JLR Increases CAx During WFH

May 20, 2020 at 1:50 PM

Working from home has caused Jaguar Land Rover engineers to work more efficiently

How Will You Get to Work Post COVID-19?

May 19, 2020 at 7:00 AM

And what do OEMs and dealers need to do to improve their operations?

The Rolls-Royce of Easter Eggs

April 10, 2020 at 8:33 AM

Jellybeans may be tasty, but this egg is absolutely gob-smacking

NVIDIA Offers “Orin”; Fighting Cyberattacks; Under the Radar Weight Savings

February 03, 2020 at 3:04 AM

NVIDIA Offers “Orin”; Fighting Cyberattacks; Under the Radar Weight Savings

What the Roman Empire Has to Do With Product Lifecycle Management (We’re Not Kidding)

December 01, 2019 at 8:23 AM

Although you might think of product lifecycle management only in the context of a software package, that’s only half of it, as CIMdata’s Peter Bilello explains.

VinFast and Digital Speed

November 05, 2019 at 12:13 PM

When you’re talking about a 21-month development from design to production, you’re talking about blistering speed. And that’s what a startup has accomplished.

Lightening Up Through Topology Optimization

October 04, 2019 at 12:42 PM

Products can be lighter and better through the application of topology optimization. However, they might look somewhat different. . .

Figuring Out Aspects of Computational Fluid Dynamics

September 04, 2019 at 8:43 AM

Analysis of CFD: analysis of analysis? These researchers have developed the way by which exact parameters describing how disturbance dissipates in the flow and determined requirement that empirical turbulence models must satisfy.

Figuring Out Aspects of CFD

July 30, 2019 at 6:00 AM

Analysis of CFD: analysis of analysis?

Waymo and CAE

July 04, 2019 at 9:05 AM

In its effort to transform mobility, Waymo is racking up lots of miles—most of them simulated.

The Fourth Dimension in Additive Manufacturing

June 03, 2019 at 9:37 PM

A new software suite for 3D printing analyzes, repairs, and prepares 3D models using the native file formats of a variety of CAD systems, saving the conversion to STL for last.

How Would William Gibson Design a Car?

May 29, 2019 at 10:49 AM

Using virtual reality to design cars is not a new thing. But using “mixed” reality—and even wearing a VR headset while driving—goes to another place, entirely—physically and metaphysically.

Ford’s Global 3D Model

May 07, 2019 at 7:15 AM

Gravity Sketch is a 3D virtual reality tool that allows designers to go directly to 3D modeling, with gestures taking the place of a stylus and tablet. Ford designers find the Co-Creation feature particularly useful, as this allows designers in studios around the world to be able to interact with the “same” 3D model.

Plug-and-Play Wheelsets; Rallying for Safety; Testable 3D; Self-healing Brakes

May 03, 2019 at 1:11 PM

Rallying for Safety; Plug-and-Play Wheelsets; Testable 3D; Self-healing Brakes

Artificial Intelligence Advances into Production

April 03, 2019 at 10:30 AM

Adopting new technology in design and manufacturing is usually a series of baby steps. Artificial intelligence and machine learning are no different.

Scanning at la Sarthe

April 03, 2019 at 10:00 AM

3D scanning system keeps competitors honest.

Manufacturing Execution in the Age of IoT

March 04, 2019 at 2:10 PM

The latest wave of manufacturing execution systems takes advantage of the Internet of Things, leading to simpler and faster implementations and truly real-time data analysis, decision-making, and problem resolution.

Digital Assembly Comes of Age

February 04, 2019 at 12:30 PM

Digital assembly is increasingly comprehensive and allows smoother product launches.

Time to Upgrade Your CAM Software?

January 04, 2019 at 2:44 PM

Improvements to the 2019 versions of CAM software go well beyond user interface/experience enhancements, even though the changes might seem small.

