powerwalls. Eventually the digital model must go to full- size in order to mould the panels, and also see the real car. Cost- effective production Fabricating clay models is not only expensive on materials but manpower. A clay buck can cost ? 90,000 to build, depending on complexity. The man- hours smoothing that clay into 100% feasibility consumes years and millions at most OEMs. However, nothing is more expensive ( or inexpensive) as the decision- making processes of the development team at hand. Thus, going to full- size should only be done once most of the engineering package problems are solved, and the style is as far as it can go digitally. When this time comes and digital technology can finally deceive our brains into thinking the model is real, we will then have an opportunity to further speed up development times and reduce fabrication costs. There are also many parts, mostly in the interior, that need to be quickly produced for ergonomic reasons and are cheaper to fabricate by rapid prototyping. As with any project, the trick to saving internal budgets lies within the right time to fabricate versus what can be solved digitally. With the MCE MC1 project, the balance is in the eyes of the super designers and the technologies at hand, which are, of course, always evolving. The main point is that designers can no longer afford to be specialized, we must be more mastered in all areas of our job in order to survive. In today's tough and competitive environment, where the OEMs themselves are starving for budgets and work, there is unfortunately not much left over for the super independents to support on. It could be the case in the near future where the OEMs themselves have no permanent staff, and also rely on the super independents for ' project-based outsourcing' requirements. This situation might work and be a clever niche for the trusted few super independents. However, if this doesn't work, we might have to consider designing products other that just cars! As automotive designers, we no longer live in a world of relaxed specialization, however instead in a reality requiring masterful flexibility. more information? click here!
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