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Real-World Applications of Generative Design

Using Topology Optimization to Create Manufacturable Product Designs Generative design is one of the hottest buzzwords in the product development world. You've seen the organic structures and promises of material reduction and cost savings, but how and when do you apply these principals to your design process, and how to you ensure that those designs can actually be manufactured? Find out how manufacturers like American Axle are leveraging generative design to improve real-world, in-service products using both traditional and advanced manufacturing processes.

Webinars

Design for Extrusion

Driving designs that are cognizant of the downstream manufacturing processes Increasing manufacturing costs and stiff competition coupled with low profit margins are posing tremendous challenges to extrusion companies, especially automotive and aerospace industries. One way the leading companies stay ahead of the competition is by reducing the product development time and production costs through virtual testing. Design engineers and analysts use CAE software to analyze and validate die designs and thereby reduce/eliminate costly die trials. This webinar explains how extrusion simulation framework provides an easy to use CAE environment to: - Validate extrusion die designs - Optimize process conditions - Identify potential defects and correct them before becoming critical problems

Webinars

BMW Motorrad

By automating the crankshaft modeling process using Altair SimLab, BMW Motorrad, the motorcycle division of BMW was able to significantly reduce their model creation time, and enable accuracy in budgetary forecasting and planning. As a result of making it an inhouse resource, they were able to gain flexibility and consistency in model quality, with a high-degree of efficiency with iterations.

Customer Stories

Webinar: Designing for Profitable Casting (South African Case Study)

Several prototype castings, scrap material and low quality castings cost foundries valuable time and money. Simulation and non-destructive testing offers technology to reduce the time from CAD concept to successful casting, and helps to minimise typical loss drivers in casting profitability. Nic Minnaar, Application Engineer at Altair & Prof. Anton du Plessis from the CT Scanning Facility at the University of Stellenbosch, will present a case study to explain how Altair Inspire Cast and CT scanning enables the design of efficient casting processes. This South African case study will demonstrate the collaborative value of Inspire Cast and CT scanning for profitable casting.

Webinars

Generation of Antenna Array Excitation

See how Altair Compose can be used for the automatic generation of antenna array excitations. You can seamlessly perform the necessary calculations, data formatting and output for use with Altair Feko.

Videos

Predicting Multipacting for RF Design Optimization: Field Strength Measurements in a Coaxial Waveguide

Tech-X presents a highly efficient method of predicting multipacting for RF design optimization with the FDTD PIC code VSim. Multipaction is a commonly encountered problem RF engineers face, that causes significant damage to RF structures, in which there are very often no analytical solutions. Therefore, often the only way to predict multipacting is by using numerical solvers.

Webinars

Model-Based Development of Multi-Disciplinary Systems

Readily simulate complex products as systems-of-systems throughout your development cycle – from early concept design, to detailed design, then hardware testing (HIL). Combine mechanical models with electrical models (in 0D, 1D, and/or 3D) to enable multi-disciplinary simulation and leverage automatic code-generation for embedded systems

Technical Papers

E-motor Design using Multiphysics Optimization

Today, an e-motor cannot be developed just by looking at the motor as an isolated unit; tight requirements concerning the integration into both the complete electric or hybrid drivetrain system and perceived quality must be met. Multi-disciplinary and multiphysics optimization methodologies make it possible to design an e-motor for multiple, completely different design requirements simultaneously, thus avoiding a serial development strategy, where a larger number of design iterations are necessary to fulfill all requirements and unfavorable design compromises need to be accepted.

The project described in this paper is focused on multiphysics design of an e-motor for Porsche AG. Altair’s simulation-driven approach supports the development of e-motors using a series of optimization intensive phases building on each other. This technical paper offers insights on how the advanced drivetrain development team at Porsche AG, together with Altair, has approached the challenge of improving the total design balance in e-motor development.

