University of Bath uses Microsoft’s head monitor to lay carbon fiber laminates for cars

Students at the University of Bath in the UK are using the new augmented reality (AR) tools developed by Rocketmakers to help produce the 2019 Formula One competition.

The world’s first production of cars with AR technology. University of Bath uses Microsoft’s head to display carbon fiber laminates for automobiles.

According to foreign media reports, students at the University of Bath in the UK are using the new augmented reality (AR) tools developed by Rocketmakers to help produce the 2019 student formula competition.

Although augmented reality technology has been used for testing and demonstration by automakers, this will be the first time this technology has been used to make cars. The car will compete in the 2019 Formula Student Race, the most mature educational racing event in Europe, hosted by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

The AR tools used today help to build a single-shell body for the car, with carbon fiber laminates on the body, and the University of Bath racing team has pre-cut carbon fiber laminates in the right position. To ensure maximum strength and stiffness of the final product, the texture and orientation of each laminate needs to be varied according to a predetermined pattern.

Rocketmakers designed the tool to create an augmented reality version of the car’s single-shell body, which has the right shape, position and the right direction for each part, and the student wearing the tool can see it during work.

Compared to existing methods, the new tool is expected to provide users with a better working experience and higher accuracy. Although carbon fiber laminates are usually laid by robots on production vehicles, laying carbon fiber laminates is one of the most demanding tasks for both physical and mental power in small-scale production applications. . Even the most advanced technology currently used in Formula 1 automotive production requires a computer screen to be placed next to it, and then staring at the work.

As a piece of misaligned carbon fiber laminate can have a significant negative impact on the integrity of the final product, the University of Bath Racing students will be the first to use the tool. Jack Harris, Bachelor of Engineering Management and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bath, explains: “After spending a year designing a car, the task of laying carbon fiber is a headache. Even though we use it during design and testing. High-tech equipment, but the carbon fiber laying work still relies mainly on hand-eye coordination, and tools to assist the work are exciting.”

After several months of discussions, Rocketmakers and the University of Bath Racing team decided to use AR technology to create a tool that would help with carbon fiber. Both parties want to build and test a truly useful tool that can be easily operated with current AR head-end technology support, and students only need to do minimal pre-work.

The University of Bath racing student will use two Microsoft (Hololens) heads to assist in the carbon fiber laying work, although this type of head display is already the most powerful head display on the market, but the complexity of the virtual image projected by Hololens heads It is still limited, but it is suitable for carbon fiber laying work because the carbon fiber is only concentrated in the single body part of the car at a time. Still, in order to work with Hololens heads, the resolution of computer-aided design (CAD) files that students use in most jobs must be reduced to be compatible with Hololens processors.