[Automotive Xplore] Automotive Rapid Prototyping Fail First Paradox - AUTOMOTIVE

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New product development and innovation is much more difficult and time consuming
than most other business activities. Automotive rapid prototyping greatly
enhances learning speed and reduces the risk of new automotive parts
Historically, the automotive industry has been using rapid prototyping as an
important tool in the automotive parts design process. The extremely fast-paced
automotive design cycles require an extremely fast prototyping system which can
produce car parts fast and inexpensively.
The main objective of automotive prototyping is to learn quickly: how a new
automotive product behaves in its natural working environment, before
transferring the prototype to the production line. Many times, mistakes are
learned only after a new automotive part is launched. This is the main
explanation for poor automotive parts design, from product mismatch, poor
engineering and function or finish, and overpriced production. In order to
accelerate the learning curve, before these costly automotive prototyping
mistakes are made, one must accelerate and facilitate feedback loops from tests
in the lab and market trials.
Automotive Manufacturing Technologies

Working with an assortment of rapid prototyping equipment, automotive
prototyping engineers utilize the most advanced 3D printers, in their quest for
perfect form, function and utility. Working in advanced manufacturing centers,
the automotive engineers use the technology to verify what they are doing, and,
equally important, to save tremendous amounts of time, and money.
Automotive Rapid Prototyping Compresses Development Time
The advantages of 3D rapid prototyping model creation versus viewing a cad/cam
model on a computer screen is palpable. Automotive parts engineers get together
discuss the pros and cons of a rapidly produced automotive parts model and
discuss the pros and cons of the design, as they pass it around, twisting and
viewing the prototype, and decide if that is what they had in mind. This way,
problems get solved up front, before going to the assembly line! Once determined
that the automotive prototype design is a go, the model can then be sent to a
die maker.

Automotive Prototyping and the Die Maker Process

The die maker cannot use model to make the die, but because they have it in
their hand and can look at it and feel it, they can determine where the parting
lines will be and exactly how much steel they will need to produce it. The
timing of the die process is greatly compressed.
Examples of Automotive Rapid Prototyping Parts
Engine castings and parts
Car Engine parts
Auto Mechanical parts
Car Dashboards
Car Handles and Knobs
Auto Body Components
Car Trim parts
Fail first Paradox in Automotive Rapid PrototypingThe automotive rapid
prototyping paradox is to fail earlier rather than later. By failing earlier,
the design engineers surprisingly succeed in accelerating the project; this
greatly reduces development cost risk.

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