In a bid to further drive down the cost of car manufacturing, Ford of Spain are developing a virtual, 3-D computer simulation of the assembly process which will allow car designers to study replicas of real machines.
These interactive environments will allow technicians to fully study a set of crucial variables including visibility, instruments, ergonomics and physical room long before a working prototype us built.
José Terrades, simulations engineer, Ford of Spain commented:
“We have already started work on our virtual factory project, so that we won’t have to go to the real assembly line to conduct tests or research possible plant upgrades. Virtual factories will enable Ford to preview and optimise the assembly of future models at any of our plants, anywhere in the world. With the advanced simulations and virtual environments we already have at our disposal, we believe this is something Ford can achieve in the very near future.”