Virtual Reality and Virtual Prototyping Laboratory


The Virtual Reality Lab is equipped with hardware and software systems for the development, in a virtual environment, of industrial applications to support the different phases of product/process development, the definition of new interaction paradigms and the evaluation of ergonomics, usability and Customer Experience. The aim of the Lab is to integrate Virtual Engineering technologies and develop new methods and techniques to optimise their use in industry, in specific application domains.

Research activities

Technologies and tools available in the laboratory support several research activities carried out by the Industrial Engineering Design and Methods Group, as listed below:

  • Environmental sustainability
  • Social sustainability
  • Design for X
  • Design to Cost
  • Product configuration and Design automation
  • Product design optimization
  • Virtual Prototyping
  • Energy Value Stream Mapping
  • Product Service System
  • Smart environments
  • Human Machine Interaction
  • Human-Centered Design, Human Factors & Ergonomics
  • Experience Design and X-Reality for sensory fusion
  • Biomedical product design
  • DFA Product Simplification (By Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc.). Strumento per il Design for Assembly.

  • Dfm Concurrent Costing (By Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc.). Software per il Design to Cost e la preventivazione del costo di produzione.

  • LeanCOST (by Hyperlean srl). Software per il Design to Cost e la preventivazione rapida, attraverso analisi di modelli CAD 3D, del costo di produzione e assemblaggio di prodotti meccanici 

  • Feature-based parametric solid modeling systems: Solid Edge, Catia


  • Surface modelling systems: Rhinoceros

  • Simulation and rendering systems: 3DS Max, VRED, Maya, LinceoVR


  • Virtual Environment Development Platforms: 3DVia Virtools, Unity, Unreal Engine

  • Sistemi Software di Tracking e Motion Capture: Optitrack Tracking Tool, Optitrack Arena. Il software Optitrack Tracking Tools consente il tracciamento 3D di corpi rigidi. Il software Optitrack Motion Capture Arena il tracciamento completo del corpo e l’analisi biomeccanica.


  • Systems for Environmental Impact Analysis: SimaPro, Gabi

  • SW Development systems: Microsoft Visual Studio.NET

•    Front-projected  flexible  display: DIAMOND 150 (3×2,5m), which support the Active Stereoscopic Imaging

  • Workstation for the training of neural networks and deep learning algoritms for the development of systems for the recognition of the person and tracking of behavior / emotions based on video image analysis: Intel Core i5, 32 GB RAM, 2 graphics cards: 16 GB GeForce, 16 GB GTX1080 TI, 64 bit Windows 10 Pro operating system.
  • Workstation: Intel Core i7, RAM 32 GB, scheda grafica PCI-E Nvidia Quadro FX4800 1,5GB 2Xdvi, Operative System Windows 10 64 bit.
    Active stereoscopic projection system: ProjectionDesign F10 AS3D ZOOM, IR  emitter  system , 10 active glasses NuVision APG6000. 


  • Video mapping projection system: Projector OPTOMA ZH510T (1-Chip DLP Technology – Resolution 1.920×1.080 – 5.400 Ansilumen – Laser – Optics 1.20-2.13:1) Dynamic System Projection Mirror Head Optoma T510 Media Server Dynamic Projection MDC-X2 (Processore I5 – 16GB Ram)

  • Mouse 3D:  Connexion Space Navigator Professional with 6 DOF

  • Head Mounted Display:  Vuziz Wrap 920AR

  • Traking system: 
  • Optitrack by Natural Point, equipped with 6 IR cameras Flex3 (V110:R2)

  • ​​​Leap Motion. Hand tracking system.

  • Microsoft Kinect 2. Motion tracking system.


  • USB Camera: Logitech Pro C910


  • Haptic devices(Force Feedback Device): prototype system for the simulation of the contact with virtual 3D objects and their manipulation, Geomatic SENSABLE FREEFORM. Haptic System Force Dimention OMEGA 6 with6 DoF.


  • Prototype touch display for reproducing surface roughness.


  • System for biofeedback analysis: NEXUS-10 Mark II by Mind Media equipped with the following sensors: EEG, ECG, Skin conductance, Temperature.


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