BluePrint Automation (BPA) is a worldwide leader in packaging automation. They design and manufacture machinery for picking, packing and palletizing. Most of their clients are in the food industry, processing products such as frozen foods, snacks, confectionary and other items. BPA designs, manufactures, builds and tests every customized machine they make onsite at their facilities in the US and Europe.
BPA’s 3D mechanical designs are highly complex, with each machine typically consisting of over 1,000 unique parts, with a combination of off-the-shelf parts and custom components and mechanisms that the company designs itself. Prior to working with AMD, the designs were difficult to visualize for both BPA as well as its customers.
Chung-Chee Tai, VP of Engineering @ BPA, was already familiar with VR and was looking for a solution that could help BPA present these models to their customers in an easier to digest fashion. BPA really appreciated the fact that AMD’s tools for their CAD-to-VR solution were free.
Equipped with Dell Precision 5820 workstations and the AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 9100 graphics card, they create photorealistic renderings of models directly from within SOLIDWORKS® 2017 using the free AMD Radeon™ ProRender add-infor SOLIDWORKS. The rendered models are then imported into Unreal Engine using the free AMD Radeon™ ProRender Game Engine Importer, which automatically translates all of the CAD geometry and appearances into Unreal. Taking advantage of Unreal Engine’s VR templates, only a few more simple steps are required to visualize the design in VR at human scale.
By taking advantage of the high levels of performance found on the Radeon Pro WX 9100 graphics card and using their new CAD-to-VR workflow, BPA and its customers now have a new way to visualize their machinery in VR where they can animate various mechanisms and test the ergonomics before starting the actual manufacturing process, thus saving them valuable time and money.
Read more about how AMD professional graphics helped BPA improve their workflow here.
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