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CAE Drives Dutch High-Performance Auto

Donkervoort Automobielen employed SolidWorks Simulation to cut the number of vehicle prototypes of its D8 GTO by 50 percent.
Donkervoort Automobielen employed SolidWorks Simulation to cut the number of vehicle prototypes of its D8 GTO by 50 percent.

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Beth Stackpole
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Re: Virtual trial and error
Beth Stackpole   1/26/2012 12:14:00 PM
Good point, Rob. As CAD and CAE become more of an integrated process as opposed to siloed tools done by different groups within engineering, there are bound to be design efficiencies. The real benefit, here, though was upping the number of prototype designs explored without upping the number of physical prototypes having to be built. Time saver and money saver.


Rob Spiegel
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Virtual trial and error
Rob Spiegel   1/26/2012 10:05:17 AM
Interesting article, Beth. That's a nice way to increase possibilities in design -- to do it with computers instead of physical prototypes. While the process may not have saved design time in this case, I would imagine it would inevitably save time as this practice becomes part of the standard design process.

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