CAD/CAM process efficiency project kick-off

CAD Schroer teams up with the University of Duisburg-Essen and other industry partners to kick off a joint project as part of the German "Automotive & Manufacturing" development initiative

Cambridge, UK and Pittsford, NY, (PresseBox) - The initiative addresses efficiency challenges in the automotive and manufacturing sector. The project harnesses university resources and industry expertise to help create manufacturing-ready modelling methods for improving CAD/CAM process efficiency.

One of 18 finalists selected from 35 projects submitted to receive German "Automotive & Manufacturing" initiative funding, the two-year joint project includes the University of Duisburg-Essen, CAD Schroer, RWTH University Aachen, and the companies Berghoff and info-key.

Considering Manufacturing Costs during the Design Process

The project's objective is to develop a CAD solution which delivers a reliable estimate of design-dependent manufacturing timescales and costs. Due to rising energy prices, energy consumption will also be included in the calculation. Including these estimates at the beginning of the design process allows engineers to optimise product designs in order to minimise manufacturing timescales, costs and energy consumption.

"By tackling these issues with a multi-disciplinary project team, we hope to be able to make a serious contribution to CAD/CAM process optimisation", says Sergej Schachow, who is looking after the project at CAD Schroer, the global engineering solutions provider. "Our team's strength lies in the ability to combine new ideas from university research with our longstanding CAD software development experience and direct feedback from manufacturers, who face these challenges every day. "

CAD Schroer supports educational and research establishments with free software licenses:
http://www.cad-schroer.com/company/education.html?pk_campaign=pr140122_uni_duisburg

"Automotive & Manufacturing" Development Initiative

"Automotive & Manufacturing" is a development initiative driven by Germany's most populous state, North Rhine-Westphalia, and supported by the European Regional Development Fund. It encourages companies, universities and research organisations to cooperate more closely, developing new project ideas to drive the sector forward. For more information, please visit http://www.ziel2.nrw.de/2_Wettbewerbe_und_weitere_Foerdermoeglichkeiten/1_Wettbewerbe_2010/Automotive_Produktion_3_NRW/index.php (German language site).

Free CAD System in Education:
http://www.cad-schroer.com/products/medusa4-personal/free-student-use.html?pk_campaign=pr140122_uni_duisburg

Over the next two years, CAD Schroer and its multi-disciplinary the project team hopes to reach its goal of creating 'New manufacturing-specific modelling methods to drive CAD/CAM process efficiency '.

CAD Schroer GmbH

CAD Schroer is a global software development company and engineering solutions provider, helping to raise the productivity and competitiveness of customers working in manufacturing and plant design, including the automotive sector and its supply chain, the energy sector and public utilities. CAD Schroer has offices and subsidiaries throughout Europe and in the United States.

CAD Schroer's product portfolio includes 2D/3D CAD, plant design, factory layout and data management solutions. Customers in 39 countries rely on MEDUSA4®, MPDS4™ and STHENO/PRO® to provide an efficient, flexible and integrated design environment for all phases of product or plant design - cutting costs while raising quality. CAD Schroer emphasises close customer partnerships and supports its clients' objectives through extensive consultancy, training, development, software support and maintenance services.

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