Integrating Simulation Games and Virtual Reality to Teach Manufacturing Systems Concepts

Simulation games can be a catalyst for understanding manufacturing systems concepts among engineering students. Integrating manufacturing simulations with virtual reality (VR) allows students to visualize, manipulate and interact with computers and extremely complex data. This paper discusses the use of simulation to teach manufacturing concepts. We developed five physical simulation games for the different manufacturing environments (i.e., craft production, mass production, lean production, mass customization, and personalized production). We then developed corresponding digital simulations and integrated them with virtual reality technology. This paper focuses on the development of a virtual reality simulation for craft production. Manufacturing concepts such as inventory planning, production scheduling, and process improvement (Lean and Six Sigma methodologies) will also be considered. By comparing physical simulations with virtual reality environments, this paper provides insights into the applicability of virtual reality technologies in the education domain. Research activities will be integrated into undergraduate courses on manufacturing systems to support problem-solving skill development among students.



Work Title Integrating Simulation Games and Virtual Reality to Teach Manufacturing Systems Concepts
Penn State
  1. Faisal Aqlan
  2. Richard Zhao
  3. Heather Lum
  4. Lisa Jo Elliott
  1. VR
  2. simulation
  3. game
  4. education
  5. virtual reality
License All rights reserved
Work Type Conference Proceeding
Deposited September 05, 2019




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  • Added Creator Lisa Jo Elliott
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