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.

A New Jeep, a Printed Concept Car & Mixing Diesel and Water

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 10, 2014 at 5:25 AM

At the Geneva Motor Show, Jeep introduced the Renegade—a small SUV that, unlike many other small SUVs, has a 4x4 system that is said to provide off-road capability (there is Jeep Active Drive, a full-time 4x4 system, and Jeep Active drive low, a 4x4 system that offers a 20:1 crawl ratio; there is a disconnecting real axle and power-take-off-unit to provide fuel efficiency when 4x4 isn’t required), a vehicle based off the “small-wide architecture” that’s used for the Fiat 500L, but engineered so that there is the aforementioned off-road capability (which also includes fully independent suspension and the ability to have up to 8.1 in. of wheel articulation and 8.7 in. of ground clearance); a vehicle that Jeep plans to sell in multiple global markets, so it is offering it with 16 different powertrain options, gasoline and diesel, manual and dual dry-clutch automatic, as well as the segment’s first nine-speed automatic; a Jeep that is being built in a Fiat plant in Melfi, Italy—it brought over a group of journalists, including Frank Marcus, technical director at Motor Trend.

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Professional Workstations Are Still Important

By: Lawrence S. Gould - February 28, 2014 at 12:24 PM

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.

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Dassault Systèmes Goes to the Cloud

By: Lawrence S. Gould - January 29, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Dassault Systèmes' V642014 goes beyond the design and engineering of individual objects to the entire user "experience."

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Better Workflow Control

January 02, 2014 at 3:35 PM

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NX 9 Offers Broad, New Functionality

By: Lawrence S. Gould - January 02, 2014 at 10:40 AM

The latest advances in Siemens NX can help speed both programming and machining.

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Vettel, Victories and. . .CFD

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 12, 2013 at 4:48 AM

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.

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Factory Layouts Modified More Quickly

By: Lawrence S. Gould - November 27, 2013 at 3:34 PM

New, inexpensive software stitches laser-scanned point clouds together using scanned objects as the registration targets.

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3D Printing Prototypes Faster and Cheaper

November 27, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Eight weeks.

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Crowdsourcing & Rapid PD Comes to the Army

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 25, 2013 at 5:00 AM

If you’ve ever thought that development for large, bureaucratic organizations is necessarily mired in red tape, here’s something that might change your perspective: The Army CoCreate platform.

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CAD Comes to Toys

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 11, 2013 at 5:23 AM

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.

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