Creating the CA2VES Virtual Workshop
A virtual multi-function workshop has been created as a three-dimensional (3D) computer-aided-design (CAD) module to address general safety issues. This virtual workshop contains an assortment of common machines (e.g., lathe, milling machines, etc.) as well as other factory items including a forklift, tow cart, etc. The workshop provides a realistic environment to the student, similar to a factory setting, with the ability to directly interact with these machines. The majority of the CAD modules were created based on actual machines in the student machine shop located in Cook Engineering Laboratory at Clemson University. In other instances, the machines and/or support items were gathered from technical books and/or online references.
In addition to the creation of geometric drawings, the working principles and operation of each individual machine has been studied by the team members from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Clemson University. Based on the working principles and mechanical properties, each of these machines was created as an assembly with moveable parts that can be edited independently. Using this approach, the machines can be quickly modified and subsequently operated to meet the specific requirements for the virtual environment. The images to the right show several machines supported within the virtual workshop.
— Tianwei (Thomas) Wang, Ph.D. Candidate
John Wagner, Ph.D., P.E.