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The Future of Automotive Design & Development: 3D for All

Journal Article
ISSN: 1946-3979, e-ISSN: 1946-3987
Published April 20, 2009 by SAE International in United States
The Future of Automotive Design & Development: 3D for All
Citation: Baughey, K., "The Future of Automotive Design & Development: 3D for All," SAE Int. J. Mater. Manf. 2(1):258-264, 2009,
Language: English


For over 20 years, automotive manufacturers have been harnessing the power of 3D to help create, optimize and produce great vehicles. Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) capabilities such as concurrent development, seamless integration, simultaneous engineering, single source database, and real-time visibility have long been capable within the automotive development process. However, the reality is that these tools have existed for a select few within a corporation, and have never been pervasive to every person involved in a product’s development process.
Today, there are certain market drivers requiring more from PLM technology. This includes the fact that companies must drive innovation to survive in today’s increasingly competitive and global auto industry. The next generation of 3D PLM tools, referred to as PLM 2.0 can bring real-time, global collaboration to life with features such as a single PLM platform for Intellectual Property (IP) management (one database and one server), and the open Server-Oriented Architecture (SOA) development platform. With only a web connection, product authoring and collaboration are enabled for real time, concurrent work, across multiple remote locations all in a 3D lifelike environment.
This presentation will point out how by expanding 3D PLM beyond engineering and manufacturing to include everyone who has a role in the life of a vehicle from business users to end consumers, vehicles will be developed in a shorter time frame, and better-suited to the public desires, with improvements made along the whole product development process.