Online and mobile experiences are changing how we buy products. Online, mobile and digital showrooms enable us to choose the product configuration we want that is then manufactured and packaged on demand for us. The advent of low cost sensors and internet based data services changes how we can understand actual product use. In manufacturing, our product design, development and production processes are changing to support consumer customization, on demand production, sensor mediated feedback and delivery. But how do these changes impact our PLM tools? Are the current PLM technologies and processes designed to support these new ways of driving product demand? If not, how do we redesign the product development tools to accommodate them? This session, moderated by Kenneth Wong, Senior Editor, Desktop Engineering,will explore these questions.
Renault had recently put in use a new CAVE(TM), a 5 sided virtual reality room with a combined resolution of 70 M pixels, distributed over sixteen 4K projectors and two 2K projector as well as an additional 3D HD collaborative power wall. Images of the studied vehicle are displayed in real time thanks to a cluster of 20 HP Z800 computers with 24 Go RAM and 40 nVidia Quadro 6000 graphics boards. Renault's CAVE(TM) aims at answering needs of the various vehicle styling and engineering design steps. Starting from vehicle architecture through the subsequent design steps, ergonomic and perceived quality control to production, Renault has built up a list of use-cases and carried out already a number of major Digital Mockup Design Review (DMDR) validations in this CAVE for on-going vehicle projects since early 2013. The talk will discuss the use of the CAVE for digital manufacturing design review and its role in the automotive design process.