Ford Motor had seven patents in metaverse during Q1 2024. Ford Motor Co filed patents for a distributed CAD system with server and client computing devices for modifying CAD files, a method for automating die fabrication process using sensor data and image data to control machining tools and train AI system for autonomous operation. GlobalData’s report on Ford Motor gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Ford Motor grant share with metaverse as a theme is 57% in Q1 2024. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: Systems and methods for employing a distributed computer-aided design (CAD) system to manage the design of a manufacturing facility (Patent ID: US20240078350A1)

The patent filed by Ford Motor Co. describes a distributed computer-aided design (CAD) system that includes a server computing device with a reference CAD object database and a workstation database, along with multiple client computing devices. Each client device has a client database containing local CAD files and properties, and is capable of selecting a local CAD file, identifying a workstation entry associated with it, and modifying master properties and location-based information based on comparisons with local properties. The system aims to efficiently manage CAD files and properties across multiple client devices in a manufacturing environment.

The system's claims detail the structure and functionality of the distributed CAD system, including the association of reference CAD objects with graphic formats, the use of location-based information for workstations, and the ability to add, replace, or delete tools and workpieces based on comparisons. The method outlined involves determining input conditions, selecting CAD files, identifying workstation entries, and modifying properties and information accordingly. The system's design allows for seamless communication between the server and client devices through an API, with workstation entries stored as text-based files for easy access and management. Overall, the patent focuses on enhancing CAD system efficiency and collaboration in a manufacturing setting through distributed computing and intelligent property management.

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