AR Physics model book

Jorge Martin-Gutierrez used BuildAR to create augmented reality content as supplement to a studybook. Work is based upon realization of an augmented book applied to teaching in Industrial Engineering.

The interface is an augmented book composed by two volumes containing 8 chapters:

  1. Simple thread elements: bolts, nut, stud.
  2. Non thread simple elements: Pins, cotter pins, washer.
  3. Security device
  4. Bearings
  5. Gears
  6. Spring
  7. Motionless Machines
  8. Machines in motion



  1. In the same location as this “Readme.txt” file, locate and print out the “Markers.pdf” file on an A4 paper.
  2. Run BuildAR Viewer/BuildAR 2 application on your computer.
  3. On the menu pane at the top of BuildAR Viewer/BuildAR 2 window, please select: File > Open Scene.
  4. In “Select a scene file to open” window, browse to the directory where this “Readme.txt” is located.
  5. In the same directory, select “elira-sc.scn” and select “Open”.
  6. On the left menu pane, select: Scene > Video.
  7. Under “Video Source”, select “Camera (Video Capture Device)” as an input.
  8. Select your preferable source of video from the list of detected video capture devices.
    (Note: in order for your device to appear on the list, you must have the camera plug-in to the computer before running the BuildAR Viewer/BuildAR 2 application.
  9. Select “Play” button, and put each marker of the printed “Markers.pdf” in front of the camera. You should see the showcase demo.

Author comments

As a teacher I know that students pay far more attention and are quite motivated using new gadgets and technologies. That’s why I thought about creating didactic contents based on AR technology. We could talk about the good academic results that students managed to get and even about students’ satisfaction while using this kind of didactic material but everything has been possible through BuildAR which has allowed me creating AR applications easily without any previous programming knowledge. BuildAR has a very nice interface where it’s impossible getting lost among all functions and commands. New BuildAR Pro version can not only add 3D and models to the real scene but also images, text and videos as well. This broadens possibilities in design of the didactic material I want to create. I have tried the Pro 2 new version which allows using Image-based tracking which makers AR technology perception more natural and discreet than using markers.
I have shown several of my teaching colleagues BuildAR potential and now they are using it as well. I have also talked of BuildAR in some conferences I have given already, and several interested persons have asked me about more information on Build AR, now they have told me that they are using it as well since it’s a very interesting tool indeed.
I regard BuildAR is easy to use and quite efficient as well as strong and stable so it’s very effective considering results.

Reviewer comments

This AR book, built with the BuildAR software, includes a massive set of 3D models of mechanical elements.
With over 150 pages of descriptions and 3D models of each mechanical element, some of them also including animations,
it seems this can be very useful for teaching and learning in mechanical engineering.
It is a good example of an AR scene, built with the BuildAR software, being very useful for education.