This multi-year IRAD proposal, in a strategic partnership with University of Maryland (UMD) and Bowie State University (BSU), creates a collaborative virtual reality (VR) tool for concept design and assembly in VR from a database of pre-defined "parts", enabling engineers and scientists to work in a shared VR environment, as part of a concept design or pre-phase A proposal process. The proposal will define a domain agnostic database for specifying a set of physical, off-the-shelf, plug and play parts with reduced detail shape/CAD files and migrate existing domain-specific GSFC database(s) to this format, to quickly realize a collaborative, model-based VR engineering environment for prototyping, assembly mockup, and visualizations for pre-phase A work.
This proposal will create a collaborative VR environment for early stage design and assembly of hardware projects from pre-defined, off-the-shelf parts as part of a concept design or pre-phase A proposal process. The project will:
The VR environment can also help the downstream process with communication and planning between scientists and engineers in the Mission Design Lab (MDL) or for educational outreach. The first year will culminate in an alpha app for mechanical engineers for concept design and assembly mockups.More »
This project enables easier pre-Phase A proposal process development inengineering concept design and assembly by allowing quick assembly and prototyping of a design in VR. The project allows users to visualize a complete project design composed of off-the-shelf parts at real-world scales (or user-selected scales) and at any orientation. It also allows the user to use virtual tools (such as screwdrivers and wrenches) to determine tool paths and whether the model can be assembled in the real world without expensive manufacturing, physical prototypes or 3D printing.More »
|Organizations Performing Work||Role||Type||Location|
|Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)||Lead Organization||NASA Center||Greenbelt, MD|
|Bowie State University (BSU)||Academic||Bowie, MD|
|University of Maryland, College Park||Industry|