Customer Stories, Technical Papers

Aeroswift

The South African aviation manufacturing solutions provider Aerosud and the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) teamed up to launch a challenging 3D printing project, Aeroswift. Aeroswift collaborated with Altair to develop a methodology for designing large additively manufactured products. An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) frame was designed as a demonstration and subsequently printed on Aeroswift. To improve manufacturability while meeting all component requirements, the project engineers used Altair Inspire™ and its topology optimization capabilities in the design process.

Customer Stories

Using Math for Post-Processing Aerospace CAE Data

Learn how Altair Compose™ can help you reduce the number of tools required to import data from Finite Element Analysis (FEA), then perform useful post-processing calculations, and visualize the results in useful ways.

Webinars

Schneider Electric

An Altair customer for many years, Schneider Electric at first used only Altair Flux; now the company has extended their usage to several more software products in the Altair HyperWorks suite, including solutions such as Activate, MotionSolve, OptiStruct, and others to apply co-simulation in their development processes. Schneider feels their collaboration with Altair is more like a partnership than the standard supplier-OEM relationship.

Customer Stories

Multi-Physics Design and Optimization of a Complex Radar System

Today, most products are complex mechatronic combinations of advanced technologies, mixing electrical parts with controllers and embedded software. To efficiently manage innovative products, organizations are turning to a Model-Based Development approach for concept studies, control design, multi-domain system simulation and optimization. To meet this demand, Altair’s simulation and optimization suite aims to transform design and decision-making throughout product lifecycles with their multi-disciplinary software tools and consultancy services.

Technical Papers

Altair Embed Target Hardware Supported

Target hardware support for Altair Embed™: TI: F28x, MSP430, ARM Cortex M3 Arduino: Atmel ST Micro: STM32F3

Technical Papers

Altair SimSolid Technology Overview

An overview of the theoretical foundation of SimSolid, including mathematical background, computer implementation, and positioning among numerical methods.

Technical Papers

Introducing Altair SimLab sT

Analyzing full-featured parametric CAD assemblies is an extremely labor intensive process requiring skilled CAE expertise. Common practices to shorten simulation cycles have included simplifying and defeaturing CAD geometry – offering little “engineering” value, negatively impacting results accuracy and consistency, and falling short of desired program objectives.

There is a better solution! Introducing Altair SimLab sT, an automated multiphysics simulation environment differentiated by live, bi-directional connections to parametric CAD systems for high-fidelity analysis of solid (thick-walled) assemblies and fluid flow systems.

Webinars

Designing for Additive Manufacturing - A South African Case Study

Presented by Nic Minnaar from Altair and Jacobus Prinsloo from Aeroswift, we discuss the value of using topology optimization when designing for additive manufacturing. Aeroswift's 3D Printer is able to print parts which are up to ten times bigger and print them ten times faster than any other printer. In the case study the thought process behind the design of the largest UAV frame ever to be printed in metal, in a collaboration between Altair and Aeroswift, is presented.

Webinars

Fallbrook Technologies

Traction-based, patented NuVinci® transmission, is a continuously variable planetary (CVP) technology enabling performance and efficiency improvements for machines that use an engine, pump, motor, or geared transmission systems. Fallbrook Technologies has been working on improving oil flow inside the NuVinci products as it affects the transmission’s efficiency, durability, power, capacity, and cost. Altair worked with Amazon Web Services (AWS), a secure cloud services platform, to provide an integrated solution to Fallbrook including advanced GPU hardware, high-performance computing (HPC) and the nanoFluidX software through industry-leading workload management and job scheduler, Altair PBS Professional™.

Customer Stories

Introduction to Manufacturing Simulation-Driven Design

Presentation by Martin Solina, Project Manager, and Ulrich Bruder, Vice President Global Partner Sales, at Altair.

Presentations, Videos

Design: Taking Decisions Based on Concept Simulation – The Symbiosis of HPDC and Structural Optimization

Presentation by Felix Radisch, Technical Manager for solidThinking.

