Enhance the design, manufacture, and marketing of products through 3D modeling, managing product data, simulations and visualization.

Virtual Product Integration

Modern product manufacturing is increasingly supported by data-driven design, production and support throughout a product’s lifecycle. With a major in virtual product integration (VPI), you will use the latest tools to effectively communicate and support each step in the product’s lifecycle. 

In your classes, you will define, build, and visualize 3D models to demonstrate how products are built, how they are made, and how they are serviced and supported. You will develop simulations and visualizations to demonstrate and validate how products function. Your work will be done primarily with product lifecycle management (PLM) software tools for simulation, computer-aided design (CAD), and product data management (PDM). To gain relevant experience, you will have the opportunity to work in industry and be an integral part of teams that implement and utilize these technologies.

The foundation of virtual product integration is the use of digital representations of a product. They are created using trusted processes focused on information technology and how the product is used. In the workforce, digital data and the data stream make the workflow for design, manufacturing, collaboration and sustainment more efficient.

You will join others students in our VPI degree program who design data workflows and data flow processes to communicate product information throughout the product lifecycle to those people who need it. In addition, your work can be used to develop new software tools or to modify and extend existing software tools.

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Combine your skills in , information technology and engineering concepts to help companies produce better projects.
  • Learn the skills necessary to connect the knowledge of other members of a work team and move a project forward.
  • Work on research projects with faculty and graduate students to add to your portfolio and improve industry processes.
  • Be considered for industry and research internships with leading companies and in faculty laboratories.
  • Multiple opportunities for graduate-level education, to help you become a researcher or respected leader in your field of expertise.
  • Utilize the Polytechnic learning environment to become a career-ready graduate
  • Two degrees in five years: earn your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer graphics technology in only five years with a special plan of study.

What can I do?

Technical Trainer
Systems Integration Specialist
Applications Engineer
Design Engineer

Where can I go?

Boeing
Rolls Royce
Caterpillar
Ford Motor Company
Tesla Motors
Gulfstream Aerospace
E-Z-Go
Cessna Aviation
Honda of Indiana
GE
One of our class projects was building a helicopter drone model. We essentially exploded the model into pieces and reassembled it. When breaking the model down piece by piece, we learned how to find different errors in the model when the alignment or angle was off during the reassemble process.
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Virtual Product Integration

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The Polytechnic learning environment

Our learning experience is designed to produce graduates who not only have deep knowledge, applied skills, and experiences in their chosen discipline, but also problem solving, critical thinking, communications, and leadership skills sought by industries and communities.

About the school/department

The Department of Computer Graphics Technology touches all aspects of computer graphics, from animation to scientific visualization, and from user experience to game studies. Research projects on these topics push the boundaries of how the medium can be used, while the variety of degree options to prepare students to be practitioners and managers in an array of computer graphics-related careers.

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