When is a design considered "retro" and when is it a homage to a company's heritage? That's a question even the world's top automotive designers have trouble answering.
When your products are considered to be fairly fungible with those of your competitors, you can make incremental improvements and hope they are sufficient or you can take a bigger risk and try to make a big difference. The latter is what the people at Motoman selected.
For proponents of the "bigger is safer" school of automotive thought the description "safe, small car" is an oxymoron.
If aluminum-intensive cars are ever to become more than an occasional curiosity, automakers may have to give up their weld shops.
By using a laser scanning system mounted on the arm of a portable CMM and some clever algorithms that provide automatic feature extraction, vehicle manufacturers can further accelerate their time-to-market by having faster turns from CAD to prototypes to production.
Designing, Engineering & Making The Drop-Top
Looking inside 10 interesting vehicles. Some production. Some concepts. All with interesting interiors.
DaimlerChrysler's decision to scrap the front- drive LH line and replace it with the rear-drive LX large car platform is very astute.
Material characteristics and differences are sufficiently disparate so that those designers and engineers who are looking for tools to model parts before they're produced ought to consider those that are specific to the requirements.
The Smart brand means little to most people in North America unless they have a particular interest in vehicles that are rolling around in Europe but which are unavailable in the North American market.
In preparing for this issue, I’ve spent time researching two important process technologies, robotics and lasers.
For the past two years, there has been a steady stream of articles and seminars about the growing importance/threat of the manufacturing base in China.
Now that the Ford Five Hundred, Freestyle, Mustang, and Mercury Montego are ready for launch, the talk in Dearborn these days revolves around reviving Lincoln.