Solid Edge 2019: It’s Not Just a CAD Package Anymore

November 01, 2018 at 12:00 PM

The latest version of Solid Edge blows away the archetype for CAD packages by providing CAD, CAE, CAM and more for both mechanical and electrical design.

CAM Program Halves Selector Fork Production Time

August 31, 2018 at 11:56 AM


Networking Vehicular Electronics Gets an Assist

August 30, 2018 at 10:00 AM

A new SAE J1939-based software tool helps design electrical/electronic systems in tomorrow’s commercial heavy-duty vehicles.

Manufacturing Systems: The SLM 280 and More

August 30, 2018 at 12:00 AM

SLM 280 metal additive manufacturing system. Compact Horizontal Machining Center. Versatile Solid Carbide Drill. Comprehensive CAM Software. Ergonomic Pneumatic Die Grinder.

Digital Design Tools Dropping

June 26, 2018 at 2:13 PM

Allegorithmic, a French developer of 3D texture and material authoring software used to design everything from digital games to advertisements, has been spending the last few weeks dropping new digital “materials” specifically created for use in automotive design.

GM and Autodesk Advancing Design and Manufacturing

May 05, 2018 at 10:22 AM

General Motors is working with Autodesk on utilizing advanced design software and 3D printing capabilities to develop parts that are not only lighter than those otherwise developed, but which combine what would otherwise be separate parts, thereby reducing manufacturing complexity.

The Network and the Sensor

April 03, 2018 at 12:02 PM

The smart-factory world of digital manufacturing is coming, and manufacturing-technology developers are eager to help you be ready.  

Speeding Production with Digital Tooling

January 24, 2018 at 2:34 PM

More than product specs for the cloud crowd, this approach to machining setup can massively accelerate things—both the planning and the operation.

Inspection Software Advances

September 07, 2017 at 11:19 AM

What more can be done to metrology software?  Plenty, as this round of new features shows in the  2017 versions of three inspection software packages.  

Surf’s Up!, computationally speaking

April 21, 2017 at 6:18 AM

The accompanying image is not an automotive product: Yet it is something that can transport a person at speeds of up to 50 mph.

CAM Does More in 2017

April 05, 2017 at 10:45 AM

The latest advances in computer-aided manufacturing software do more of the job of programming toolpaths while making such work simpler for the machinist.

Ford Enhancing Development Capabilities

February 16, 2017 at 5:58 AM

Although computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and other digital tools are extensively used by Ford (as well as all other major—and minor—vehicle developers), at the end of the day, cars and trucks exist in the real world.

CAE from Powertrain to Radar Systems

November 02, 2016 at 12:49 PM

A major update to the flagship CAE/FEA/CFD/simulation software from Ansys responds to the variety of new engineering in automotive.

All About Acadia

October 31, 2016 at 8:00 AM

One of the features of the 2017 GMC Acadia is, compared with the outgoing model, that it is some 700 pounds lighter.

BASF, Toda Kogyo in Talks to Expand Cathode Battery Partnership to N. America

August 15, 2016 at 10:00 AM

German chemical giant BASF SE and Toda Kogyo Corp. say they have begun negotiations to combine their cathode active materials (CAM) businesses for lithium-ion batteries in North America.

Advancing Manufacturing with Manufacturing Software

August 01, 2016 at 3:56 PM

Increased automation, feeds and speeds, accuracy and ease of use are the general themes in this year’s machining software enhancements.

There’s CAD. And There’s Clay.

April 06, 2016 at 5:38 AM

If you were to go back in time to the turn of this century (sounds more amazing than “sixteen years ago”) and asked someone in the automotive product development community about the dominance that would exist for all manner of digital design tools, you would undoubtedly get a robust response that would make it absolutely clear that by 2016—if not before—the digitization of design would be at full throttle and that people would be working in studios with Oculus Rift headgear as commonly as prescription lenses.

The Latest CAD System Offers a Triple Play

April 04, 2016 at 1:39 PM

Onshape combines mobility, collaboration and integral product data management with 3D CAD— at a “petty cash” price, if free isn’t good enough.

