Haydn: “With the current COVID pandemic causing disruption, the very existence of the traditional trade shows is very uncertain. With development budgets are being cut, the need for viable, cross-departmental collaborations are more important now than ever. In the automotive industry, for example, these days we see many OEMs move away from actual concept cars and towards technology demonstrators. I believe this trend, although it did pre-exist these COVID times, will continue and force design and engineering teams to collaborate ever closer than before”.
Sean: “I see many industries moving more towards the digital design process, perhaps using Virtual Reality as it allows for multiple people to be able to work on a project together, no matter where they are in the world. With everything that is going on with Covid it is proving people can progress projects even though the current limitations of social distancing.
Also, the technology improvements for realistic simulations and renders could mean products are released digitally way before any tooling and manufacture has taken place, reducing market failed products being made, saving money and waste going to landfill. This doesn’t mean the physical prototype won’t happen or be of value it will be far more refined and meaningful due to all the frontend digital design work.
A great example of the potential for the blend of digital design and 3D printing technologies is the Zcinger 21C supercar.
A great example of the potential for the blend of digital design and 3D printing technologies is the Zcinger 21C, it utilized this approach which could be the future of supercar builds allowing for one-offs and special edition cars to be built easier. As with a lot of new technologies, this does have the probable chance of then being feed down into the more conventional car industry.