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21st April 2011 (0 Comments)

Augmented book for Engineering students

by Jorge Martin-Gutierrez
Jorge is a teacher in Spain. Here is the website of his research group and work.

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Author’s Description:
Work is based upon realization of an augmented book applied to teaching in Industrial Engineering. This book seeks helping mechanical engineering students for learning about sketching, designation and normalization of mechanical elements following ISO standardization international rules, ASME-ANSI, DIN regional regulations and UNE Spanish standardization rules. Knowledge of these elements is basic and fundamental for Mechanical Engineer. The interface is an augmented book composed by two volumes containing 8 chapters:

1- Simple thread elements: bolts, nut, stud.
2- Non thread simple elements: Pins, cotter pins, washer.
3- Security device
4- Bearings
5- Gears
6- Spring
7- Motionless Machines
8- Machines in motion

Each chapter has an introduction with theoretical contents and the following technical card of each standard element. Card has literal information about use, rule number and element standard designation. Besides it contains graphic information about standard representation, photorealistic image and a marker which allows visualization of the 3D standard element from any point of view through augmented reality. There is up to 141 mechanical elements modeled (screws, shafts, axles, gears, belt wheel, sprockets, pulley, couplings, bearings…), 4 motionless machines and 5 animated machines.

Author’s Comment:
As a teacher I know that students pay far more attention and are quite motivated using new gadgets and technologies. That’s why I thought about creating didactic contents based on AR technology. We could talk about the good academic results that students managed to get and even about students’ satisfaction while using this kind of didactic material but everything has been possible through BuildAR which has allowed me creating AR applications easily without any previous programming knowledge. BuildAR has a very nice interface where it’s impossible getting lost among all functions and commands. New BuildAR Pro version can not only add 3D and models to the real scene but also images, text and videos as well. This broadens possibilities in design of the didactic material I want to create. I have tried the Pro 2 new version which allows using Image-based tracking which makers AR technology perception more natural and discreet than using markers.
I have shown several of my teaching colleagues BuildAR potential and now they are using it as well. I have also talked of BuildAR in some conferences I have given already, and several interested persons have asked me about more information on Build AR, now they have told me that they are using it as well since it’s a very interesting tool indeed.
I regard BuildAR is easy to use and quite efficient as well as strong and stable so it’s very effective considering results.

Reviewing results:
This AR book, built with the BuildAR software, includes a massive set of 3D models of mechanical elements.
With over 150 pages of descriptions and 3D models of each mechanical element, some of them also including animations,
it seems this can be very useful for teaching and learning in mechanical engineering.
It is a good example of an AR scene, built with the BuildAR software, being very useful for education.

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