Augmented Reality Is Ready for Its Close Up on the Training Floor

IndustryWeek | February 19, 2020

Not everyone learns the same way, and different types of learning-auditory, visual, tactile, kinesthetic or a mix-aren’t always well-represented in academia or company training programs. According to a 2018 IndustryWeek/Poka survey of 426 manufacturing leaders, the most effective training method is on-the-floor pairing/shadowing where trainees observe and interact with experts performing the actual job. But this kinesthetic one-off pairing approach can be expensive, taking experienced workers off the production floor to train. Also, paper-based work instructions may make training outdated or ineffective. While learning management systems have made relevant information digitized, training through AR provides a 3D format and kinesthetic-friendly approach, which capitilizes on a mix of learning methods that improve knowledge retention. AR is also more cost-effective than planning downtime for training on real-world equipment or using physical materials for training prototypes.

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The benefits of 3D printing within the medical industry include improved economics and better clinical outcomes for patients. The technology offers opportunities to hasten medical device prototyping and development and improve patient care through customized medical solutions and precise anatomical models for surgical preparation and training.

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The benefits of 3D printing within the medical industry include improved economics and better clinical outcomes for patients. The technology offers opportunities to hasten medical device prototyping and development and improve patient care through customized medical solutions and precise anatomical models for surgical preparation and training.

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