Working from home has caused Jaguar Land Rover engineers to work more efficiently
And what do OEMs and dealers need to do to improve their operations?
Jellybeans may be tasty, but this egg is absolutely gob-smacking
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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.
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.
Products can be lighter and better through the application of topology optimization. However, they might look somewhat different. . .
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.
Analysis of CFD: analysis of analysis?
In its effort to transform mobility, Waymo is racking up lots of miles—most of them simulated.
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.
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.
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.
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Adopting new technology in design and manufacturing is usually a series of baby steps. Artificial intelligence and machine learning are no different.
3D scanning system keeps competitors honest.
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 is increasingly comprehensive and allows smoother product launches.
Improvements to the 2019 versions of CAM software go well beyond user interface/experience enhancements, even though the changes might seem small.
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.
A new SAE J1939-based software tool helps design electrical/electronic systems in tomorrow’s commercial heavy-duty vehicles.
SLM 280 metal additive manufacturing system. Compact Horizontal Machining Center. Versatile Solid Carbide Drill. Comprehensive CAM Software. Ergonomic Pneumatic Die Grinder.
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.
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 smart-factory world of digital manufacturing is coming, and manufacturing-technology developers are eager to help you be ready.
More than product specs for the cloud crowd, this approach to machining setup can massively accelerate things—both the planning and the operation.
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.
The accompanying image is not an automotive product: Yet it is something that can transport a person at speeds of up to 50 mph.
The latest advances in computer-aided manufacturing software do more of the job of programming toolpaths while making such work simpler for the machinist.
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.
A major update to the flagship CAE/FEA/CFD/simulation software from Ansys responds to the variety of new engineering in automotive.
One of the features of the 2017 GMC Acadia is, compared with the outgoing model, that it is some 700 pounds lighter.
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.
Increased automation, feeds and speeds, accuracy and ease of use are the general themes in this year’s machining software enhancements.
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.
Onshape combines mobility, collaboration and integral product data management with 3D CAD— at a “petty cash” price, if free isn’t good enough.
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.
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.
The latest improvements in CAM lead to reduced cycle times, reduced tool wear, better profits.
IndyCar races aren’t once they once were, at least when it comes to popularity.
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.
Here’s technology that helps transform 2D CAD designs into the third dimension.
Acquisitions haven’t stopped two CAM vendors from advancing their software. In fact, the acquisitions have also helped put CAM into the cloud.
With the increasing popularity and advantage of additive manufacturing, a different set of design tools are required.
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.
The latest advances in Siemens NX can help speed both programming and machining.
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.
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 Mustang6G.com.
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.
The latest enhancements in Geomagic’s software for metrology, mesh editing, and 3D modeling include new features, enhanced capabilities—and new product names.
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.
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.
There is that old saw about giving someone a fish vs. teaching them how to fish.
Among the “1,300 new customer-driven productivity enhancements” in the latest version of Solid Edge, several stand out.
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.
As OEMs face the proposed 54.5 CAFE standard, they are probably anything but calm.
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.
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.
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 additive-metal manufacturing system; Maplesoft's technical computing software; INUS Tech's reverse engineering software.
Penn Engineering; Mitutoyo; Delcam.
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.
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.
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.
3D printing; optical measuring and data acquisition sensor; free interactive CAD plug-in tool; cast urethane molding; 3D/2D software.
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CAD software vendors and pundits have long been predicting 'everyone' will soon be on 3D CAD. Why hasn't that happened?
Price, breadth of features, and product lifecycle management are what mostly separate CAD systems in corporate eyes.
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.
Ambulance manufacturing is as much about design, engineering and technology as it is durability and functionality.
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 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.
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.
A new generation of programmable logic controllers (PLCs) yields a new acronym: PAC (programmable automation controller). There’s a lot more control power today.
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.
DFMA—Design for Manufacture and Assembly—has been around for a long time.
ICEM Ltd. (Southampton, UK; www.icem.com) 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.
In efforts to improve the crashworthiness of its vehicles, BMW Group is standardizing on finite element analysis (FEA) software from ABAQUS, Inc. (Providence, RI; www.abaqus.com), a Dassault Systèmes company.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
By James Gaffney, Product Engineer, Precision Grinding and Patrick D. Redington, Manager, Precision Grinding Business Unit, Norton Company (Worcester, MA)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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."
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.
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.
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.