Siemens and Hackrod Design an Electric Roadster in VR

It doesn’t happen all that often a physical product is realized with the help of VR. In the case of Siemens and Hackrod, their new electric roadster proof of concept is pretty interesting. It is designed with VR, 3D printing, and artificial intelligence. A remarkable feat of strength, even though this will never be a commercially viable product.

An Electric Roadster Emerges

While it is commendable to see Siemens and Hackrod explore electric vehicles, most people will wonder why this car was even created. This particular roadster is a physical vehicle, concocted by using some of the more innovative technologies available today.  Combining Ai with VR and 3D printing can seemingly yield some surprising results.

To put this into perspective, the vehicle is just a proof of concept which may serve a bigger purpose later on. It was created in virtual reality, engineered with AI, and 3D printed in full size. All of this goes to show there are a lot of different ways companies can design and produce new vehicles. Doing so on a large scale may prove to be difficult, though.

Hackrod CTO Dr. Slade Gardner comments on La Bandita as follows:

“The Hackrod and Siemens PLM Software partnership is vitally important. … 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 customized manufacturing of sophisticated mechatronic systems, Siemens’ hardware connectivity for Industrial IoT and multi-axis additive manufacturing are critical to success. The products of our partnership will illustrate the impact that an efficient and motivated team can have access to world-class digital design, engineering, visualization, manufacturing, and inspection power.”

Known as La Bandita, the new speedster is pretty interesting. Being able to design a car in VR and making modifications along the way without disrupting the production process is quite appealing. Additionally, this vehicle shows there is no need for massive infrastructure budgets. It is even possible to skip a few testing phases, albeit that will always be subject to debate.

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