Malaysia Automotive Institute Design Centre opens in Rawang – gov’t to subsidise 50% of usage charges

Malaysia Automotive Institute Design Centre opens in Rawang – gov’t to subsidise 50% of usage charges

The Malaysia Automotive Institute has opened its design centre in Sungai Choh, Rawang, near the headquarters of Perodua, which it has partnered with in the centre’s development. The aim of the design centre, MAI says, is to enable the local automotive industry to be able to handle simultaneous engineering between manufacturers and their vendors during the development stages of a new model.

The Rawang design centre is home to a variety of hardware including a fused deposited 3D printer, a selective laser sintering 3D printer, along with hardware and software for augmented reality simulations and a high-performance computing server, among others. The institute is encouraging automotive OEMs to make use of its facilities, in order to expedite the design processes in the lead to a car model’s completion.

Though no pricing structure was revealed, MAI said that all participants are charged for usage of the facilities on a ‘pay per use’ basis, and will receive a 50% government subsidy. Meanwhile, parts vendors will be given ‘hand-holding’ guidance in interactions with the OEMs during the design phase.

“We can design better with these facilities. These can reduce development time for a new model, especially with the use of AR (augmented reality),” said Perodua CEO and president Datuk Aminar Rashid.

In the case of Perodua, the time and monetary savings afforded by the use of these facilities is considerable. The design stage for a full model change can be quickened from three years to 18 months with the use of virtual reality (VR) methods, said Perodua chief designer Muhamad Zamuren bin Musa.

This will enables a cost saving of RM3-4 million from an estimated RM15-20 million typically spent on the design stage of a new model, and it also saves on manpower. Where up to 15 modellers are tasked with design stage work traditionally, VR enables the use of just six modellers.

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  • there is one picture where you can see ahmad maslan looks confused where he isn’t sure whether to speak to the microphone or the bottle.

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    • The mike is placed in front of him, just the angle of shot places the bottle directly in front.

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  • ministers GST is there.

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  • Design only bumber all copy from Japan ?

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  • sabahan on Aug 15, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    It is a good news!

    if and only if this institute is run by a “do his/her job” person, none political related, none religion related.

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  • Albert Yong on Aug 15, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    MAI still tak tentu arah. Can do all this rubbish but 3 issues still not settled.

    1) When is AP going to be abolished? 30 million people suffer when 30 PEKEMA members get billions each per year. Also why MAI have not sorted out issues such as PEKEMA down clocking odometers and selling heavily used cars as near brand new

    2) government’s promise to reduce car prices by 30%. Malaysians are still waiting for this

    3) why most cars still don’t have VSC and only 2 airbags. Axia still got no ABS even. Why MAI not insisting car companies give us minimum 6 airbags and VSC plus ABS in all cars?

    Enough of MAI bullshit

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    • Gov shud response like below:
      1) Keep AP and maybe increase duties on new vehicles to force pipu use public transport.

      2) Already gip u 61% diskaun lagi u complain no RV. Why dun u just say u got no money buy car and just wanna complain only?

      3) MAI dun represent ASEAN. So how can MAI dictate specs for ASEAN cars? Need ASEAN chairman to force this issue. Incidentally, Southoverlord is chairman this round. So whats he doing, minum-tidor kah?

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      • Andrekua on Aug 16, 2017 at 8:02 am

        LoL John…

        Why don’t you set the example by selling your car and start using public transport? Don’t just try to point out other’s fault. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.

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  • Nautica on Aug 15, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    Let me get this right – MAI started this design center with Perodua. And the idea is for OE component makers and other National car makers to use this center at a subsidized fee.
    The question that immediately pops up in my mind – how will MAI guarantee that all the information and data gathered by the Center during the product developments with other vendors and maker is not “leaked” to Perodua?
    After all MAI is indebted to Perodua because the center is sponsored by Perodua, and Perodua got away selling cars with 2 airbags and no ABS nor VSC?
    Just saying.

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  • azrai on Aug 15, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    Can I individually use those facilities to design Ah Beng type of bumpers and skirtings?

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  • C. P. MOHAN on Aug 15, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    Maybe wrong but isn’t this the old-method of doing vehicle designs especially with digital and 3-D printing.

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    • 3D printing still not fine enuff for scale model. Still need clay to fine tune the shape

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  • heyheyman123 on Aug 15, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    At least Proton and Geely have more safety features than Perodua

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