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May 17, 2009

Simulating Auto Assembly

Problems related to robotic car assembly include determining if new components will fit into the car assembly and then finding the most efficient way for the robot to install the component. New CAD software designed by European scientists performs virtual installation of car components, detecting when problems will occur and offering advice on how the component should be redesigned. The software is also capable of simulating flexibility in components, factoring the amount of bend in the component into assembly planning. The interactive program allows changes to components to be applied and previewed in a matter of seconds.

The software was developed and refined at the Fraunhofer-Chalmers Research Centre for Industrial Mathematics FCC in Gothenburg, Sweden, and the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM in Kaiserslautern, Germany. There is a plan to make this software commercially available before the end of the year.

Posted by BlogAuthor1 at May 17, 2009 5:44 PM
category: Design & Engineering

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