Force feedback comes to PTC

Virtalis has written an interface to create a drive to allow Haption’s haptic force feedback devices to work with PTC’s CAD portfolio

. Until now, it had only been possible to use them with Catia and Delmia.

Haption products range from a small, desktop device with a translational workspace within a sphere diameter of 120 mm to the Virtuose 6D35-45, which was designed for the 1:1 scale manipulation of virtual objects and has a workspace up to a sphere diameter of 450 mm and can exert forces up to 35 N. All the products can be integrated into Virtalis StereoWorks installations, so that the Haption device is linked to 3D stereo projection in a fully tracked virtual environment.

The company is finding new customers in the kinehaptic field where patients overcome their injuries by practising their fine motor skills. Surgeons who need to stay within a tightly controlled operating envelope represent another market as do nuclear engineers.

Tom Shelley

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