CFD Visualization for Mixed Reality


EnSight, the leading post-processor for Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) data, is making strides into the virtual reality market. In September, EnSight launched its newest product, EnSight MR, designed to work with Canon Mixed Reality (MR) headsets.

Mixed Reality is a form of virtual reality that overlays virtual images into any physical environment. Video game developers have been experimenting with MR technology to display game elements on walls and tables. Now, with the advent of technology like the Canon MR platform, scientists and engineers can use MR headsets and CFD software to explore any complex physical scenario, including asteroids striking the earth and car accidents. This unique form of visualization is designed to help analysts better evaluate the physics of these scenarios by immersing them in the data, allowing them to see new angles and aspects of each experiment in real time.

With Canon’s Mixed Reality hardware, engineers can see their virtual models both full sized and scaled to their desktop, allowing for visualization of the model in any physical space. Users of the system can also manipulate their model using tactile input methods, eliminating the distraction of a keyboard and mouse and allowing for full immersion into the model experience. This immersive experience provides unique understanding of the simulation data, and can lead to better decision-making.

EnSight has long been the leading post-processing tool for visualizing, analyzing and communicating data from computer simulations and experiments. It is used by product engineers all over the world in industries such as automotive, aerospace, defense, energy production and high-tech manufacturing.

“EnSight MR on the Canon MREAL Platform strikes a balance between the visualization advantages of impressive, but expensive, CAVES or RAVE VR facilities and cheap 3D goggles, which simply block out the real world,” says General Manager of Sales and Marketing for CEI in Japan, Yoshihito Kikkawa. “By providing simultaneous view of the real world and the simulation results, Canon MREAL prevents nausea and disorientation common to other immersive VR systems. That’s why CEI is pleased to introduce native support for the Canon MREAL system within EnSight MR.”

CEI will be demonstrating the power of EnSight MR at their Japan Users Conference in Tokyo Japan. CEI representatives will be available to provide demonstrations in Tokyo, New York and Los Angeles upon request. Canon began demonstrating Canon MR at Canon Expo events in New York, Paris Tokyo and Shanghai in September 2015.