Hackrod Inc., a California-based digital manufacturing company announced a partnership with Siemens PLM Software to advance their vision to democratize the engineering design and manufacturing process wherein even the consumer takes an active part in creating an automobile.
Hackrod Inc. aims to drive the new industrial revolution by creating the world’s first virtual reality designed car ‘La Bandita’, AI-engineered and 3D printing in structural alloy and powered by Siemens Digital Innovation Platform.
Siemens offers multiple tools like NX™ software and its latest cloud-based software Solid Edge® Portal to Hackrod Inc. These latest tools will help Hackrod Inc., to rapidly design and test various solutions at a significantly lower cost. 3D printing will also play a crucial role at this stage.
Hackrod is developing a made-to-order design platform to prevail with guaranteed engineering solutions. The platform leverages multiple advanced technologies like virtual reality, a first for any manufacturing industry, IoT and machine learning to deliver the best engineering solution and finally using industrial 3D printing to manufacture the optimum hardware.
The car named ‘La Bandita’ is a speedster and is ‘not a concept car’ but a ‘proof of concept’. It will serve as the doorway to understand the new age manufacturing technology and the new concept of industrial design to production methodology.
Speaking on the partnership, Dr. Slade Gardner, Hackrod CTO said, “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.”
He added, “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.”
On the other side of the partnership, Bob Haubrock, Senior Vice President, Product Engineering Software, Siemens PLM Software said, “Hackrod’s vision for automotive design is an exciting and unique use of our design and engineering software, and is completely in line with Siemens’ vision for the future of manufacturing. We look forward to seeing the “La Bandita” speedster and using it as proof of concept for this revolutionary design to production methodology.”
Powered by Siemens PLZ software and Digital Innovation Platform, Hackrod’s future factory enables a large group of consumers the unprecedented capability to create complex products as easily as playing a video game.