Around the world, technology decision-makers at automotive OEMs and their suppliers are wrestling with some difficult decisions. How can they digitalise their supply chains in order to compete more effectively in the industry today, while at the same time preparing those supply chains for major disruption down the road? By Jessica Twentyman It’s a challenge Read More..
Volkswagen has added a 3D printing center to its Toolmaking unit in Wolfsburg, to make complex vehicle components both for prototyping and then series production. It features new-generation HP-supplied printers with a fast, flexible binder jetting process; this supplements the selective laser melting (SLM) process used earlier, and is said to make metallic 3D printing Read More..
BASF is investing S25million in 3D printing technology supplier Materialise, based in Leuven, Belgium, and building upon their existing partnership. The two companies are establishing an open business model to optimize both materials and software for 3D printing, and to accelerate commercial applications including in the automotive, aviation and consumer goods industries. “With its 3D Read More..
General Motors has described how it is using generative design software from Autodesk in its next-generation lightweighting programme, and how this is helping the development of more efficient alternative-propulsion and zero-emission vehicles. Using cloud computing and AI-based algorithms, multiple permutations of a component can be explored and geometric design options generated, based on selected parameters Read More..
Local Motors is partnering with Robotic Research, best-known for its work for the US Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, to further develop Olli, its autonomous-driving shuttle bus. They will collaborate on integrating new sensor sets, technologies and other applications, with a view to facilitating and optimizing the industrialization and commercialization of Olli, which was Read More..
Porsche has started using 3D printers to produce rare spare parts for classic vehicles. The German premium sports car maker said classic models have around 52,000 parts, most of which only need to be made in small quantities. “The components can be produced on demand if needed, thereby eliminating tool and storage costs,” Porsche said. Read More..
Dassault Systemes CEO Bernard Charles expects big changes in car engineering as the industry deploys new product design and development technologies. In a telephone interview with automotiveIT, Charles, who has headed the Paris-based maker of 3D design and product lifecycle management software since 1995, said engineering and manufacturing will increasingly focus on the experience provided Read More..