The Advanced Virtual Manufacturing Lab, AVML featured in Indiana Business Magazine
The May 2007 issue of Indiana Business Magazine has a feature article on Advanced Manufacturing "A New Look - it's not your father's factory floor. Filling the need for a high-skilled workforce". Included is a decription of how Advanced Science and Automation Corp. in Indianapolis is working with the Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing Lab at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis to develop a cutting edge virtual reality web-based software system that uses an avatar and 3-D lifelike machine controls and sounds for effective training on how to use modern CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) machines for metal fabricating in modern factories. The program includes lecture, guides students through training sessions and allows them to "practice" on the virtual machines without having to worry about damaging expensive equipment or consuming materials.