Experience Autodesk at Future Mobility Asia 2022
From 20-22 July, Autodesk will be participating in Future Mobility Asia, an exhibition and conference with a comprehensive showcase of future road mobility concepts, solutions, technologies, and innovations.
By 2030, 1 out of 3 vehicles will likely be electric. Aggressive sustainable policies set by governments in the region means that Asia will be playing a major role in the global shift to clean mobility. Together with Tech Data Advanced Solutions (Thailand), Autodesk is working to empower the industry to Reimagine What’s Possible on their digital transformation journeys. Trends and technologies such as generative design, AI, advanced manufacturing and connected data are transforming the automotive industry.
However digital transformation is more than employing software, it’s about creating a completely connected digital pipeline across your product development process. This is the next phase of digitisation platforms and digital resources created today will communicate with each other, while humans and machines work together more harmoniously and effectively. However, for this to work, connected data and intelligent automation processes are needed.
Autodesk Highlights at Future Mobility Asia
The newly released smart vehicle chassis platform Ultra-SkateboardTM is the world’s first AI chassis designed to lower the innovation barrier of autonomous driving. It is also reducing product development lead times, which has big sustainability benefits.
PIX Moving uses AI-powered generative design to optimize the chassis design to best suit the application. This allows both the part’s shape and physical properties to be modified agilely to suit different requirements based on the customer’s application. By combining this approach with metal 3D printing and other digital manufacturing technologies, PIX Moving can produce a near-unlimited variety of customized platforms and vehicles within a much shorter lead time than the normal mode of single OEM plus long supply chain.
Visit our booth to learn more from Matteo Barale, Chief Product Officer, PIX Moving on how PIX uses artificial intelligence (AI) and digital tools including generative design, 3D printing, and robotics to create a decentralized, distributed, and user-participated way of manufacturing with Autodesk technologies.
Briggs Automotive Company (BAC): Mono Wheel – One of The Lightest Wheels in The World
How do you get the most out of a race car? Quite easily, as demonstrated by British sports car manufacturer Briggs Automotive Company (BAC) with its Mono model. Among other things, a redesign of the rims using generative design ensures that the race car weighs just 570 kg in total and can accelerate to 100 km/h in under three seconds.
By using generative design technology to reinvent the wheel, BAC was able to shed an additional 4.8 kg for the latest iteration of the car. While about 40 parts of the car have been 3D-printed, the wheels have been fabricated on a conventional 5-axis mill. To do this, the designer set the boundary conditions for the design, and algorithms based on machine learning and cloud computing simulate iterative options, which then only need to be evaluated. This means not only are the technical and production-specific requirements considered right from the start, but also the aesthetic ones – brand-typical features complemented the high demands on materials and functions in the BAC Mono. 3D printing processes were also used for the sports car, including for headlights, side mirrors and taillight housings.
With a weight of only 2.2 kg, BAC produced a wheel that was an impressive 35% lighter than the previous version, and could be manufactured traditionally on a CNC (Computer Numerical Control) mill. But even more important, the new wheel is not just lighter but also met the structural requirements for approval and certification in Europe.
MJK Performance: Harley-Davidson Replacement Parts
Lightweight, strong, and high-performing is what Canadian company MJK Performance is all about when it comes to manufacturing custom Harley-Davidson replacement parts. The Calgary-based manufacturer has provided custom Harley parts since 2007-always at the bleeding edge of new technologies. Adopting generative design was a natural next step for MJK, and it has resulted in a unique marriage of lightweight, high-performance parts that emulate the singular Harley Davidson visual philosophy.
For their first foray into the technology, the team fixed their attention on the triple clamp. These parts are usually big and bulky, so they focused on redesigning it to be as light as possible while still retaining the aesthetics the company is known for. Generative design enabled the team to select from a range of designs suggested by the algorithm and go from a computer-generated model to reality in just a couple of hours.