INDIANAPOLIS — Prototyping will never be the same at Elkhart-based Lippert Components Inc. (LCI). The RV component manufacturer says it’s swapping clunky back-and-forths among the client, engineering and production for a streamlined product development method: augmented reality. LCI Director of Digital Innovations Michael Rupchock says the company is leading the way as the manufacturing industry explores a new technique to envision a product before producing it.
For those unfamiliar with augmented reality, Rupchock says the popular Pokémon GO app is a helpful example; using a smartphone’s camera, the game puts 3D characters in the world around you. But rather than catching critters, users of LCI’s new technology can see a 3D visualization of a product’s CAD (computer-aided design) model in their location.
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