How Much Does VR Training Simulator Development Cost?
The growth of virtual reality (VR) training simulators in recent years can be attributed to solutions that allow businesses to imitate a real-life process and let employees realize what it might feel like to work with the equipment or service before actually doing it in a real environment. As the popularity of VR training makes more and more organizations stand out, companies need to be innovative to stay relevant. Virtual reality creates exciting opportunities for businesses to do so.
This article is for those who want to know what VR training simulators are, what their benefits are, see real industries and use cases, delve deeper into VR training simulator creation process, and find out how much it costs to create VR training simulator.
What is VR training simulator?
When someone talks about VR training simulator, they are referring to technology that is a virtual medium through which various types of skills can be acquired. Training simulations can be used in a variety of genres; however, they are most commonly used in corporate situations to improve business awareness and management skills.
VR Training Simulators Benefits
From retail to healthcare, any sphere will benefit from VR simulation.
The main advantages of VR training simulators are:
Costs reduction. In most cases, VR training simulators help organizations save time and money by routine operations automation, elimination or reduction. They also boost the ramp-up period for newcomers.
Risks mitigation. VR training simulators allow training people in a “safe” environment. For medical/healthcare industry training simulators help to train doctors, nurses, students without risking lives.
Efficiency. Comparing to traditional classes, trainees are able to dive into hazardous scenarios or some critical situations, that otherwise are hard, expensive and risky to replicate in a real life. This means that trainees will be ready to go through the whole set of situations and get much more experience. This kind of scenarios are a part of airline pilot training, that’s why air travel is safe nowadays.
Industry Use Cases
Today’s Manufacturing, Nuclear, Construction, Retail, Aviation, Healthcare, and other industries have changed significantly due to virtual reality technology. More and more businesses are developing immersive simulators technology matching real-life scenarios to substitute dangerous training.
Here are several examples:
Retail — Walmart started to use VR training simulator to train over a million associates across the US.
Nuclear station VR training simulator — Smart Tek has created VR training simulator for a nuclear power plant. The main idea is to train personnel on how to respond to critical incidents in a safe environment.
Manufacturing — Ford was one of the first car manufacturers to utilize virtual reality in its processes. At the advanced facility, different employees can wear a virtual reality headset, and walk around looking at a car, while colleagues watch what they experience on a large screen.
Healthcare — Cedars-Sinai, a leader in providing high-quality healthcare encompassing primary care, offers VR experiences to admitted patients like visiting different places, to reduce stress and relieve any associated pain.
VR Training Simulator Creation Process
VR training simulator creation process usually includes next steps:
- Domain research and training scripts adaptation;
- 3D environment and/or video content creation;
- Training object(s) design and creation. For example, human skeleton we created for medical training simulator: https://skfb.ly/6AnyQ;
- Decision tree and different scenarios creation.
VR training simulator often also includes:
- Voice narration and command interface;
- Analytics, reporting;
- User management;
- Hardware integration, as we made for Baseball Training Simulator (baseball bat): https://youtu.be/zeuuHQ6sAt4 and real bike integration for VR bike simulator;
- Score system.
- Integration with an organization’s existed software infrastructure;
- Multiple participants at one space.
How much does it cost to create VR training simulator?
Despite VR training simulators are quite unique and include a different set of features, based on our experience we can provide some figures:
Manufacturing — hyper-realistic 3D models, environment and different scenarios creation usually required – starting at $11000*
Energy — 3D laser scan/photogrammetry reconstruction for the precise environment and objects creation usually required – starting at $24000*
Healthcare — human body/body parts hyper-realistic modeling and quiz/decisions tree scenarios development usually required — starting at $12000*
Retail — retail floor realistic 3D modeling and different scenarios programming usually required — starting at $9000*
Aviation — the cockpit model creation and different interactions creation usually required – starting at $18000*
Education — classroom environment and virtual lesson(s), including interactions, VFX effects, quiz creation usually required – starting at $8000*
It is often a tough decision for an organization to invest in VR training simulator creation. AVRspot inc. provides a unique possibility to create a proof of concept or even MVP (minimal viable product) without any risks**.
The proof of concept or MVP includes a scene (environment) and programmed model with several scenarios. The cost starts at $4900, price depends on the level of complexity.
If you have a training simulator idea in mind for your company, we can provide an end-to-end service to make it happen — just drop us a line!
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* final price depends on many factors such as project complexity, modules such as analytics, reporting, back-end system, integration, hardware setup, multiplayer, etc.
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