Dassault Systèmes recently signed a contract with NASCAR team Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR), to provide PLM solutions to support every phase of Waltrip's design processes, from initial concept to production. The contract includes CATIA for virtual product design and analysis and ENOVIA SmarTeam to collaboratively manage engineering processes between all users.
Team Technical Director Nick Hughes brought considerable experience with DS PLM technology to his position at Waltrip. “My past experience with CATIA has shown it to shave 70 percent off digital model assembly time compared to other technologies. We look forward to using virtualization at MWR to give us an edge in this ultra-competitive sport.”
CATIA will allow Waltrip to develop high performance race cars through virtual testing rather than building costly, full-scale physical prototypes. In addition, by complementing CATIA with ENOVIA SmarTeam, Waltrip will be able to securely capture, manage and reuse corporate product knowledge to facilitate innovation and maintain product quality while reducing costs and time-to-market.
“NASCAR rules change frequently, and you don't always have time to get the car out onto the track,” Hughes explains. “Therefore, the ability to simulate modifications prior to applying them to the car can make a big difference. Also, racecars are expensive! By simulating a change before implementing it, we can control costs and save time in the shop.”
“Toyota Motor Company has been working with our PLM solution set since 2002,” said Kendall Pond, vice president, Business Development, Dassault Systèmes. “We are glad to bring this expertise to Toyota's motorsports teams and commend Waltrip for making this commitment to being a technology leader in this field.”
Motorsports Drivers for Michael Waltrip Racing include David Reutimann, Josh Wise and team owner Michael Waltrip. The team is headquartered in Cornelius, N.C., and races Toyota Camrys with engines designed by Toyota Racing Development USA .
Dassault Systèmes announced Xbox 360 support in the latest release of its game development engine, 3DVIA Virtools 5. With the new addition of Xbox 360 support, 3DVIA Virtools 5 continues to help reduce development time and costs by allowing developers to create a game within the 3DVIA Virtools 5 engine once and publish it to multiple platforms, including Xbox 360, Wii, PC, Mac or the Web, without any code modifications.
“The addition of Xbox 360 to 3DVIA Virtools 5 makes it a more versatile tool for developers, catering to the growing demands of the gaming public,” said Lynne Wilson, CEO of Dassault Systemes' 3DVIA brand. “With this enhancement, 3DVIA continues to provide professional-grade game development capabilities that make the development process easy and quick across multiple platforms.”
In addition to the range of publishing capabilities, 3DVIA Virtools has a dedicated support team, offering customers consultation and other types support at critical milestones, including the certification process, which is essential to releasing a game on consoles.
“Our 3DVIA Virtools 5 beta testers were very pleased with the addition of Xbox 360 support, both for casual retail games and Xbox Live Arcade titles,” said Virgile Delporte, vice president of electronic entertainment, 3DVIA, Dassault Systemes. “The ability to ‘create once, publish to many' enables developers to show a working game on the target platform in record time and saves development teams hours of code rewrites and frustration at the most critical time in the development schedule—just before a release.”
3DVIA Virtools 5 will be showcased at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco March 25-27, at booth number 5738 in the North Hall. 3DVIA will also be demonstrating 3DVIA MP, its next generation visualization engine for AAA game development and 3DVIA.com, its online community of 3D artists and enthusiasts and a resource to share game concepts and models.
For more details on 3DVIA technology, visit www.3dvia.com/fast3d .
All engines across BMW's petrol- and diesel-powered cars, motorbikes and its newest line of eco-friendly hybrid cars are now being developed only in Dassault Systèmes' CATIA environment.
BMW says the time required for designing and shipping new cars has been cut in half as a result of its digital technologies.
The automotive giant adds that with this 3D virtual design platform, engineers can create a single reference model for all future BMW engines – already including BMW's industry first hydrogen-powered vehicle.
Behind the scenes, IBM and Dassault PLM specialists helped BMW to harmonize and consolidate all mechanical design initiatives into a single digital infrastructure that now provides for latest simulation and testing support.
As a result, BMW has developed a series of software design initiatives aimed, for example, at equipping new cars with fuel-saving technologies.
The company says that, from designing smaller engines to increasing piston and cylinder performance for better ignition and fuel performance, PLM (product lifecycle management) software also continues to play a key role – digitally sharing master versions of engine and gearbox designs across all stakeholders.
The use of one digital reference model that can be updated and shared instantly across the globe, will, says BMW, help it to respond quickly to consumer changes prior to signing off on production and shipment plans.
