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3D 'Vis-Wall' Helps Design the Airbus A380

The A380 is Airbus' flagship aircraft and is also the first large aircraft to be developed in the 21st Century.

The major component assembly (MCA) hall at Airbus’ facility in Hamburg, which will be used for the development of the A380, was recently inaugurated following a visit by German Chancellor Gerhard Schroder and Airbus President & CEO Noel Forgeard.

The Hamburg facilities hosts component assembly facilities for the fuselage and cabin interiors for existing Airbus aircraft, including the A319 and A321 and operates a design office for cabin interiors.

It is in this latter capacity that Airbus has employed the talents of Christie specialist VR and simulation partner Viscon. Viscon have introduced a two-channel "Vis-Wall"; a 7.2m x 2.7m display that makes use of 4 Vivid White projectors from Christie.

Each projector has a native resolution of 1600 x 1200 pixels (UXGA), but 20% of each image projected (one image per channel) is blended to create the seamless whole you see in the image above. This edge-blended display allows the aircraft displayed over almost the entire canvas of the screen at 2880 x 1024 pixels -allowing those utilising the Vis-Wall to realize computer rendered drawings of the aircraft in great detail to a group of designers or customers as opposed to a single individual.

Christie Vivid projection could have created a larger display, but the screen was limited in size by the floor to ceiling height of the room.

The Vis-Wall is used to show "mounting views" for both designers and customers and help them to customize and eventually realize the various internal and external styling of the aircraft. From how a customers logo or designs might look on the 'skin' of the aircraft or internally the seating configuration and any special amenities the customer may require.

Alternatively the two-channel display can be used to display from two different sources at the same time, e.g. design notes and instruction can be studied and implemented immediately by displaying the CAD renderings alongside on-screen and changes to the rendering made in real-time.

The whole display and associated sound and lighting functions can be controlled via an AMX one-touch control system or actively controlled by a technician from an edit suite to the rear of the room. From which Airbus can present to up to fifty employees or customers at a time.

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