Hackrod, Inc. and Siemens PLM Software have created an opportunity in the automotive space where the consumer becomes the creator.
Accelerated by Siemens, Hackrod will create the world’s first car designed in virtual reality, engineered with AI and 3D printed, full size, in structural alloy. The ‘La Bandita’ speedster is intended to serve as proof of concept for a new industrial design to production methodology.
Hackrod’s factory uses the Siemens Digital Innovation Platform, which will enable individuals, start-ups and small enterprises the ability to create the product of their needs or dreams as easily as playing a video game.
With multiple tools from Siemens PLM Software including NX software, and the cloud based collaboration software Solid Edge Portal, the engineers at Hackrod have access to the latest design and engineering tools to rapidly design, test and manufacture transport solutions without the need for massive industrial infrastructure or tooling budgets.
Hackrod is developing a platform to enable custom aesthetic design with guaranteed engineering solutions. Their platform leverages virtual reality as a design tool, IoT and machine learning to constantly evolve and perfect engineering systems, and industrial 3D printing to produce optimized hardware.
Said Dr. Slade Gardner, Hackrod CTO, “Our shared vision includes optimized aesthetic design, robust validated engineering, complex advanced manufacturing and rapid in-situ quality assessment. Because the Hackrod vision includes rapid data collection for product design and iteration; and custom manufacturing of sophisticated mechatronic systems, Siemens’ hardware connectivity for Industrial IoT and multi-axis additive manufacturing are critical to success.”
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Clyde Mitchell Dorsey says
This is a very good article of what the near future looks like in manufacturing and Design. It is hard to believe that things are progressing so rapidly.