GID Helps Inventors Think Big with Dassault Systèmes PLM
Founded in 1998 as a small design boutique for inventors, GID Development Corporation has evolved into a true one-stop source for product development and production. To improve competitiveness, GID has embraced technology, implementing CATIA to empower its designs, ENOVIA SmarTeam to manage data complexity, and 3DVIA Composer to collaborate with its manufacturing partners in China.
GID Founder and Lead Designer Jim Grimes believes blazing a path with new technology has been pivotal to the six-employee company's success. “These solutions pay for themselves on the first one or two projects, because without them you couldn't even do the projects,” he says.
Adds Pat McCarville, GID President: “The engineering and design disciplines we've been able to master utilizing our Dassault Systèmes solutions rival anything that any team of engineers at any enterprise level can do.”
GID's pioneering spirit is paying dividends in the current tough economy, allowing it to take business its competitors cannot and delivering a start-to-finish capability offered by few in its market niche. “Prior to our effective implementation of DS PLM, our margin per project was 9% to 12%, McCarville says. “Today, GID achieves margin per project of 20 to 25% when the projects are in full production.”
GID has combined the capabilities of CATIA Imagine & Shape and CATIA Functional Molded Product to offer design capabilities its competitors simply cannot match using other design tools – a powerful edge in competing for available business.
Imagine & Shape enables free-form design studies without the need for physical mock-ups. GID's designers can quickly arrive at the optimal balance between pleasing form and practical functionality while maximizing the emotional content that makes consumers consistently choose one product over another.
This technology – unique to CATIA – allows designers to play and experiment with a design challenge. Projects that would require hundreds of features and complex structure trees in a parametric-based tool can be achieved with a few dozen features in CATIA Imagine & Shape.
“With Imagine & Shape I can quickly develop several concepts, then easily modify them with the client to achieve a single design,” Grimes says. “Using CATIA, we've achieved time savings of 30% in the completion of a project's first phase.”
Functional Molded Product, meanwhile, accurately turns the design into a manufacturable product, from splitting the core of a mold and defining cavity geometry to addressing considerations like drafts and parting lines. Functional Molded Product, Grimes says, gives GID the confidence that the designs it sends to its manufacturing partners will result in a perfect prototype on the first try, every time.
Functional Molded Product also contributes to reducing design cycles and managing complexity. “It's a real key to my ability to keep up with the demand and quality our clients expect,” Grimes says. “It lets me do things I couldn't dream of doing any other way. If you really get into the finer features of CATIA, you can become a powerhouse as a small business.”
As the company moves forward strategically for the future, GID also has implemented ENOVIA SmarTeam to streamline its management of 3D design data, as well as its development and outsourcing processes for manufacturing. ENOVIA SmarTeam has allowed GID to improve its processes, from 3D design to communication with suppliers, by helping manage data to create accurate BOMs for manufacturing, track parts and costs, and quickly locate data for reuse in new projects.
GID also is employing 3DVIA Composer, which reuses existing product design and manufacturing data to cut the time and cost of producing documentation. Simplifying the technical draft and illustration process with 3DVIA Composer makes collaboration easier, less time consuming and less expensive for GID. Each time a design change occurs, documentation created with 3DVIA Composer updates as well.
3DVIA Composer also simplifies the process of working with GID's Chinese manufacturing partners. Using 3D design data from CATIA, Composer automatically explodes design drawings for easy demonstrations of the assembly process while checking for clashes and other common errors. By communicating visually rather than with text, GID eliminates language barriers and expensive translations.
GID: positioned for the future
Grimes believes GID's use of CATIA, ENOVIA SmarTeam and 3DVIA Composer gives his small company a big competitive advantage. But he also gives significant credit for GID's success in using the solutions to Dassault Systèmes business partner RAND North America.
McCarville says the ongoing support RAND provides is critical as GID continues to grow. “RAND understands small businesses – our needs, how we operate and how best to support us,” he says. “We've needed their support to get where we are today, and we'll need it to go where we are going tomorrow.”
McCarville and Grimes believe DS PLM solutions are critical to “threading” GID's small business into the “disengaged” global enterprise of the future. “Our idea is to invest in it, learn it, and roll with the changing landscape,” Grimes says.
Hear Jim Grimes in person, 2-3 p.m. June 23 at Moldmaking Expo, Chicago, Illinois, www.moldmakingexpo.com .
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