VW and CAE

November 30, 2015 at 5:17 AM

In case you’re wondering what Volkswagen has come up with to address the emissions issues with its 1.6-liter EA 189 diesel engines, at least for non-U.S. markets (this has been presented to the German Federal Motor Transport Authority, which has ratified the approach), here is the physical part of the fix: That’s a “flow straightener” or “flow transformer.” It is positioned directly in front of the air mass sensor.

New Garmin Dash Cam Adds Driver Alerts

September 03, 2015 at 12:51 PM

Garmin International Inc.'s latest Dash Cam video recorder includes alerts that warn drivers of potential collisions when they are approaching another vehicle rapidly or following too closely.

Improving CAM for Better Machining

April 02, 2015 at 2:09 PM

The latest improvements in CAM lead to reduced cycle times, reduced tool wear, better profits.

Making IndyCars Cooler Through Technology

March 18, 2015 at 5:05 AM

IndyCar races aren’t once they once were, at least when it comes to popularity.

Data Transfer Secure & Swift

March 02, 2015 at 2:21 PM

Just email or FTP the CAD file, right? Sure, if you don’t consider security, traceability, intellectual property, file size, and other considerations. But you should.

Improved CAM

November 25, 2014 at 3:26 PM


Siemens Launches NX 10

October 31, 2014 at 9:59 AM


Making CAD Immersive

October 30, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Here’s technology that helps transform 2D CAD designs into the third dimension.

Honda Improves Its CAE Capability

August 28, 2014 at 10:46 AM


As Goes Aero, So Goes Auto

July 31, 2014 at 4:12 PM


CAM: Getting Better and Going Cloud

July 31, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Acquisitions haven’t stopped two CAM vendors from advancing their software. In fact, the acquisitions have also helped put CAM into the cloud.

When CAD Isn't Additive

May 30, 2014 at 1:30 PM

With the increasing popularity and advantage of additive manufacturing, a different set of design tools are required.

Professional Workstations Are Still Important

February 28, 2014 at 12:24 PM

With all the clamor about tablets and mobile phones, one could easily forget about workstations. Don’t. Nowadays, they’re even more primed for the heavy lifting in CAD.

NX 9 Offers Broad, New Functionality

January 02, 2014 at 10:40 AM

The latest advances in Siemens NX can help speed both programming and machining.

Vettel, Victories and. . .CFD

December 12, 2013 at 4:48 AM

As is undoubtedly known by anyone who cares, Sebastian Vettel of Infiniti Red Bull Racing, recently won his fourth Formula One world title in a row, which puts him in the ranks of Juan Manuel Fangio, Alain Prost and Michael Schumacher.

2015 Mustang Revealed?

October 15, 2013 at 11:30 PM

Renderings purporting to be of the 2015 Ford Mustang are based on spy photos and CAD images of the actual sport coupe, according to Web site

CAD Comes to Toys

October 11, 2013 at 5:23 AM

If you look closely at this picture, you’ll see that there are two Mercedes E-Class Cabriolets: There is that red one outside the window.

Geomagic Enhances 3D Capabilities for Realities Virtual and Actual

October 03, 2013 at 1:57 PM

The latest enhancements in Geomagic’s software for metrology, mesh editing, and 3D modeling include new features, enhanced capabilities—and new product names.

CFD Gets Faster Without All the Mesh

August 01, 2013 at 1:37 PM

A 30-year-old approach to computational fluid dynamics has reemerged, making the transition from CAD to CFD analysis faster and requiring fewer compute resources.

GM Invests in Digital Tech in Michigan

May 16, 2013 at 6:41 AM

Although you might think that this image is some sort of tribute to Star Trek Into Darkness, it is actually associated with the General Motors Warren Enterprise Data Center—“a state-of-the-art $130-million” facility that GM opened earlier this week on the ground of its Tech Center in Warren, Michigan.

