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Honda pioneers use of hi-tech 3D software to make safer cars


Allows engineers to rotate, twist and peel off layers for inspection.

Honda is leading the way in crash-simulation by being the first automaker to use a revolutionary new three-dimensional visualization system based on 3D software DELTAGEN.

A crash-simulation is rendered by the system into a three-dimensional presentation allowing Honda engineers to study the results of a crash, try out different design fixes and redesign safety changes faster and more efficiently.


Thorough inspection can be done by manipulating the rendering in a variety of ways.  The view can be rotated in any direction and parts can be stripped away for closer analysis.  The crash barrier can also be rendered transparent to be able to view the immediate effects of a crash from multiple angles including the driver’s seat.

"With this technology, we have gained the potential to improve the quality of decision making and reduce the time required for finalizing a vehicle design by greatly increasing the ease of communicating and understanding the results of a crash test simulation.  This tool will promote a more complete understanding of vehicle safety design amongst all engineers involved in our vehicle development process," said Eric DeHoff, Technical Leader for CAE in the Crash Safety Group of Honda R&D Americas, Inc.

"Past efforts at creating this kind of highly realistic rendering involved weeks of concentrated effort by engineers and rendering specialists and would result a single simulation with fixed viewing parameters.  With this new technology we can create and manipulate the simulation at the push of a button, and we can do it in hours instead of weeks," added DeHoff.

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