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.

Plex's Cloud ERP Goes Beyond Finite

By: Lawrence S. Gould - August 28, 2014 at 2:23 PM

The sky’s the limit in cloud computing. The evidence: some recently added and enhanced modules to the ERP system from Plex Systems.

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Honda Improves Its CAE Capability

August 28, 2014 at 10:46 AM


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As Goes Aero, So Goes Auto

July 31, 2014 at 4:12 PM


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CAM: Getting Better and Going Cloud

By: Lawrence S. Gould - July 31, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Acquisitions haven’t stopped two CAM vendors from advancing their software. In fact, the acquisitions have also helped put CAM into the cloud.

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Advanced Manufacturing at Ford

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 31, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Virtual engineering and additive processes are having an effect at how Ford builds its cars and trucks, not only in the U.S., but around the world. Here’s a look.

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On Mfg: July 2014

June 30, 2014 at 5:32 PM


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When CAD Isn't Additive

By: Lawrence S. Gould - May 30, 2014 at 1:30 PM

With the increasing popularity and advantage of additive manufacturing, a different set of design tools are required.

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On Additive

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 30, 2014 at 1:05 PM

JCI's Brennon White talks about the developments he's seeing in the fast-moving field of additive manufacturing.

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Design a Car for 3D Printing. See It Made Live. (If You Win)

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 23, 2014 at 5:37 AM

While the folks up in Manitoba at KOR EcoLogic are running a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to create the Urbee 2, a wholly 3D-printed vehicle, right now, Local Motors is, this very moment (until May 13, 2014), running, in cooperation with the Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT), the 3D Printed Car Design Challenge.

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Industrial Control Keeps Getting Better

By: Lawrence S. Gould - March 27, 2014 at 1:02 PM

The changes in PLCs and PACs aren’t so much in operational, but in networking, user interface, and compute horsepower.

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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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