Siemens Helps U.S. Vets

May 03, 2013 at 4:32 AM

There is that old saw about giving someone a fish vs. teaching them how to fish.

Solid Edge ST5 Design Software Nails It

September 19, 2012 at 12:00 AM

Among the “1,300 new customer-driven productivity enhancements” in the latest version of Solid Edge, several stand out.

Turnkey Integration for ERP

August 22, 2012 at 12:00 AM

Affordable commercial software links ERP to CAD, as well as PDM, even PLM. Doing so synchs the data in these systems. Better, it reduces production errors.

Mass Reduction Competition (No, Not a Diet Program)

August 22, 2012 at 12:00 AM

As OEMs face the proposed 54.5 CAFE standard, they are probably anything but calm.

Morgan: Classic Design Through Contemporary Software

July 19, 2012 at 4:57 AM

Although the Morgan 3 Wheeler—yes, this is a real car produced by a real car company in the U.K. (the Morgan Motor Company, which was established in 1909), that is approved for use in the U.S. and in Europe—appears as though it comes from an early day, from back in the 1930s.

The Future Is Bright for Ford Fusion Drivers

July 02, 2012 at 4:52 AM

It’s not noted whether the Ford engineers shown in this photo are actually fans of Timbuk 3 or Corey Hart, but there seems to be some evidence that like players at the final table of the World Series of Poker or Kim Kardashian, sunglasses are somewhat de rigueur.

Better EV Motors Aim of British Program

June 22, 2012 at 5:46 AM

One of the roadblocks (as though there needs to be more) in the way of the development of electric vehicles has to do with things like neodymium-iron-boron and samarium-cobalt.

Renishaw’s Melting Additive-Metal Manufacturing Systems: AM125 and the AM250

June 22, 2012 at 12:00 AM

Renishaw's additive-metal manufacturing system; Maplesoft's technical computing software; INUS Tech's reverse engineering software.


June 22, 2012 at 12:00 AM

Penn Engineering; Mitutoyo; Delcam.

SpaceClaim Improves on Accessible CAD

June 22, 2012 at 12:00 AM

SpaceClaim’s niche is direct modeling, a CAD approach that generally invites people to easily create, fix, and modify 2D and 3D designs on-the-fly.

Crowdsourced Design Winner

May 25, 2012 at 5:45 AM

GrabCAD, which claims to be “the largest online community by, and for, Mechanical Design Engineers” (>195,000 engineers), has announced the winner of its Supercar Body Challenge: the first place entry was developed by Darren McKeage: The contest, which was organized with 500 Group, an intellectual property company, required that the cars designed use GM performance parts hardware and GM V8 engines (LS3, LS7 and LS9 engines). What’s more, the design brief noted that the car would have speeds of excess of 225 mph, so aero was important, and that visibility from the cabin was key.

Of Mustangs and Molds (and More)

May 08, 2012 at 5:02 AM

The 2013 Stage 3 Mustang from ROUSH Performance features a supercharged 5.0-liter engine under its hood that provides 565 hp and 505 lb-ft of torque.

Merging Additive Manufacturing & Electronics

April 26, 2012 at 12:00 AM

3D printing; optical measuring and data acquisition sensor; free interactive CAD plug-in tool; cast urethane molding; 3D/2D software.

Green Guide: Flame Treatments, Battery Systems, and Energy Use

November 15, 2011 at 11:57 AM

Flame Treatment Technology a Green Move for GM; A Cleaner Cleaner; Freudenberg's “Simple” Devices May Make Big Differences in Battery Systems; SolidWorks “Sustainability” Offers Real-Time Green Solutions; Siemens’ “Ctrl-Energy” Monitors Machine Tool Energy Use

What's Blocking The Move From 2D to 3D?

October 03, 2011 at 1:45 PM

CAD software vendors and pundits have long been predicting 'everyone' will soon be on 3D CAD. Why hasn't that happened?

