Computer-aided design (CAD) software is frequently utilized in various fields throughout the manufacturing sector, and the auto industry is no exception. Notably, this type of software was recently used to facilitate to engineering of the frame design for the Ford Motor Company's newest Ranger pickup truck.
According to 4-Traders, the new frame design and chassis are some of the prominent highlights of the new Ranger model. The chassis helps provide a driving and steering experience that is more like a sedan than that which is typically found in other pickup trucks.
The news source reports that engineering of the new Ranger began with CAD models of the frame that were made before the construction of the prototype. Simulations provided through the software helped reduce development time and find areas in need of improvement, where adding or reducing strength would not affect structural integrity.
In the new Ford Ranger, the frame is longer and stiffer than in previous iterations of the pickup truck, with new front and rear suspensions.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, engineers using CAD software and computer-based methods in auto manufacturing form the largest professional group in the workforce of this industry.