Apple are slightly late to Augmented Reality, we have been using
AR on Apple and Android devices since 2012
With the release of the IPhone X, Apple are pushing the notion of Augmented Reality (AR) to the masses. For users
of SOLIDWORKS, however, this is nothing new. Since its release in 2012 to both
the Apple and Android app stores, EDrawings Professional has been allowing its
users to experience their CAD-created models in augmented reality.
Not only did SOLIDWORKS beat
Apple in creating applications in AR in 2012, they had also beaten the price of
the competitor. The top-level IPhone X will cost a momentous £1,149, whereas
EDrawings Professional costs only £1.99 and will work on your
current device (£7.99 on the Android Store).
If it seems too good to be true,
do watch the following video of EDrawings in action back in 2013.
Augmented Reality (AR) allows mobile users to view their SOLIDWORKS
parts of assemblies in a 1:1, enabling them to view their designs as if they
were truly there in the surrounding environment. The use of a mobile device is
a great way to convey complex design information easily in the palm of your
hand, without even requiring a copy of SOLIDWORKS on the device.
Once installed, the application comes pre-loaded with some
SOLIDWORKS models which can be viewed straight away, however your own can be easily
imported through e-mail or via the cloud.
Elite Applications Engineer, Rich Earley