Vehicle design requires the development of virtual and physical tridimensional models to translate concepts generated by freehand drawing and renderings. This iterative process is very valuable but highly resource-consuming in time, cost, and effort-not only in the modeling process itself, but also in learning time, prototyping, and finishing. With schools tied to the duration of academic terms and student budgets, projects are limited to only CAD and/or scale physical models. However, recently available virtual reality (VR) devices offer alternatives to bridge that gap, enabling full-size 3D drawing exploration and visualization of CAD in small and full scale. This session will discuss the use of VR software and Maya software for initial exploration, as well as VRED software for visualization of vehicle concepts using the HTC Vibe. It describes where in the design process these tools are used, as well as the setup used at the Transportation Design Program at the University of Cincinnati.
- Envision the workflow of virtual reality application to automotive design exploration
- Learn how to obtain the setup to replicate the described experience
- Learn to use VRED for virtual reality visualization
- Obtain vital information to generate better validation of automotive concepts in shorter time spans
Juan Antonio Islas Munoz has a Master of Design from the University of Cincinnati and an industrial design degree from Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosi, Mexico. From 2007-2011, he worked at Rigoletti Casa de Diseno as an instructor and designer in Mexico City. During this time, he worked design and project management of toy projects as a freelance. In 2011 he obtained a Fulbright scholarship for his graduate studies, in which he researched automotive design aesthetic perception and digital sculpting software for the same discipline. He is currently an Assistant Professor of industrial design at the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning of the University of Cincinnati, where he currently leads the transportation design program. In his current position, has executed design projects for Autodesk, Crown Lift Trucks, General Motors, Boeing, P&G, Pfizer, and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.