Virtual Reality and the Link between Design and Engineering Analysis
The pressure for companies in the automotive industry to remain competitive has led to the adoption of concurrent engineering to reduce the lead time for new products. Concurrent engineering is a systematic approach to the integrated concurrent design of products and related processes. When using concurrent engineering, specialist knowledge and expertise from downstream tasks of a design and engineering process are introduced during the early phases of product development. Since the largest percentage of design and manufacturing costs are allocated during the concept definition stage of a project, decisions made during this early stage should be supported by all means, including those of information technology. Since CAD and CAE systems are widely used in the automotive design and development process, large amounts of 3-dimensional digital product data are available. Nevertheless, physical prototypes still play an important role, their benefits compared to digital models arising mainly from their spatial presence.
KeywordsVirtual Reality Virtual Environment Virtual Object Concurrent Engineering Virtual Reality Technology
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