1994-03-01

Environmental Cubing Fixture (ECF) A Development Tool for Automotive Interiors and Exteriors to Increase Quality and Reduce Timing and Cost 940981

Modern automotive quality control has been made possible by the recent advances in computer controlled product design, CAD/CAM surface data generation, and CNC master model/tooling cuts. Parallel to that new technology emerging, “space-age” materials have resulted in a new type of tool which guarantee absolute adherence to design intent surface quality. These new quality control tools, environmental cubing fixtures, are made available early in the car development cycle and have resulted both in time savings of up to six months during the development process, and in cost savings of tens of millions of dollars per individual model design, through the elimination of many engineering changes.

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