Cars

Product Development Process

CONCEPT DESIGN


A broad perception, concept design involves imagining and innovating from all angles. At Air Design, concept designers must be able to envision the whole picture, from product requirements to aesthetics to development issues. They are an integral part of the creative team, interpreting complex ideas and how they can be realized into fruition.




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CAD ENGINEERING


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The product development process fully integrates a sophisticated digital workflow that includes detailed laser scanning of the vehicle's original surface, advanced 3D CAD modeling and printing, full scale CAM and CNC prototype construction, wood and foam models fashioned from cutting-edge Alias software, as well as the use of two, three, four, five, and six-axis milling/trimming machines.

ADVANCED PROTOTYPING


Imagine being able to produce instant functional prototypes for automotive parts, consumer goods, packaging, displays, and a wide variety of items with the highest quality and accuracy of an end product before actual production occurs.

Air Design's 3D visual modeling techniques combined with advanced prototyping 3D Printers and CNC machining capabilities allow engineers to create dimensionally accurate mock-products that the design team can test and further develop.


TOOLING


Additionally, in-house tooling design and construction capabilities mean all molds are developed right onsite. Customers can choose from a wide range of injection and thermoforming technologies for small, medium, or long-range production runs.

  • Thermoforming
  • Soft Ceramic Tooling 
  • Aluminum/Steel Injection Tools
  • Epoxy, Urethane, Silicon Casting
  • Wood, Foam, and Clay Master models and patterns
  • Composite Materials
  • Reaction Injection Molding Polyurethanes
  • Custom Designed Aluminum Profiles
  • High Gloss and Special Finishes Thermoforming

MANUFACTURING


"Robots and humans work hand in hand, complementing each other with their respective skills" - Kuka Roboter GmbH.

Air Design vehicle accessories are manufactured with proprietary technology that incorporates high impact multi-layer ABS engineering plastic, encapsulated with a high-pressure polyurethane elastomer.

PUR-RIM (Polyurethane Reaction Molding) manufacturing technology offers the high quality and low entry cost that is essential to be competitive in the low and medium volume market. Air Design controls one of the largest PUR–RIM production facilities in North America for automotive body parts. 

Furthermore, ABS and TPR engineering plastics-thermoforming are used for parts that require an integrated body color, stainless steel, and/or chromed finishes. They are ideal for bumper overlays, skid plates, fender flares, all kind of body appliqués, floor liners, spare tire covers and other applications. Trimming robots guarantee an accurate shape to all the parts.

BODY COLOR PAINT


Air Design is a regional leader in vehicle personalization programs, exporting products to more than 30 countries worldwide. A recent expansion into the aftermarket via an exclusive wholesale distribution partnership with industry leader Keystone Automotive Operation Inc. allows Air Design to call upon its extensive OE experience and increase consumer access to its high-end styling products

Air Design´s state-of-the-art paint line offers OEM-approved body color premium paint solutions comprised only with the highest quality paint systems to create the most advanced topcoat finishes in the automotive industry. 

LOGISTICS


Air Design is a regional leader in vehicle personalization programs, exporting products to more than 30 countries worldwide. A recent expansion into the aftermarket via an exclusive wholesale distribution partnership with industry leader Keystone Automotive Operation Inc. allows Air Design to call upon its extensive OE experience and increase consumer access to its high-end styling products. 

VP CENTER


OEM vehicle personalization operations take place in five ports of entry on México's Pacific and Atlantic coasts: Veracruz, Tampico, Mazatlán, Manzanillo, and Lázaro Cárdenas. Special Edition operations also take place in four OEM plants across the country.