Before you start designing your first Vuforia Studio AR experience, there are a few things to know. First, learn how the technology works. Next, learn AR design and development basics. Finally, depending on your use case, you may need to obtain your CAD files and learn how to use ThingWorx and Creo Illustrate.
Before you begin, complete these steps:
Vuforia Studio is made up of four components that work together to deliver AR experiences.
To start building AR experiences, you will need credentials to log in, and your organization’s Experience Service URL. Contact your administrator to learn more.
For example, if your 3D model needs to have reflections, highlights, or a glowing color; a developer would use advanced techniques to alter a 3D model widget.
An important concept that AR developers must learn to successfully use Vuforia Studio is tracking. Tracking is the method that connects virtual experiences to objects in the physical world. Each AR experience has a tracking method. It determines how users find and open the experience, and how it functions in the real environment. Choose the tracking method that best suits your AR experience.
Common tracking methods include:
We recommend you choose which method your AR experience will use before you begin development.
The framework for Vuforia Studio is similar to web design. Many concepts inherent in web development are applicable to AR experience development. For example, there are three layers to every AR experience:
When authoring AR experiences, developers can often rely on web development principles.
If your AR use case requires 3D CAD (Computer Aided Design) data, you must obtain and optimize the CAD files. If you’re unsure who to ask for this data, it will likely be a mechanical engineer or product owner in your organization.
Determine how you will ensure the CAD files remain up to date: if there is a change to the CAD model, you will need the new files(s) to maintain the AR experience it supports.
The CAD files must be optimized for use in Vuforia Studio.
This task is required for organizations that purchased a license to ThingWorx and are creating IoT-powered augmented reality experiences. If your organization is not using IoT data, this task is not necessary.
Vuforia Studio is a powerful platform for visualizing IoT (Internet of Things) data. If your AR use case incorporates real-time data from other systems, you will use ThingWorx to connect to those systems. Learn how to create entities in ThingWorx.
This task is recommended for organizations that purchased a license to Creo Illustrate and are creating animated sequences for their augmented reality experiences. If your organization has not purchased Creo Illustrate, this task is not necessary.
With Vuforia Studio, you can use existing CAD (Computer Aided Design) files to develop AR experiences. Creo Illustrate is a tool for creating 3D technical illustrations, 2D drawings, and interactive animated sequences. AR developers use Creo Illustrate to create animated “sequences.” Learn how to create and connect sequences to your Vuforia Studio AR experience.
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