1998-09-29

Reduction of Instrument Panel Manufacturing Cost by Using Design Optimization 982370

This paper highlights the application of design optimization in reducing product manufacturing cost without compromising product performance. By using a topology optimization method, the manufacturing cost of a clam shell has been reduced by approximately one-third, while maintaining the NVH performance of the steering column that is connected to the instrument panel (IP) through the clam shell. Two different optimization approaches and two different topological weld deployments are investigated. It is found that a fully-deployed seam weld approach with automatic optimization provides the best design results.

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