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September 25, 2017 AT 2:00 pm

Ford is now designing cars in mixed reality using Microsoft HoloLens

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More industries are turning to virtual and augmented reality. Via Tech Crunch:

Ford is making cars using Microsoft’s HoloLens mixed reality headset, as part of a new test project the automaker is rolling out globally. The mixed reality design trial allows for rapid prototyping in a virtual environment, instead of having to create new physical models to see what new materials and angles will look like on a final design.

Old clay models aren’t going the way of the dodo – using HoloLens means that designers can combine the physical and the virtual, to see how different materials will look on an actual scale version of the physical. This reduces the process of making and reviewing changes from weeks down to days, which is a massive time savings when it comes to car design.

HoloLens also means that collaborating can be digitized in clever ways, including allowing the recording and sharing of high-tech virtual mixed media “sticky notes,” which can be appended to specific spots on the vehicle.

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