By combining artificial intelligence and state-of-the-art 3D printing, vw is expected to revolutionise the way car components are made.The new technologies being tested are not only effective in reducing vehicle weight, but also provide great flexibility in designing special parts for future models.Part of the Volkswagen group, the recently renamed California center for innovation and engineering (IECC) yesterday reinterpreted the 1962 Microbus with electrical modernization.
In addition, the Volkswagen Type 20 concept car caught the attention of many media in this demonstration.Its core elements are a 3d-printed orange wheel hub, side rearview mirror holders, steering wheel and other components.And these products are not of human Design, but by the artificial intelligence in the Generative created in the process of the Design.
The advantage of ai is that it can quickly understand the engineers’ priorities in the design process — structural strength, ease of production, lightweight design, and so on — and can be upgraded iteratively to meet these standards.It’s not just about taking existing parts and carving the metal to make the hole design.But will consider the mechanics principle, therefore needs to design the core structure of these parts.
So the final design is different from what we expect from modern engineering.Instead of neat lines and blocky structures, ai’s “trained” alternatives are more like a mix of vines or roots.Although it looks fragile, tests have shown that ai’s rear-view mirror mount is basically the same as a conventional one, but USES far fewer materials.
However, AI design is not the only way the Volkswagen group is using the technology.Even selecting potential candidates to replace 3D printing or alternative forms is a daunting task: modern vehicles, after all, consist of thousands of components.To determine which might be most effective, if replaced, would not be feasible for humans – so Volkswagen has been training artificial intelligence to flag possibilities.
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