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Bob Sheaves: suspension engineer, design process and CATIA expert, contributor

Bob Sheaves' design and engineering background is in vehicle chassis
systems, but he has spent many years on all phases of vehicle design
(concentrating in dynamics and kinematics), solid modeling, and
rapid prototyping (using 3D Systems SLA250 machines). In addition, he has done CATIA training, support, and business process and CAD
application analysis.

Bob Sheaves has logged over 20,000 hours using various versions of CATIA since 1984. Indeed, he was part of the evaluation group when Chrysler chose CATIA in 1988.

Having worked on-site in Japan, China, and across the United States, for both well-known and less visible automakers and suppliers, Bob is unusually well traveled and experienced. He has frequently lent his views and opinions, valiantly correction misperceptions and fighting ignorance, on the allpar forums and in the site's pages.

Experienced Allpar people suggest arguing with Bob only when you know absolutely and for sure you are right. He has immense patience for questions, uncertainty, guidance, and education, and very little for foolishness, opinion stated as fact, and stubborn inaccuracy.


Some of Bob's experience includes:

  • Freightliner engineering, 2008-09
  • Senior engineer - chassis design synthesis (developed business
    integration plan, process, and documentation for CATIA use in advanced
    vehicle engineering), 2002-2004
  • CATIA Kinematic Application trainer and engineer, American Axle, 2002
  • Tenneco Automotive Japan, Ltd - Consultant on exhaust systems
    design and prototype troubleshooting to Isuzu on GMT 355 / ISZ 190
    project; employee training on design systems, 2000-01; Vehicle Exhaust
    Systems Design and Prototype Troubleshooting to Isuzu Motors, Fujisawa, Japan on GMT 355/ISZ 190 Project
  • Tenneco Automotive, Michigan, American LaFrance design, Wagner
    Lighting (exterior lighting systems for GM and Chrysler), Catnet,
    Autoliv (airbags/restraings for GM and Chrysler), Masland (interior
    components for Chrysler), GM Corvette Group (C5 mule prototype design),
    Harvard Industries (engine fans for GM, door frames for Chrysler)
  • Chrysler Corporation Jeep/Truck Engineering, 1987-1992,
    including Senior Designer, 4x4 Vehicle Suspensions - responsible for
    all 4x4 suspension design concepts on Dodge BR (full size RAM pickup);
    Jeep Motorsports race team assistance.
  • AM General - senior suspension design for FMTV and HMMWV; GM
    Truck Group - Military Vehicles Operations; GM Truck and Bus Group,
    International Harvester TSPC and Scout Group


Allpar pages contributed in whole or in large part by Bob Sheaves include:



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