Future trends in CAD – from the perspective of automotive industry

Mario Hirz, Patrick Rossbacher, Jana Gulanova

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Computer-aided design (CAD) plays a central role in automotive development. 3D-CAD models not only provide geometry information, but also serve as a basis for configuration of modules and systems, as well as for different simulation and verification processes. Product assemblies within CAD-platforms include structure-related information, are used for digital mock-up (DMU) investigations and provide lots of data for production and manufacturing engineering. Since first CAD systems have been applied in automotive industry in the 1980s, design software has been developed steadily, so that today’s CAD programs are able to provide far-reaching possibilities for integrated product development. The present paper includes an introduction and evaluation of existing and upcoming technologies for their use in future CAD programs and discusses different scenarios of implementation into automotive development. Vehicle architects, design engineers, project managers, IT-administrators for CAD, stylists as well as styling engineers have contributed to a survey at automotive manufacturer and supplier. The results of this survey are brought into this paper to discuss the future role of CAD in the development of new cars and to define requirements for the next generation of CAD software.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)734 - 741
JournalComputer-Aided Design and Applications
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jul 2017

Fields of Expertise

  • Mobility & Production


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