Hyundai Motor Co. turned to virtual reality computer tools for the redesign of its 2003 Tiburon coupe.
Hyundai uses a Silicon Graphics Onyx II supercomputer for full-scale, three-dimensional visualization and simulation studies, says Park Jong-Suh, Hyundai's senior executive vice president of design. The technology makes the designers' jobs easier, he says.
"From the very start, the whole project was digitized, so it enabled our designers and engineers to work simultaneously, saving time and eliminating errors," Park says.
"Following a VR presentation and design approval, we input the data into our milling machines and can have a full-scale clay model ready within four days. At the same time, we already have the digital data to begin tool and die making."