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Boeing is one company embracing this idea of an industrial metaverse. Indeed, the company says it wants to build the next airplane in the metaverse. A central part of Boeing’s vision is building digital twins – digital replicas of real-world objects or systems. By creating digital twins of the airplane and the production system that will build it, Boeing can simulate complex operations before taking action in a real-world manufacturing setting. In other words, in the industrial metaverse, the data from simulations informs what happens in the real world.
Digital Twins Can Be Used To Simulate Anything From Entire Factories To Individual Products
Digital twins are proving especially valuable in factory settings. At Siemens Digital Native Factory in Nanjing, China, the entire factory was simulated with a digital twin at the planning stage, and this allowed Siemens to detect and mitigate planning errors – and, in turn, optimize the building process. In fact, Siemens says that having a digital version of this plant helped to increase capacity by 200 percent and productivity by 20 percent.
VR Will Make The Product Design Process More Immersive And Collaborative
Of course, the use of digital twins will aid the product design process, allowing designers to simulate products, spot flaws, and improve the design before the product is actually built. And this could solve a lot of quality issues. (Boeing, for example, says that more than 70 percent of its quality issues are linked to design issues.)
But there’s another metaverse-related technology aiding the design process: virtual reality (VR). Specifically, we’re talking about designing products within an immersive VR space as opposed to simply working on a screen. Imagine, for example, designing a car by immersing yourself in a VR version of the car’s interior. In the future, we can expect to see product designers increasingly don a VR headset to immerse themselves in whatever they're designing. Designing in VR will be particularly powerful when combined with digital twins – meaning the designer could immerse themselves in the design, making changes to the product in the virtual metaverse space, and the digital twin would update in real-time to reflect those design changes.