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Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence and 3D Printing Team Up for the Production of the World’s First AI-Engineered Car

by • July 25, 2016 • No Comments

logo (18)By this point, approximately equiteone knows that self-driving cars aren’t far of being tedious, as multiple auto manufacturers have made and in fact begun testing vehicles equipped with intelligent driving innovation. The advent of smart cars can be one of the sizeablest upheavals in transportation since the invention of the original car itself, but it’s not the only innovation creeping up to redefine the car industry. A Los Angeles beginup is working to alter not the way we drive cars, but the way we manufacture them – and their work may have only as much of an impact as self-driving cars.

autocarHack Rod was made by a couple of stunt drivers/racers along with the former Vice President of Creative at Mattel‘s Wheels Division. Their goal? To create the world’s initially car made in a virtual environment and engineered with artificial intelligence – fundamentally, a self-createing car. The implications for the car manufacturing industry are rousing or terrifying, depending on how you appear at it (or who you work for). Hack Rod’s theory is that with completely virtual and AI-based manufacturing, car create and and production may be placed into the hands of people (in fact those without most create skills) and tiny businesses.

To bring their thought to reality, Hack Rod partnered with several significant companies in software, manufacturing and distribution, that include Autodesk, that has played a significant role in the create and development of the car. In particular, their Dreamcatcher generative create process, an experimental platform that allows for the software itself to have a “hand” in createing, has made the basis of the car’s create.

Hack Rod begined by scanning a prefabricated chassis and uploading it to the cloud. They and so took the existing car – a quite basic sportscar create – for several test drives, pushing it to the limits of its capabilities while sensors attached to the car and driver measured force and stress. The data gathered by the sensors was and so fed into Dreamcatcher, that utilized incorporated NVIDIA graphics processing units (GPUs) to rapidly analyze the data and generate several new create suggestions that may improve upon or resolve any weak points it detected in the original car, as you can see in the video at a lower place:

Hack Rod is announcing and discussing the virtual prototypes they made with Autodesk VRED, based on Dreamcatcher’s create recommendations, at SIGGRAPH 2016, that is running July 24-28. The discussion can be part of a collaborative create review powered by Silverdraft Demon VR.

“The way your world opens up of a create point of view in photoreal VR is only magic,” said Mouse McCoy, founder and creative director of Hack Rod. “The speed at that you can manufacture decisions of your final product is unrivaled and when you begin to add in AI/machine learning, it’s like you have 1,000 engineers working for you solving problems in a fraction of the time that it utilized to take. It is the democratization of manufacturing.”

hackrodOnce a create is chosen of Dreamcatcher’s recommendations, it goes to the next step in the Autodesk-powered process: Design Graph, that offers part suggestions to match the create criteria. The create itself is fine-tuned in Fusion 360, and so imported into Flow Analysis for virtual aerodynamic testing.

Generative create, that programs like Dreamcatcher manufacture possible, produces a few hard results that may have, not long ago, been not easy to in fact manufacture. Nothing is not easy (well, approximately nothing) with 3D printing, yet, and during November’s Autodesk University conference, Hack Rod, Autodesk and NVIDIA can be revealing off a few of the complex metal 3D printed parts that Dreamcatcher made. In March, they plan to have a full car eager to exhibit at SXSW.

“The next of manufacturing things appears quite cool,” said McCoy. “When you combine collaborative photo-real 3D VR create with AI-based generative create, machine learning and high end manufacturing, it produces a donate chain of the next that puts the power of sizeable organizations in the hands of the Equiteman.”

When you initially arrive at Hack Rod’s website, you are presented with the question “Could 3 kids in a dorm room begin a car company?” Hack Rod’s answer is an emphatic yes – thanks to the availability of manufacturerspaces, 3D printing, and generative software. Learn additional of Dreamcatcher at a lower place, and discuss this project additional in the Self-Designing Car forum over at 3DPB.com.

[Source: NVIDIA]