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Rapid Prototyping Revolutionizes Product Development

New products shape the automotive specialty-equipment industry, and companies that get their innovations to market earliest have the best chance for success. Millions of dollars are spent each year to research, design, develop and produce prototypes that are eventually honed into the finished parts that reach consumers’ vehicles. Until recently, that process has been time consuming and expensive—especially for smaller manufacturers that don’t have huge budgets. But technology is changing the R&D process.

It’s Official!

Since its official open house in July, the new SEMA Garage—Industry Innovations Center has garnered high marks from the SEMA’s membership. In fact, its summer-evening debut attracted more than 700 industry professionals for a firsthand tour of the comprehensive facility designed to help members bring fresh specialty-equipment products to market, from concept to complete photographed state.The SEMA Garage Opens to Industry Wows

As the saying goes, you never get a second chance to make a good first impression. In recent months, the new SEMA Garage—Industry Innovations Center has officially thrown its doors wide open to SEMA members, welcoming them to let their creativity flow within the new facility. In return, the initial industry response has been incredible. Clearly, SEMA membership is intrigued with the possibilities.

’15 Ford Mustang, F-150 CAD Data Available

Ford Motor Co. has made CAD information available for the ’15 Mustang and F-150. The data is accessible to SEMA manufacturing members who are subscribed to the SEMA Technology Transfer program. The program, which was established more than 10 years ago to help manufacturers minimize or eliminate reverse engineering for production, is available for $360 per year. Other OEMs that are part of the program include Chrysler, General Motors and Scion.

SEMA Offers Manufacturers First Look at ’13 Cadillac ATS, XTS and Chevrolet Spark

Twenty-one manufacturers showed up to measure the ’13 Cadillac ATS, XTS
and ’13 Chevrolet Spark during the Measuring Sessions at SEMA’s Diamond
Bar, California, headquarters, September 5–6. Measuring Sessions provide manufacturers with hands-on access
to new vehicles in order to gather surface data for
designing, developing and manufacturing specialty equipment.


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