Title: A template approach for coupling virtual reality and CAD in an immersive car interior design scenario

Authors: Vincent Meyrueis; Alexis Paljic; Laure Leroy; Philippe Fuchs

Addresses: Arts et Metiers ParisTech, LCPI, 151 Bd de l'Hopital 75013, Paris, France ' Mines ParisTech, CAOR - Robotics Lab, Mathmatiques et Systèmes, 60 Bd Saint Michel, 75272 Paris Cedex 06, France ' Mines ParisTech, CAOR - Robotics Lab, Mathmatiques et Systèmes, 60 Bd Saint Michel, 75272 Paris Cedex 06, France ' Mines ParisTech, CAOR - Robotics Lab, Mathmatiques et Systèmes, 60 Bd Saint Michel, 75272 Paris Cedex 06, France

Abstract: In this paper, we introduce a method for using jointly the resources of the virtual reality and CAD. The aim is to improve the designers' productivity, particularly in the automotive field. This paper presents a first approach using a bidirectional link between CAD and virtual reality systems that allows parts product modification during a functional virtual simulation review of a car interior. For this, we propose to use a template that gathers different information necessary for the set-up of the immersive simulation and that allows data exchange for product modification. Our approach has been evaluated through an experimental case based on the modification of a button on a vehicle dashboard. In this context, different interaction paradigms and designer assistances supported by the template have also been addressed.

Keywords: virtual reality; CAD; computer aided design; immersive environment; design process; automotive simulation; vehicle design; interior design; automobile industry; vehicle interiors; data exchange; product modification; vehicle dashboards; product design.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPD.2013.058449

International Journal of Product Development, 2013 Vol.18 No.5, pp.395 - 410

Received: 31 Jul 2012
Accepted: 29 May 2013

Published online: 24 Dec 2013 *

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