Volkswagen updates classic van with generative design, RoboCup flexes autonomous muscles, more

VW uses Autodesk Fusion to reshape Microbus, autonomous robots play soccer, Onshape study finds PLM insights, more

In this episode of DE Video News roundup, VW uses Autodesk Fusion to reshape Microbus, autonomous robots play soccer, Onshape study finds PLM insights, more

B-Human’s robotic player scores a decisive goal at the RoboCup championship 2019 (Standard Platform League) in Sydney, Australia. Image courtesy of Contact Software, a sponsor of B-Human.

VW reshapes T-20 Microbus with Generative Design

Recently, to mark the launch of the Volkswagen Innovation and Engineering Center California, the carmaker upgraded the classic T-2 into a new concept van, called the VW Type 20.

The new concept includes quite a number of generative design-driven parts—the steering wheel, the wheel, the side mirror arms, and the seat support, designed in Autodesk Fusion 360, an integrated CAD, CAM, CAE software.

With generative design, engineers use loads, stress, material properties, and other functional inputs to get the best topology for the project, automatically generated by the software. This approach is now becoming an integral part of many mainstream CAD and simulation software, including SolidWorks and Altair.

With Autodesk Fusion, you can specify the preferred manufacturing method so the software can take it into consideration when it generates the topology.

For more on this, read our online report on the VW Type 20 at Digital Engineering

The wheel of the new VW Type 20 concept van, designed with Autodesk Fusion's generative design. Image courtesy of Volkswagen Group.

RoboCup brings out advanced autonomous technology

Perhaps some of you are soccer fans, or football, as it’s known in other parts of the world, but do you know there’s a robotic football cup? It's called RoboCup, and the world championship recently took place in Sydney, Australia.

In the Standard Platform League, B-Human, the joint team of the University of Bremen and the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), emerged as the champion. In the RoboCup Standard Platform League, B-Humans emerged as the top champion.

Another participating team is Nao-Team HTWK Leipzig, a robotic football team made up of university professors and robotic and engineering students.

Many of the issues involved in developing autonomous football playing robots are relevant to the autonomous vehicle development, among other industries. The rules for the Standard Platform League specify that the robots must operate fully autonomously; there’s no remote control.

RoboCup competitions come in various forms. The hardware, or the robotic players involved, are not always in in humanoid form. The RoboCup federation’s ultimate goal is to be able to play against human players, and win, so even now, the game rules in RoboCup are derived from the FIFA rule book.

Onshape study points to role of PLM/PDM

Onshape, the cloud-streaming CAD company that changes the rules of CAD, has jut published a report, titled the State of Product Development and Hardware Design. The report reflects the thoughts and sentiments of a sample pool with 55% engineers and designers, with engineering managers, executives, and others making up the rest.

According to the report, you don’t need an army to launch a new product. 45% of the respondents say, the product development teams are about 3-10 people.

Responding companies also think improving their design process is more important than improving their design tools, such as CAD, augmented with additive manufacturing and generative design. Most companies in the survey have embraced cloud-hosted tools.

Another discovery is, most companies are using PLM/PDM systems to prevent costly mistakes associated with grabbing the wrong versions of the design, and so on.

Pitch your ARVR project to investors

If you’re a ARVR startup in Europe, you may be interested in this call for pitches. AWE Europe, the European version of the Augmented World Expo, is now accepting applications for candidates to publicly pitch their projects to investors, at the upcoming AWE Europe show.

Deadline is August 10. If you are accepted, then get ready to pitch in October, at the conference in Munich, Germany.

More Autodesk Coverage

Sponsored Content
Windows Explorer Wasn’t Made For Engineers
Engineers spend, on average, 15 percent of their time managing data. How much time do you waste managing your design data?
Moffitt Streamlines Custom Vent Designs With Discovery Live
With ANSYS real-time simulation, customers can visualize natural ventilation solutions quickly, shortening design cycles and accelerating sales.
Partner Content
Napkin Drawings with a Digital Touch
Sophisticated sketching programs let you capture simple concepts, create masterpieces.
Designing Machines in the Age of the IIoT
To design equipment for the new digital age, engineers are reinventing the product design process.
NIMS Launches CAM Credentials 
The new credentials are based on standards developed in partnership with and sponsored by Autodesk.
Composite Simulation Grows More Robust
Composite performance inseparable from manufacturing process and material design.
Autodesk Company Profile

More Onshape Coverage

Sponsored Content
Modern CAD for Medical Device Design
In this eBook, you’ll read insights from three successful companies who recently switched to a modern, cloudbased CAD system.
Onshape Teams Up With Sandvik for Cloud CAD/CAM Integration
Companies' strategic partnership designed to reshape how manufacturers go from 3D product models to finished parts, according to companies.
Consumer vs. Professional Tug of War
Can consumer hardware be adapted for professional usage?
Chaos Group previews Project Lavina, SimScale releases radiation simulator, Onshape recognized by World Economic Forum
In this episode of DE News Roundup, Chaos Group previews Project Lavina for real time ray tracing, SimScale releases radiation simulation tool, Onshape recognized as a Technology Pioneer by World Economic Forum
Review: Onshape Cloud-Based CAD Platform Offers Access Anywhere
Onshape's latest features focus on performance, integration and usability.
The State of Product Development According to Onshape
New report shows engineers most interested in transforming early-stage design workflows in areas like collaboration, version control and improved visibility.
Onshape Company Profile

Share This Article

About the Author

Kenneth Wong's avatar
Kenneth Wong

Kenneth Wong is Digital Engineering’s resident blogger and senior editor. Email him at [email protected] or share your thoughts on this article at

      Follow DE