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Accessible Virtual Reality for Machinist Training Modules

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: N/A
Contract: 428
Agency Tracking Number: 30888
Amount: $49,968.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1995
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
301 Prelude Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20901
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Donald M. Esterling
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Business Contact
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Research Institution

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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