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.

Lambo Embraces Carbon (The Company, not the Element)

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 14, 2019 at 7:43 AM

“Through our extensive procurement research, we found that many of our vehicle components were ideal candidates for digital manufacturing,” said Stefan Gramse, chief procurement officer of Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. “Digital manufacturing” as in additive.

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Additive Manufacturing Hoonigan-Style

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 29, 2019 at 10:59 AM

Ken Block, rally driver extraordinaire with the Hoonigan Racing Division, the Paganini of the Pavement, has ripped up streets in all manner of Ford products, from Mustangs to Fiesta to Foci, and for his latest endeavor, “Gymkhana Ten: The Ultimate Tire Slaying Tour,” he is behind the wheel of the Hoonitruck, a 1977 F-150 powered by a 914-hp, 702-lb-ft 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 (yes, the same type of engine that is used in the Ford GT), which generates copious amounts of rubbery smoke from the Toyo 315/35R20s.

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Time to Upgrade Your CAM Software?

By: Lawrence S. Gould - January 04, 2019 at 12:00 PM

Improvements to the 2019 versions of CAM software go well beyond user interface/experience enhancements, even though the changes might seem small.

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VW Opens Additive Center

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 11, 2018 at 8:36 AM

Volkswagen is further showing its commitment to the promise of additive technology for production operations by the opening today of a 3,100-square meter center in Wolfsburg that is dedicated to the technology.

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About Additive

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 06, 2018 at 6:11 AM

If you’re interested in what 3D/additive can/can’t do, then you might want to attend the Additive Manufacturing Workshop for Automotive, that is being held at the first industry day of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), January 16, in Cobo Center. 

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Ford Advancing Manufacturing

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 04, 2018 at 5:31 PM

To assure that the company maintains its capabilities, relevance and leading-edge know-how in manufacturing, Ford has spent $45-million on its Advanced Manufacturing Center in Redford Township, Michigan, just west of Detroit.

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BMW Is Big on Additive

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 23, 2018 at 6:38 AM

Here are some interesting numbers recently reported by BMW, starting with one-million, which is the number of 3D printed components that the company has used in series production since it started using the additive process for production purposes back in 2010.

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Solid Edge 2019: It’s Not Just a CAD Package Anymore

By: Lawrence S. Gould - November 01, 2018 at 12:00 PM

The latest version of Solid Edge blows away the archetype for CAD packages by providing CAD, CAE, CAM and more for both mechanical and electrical design.

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Keeping the Multi in Multiphysics Analysis

By: Lawrence S. Gould - October 01, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Vehicular design can be a computer-aided engineering nightmare because of its domain breadth and multi-domain nature. COMSOL Multiphysics can handle that.

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VW, HP, GKN and 3D

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 11, 2018 at 7:39 AM

“A complete vehicle will probably not be manufactured by a 3D printer any time soon, but the number and size of parts from the 3D printer will increase significantly,” according to Dr. Martin Goede, head of Technology and Planning and Development, Volkswagen.

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