The new Lab Design Tool is a healthcare and life science platform designed to help rapidly design, visualize, and optimize laboratory space, and uses augmented reality (AR) to help create and visualize a digital twin of any laboratory design layout.

Powered by Kaon Interactive, the Lab Design Tool aims to empower everyone involved in laboratory design and operations to achieve space maximization, workflow optimization, and continued operational excellence.

“Lab space layout and design has historically been marked by either inefficient, antiquated tools or costly highly-trained experts—both with lengthy iterations times,” says David Gould, product manager of the organization “There is a digital transformation ‘gap’ that needs to be filled. We need to empower everyone in lab planning, design, maintenance, optimization, and management with more agile, easy-to-use, and collaborative tools. This is particularly true as it relates to ongoing rearrangements that are necessary to keep science going amid relocations, consolidations, changing instrumentation, new lab space buildouts, as well as workflow optimizations.”

With this platform users can design and optimize new or existing laboratory spaces using a drag-and-drop interface with a library of equipment and objects. All lab workflows and designs are immediately available to experience in immersive 3D, including augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). These digital twins can be shared and experienced in real-time, simplifying collaboration with multiple stakeholders.

A Fortune 500 clinical laboratory company using the Lab Design Tool across locations stated, “It allowed us to create our most efficient and highest performing labs. Our labs went from underperforming to best-in-class. We saw a three-week reduction in time to achieve consensus among stakeholders.”

The Lab Design Tool website includes a calculator that helps individuals quantify the tool’s return on investment based on the average size of individual laboratory space their team rearranges yearly and the number of stakeholders involved. 

As digital transformation drives unprecedented disruption in laboratory design, the platform aims to provide laboratory managers with the cutting-edge tools needed for tomorrow’s laboratories, according to the company.