In partnership with the SEMA Garage, 23 specialty-equipment manufacturers showed up at Mazda’s Technical Research Facility in Irvine, California, to obtain the specs needed to prepare parts for the ’17 CX-5 during a June 15 measuring session.
The SEMA Garage’s Tech Transfer program was originally conceived as a way to help member companies acquire original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) computer-aided design (CAD) data, making it possible to quickly produce parts that fit the latest models. By logging into the Tech Transfer online portal, a member has access to OEM CAD data and the opportunity to request specific data for one or more vehicles.
As we monitor, measure and guide our progress here at SEMA, we have developed data points that help us understand how well our member-benefit programs are working. Many times, those signals can vary, but data points can align and crystallize on occasion, making what was cloudy suddenly obvious.
The all-new ’17 Ford F-Series Super Duty is coming to the SEMA Garage in Diamond Bar, California, for a measuring session.
Since January 2015, the SEMA Garage has hosted 184 member manufacturers for 20 different Measuring Sessions, bringing in some of the most highly anticipated vehicles of the year, including the ’16 Nissan Titan XD powered by Cummins.
Find out how the SEMA Garage can help get your products developed and to market faster and more cost effectively.
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.
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.
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.