Factory simulation vs visualization – a short introduction
At Visual Components, we’ve often been asked about what is 3D simulation and how does it differ from visualization. While the terms may sound similar, there is in fact a huge difference between them.
In the context of factory and production line design, visualization refers to creating a visually pleasing 3D model of the production line. Elements are usually quickly placed together and placed where needed in order to convey how the production line could approximately look like.
Simulation serves a different purpose. The goal is not to make a production line look nice, rather it is to give an exact representation about how the line will function. Whereas in a 3D visualization, all the elements look real, in a 3D simulation they also function as if they were real. For example robot movements can be programmed with precision in order to get statistics out of the model.
Choosing the correct tool for designing your factory thus comes down to a key choices – speed or precision.
When you need to do things fast
Sometimes you just need to quickly sketch an idea about a production line for presenting it to your client as a conversation opener that will be reworked in the future.
In this case, a visualization tool (for example 3D Realize) is adequate. You can simply drag and drop the elements together in minutes in order to get an overall idea about how the production line will look like and when components will be in it.
You can also easily make changes, such as replace or move components, later on and use the visualization as a foundation for building a more detailed, realistic model.
The production line may look and even functions as if it were real, but you are probably cutting some corners for simplicity’s sake. As such, creating a visualization does not require a degree in engineering and can be done by almost any employee.