What is Pre-Reality?

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It’s quite possible that you’ve never heard this term used in a design scenario, professional setting, or perhaps at all. So what does it mean? Pre-reality is the power to see something before it exists, which best describes what vCAD can do for you.

Pre-reality allows you to: step into a design, navigate a model, explore a floor plan, and truly understand a concept – all before it is actually built. You can immerse yourself into a design, move around, and see it from every angle and perspective – before a single brick is laid. This opens the design door on so many levels.


How pre-reality is used

Anyone who works with CAD designs or blueprints knows it can be tough to walk clients or colleagues through your vision. Especially for clients who don't read blueprints and plans. Our advice is to let the design speak for itself. With the ability to explore a model in pre-reality (before it is built) users can step inside, fly-through freely however they choose, and gain a true understanding of a space.

As a result, conversations around the design are elevated, questions are answered, and changes are quickly and easily implemented. From a cost perspective, seeing a design before it is built alleviates problems before they potentially occur in the construction phase. Pre-reality is a powerful tool that increases comprehension, saves time and money, and helps teams find solutions.


How to experience pre-reality

Once a design is ready, you can choose to view the model in 3D fly-through or virtual reality mode. 3D fly-through is simple to access with most computers and mobile phones. If you prefer to explore in virtual reality, an inexpensive VR headset is all you need for the experience. Regardless of the method, the result is the same: you can experience a design before it is built, as though it already exists.


Pre-reality benefits many industries

Are you intrigued by pre-reality, but not sure how it pertains to your profession? Here are just a few examples of how different users have applied it to their fields:

  • Architects can give clients a walkthrough before the house is built, allowing them to experience the design and determine any changes needed to the space to achieve their vision.
  • Developers can help people can experience the layout of their prospective dream home or business space, and pre-sell a building before construction even begins.
  • Engineers are able to see and better understand a product look and feel before building a prototype, saving a lot of time, energy and materials.
  • Artists can explore 3D creations from every perspective (particularly for Tiltbrush artists in 3D space) and better understand the delivery and audience perception of their work.
  • Contractors are able to understand the physical relationship of systems within a facility before placing a single element into the plan.
  • Teachers can get students to immerse themselves in a project or concept as though it were in the room, and improve their understanding of the lesson by experiencing it firsthand.
  • Inventors are able to immerse themselves in and explore their designs before building them, to work out the kinks and evolve the creative process.



I think vCAD founder, Lee Martin, sums it up best: You can now fully experience a design as if it exists, before it is constructed. You can explore a design before it is real – pre-reality – which is amazing, powerful, valuable, and enjoyable.

We invite you to try vCAD and see how pre-reality impacts your career!