A desktop virtual reality system implementing a Virtual Manufacturing Workshop enables the processes of design and manufacture to be brought close together. Built-in design tools mean that the Virtual Workshop is much more than just a simulation of manufacturing. Designs can be edited, assessed, imported and exported in a completely interactive way. How the system is used is defined by the requirements of the user — whether that be pure design, process planning or training. At the end of the day, the user has a complete geometric model of the designed component and a part program from which it can be manufactured in the real world.