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.

Beyond Aluminum

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 04, 2016 at 6:58 AM

If you want to get a sense of why this is a multi-material industry going forward, an industry that is making a transition from (almost) strictly ferrous materials to various others, including ferrous materials, just as it is making a transition from strictly internal combustion engines to electrification, including internal combustion engines, then know that on Tuesday, November 1, a new company was launched, Arconic Inc. 3D printed polymer prototype patterns—not aluminum Which is notable because Arconic used to be part of Alcoa Inc.

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CAE from Powertrain to Radar Systems

By: Lawrence S. Gould - 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.

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All About Acadia

By: Gary S. Vasilash - 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.

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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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