The Advancements in Mixed Reality have created opportunities for 3D Printing Bureaus

Augmented Reality (AR) saw its record growth in 2018 and this trend is set to continue. Revenue in 2019 is forecast to hit $75 billion. AR and Virtual Reality (VR) are set to change the way we live! The advancements in AR and VR software have opened up many applications that only a few years ago would have seemed like Science Fiction. We have seen a huge change in the way that AR and VR (Edge Technologies) are being considered and this has created opportunities for skilled 3D Printing Bureaus, like Graphite AM. 3D Printed Engineering and Architectural Models and Learning aids can be brought to life through the use of edge technologies taking the models to a whole new level. 

What is the difference between AR and VR? – AR and VR look similar but they are actually very different. AR uses existing environment and VR uses a virtual environment as the base. Mixed Reality (MR) is described as a hybrid of AR and VR. It involves interaction between both the elements from the real world as well as the objects from the virtual world. The more you investigate how similar AR and VR are, the more you realise how different these two mediums are.

With markets such as Retail, Medical, Engineering, Defence, Automotive and Aerospace being early adopters of the technology, Graphite AM have teamed up with digital partners to bring 3D printed models to life. Whether it’s a show stopper at trade show or an on-line interactive learning aid, Graphite AM have continued to lead this field. From large turbines, engines, interactive visitor attractions to fire breathing dragons for a tourist attraction, AR and VR are here to stay and have created tremendous opportunities for 3D Printing.

3D Printing Technologies such as SLA, SLS and MJF all have roles to play and we are excited to see where this cutting edge technology goes.

3d printed prototypes on display at an exhibition

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