Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality in 2017 Review

As we wrap up this holiday season, CAD Micro wishes its entire network a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I thought this would be a good time to share some of my favorite articles I have dug up over the last few months for the new “Digital Experiences Department” here at CAD MicroSolutions. For those of you whom I haven't yet met, my name is Jason Cohen and I'm the Director of Digital Experiences here at CAD Micro.


I will start with my favorite quote of 2017:

“When to start investing, when to start building. If you have ever been surfing, you know you need to start paddling well before the wave starts to crest if you are going to catch the wave. You watch the water, you look out to the ocean, you look for rises of energy, everything lining up. I spend my days reading the water, seeing if everything is going to line up. Seeing when that energy is really going to start to build. Here with VR and AR, I will just say, now would be a really good time to start paddling" - Clay Bavor , Google I/O 2017


We've already entered the next industrial revolution - Industry 4.0 - which represents the global industrial transformation in manufacturing and industry. The growth of the Internet of Things has meant that the world as we know it is becoming a much smarter and more connected place, and businesses are adjusting to the 4th industrial revolution by embracing new technologies which will inevitably change the way we work forever. With an almost unlimited number of applications, from virtual training to maintenance and production, Virtual and Augmented Reality are set to play a vital role in Industry 4.0.


Take a look at just a few of the use cases for Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality in Industry 4.0:


Most industry watchers predict massive increases in AR and VR over the next few years. This chart really stood out to me:

Global VR Industry Revenue 2017-2021


Here is another link on the topic of VR/AR growth:


The Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show (CMTS) in Toronto this year was a lot of fun. For the first time, CAD Micro had the opportunity to show off Virtalis' Visionary Render and Virtual Reality solutions, and we had a line up each day of the 4 day show:

CMTS 2017 Virtual Reality Collage


There is no question that AR and VR are going to change design radically. I found a great video that shows how the shoe industry is already being changed:


VR and AR continue to make headway into enterprise training. This use case is also expected to grow rapidly:


I even had the chance to be interviewed and quoted for this article that talks about how the interior design industry is affected by these technological advancements:


Our partner, Virtalis, installed the immersive cave that is a center show piece for Royal Caribbean Cruise lines. The shipbuilding company is leading the charge to bring an industry design practices that have been stagnate for 200 years into the future. Bonus! Linus Tech Tips is Canadian.


Lastly, Digital Twinning is the future and it's coming fast:


2018 is going to be an exciting year!  With CAD MicroSolutions adding the “Digital Experiences” department and greatly expanding the “Additive Manufacturing” department, along with its existing Dassault Systems 3D Experience eco system including SolidWorks, we are jumping feet first into Industry 4.0 and can’t wait to see how much of a boost it is to our customer base and their continued success! We wish you all the best in the New Year and look forward to continuing to work together in 2018.


Kind Regards,


Jason Cohen

Director of Digital Experiences

CAD MicroSolutions


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