Learning Under the Hood: Creating an AR Diesel Engine for Students

Conference Archive

Realities360 2019 Conference - June 25, 2019

Josh Janikowski

Software Engineer
Fox Valley Technical College

Kristina Wilson

Learning and Development Designer
Fox Valley Technical College

Pop the hood on any car or truck and you see the engine. What you can't see is how the engine works. You can't look at it while it's running, you can't easily teach this in a lecture or by telling students to read their textbooks, and there aren't many diesel resources available for instructors. Many industries face similar problems how to teach what the learner can't see. Additionally, the diesel technician industry faces a shortage of workers and those who are entering the profession have less mechanical know-how than previous students. We were faced with the challenge: How can you give students a realistic view of how an engine works and help them rapidly build skills?

In this session, you'll learn how AR models can solve problems in engineering, industry, and mechanical professions. You'll experience our FVTC HoloDiesel Microsoft HoloLens AR Diesel Engine, learn from our dilemmas, and have an opportunity to discuss how the project impacted our diesel students. We'll explain how we brought a Cummins engine into an augmented environment, how we designed the user commands, and what type of experience we wanted our students to have. The holographic engine brings an instructor-led augmented experience into the classroom so students can experience what isn't possible in the physical world.

In this session, you will learn:

  • About the design and development of a Microsoft HoloLens AR Diesel Engine
  • How an AR solution improved student performance
  • What we learned along the way and how we overcame challenges
  • The process of taking a mechanical concept from textbook to AR 

Technologies/platforms/devices that will be discussed:

  • Microsoft HoloLens
  • Unity
  • Autodesk Maya
  • VR


Designers, developers


You do not have access to these files. Please log in or join with a free membership to download these files.


 Back to Library
Advertise Here
Advertise Here

Upcoming Events