The Computer Aided Design and Manufacture of Vehicle Lamps

  • M. F. Hessey
  • J. N. S. Deane


The application of computer aids to the design process offers a number of benefits, one of the most important being the saving of time. When the use of computers is extended to the production area the gains are substantially increased. This paper describes the use of computer aided design and manufacture in the production of lamps for road vehicles.

An integrated suite of computer programs has been developed to facilitate the design of vehicle lamps. On completion of the design a special-puroose computer controlled machine tool is used to cut a model of the component extremely rapidly, and from this model prototypes can be produced. The system also produces tapes for conventional numerically controlled machine tools, which are used to make the lamp tooling.


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© The Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Birmingham 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. F. Hessey
    • 1
  • J. N. S. Deane
    • 1
  1. 1.Joseph Lucas LtdGroup Research CentreMonkspath, Shirley, Solihull, West MidlandsUK

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