Elon Musk has created a demo video of how SpaceX is exploring ways for engineers to accelerate their workflow by designing more directly in 3D. Using hand gestures, 3D models of SpaceX aircraft parts can be zoomed in on, translated, and spun around. This is made possible using technology designed by Leap Motion, Siemens, Oculus, VR, NVIDIA, Projection Design, and Provision.
Once the company learned how to apply this to a prototype, SpaceX decided to make the wireframes in 3D using 3D glasses. The model was then applied to a freestanding glass projection, which we have seen in the Iron Man movies. Elon Musk was actually the inspiration behind the personality of Tony Stark in the Iron Man movies directed by Jon Favreau and he made a cameo in Iron Man 2 where he briefly talked about the concept of an electric jet.
The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset was also used to follow the head gestures of SpaceX engineers and interact with designs as if the part was actually in front of them.
“I believe we are on the verge of a major breakthrough in designer manufacturing,” said Musk in the video: