Posts with tag: ‘automotive’

Augmented Reality is Coming to Your Car Dealership

The automotive industry has toyed with the idea of using augmented reality for years. Most applications have stayed in the realm of concepts, but Porsche is making strides toward real-world application.

Instead of helping drivers to spot dangers on the road like Jaguar and Land Rover, or supplying first responders with 3D schematics of vehicles like Daimler, Porsche is applying augmented reality in dealership service departments. It will be technicians wearing smart glasses, instead of customers, opening a world of possibilities.

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Why Clay Continues to be Key in Car Design

With modern, cutting-edge technology, it might be a surprising fact that the automotive industry still relies heavily on clay models for car designs. That might sound brutish, considering the advanced techniques designers have at their disposal. After all, companies like Ford can create vehicle platforms digitally so thoroughly they can run the cars through thousands of virtual crashes on super computers to eliminate inherent safety weak points.

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Where 3D Printing fits in the automotive sector

Previously, I have considered, generically, where 3D printing fits in the manufacturing enterprise — where it is used daily, where it could be used more, and some of the great potential it holds. In this post (and in upcoming posts), it seems fitting to examine specific vertical markets where 3D printing technology has disrupted the status quo. I’ll start with the automotive industry — mainly because it was one of the first sectors to seriously embrace the tech back in the early 1990s.

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Catfish Trailer results and SEMA 2013

The jury spent many hours poring over the GrabCAD Lightweight Portable Trailer Challenge, and the top three designs for the Catfish trailer each spent some time as the top choice before discussions and debate changed the final order.

Catfish on its way to SEMA

They are currently en route to take the Catfish to the annual SEMA car show. I'm sure they wish they could have the new trailer for a trip like this!Latest pics of the Catfish from Bauer LTD, above.

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Interview with the Chief Powertrain Engineer of Ferrari

I had the opportunity to talk to Mr. Jean-Jacques His, Chief Powertrain Engineer from Ferrari about his work and winning Performance Engine of the Year Award. The award was presented at International Engine Expo /Automotive Interiors Expo in Stuttgart, Germany in early June where GrabCAD held a presentation about crowdsourcing.

Powertrain engineer at Ferrari

What is your background? What are your most notable projects?
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