We all know that simulations have been around for decades. Virtual and physical simulations
have been used in medical fields, mathematics, architecture, aeronautics, space, and so much more.
Simulations can be beneficial in providing the ability to test theories and designs in a safe and cost-
effective way without risking equipment damage or, more importantly, human life.
The machine tool and automation industries would find advantages in using simulated environments to
teach PLC Programming Techniques without leaving the classroom. This presentation discusses and then
demonstrates how using a realistic 3D Simulated Factory environment to demonstrate a real-world
machine control systems can enhance teaching machine control programming through concepts of the
Universal Design for Learning.