There is now a new layout and component in the VR Interaction folder of the eCatalog. Note that in order to interact with objects in VR you must have Visual Components 4.2 or later and have the Premium license.
The new layout is Interactive VR Assembly Demo, where you can have a go at assembling a simple gearbox in virtual reality. The assembly instructions are shown in front of you, and you can pick up parts by holding down the grip button of your VR controller. Once you have picked up a part, the correct placement location is displayed as a blue ‘ghost’.
The assembly tasks are made possible by the new component, VR Assembler. To create a similar layout of your own, you must have the DeviceController, the Assembler, and the parts you want to assemble.
Creating the assembly is done by pushing the buttons on the Assembler. First, you should select one of the parts to be the main assembly where the other sub-assemblies will be placed. After that, position the parts as you want them to be once assembled, and press the ‘Generate reference assembly locations’ button, saving these locations. Finally, place the parts to the side where you want to pick them from and press the ‘Generate home locations’ button.
The demo is proof of concept, and more features will be added in the future. You can also customize the scripts in the device controller and assembler to implement your own features.
Thanks for reading, and let me know what you think!