The industrial metaverse looks set to help transform almost any complex task that requires advanced modelling or ‘next-phase’ simulation tooling, moving it into pole position for solving multiple industrial and IT challenges.

According to Prith Banerjee, chief technology officer at Ansys, the metaverse will facilitate the modelling of laws of physics in greater detail than today’s digital twins. Digital twins have been a great business asset for years, but already many ventures are pivoting to using the metaverse, as exemplified by the recent partnership struck between Siemens and Nvidia.

“If you have to change the design of a clay model of an aircraft wing for another run, each time you do it, it costs $10 million. Already, with a virtual wind tunnel, if we say a wing is going to fly, it’s going to fly,” says Banerjee.

Banerjee defines digital twinning as modelling physical assets with sensor-enabled links between the physical asset and the virtual model – increasing accuracy, predictability, cost savings, and safety by further enabling remote working and accelerating innovation.


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