What is Mixed Reality?

There are many definitions and opinions based around what “Mixed Reality” is and a Theorem perspective… Similar to Augmented Reality (AR), Mixed Reality (MR) is an overlay of digital content onto the real world. However, the biggest distinction between AR and MR, and what makes MR more exciting, is that the MR content appears in the form of a hologram which sits within the real world.

Wearing a MR headset, your data appears in front of you, enabling you to view your data with complete freedom of movement, at full scale and in-context. Use hand gestures and voice commands, walk around, and manipulate your 3D data as it were a real object. With the ability to display your digital content holographically, Mixed Reality is the most advanced technology to combine the real world with digital text, 3D graphics, sound and video.

Supported Mixed Reality devices

Our eXtended Reality (XR) experiences support the following Mixed Reality headsets:

  • Microsoft HoloLens
  • Microsoft HoloLens 2
  • Magic Leap
  • Windows Mixed Reality Immersive Headsets (including Lenovo Explorer & Samsung Odyssey)

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How can I get my CAD data into a Mixed Reality device?

Preparing data for Mixed Reality is a seamless and fully automated process using the Visualization Pipeline, an enterprise level solution which prepares XR data. By simply dragging and dropping your data on to the server, using “save as” from within your active CAD session or  via a PLM trigger, the pipeline will automatically optimize your data and prepare it to be used in your Mixed Reality device, whilst retaining product structure and metadata. 

The Visualization Pipeline supports many different CAD inputs formats, these include CATIA V5, 3DEXPERIENCE, CREO, NX and JT.

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Getting your 3D content ready for XR

Which Theorem-XR Experiences can I use in Mixed Reality device?

Our Theorem-XR product suite presents new and innovative ways of carrying out existing, every day, engineering tasks. Below are our current experiences that are available for use in Mixed Reality:

HoloLens 2 Azure remote rendering

Connect and collaborate in real-time

Using Mixed Reality, you can join multi-user sessions to collaborate with your engineering team in real-time, regardless of location or choice of device. By working together in XR, you can securely and remotely use intuitive XR tools for more effective decision making and to improve efficiency.

We believe that collaboration is a key factor towards accelerating development and getting to market faster, whilst eliminating the need for physical meetings, protecting the environment, and reducing cost and time and transport costs.

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Supporting large data using Microsoft Azure Remote Rendering for HoloLens 2

The Visualization Pipeline supports Azure Remote Rendering (ARR) for HoloLens 2 Mixed Reality devices. ARR offloads the rendering process to a separate server to reducing the processing load on your device, enabling you to view larger datasets in your device with excellent graphics quality and high performance.

As a member of the Microsoft Mixed Reality Partner Program (MRPP), we have worked closely with Microsoft to ensure the Azure platform seamlessly integrates with our pipeline and experiences, to remove the constraints imposed by on-device rendering of large datasets in high quality.

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Working with your 3D CAD at full scale and in context

The Cognitive Gap

Learn how Valiant TMS adopt Theorem-XR for their Merged Reality Concept 

Theorem’s Visualization Experience software has provided Valiant TMS with a unique opportunity to visualize 3D CAD models placed directly over real world equipment, tooling and components.

Valiant TMS’ use of the software has improved their ability to quickly
inspect tooling and components prior to acceptance from their vendors, ensuring that as-built components match as-designed plans, saving time and money at the assembly site.

Download the full user story and learn how THEOREM-XR can help your team get the most out of your CAD assets.

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