CAD For The Small, Medium, and Large

March 01, 2010 at 12:00 AM

Price, breadth of features, and product lifecycle management are what mostly separate CAD systems in corporate eyes.

VVT + AFM + MPGs for GM V8s

December 31, 2009 at 2:40 PM

Did you ever wonder how the 5.3-liter Chevy Silverado* does so well in fuel economy ratings—15 mpg city, 22 mpg highway—especially in the “May the Best Car, er, Truck Win” ads against the 4.6-liter Toyota Tundra (15/20 mpg) and 4.6-liter Ford F-150 (14/20 mpg)? Well, while there are undoubtedly a multitude of reasons, here’s an important one: variable valve timing (VVT). Key to the truck VVT system is the electrohydraulically controlled cam phaser, which controls the cam position based on input from a sensor and is controlled by the engine control module.

Building An Ambulance

April 09, 2009 at 12:00 AM

Ambulance manufacturing is as much about design, engineering and technology as it is durability and functionality.

Introducing Product Portfolio Management

January 01, 2009 at 12:00 AM

Project portfolio management (PPM) is a disciplined approach to objectively analyze potential investments, some requiring shared resources, against a common set of criteria so that a company can pick the right things to do.

Digital Mock-Up Grows Up

June 01, 2007 at 12:00 AM

Digital mock-up tools sit nicely between heavy-weight, complex CAD systems and lightweight CAD viewers. Every automotive enter-prise should have one of these tools. And in time, will have one.

PLM & Lean Product Development

August 30, 2006 at 12:00 AM

Lean initiatives to eliminate waste are not just for production and inventory management. They also apply to product development. Here's how PLM can make that happen.

Programmable Logic Controllers Transformed

July 01, 2006 at 12:00 AM

A new generation of programmable logic controllers (PLCs) yields a new acronym: PAC (programmable automation controller). There’s a lot more control power today.

QFD ANALYSIS: From Customer Needs to Design Specs

June 01, 2006 at 12:00 AM

Translating customer needs and requirements into design and engineering specifications is mostly a matter of listening, seeing, quantifying the qualitative, and then figuring out the possibilities. Yes, there are tools that can help.


June 01, 2006 at 12:00 AM

DFMA—Design for Manufacture and Assembly—has been around for a long time.

ICEM's New Class A Surface Model Considered

March 01, 2006 at 12:00 AM

ICEM Ltd. (Southampton, UK; recently announced ICEM Shape Design (ISD), a suite of software products for creating, modifying, and validating any type of surface, from freeform to complex mechanical shapes.

BMW Standardizes Its FEA

January 06, 2006 at 12:00 AM

In efforts to improve the crashworthiness of its vehicles, BMW Group is standardizing on finite element analysis (FEA) software from ABAQUS, Inc. (Providence, RI;, a Dassault Systèmes company.

What You Need To Know About Blade Systems

August 01, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Blade systems are compact and efficient compute servers that primarily save space and power, infrastructure, and compute management. Blades also cut costs. Here's how.

Toward The Plug-and-Play Car

June 01, 2005 at 12:00 AM

AUTOSAR promises to give automotive electronics what it currently lacks–a plug-and-play environment where software modules work together seamlessly. Ultimately, its ability to redistribute computing power may destroy plug-and-play itself.

How EGA Makes Better Dies

January 13, 2004 at 12:00 AM

Honda Engineering North America (EGA) has developed a recipe for making inexpensive dies that can produce complex panels: start with digital prototyping, stir in simulations and add a dollop of creative frugality.

Unigraphics NX: (What It May Mean To You)

March 01, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Given the prevalence of Unigraphics and I-DEAS throughout the automotive supply change, EDS' approach to product convergence can have effects on your CAx operations. Here's a quick look.

Microsoft Tightens the Web with its .NET Initiative

February 01, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Last summer, Microsoft announced Microsoft .NET. Marketing hyperbole aside, this initiative is planned to dramatically change the way your computer and computer applications operate. It also could have a profound effect on your business.

