DTD Podcast 11 – Ask Arv 4: What is the Process of Designing a Car from Sketch to Production?

DTD Podcast 11 – Ask Arv 4: What is the Process of Designing a Car from Sketch to Production?

DTD Podcast 11 – Ask Arv 4: Am I too old to change my Career?– Today’s question comes from Sam.  Sam was curious to understand what the process was to design a car from concept to production.

This is a hard question to answer in a single podcast and we could probably discuss several topics and talk for hours on each particular segment.  So I will do my best to break down what I know the process is.

Process and Topics discussed:

  • Defining your Vehicle Functional Requirements and Objectives
  • Initial Concept/Ideation – Themes Sketches
  • Vehicle Packaging and Integration
  • Powertrains and their effect on packaging
  • Interior Requirements and packaging
  • Surfacing from Clay Models
  • Theme Refinement
  • Preliminary Vehicle Dynamics
  • Safety Requirements

There is an incredible amount of information and I have only scratched the surface and given a general overview.  However other subjects NOT discussed in the podcast include:

  • Vehicle Dynamics
  • Suspension
  • Wheel Diameter and Tires
  • Prototype Testing and Validation
  • Interior Optimization
  • Weight Targets
  • Drag Coefficient

If you have any specific questions, don’t hesitate to ask.  Also be sure to pick up a copy of HPOINT: The Fundamental s of Car Design and Packaging by Stuart Macey.  It’s an excellent book that gives you a fair amount of details showing what is involved with designing a vehicle and a MUST have for serious students interested in car design.

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