Future of Design: How Virtual Prototyping is Shaping the Industry
Author: Abhinav Tanksale
Design has come a long way since the days of pencil and paper. As we look back on the history of design, it’s fascinating to see how far we’ve come in such a relatively short amount of time. Just 500 years ago, the design and manufacturing process was a totally different scenario.
In the past, the design process was limited by the availability of materials and the expertise of craftsmen. Designs were often created through trial and error, with little understanding of the underlying principles of engineering and physics. As a result, the process was slow, labor-intensive, and often resulted in products that were inefficient and unreliable.
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In layman terms, Virtual prototyping is a computer-based simulation of a product or system. Think of it like a digital version of a physical prototype. Instead of building a physical prototype and testing it, you create a version that can be tested in a simulated environment. This allows us to identify and fix any potential issues or problems before investing time and resources in building the actual product.
The benefits of virtual prototyping are numerous, meaning, companies can get their products to market much sooner than they could with traditional methods. It is already being used in a variety of industries, from automotive to aerospace to consumer products.