CLEVELAND-Plastics Fair Cleveland visitors breezing by the A. Routsis Associates Inc. exhibit did a double take at so-called virtual reality animation there. The firm from Dracut, Mass., claims it is the first plastics industry company to use this technology to make training materials. Displayed on a large screen, the color, three-dimensional animation does some dazzling things, sometimes even swooping down into an animated injection molding plant with working presses.
The interactive technology lets a student see how a machine really works: the barrel and mold can be made clear to show how melted plastic flows, water lines become transparent and a check valve on the screw moves back and forth.
The company initially will offer three laser discs, covering injection molding, the machine and molds. Twenty titles are in production.