Accessible Virtual Reality for Machinist Training Modules

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Commerce
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$49,968.00
Award Year:
1995
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
428
Agency Tracking Number:
30888
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Microcompatibles, Inc.
301 Prelude Drive, Silver Spring, MD, 20901
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Donald M. Esterling
President
() -
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
This proposal will emphasize outfitting a virtual classroom and creating a skills (CNC) oriented training program. The virtual classroom will involve contextual learning using a realistic simulation of the manufacturing environment. The simulation will have all of the characteristics of a machine shop, but will allow the learner to explore and experiment ("discover") in ways that would not be practical or safe in a physical shop and to learn at a convenient time and place. This proposal will emphasize training issues, in contrast to a companion SBIR proposal focused on basic math and science skills. Both documents will introduce the concept of "Discover Learning" as a mechanism that will assist adult learners in an unfamiliar environment. This proposal will develop and implement a substantive improvement of the NIST Technology Learning Modules environment in two areas: [1] Simulation of a control panel and [2] Simulation of tool cutting and material removal. A Phase II program is proposed to complete the "virtual machine shop" by [3] Simulation of the machine environment and [4] Machinist's aid in setting machine parameters. We then propose to develop a CNC training curriculum utilizing a mix of multimedua and our advanced simulation that uniquely meets the special needs of a mobile, adult workforce.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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