What You Need To Know About RFID

February 15, 2000 at 12:00 AM

RFID—radio frequency identification—technology can help manufacturers keep better track of vehicles-in-becoming (i.e., parts, subassemblies, etc.) and even after the sale. Here’s how.

GM's Metal Fabricating Division Stamps its Approval of CAD/CAM

July 01, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Over the years, General Motors has worked on replacing its manual, paper-based design process with a math-based, electronic system. At the company's Metal Fabricating Division, the benefits are fantastic.

Animate Your CAD

April 01, 1999 at 12:00 AM

In two hours or less, you can create fairly sophisticated animations from your CAD system's solid models so that people who know nothing more than how to use Microsoft Word and PowerPoint on their Windows-based computers can better understand a part or assembly design

Where Have All the Mainframes and Minicomputers Gone?

March 15, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Mainframes and minicomputers haven't gone away. They're just called something else: servers. And they're still just as important to the automotive industry as before.

When Controls Converge: CNC,PLC & PC

January 15, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Good news! CNCs, PLCs, and PC-based industrial controllers are beginning to look and act more alike. They are also quickly losing their island status on the plant floor. The result is industrial controllers that do more on the plant floor.

What Makes Automotive CAD/CAM Systems So Special?

October 01, 1998 at 12:00 AM

The high-end automotive CAD/CAM systems do a whole lot more than their name implies. In addition to design and manufacturing, they have the ability to support analysis, product data management, and more.

Things to Know About Cam Grinding

September 01, 1998 at 12:00 AM

By James Gaffney, Product Engineer, Precision Grinding and Patrick D. Redington, Manager, Precision Grinding Business Unit, Norton Company (Worcester, MA)

Networking the Organization: Ford's CAD/CAM/CAE/PIM Strategy

August 15, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Halfway through the largest computer technology implementation in its history, the Ford Motor Company is already finding benefits in terms of cost, quality, and time via improved and accelerated product development and manufacture. Here's a look.

Reciprocating Engines Never Had it so Good

July 01, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Before a single piston part is produced, Zollner Pistons has run it through a complete design and analysis process to ensure optimized part design and high part quality—in record time.

What You Need to Know About Data Warehousing

June 15, 1998 at 12:00 AM

A data warehouse is an information technology strategy that takes production data, scrubs it up, organizes it, and puts it in a place appropriate for browsing, data analysis, and decision making. The result: Practical access to critical data and decision support.

What you see in PRODUCT VISUALIZATION is what you get

April 01, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Visualization is an affordable technology for quickly and realistically depicting data visually. Besides being great for marketing, visualization saves prototyping time and expense, and it lets users see physical conditions not obvious in 2D or 2 1/2 D.

Java is Making the Integrated Supply Chain Come True

December 15, 1997 at 12:00 AM

The "factory of the future" is looking a lot like the Internet: Pockets of data creators and data users all linked together by a wire.

Java is Making the Integrated Supply Chain Come True

December 01, 1997 at 12:00 AM

Java is fundamentally a programming language for networked applications. With it come some powerful advantages marketed as "write once, run anywhere"; "embrace, don't replace"; "dynamic configurability"; "reusable code"; and "reduce bloatware."

CAD Now Epitomizes the Slogan: Have it Your Way

September 15, 1997 at 12:00 AM

Physical prototypes are no longer fashionable for vehicle development. But to eliminate them completely, several trends had to fall into place within CAD, including new and improved application modules, surfacing tools, display techniques and data access.

Rapid Prototyping at Ford Saves Time & Money

April 15, 1997 at 12:00 AM

Ford has gone from an array of rapid prototyping equipment in its Advanced Manufacturing Center to implementation in a variety of divisions. Huge savings in time and money are the reasons.

Lessons Learned from Europe's SAP Users

January 15, 1997 at 12:00 AM

By Martin Piszczalski, Management ConsultantSAP Ag, a German company that produces enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, is the world leader in client-server ERP systems with 39% of the world market.