Why You Need a Digital Twin

Why You Need a Digital Twin

As the economy slowly begins to reopen, the buzzword “digital twin” is gaining traction as a must-have in the manufacturing world. Companies are keen to store digital data that they can work with remotely in case of a second lockdown, and they’re also looking for ways to boost productivity and weather the recession. Consequently, hundreds of service providers are scrambling to provide these sought-after tools for facilities across the world. But what is a digital twin exactly, and why do you need one?

What is a digital twin?

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A digital twin is a virtual representation of a real-world product or asset. It can be a digital representation of a physical asset, a workflow, a process, or all of the above. While the concept of digital twin has been around for a while, the actual digital twins we see today are quite new. That’s because the tools we use to create them have only recently been developed. The emergence of more accessible precision instruments, such as 3D laser scanners, improvements in modelling software, and improvement of sensory information all contribute to what we know as a modern digital twin. Today, hundreds of companies are using this tool on a daily basis to improve their operations in the comfort of their own workspace.

What can a digital twin be used for?

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You can use a digital twin for almost anything. From virtual staging to simulating a rocket ship launch, a digital twin with the right nodes of information can simulate almost any form of experience in the digital space, as long as the right tools compile the output. One of the most common uses for a digital twin is to help architects coordinate with civil engineers. Since they tend to work with physical structures, the replica process is fairly well-known and documented. The structure is scanned or hand drawn and then modelled depending on the requirements or objectives. Once the modelling is complete, an architect and civil engineer can coordinate, collaborate, and outline the necessary steps prior to operations. This process saves time and money and improves the communication between different teams.

How do you make a digital twin?

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In today’s world, creating a perfect digital twin requires precision instruments like lidar or other 3D laser scanning technologies. Once you capture the information, there are different avenues you can take. On the one hand, you can create a model from one of the software solutions available. In this method, the modelling process is heavily dependent on the quality of the scan, and the modelling itself can take quite a long time depending on the complexity of the project. That’s why BIM coordination tools have also emerged in the marketplace. Another method is using scan-to-mesh tools that are innovative and quicker. The only problem with scan-to-mesh is there is not much selection available on the market yet. Regardless of the method, digital twins are gaining traction as a must-have for many users and a must-make for many service providers. 

How can a digital twin help your workplace?

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Due to the economic disruptions of the pandemic, the need to revamp or optimize the workplace is becoming paramount as time goes by. For example, it’s becoming increasingly important to revamp production lines in response to the financial instability. Digital twins can help you squeeze every ounce of productivity out of your production line. It all starts with a simple scan and a compilation of a data set. Once the data set is refined, the digital twin process can begin. It’s possible to replicate current assets and simulate new assets that you plan to introduce to the workplace. In other words, the digital twin represents reality and can simulate an alteration of the workplace so you can validate it before the actual event. This allows the team to pre-plan, coordinate, and optimize their workflow and improve their ROI.

What challenges do digital twins solve?

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Digital twins solve inefficiencies. Their raison d’être is to simulate events before you make them a reality, allowing you to minimize risk and avoid error. By centralizing a simulation, stakeholders can make larger decisions with less investment. As the world restarts its economy and people go back to work, simulations, real testing, and constant calibration will be the ultimate differentiators to keep your organization up and running. It all starts with a scan and your own digital twin. Contact Prevu3D to get yours now.

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