Digital Domain

The Automotive Design & Production Digital Domain Zone includes information on the software, from simulation and analysis to product lifecycle management, used in product development for the automotive industry.

Honda’s Sweet 3D EV

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 12, 2016 at 2:40 PM

Everyone loves—and not necessarily in this order—3D printing, electric vehicles and candy.

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Engineering the Elio

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 19, 2016 at 5:56 AM

Elio Motors is something of a brash company.

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Better Inspection Software Improves Quality Management

By: Lawrence S. Gould - September 01, 2016 at 4:03 PM

3D metrology software can leverage the capabilities of measuring equipment in a myriad of ways.

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The Local Motors Approach

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 15, 2016 at 5:01 AM

This is the 3E. A design by the renowned automotive designer Camilo Pardo, the man behind many striking designs, including the ‘05/’06 production Ford GT.

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Advancing Manufacturing with Manufacturing Software

By: Lawrence S. Gould - 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.

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Sustainable Manufacturing: There Are Apps for That

By: Lawrence S. Gould - July 06, 2016 at 9:58 AM

Software that supports sustainable manufacturing and environmentally conscious products help make going green somewhat easier.

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Ford Simulates Gravity

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 08, 2016 at 5:39 AM

Although virtual development tools are being used more and more, there are still some things that are done in the real world.

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There’s CAD. And There’s Clay.

By: Gary S. Vasilash - 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.

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The Latest CAD System Offers a Triple Play

By: Lawrence S. Gould - 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.

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AI for Autonomous Vehicles

March 01, 2016 at 12:44 PM

One of the things that gets left out much of the time about autonomous vehicles is a discussion of what might actually make such things feasible: artificial intelligence (AI). Sure, the sensors and the actuators and the processors are all integral, but it is going to require something that will have greater situational awareness in order to pull it off. "Drivers deal with an infinitely complex world," said Jen-Hsun Huang, co-founder and CEO, NVIDIA ( So when there’s no driver, then there needs to be something that can deal with this infinite complexity.

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ERP Advances

By: Lawrence S. Gould - February 10, 2016 at 7:15 PM

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) features, functions and purview continue to advance within and beyond an enterprise's physical walls. And some of these are automotive-specific. Here are some recent ERP enhancements.

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VW and CAE

By: Gary S. Vasilash - 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.

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