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VR and Visualization are Evolving the Architecture of Home Design

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Virtual reality and 3D visualization make the process of designing a house more user-friendly. Design software is built to accommodate a newer way of designing buildings, and even if you struggle to see the real-world benefits (perhaps because you are a traditionalist), at the very least you can admit that VR and 3D visualization have a few quality-of-life perks. They remove some of the hassles and some of the more labor-intensive sides of modern design. In truth, VR and 3D visualizations are helping to evolve the architecture industry as a whole.

Better Integration of Automation

There has been a degree of automation for years thanks to the progress being made with design software. Things like measurements are easier to add to designs, and the fact people can copy and paste elements of their design is another automation/quality-of-life benefit. Yet, VR and 3D visualization adds more.

It is possible to simulate real-world conditions using Virtual reality and 3D visualization. It is a form of gamification. You add parameters to your designs and then test out the renders for a series of different conditions (from heavy wind to earthquakes). You can automate the calculations for the distribution of weight and stress to help you get your designs correct from as early as possible within the design/production pipeline.

 Architect works with a VR headset

Integrating Methods of Automation

Again, it is not that Virtual reality and 3D visualization invented these concepts, they simply make them easier to work with. We have a lot of knowledge about traditional materials, methods of fabrication, our designing skills, and all that information can be entered into a computer program and then rendered out into a sort-of game. Again, this helps designers figure out what is possible and what isn’t. It helps refine designs earlier rather than later.

The forms of automation are so well embedded into the design software that people in the future will not know what it is to live without them. It is like how the modern generation of kids couldn’t imagine a time without the Internet because it is such a natural part of their life. Automation in design software, in Virtual reality and 3D visualization, are just as embedded in the design industry that we don’t even recognize the various forms of automation and quality-of-life features that they have.

Real-Time 3D Visualization

You can play with 3D visualizations on a screen and you can use VR equipment to get a closer look at what you are doing. Being able to view designs from this perspective will often help a designer create things to the correct scale. It also allows for a fair amount of troubleshooting during the design process. There is a marketing appeal too, as clients may enjoy the idea of walking through a representation of their structure before it is even built.

If you have the software, you may create a 3D visualization, and then use VR headsets to enter the visualization and make changes and edits in real-time. A designer can test ideas, sizes, and features in a safe environment without ever needing to pay for real-world constructions. It allows for far more immersive experimentation.

The Software Can Be Used Quickly

From some perspectives, this sort of technology and their outputs are pretty disposable. It is not like years ago when you paid thousands for a 3D render and then you treasured it. These days, you can create a design, you can use RebusFarm to render it out, and then you can use it or throw it away if the design doesn’t suit you. You can make a tweak, and then use the cloud data processing service again to create a new and full render again. There is no need to tie up your computers all day while you wait for your prototype design to be rendered, you can have another company do the rendering so that your computers are free to continue the design process.