On Tuesday, April 10th, a team of Ford engineers brought their virtual reality design presentation to ECC students, invited public and the local media at Erie Community College's Vehicle Technology Training Center near South Campus in Orchard Park.
In the auto giant's immersive Environment Lab (FiVE), a state of-the-art facility that uses virtual reality to fully experience a vehicle long before a physical prototype can be built, designers and engineers analyze how concepts come together and are able to start working on the driving experience. Early evaluations in the virtual world contribute to the final high-quality materials, superior craftsmanship and refined finish that characterize Ford vehicles. On Tuesday, ECC's students were able to experience this type of virtual experience with Ford engineers like Monica Jones.
"With this technology, we don't have to wait for prototypes to see how the components of a car look and how it feels to sit in it," said Monica Jones, Ford Ergonomic Specialist. "We've improved efficiency, delivered higher quality and made the entire process more productive."
For more information on the event, please check out news on the following links:
Buffalo News: http://www.buffalonews.com/business/article804923.ece
Business First: http://www.bizjournals.com/buffalo/news/2012/04/10/ford-gives-ecc-students-hands-on.html