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.

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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Simulating Heat.

November 03, 2015 at 11:34 AM

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Caterham DIY

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 28, 2015 at 5:00 AM

If you had a chance to visit the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this past January, you may have seen the Local Motors stand, where they were 3D printing a full-size car.

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Follow the Bouncing (CFD) Balls

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 16, 2015 at 5:00 AM

While it may seem as though this picture shows a Chrysler 200 being surrounded by some sort of colorful bouncing balls, an automotive analog to one of those ball pools found in fast food joints. . . . . .in point of fact, this is an aerodynamic simulation of the sedan being run in PowerFlow, a software package from Exa Corp. that allows designers and engineers to see things on a vehicle that are not readily apparent through wind tunnel testing (e.g., airflow within wheel wells). According to Dr.

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Projected Reality Delivers Real Benefits

By: Lawrence S. Gould - October 01, 2015 at 4:25 PM

Augmented reality in production operations reduces reliance on printed work instructions, computer screens, and operator memory. It helps in building products right the first time.

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Topology Optimization Explained

By: Lawrence S. Gould - May 29, 2015 at 12:30 AM

Topology optimization cuts part development time and costs, material consumption, and product weight. And it works with additive, subtractive, and all other types of manufacturing processes, too.

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Autodesk, Microsoft & 3D Printing

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 07, 2015 at 5:06 AM

“3D printing is incredibly promising, but also still too complex and unreliable,” said Samir Hanna, vice president and general manager, Consumer and 3D printing, Autodesk.

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