As one of the dominant drivers of Industry 4.0, mechanical and plant engineering is currently undergoing rapid change. Processes such as the programming of CNC-controlled machine tools or measuring machines required a great deal of time just a few years ago and were therefore very costly. Today, they are increasingly being optimized with the virtual machine (VM) or intelligent CAM software, making them significantly more efficient and process-safe.
A digital twin is the virtual 3D model of a product that represents the real world as accurately as possible. It forms the basis for the collaboration of a wide variety of systems and enables, for example, the direct readout of form and position tolerances, permissible surface roughness or the detailed simulation of entire process chains.