Virtual Prototyping: Concept to Production
DEFENSE SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT COLL FORT BELVOIR VA
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We undertook this research project to assess the feasibility of using virtual prototypes in the DOD weapon systems acquisition process. Our goal was to identify and assess the current uses of virtual prototypes by commercial companies, defense contractors and universities. The Defense Science Board and the Defense Modeling and Simulation Office are confident that virtual prototyping can have a beneficial influence on the defense acquisition process. We were skeptical about the usefulness of virtual prototyping and were curious to see who, if anyone, was using virtual prototypes in the development process. We wanted first-hand impressions from people with hands-on experience on how they viewed the utility of virtual prototypes, their successes, disappointments, key risks and challenges. Because virtual prototype is becoming a buzzword in todays vernacular, we wanted to know what people from industry, government and academia meant by the term and how they envisioned its application. This then was our charter -- to assess and describe the current state of virtual prototyping.
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