Added flexibility Ultimately, the commercial success of any program is determined on the factory floor. New product lines require that facilities be reorganized, with new floor layouts, material flows, equipment and tooling configurations. The concept of the digital prototype extends to manufacturing, where the ability to understand the impact of changes to production facilities in advance can help reduce lead times and costs associated with changeovers. Use of a mixed 2D and 3D workflow enables practical and productive design for the factory floor while incorporating 3D product geometry to accurately develop tools, jigs, and fixtures for manufacturing. As well as enabling smooth changeovers, products such as Autodesk Navisworks can help manufacturing engineers develop a better understanding of the factory to optimize the flexibility of a facility. Equipment and tooling models can be aggregated in a Building Information Model ( BIM) to develop an integrated overview of the entire manufacturing facility. Deploying digital prototyping techniques throughout the workflow can provide productivity, cost, and quality advantages from the first concept sketch through to manufacturing. Optimized designs result from taking a holistic view of the interior and employing early and frequent use of visualization and simulation tools throughout development. Pulling design optimization forward allows better products to be produced in less time, and at a competitive total cost. more information? click here!
S ince May 2008, the automotive industry's most advanced Virtual Reality Centre has been at the disposal of Jaguar Land Rover's ( JRL) engineers thanks to the experience of one of the world's leading developers of Immersive Visualisation technology, HoloVis International. In a 3m3 room, reminiscent of the Star Trek Holodeck, and comprising of four rear- projection walls and ceiling, a Jaguar XF seat is the centre of attention. As the Jaguar Land Rover engineers power up a highly specialist computer- cluster, the screens come to life around them with ultra- high resolution imagery. The engineers use the seat to sit ' in' a completely virtual representation of a Jaguar XF, and by wearing special glasses, the imagery on Jaguar Land Rover has made a crucial investment to aid future vehicle design studies BeyRoendality By Nigel Lockwood, Jaguar Land Rover