manufacturing with High-tech Innovations, National Chung Cheng University, No.168, Sec. 1, University Rd., Min-Hsiung Township, Chia-Yi County, 621, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
3 Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Chung Cheng University, No.168, Sec. 1, University Rd., Min-Hsiung Township, Chia-Yi County, 621, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
4 Micro/Meso Mechanical Manufacturing R&D Department, Metal Industry Research and Development Center, 1001 Kaonan Highway, Kaohsiung, 811, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
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Exhibition and demonstration are generally used in the promotion and sale-assistance of manufactured products. However, the transportation cost of the real goods from the vender factory to the exposition venue is generally expensive for huge and heavy commodity. With the advancement of computing, graphics, mobile apps, and mobile hardware the 3D visibility technology is getting more and more popular to be adopted in visual-assisted communication such as amusement games. Virtual reality (VR) technology has therefore being paid great attention in emulating expensive small and/or huge and heavy equipment. Virtual reality can be characterized as 3D extension with Immersion, Interaction and Imagination. This paper was then be focused on the study of virtual reality in the assistance of CNC machine tool demonstration and exhibition. A commercial CNC machine tool was used in this study to illustrate the effectiveness and usability of using virtual reality for an exhibition. The adopted CNC machine tool is a large and heavy mill-turn machine with the width up to eleven meters and weighted about 35 tons. A head-mounted display (HMD) was attached to the developed VR CNC machine tool for the immersion viewing. A user can see around the 3D scene of the large mill-turn machine and the operation of the virtual CNC machine can be actuated by bare hand. Coolant was added to demonstrate more realistic operation while collision detection function was also added to remind the operator. The developed VR demonstration system has been presented in the 2017 Taipei International Machine Tool Show (TIMTOS 2017). This case study has shown that young engineers and/or students are very impressed by the VR-based demonstration while elder persons could not adapt themselves easily to the VR-based scene because of eyesight issues. However, virtual reality has successfully being adopted and integrated with the CNC machine tool in an international show. Another machine tool on laser-assisted milling machine motion simulation has also been successfully conducted to show the expandability of the VR based technology. One can conclude that VR will be adopted and paid more and more attention in the future in helping CNC machine tool promotion. Further study could be extended to education and training system, and also for the maintenance system, too.
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