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Raytheon Missile Systems

"A lot of our engineers joke that
Tony Stark wished he had this lab,"
says Kendall Loomis, center manager
for the Immersive Design Center at
Raytheon's Tucson, Ariz., facility.
In the "Iron Man" movies, Tony
Stark designs his armored super-suits
with holographic 3-D models he can
manipulate with his hands as if they
were right there in front of him in real
space. The Immersive Design Center
is as close to this concept as current
technology will allow, utilizing nine
3-D projectors, virtual reality headsets and advanced motion tracking
technology to allow Raytheon engineers and other personnel to feel
as though they are seeing one of the
company's missiles right before their
eyes, down to the last detail.

"we wanted to create an
environment in which we
could bring cross-functional teams together
and allow them to collaborate on designs."
Through this technology, Raytheon employees enter a space known
as the CAVE (Cave Automatic Virtual
Environment), where they can look
inside a virtual model of a missile prototype before anything is assembled
in the real world. This allows them
to see how the designs will translate
into a physical product. Loomis says
this gives the company the ability to
identify potential design flaws before
any assembly is done, and operators
on the assembly floor can provide
feedback that can make for a smoother manufacturing process. According
to Loomis, this can create substantial
efficiencies for Raytheon. "My grandmother taught me how to sew long
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the cave allows raytheon
to identify potential design
flaws before assembly.

ago, and she told me that you always
want to measure twice and cut once,"
she says.
Employees can manipulate the
model with controllers or through
motion-tracking, giving the experience the feel of an immersive video
game. "We joke often that it's where
Hollywood and PlayStation meet missiles," Loomis says.
The Immersive Design Center also
resembles a video game through its
ability to connect users in different

locations. Much in the same way video game players can compete against
others through the Internet, Raytheon's multiple Immersive Design Centers makes it possible for engineers
and operators to review the same design and collaborate in real-time from
their respective CAVEs. Loomis says
Raytheon employees at its Tucson
and Boston facilities can participate
in collaborative events within the virtual realm through the CAVE as easily
as if they were all in the same room


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