Successes

Multi-user Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM)

Multi-User CAM using 3 clients to simultaneously design the tool paths used to machine the part.

Cost savings by product industries are realized when:

  • Planning time is reduced
  • Process errors are discovered sooner
  • Reduced number of design and manufacturing iterations
  • Reduced time to market

Multi-user Finite Element Analysis (FEA)

Multi-User FEA using 2 clients to simultaneaously pre-process a FEA mesh for part load analysis.

Cost savings by product industries are realized when:

  • Pre-processing time is reduced
  • Analysis errors discovered sooner
  • Reduced number of design and manufacturing iterations
  • Reduced time to market

Augmented Reality Customer Collaborator (ARCC)

Recognizing the communication gaps between clients and customer support representatives in remote support situations, the Augmented RealityCustomer Collaborator (ARCC) team is developing a prototype for camera-enabled tablets to capture images of components needing expert support. The team, including four undergraduate students as the primary application developers, has made significant progress toward their goal with the development of a communication protocol that allows a desktop computer to remotely control 3D models and animations displayed on an iPad.

Complexity Management Tool

A Complexity Management Tool (CMT) was developed by researchers at Iowa State University to assess complexity levels, identify critical components, and highlight possible cost saving re-design opportunities using cost and design data. The tool has been applied to existing product families produced by Goodyear. Possible production cost reductions for one of the analyzed product families and related components ranged from 10% to 40% (approximately $230,000 in savings annually for this product family). CMT was featured as an Industry-Nominated Technology Breakthrough of NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers.

New Product Development Process

Researchers at the University at Buffalo-SUNY developed an electronic New Product Development (e-NPD) process that enables simultaneous achievement of product quality, process efficiency, and market innovations. The new process, built on existing practices, distinguishes between R&D and market-driven product development projects; minimizes process overhead of storing and sharing information; and provides metrics to drive product development decisions and assessments. Th e-NPD process can provide better, faster, and more innovative products for a global economy.

Analogy Finder

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst developed Analogy Finder, a software platform that enables researchers to efficiently identify patents in other fields. Analogy Finder moves beyond the limitations of keyword searches by conducting analogous searches that span diverse disciplines. Searches result in similar, relevant matches enabling researchers to adapt inventions to resolve challenges in other fields.

The following is a list of key research outcomes and other achievements

  • A methodology for conducting a Knowledge-to-Information inventory based on existing design processes
  • A simulation model to provide a test-bed for Automated Situation-awareness
  • Assessment Platform in emergency response environments
  • Simulation technology and immersive technology for driver training including relevant real-world physical and natural hazards
  • A methodology to integrate e-Design ontologies and methods into commercial design processes
  • A Novel Programming Language Approach to Parametric CAD Data Exchange
  • A normative decision analysis method for the sustainability-based design of products
  • A semantic knowledge management system for laminated composites
  • RET for 12 high school and middle school teachers on visualization and virtual and rapid prototyping
  • Expanding visual communication and sharing of visual data through the 4-VA program working with CISCO
  • Using a MMORPG game server environment to host and distribute traditional single-user commercial CAD and FEA systems and make them collaborative multi-user
  • Developed a methodology for conflict resolution and locking of edges, faces, features allowing multiple designers/modelers to work concurrently in the same model
  • Developed and deployed methods for supervisory view tracking and mentoring of multi-user CAx tools
  • Developed methods and procedures for local and global undo within a multi-user Cloud-based CAx design/analysis/manufacturing session
  • Developed and tested methods for spatial decomposition of multi-user Cloud-based CAx design/analysis/manufacturing session
  • Methods for multi-user finite element pre-processing
  • Methods for multi-user drafting/detailing/PMI
  • Method for design rationale learning through a experiential multi-user database
  • Multi-user productive testing demonstrating at least a factor of n-times reduction in modeling and creation times where n is the number of simultaneous modelers