Presentations, Videos

Challenges and Opportunities for Manufacturing Staff Members through Casting Simulation

Presentation by Rainer Böke, CEO at Böke-IE GmbH & Co.

New software products, new license models and completely unknown fem-method are aspects that affected employees have to deal with. On the other hand there are many possibilities to support the employees by the use of a simulation software like e.g. the implementation in the company.

Presentations, Videos

Quoting & Tooling: How to Improve Quoting through Casting Simulation

Presentation by Rainer Böke, CEO at Böke-IE GmbH & Co.

At the beginning of a project there is often the wish to calculate components even though there is no order yet. It is shown how a component can be calculated to identify specific problem areas without much effort and without high costs.

Presentations, Videos

Validation: Minimizing Risk and Maximizing Part Quality

Presentation by Rainer Böke, CEO at Böke-IE GmbH & Co.

A cast shock-tower is used to describe the procedure for using simulation with Inspire Cast. The investigation of the gating technique related to large-area, thin-walled components is described. How can thicker sections deviating from this basic structure be produced without defects? When is the use of squeezers necessary? Can porosities be reliably avoided by holding pressure? It will also be shown how the overflow and venting situation can be optimized in order to reduce re-melting costs.

Presentations, Videos

Inspire Platform Manufacturing Simulation Roadmap

Presentation by Martin Solina, Project Manager at Altair.

Presentations, Videos

Simulation-driven Design and Manufacturing

Design for Manufacturing seminar held during 2018 Global ATC in Paris, France on October 16, 2018.

Presentations, Videos

Seamless integration of 0D-1D and 3D worlds

This webinar will introduce you to Altair Activate for control system design and the ease of solving real world problems with co-simulation between MotionSolve (multibody simulation suite) and Activate.

Videos, Webinars

System Simulation and Control: Improve the Overall Performance of your Mechatronic Systems using Altair Activate™

Discover a highly robust approach to simulate the performance of your entire product; assess the overall behavior of the multi-disciplinary system in the form of 0D, 1D and/or 3D models.

Webinars

EV Thermal Analysis: 1D and 3D Model Integration for Cockpit and Batteries

Presentation by Massimiliana Carello, from Beond & Politecnico di Torino.

Nowadays automotive climate control systems are evolving at a rapid pace to meet the overall vehicle requirements. System evaluation is one of the major requests currently faced by the automotive manufacturers and their suppliers. Thermal comfort, convenience and range are equally important user expectations, even if they may represent “opposed” performance for a modern EV, especially in an urban driving cycle.

In this framework, to achieve the expected targets and limiting the time-to-market and costs, a complete vehicle thermal model is to be developed to evaluate the cockpit thermal request for occupants' comfort at different ambient temperatures as well as solar radiation. Furthermore, the battery thermal management is to be investigated, to avoid cells damages and deterioration. The aim of this technical presentation is to highlight the integration capabilities of a lumped parameters model (1D) developed with Altair Activate for fast simulations and a CFD model (3D) of the battery liquid cooling system developed in AcuSolve. The Models realized are validated using experimental data.

Presentations, Videos

Transient Analysis of Switched-Reluctance Motor Drive by FE Model Co-Simulation

Presentation by Lino Di Leonardo, University of L'Aquila.

This presentation showcases an analysis technique of electric motor drive based on transient simulation tools and embedded finite element motor modeling (co-simulation). A couple of software tools, Altair Flux and Activate, are employed suitably interfaced each other. The first one allows the computation of the motor electromagnetic behavior using a finite element model, while the second one allows the dynamic simulation of the control and feeding converter. The interacting use of these tools allows a detailed prediction of the motor transient behavior under a given control strategy and drive scheme. As test case a multi-phase Switched Reluctance motor for aerospace application is considered.

The results demonstrate that the co-simulation procedure allows taking into account not negligible phenomena, such as dynamic torque ripple, usually not considered in similar studies. Hence, co-simulation analysis represents a significant step for the integrate design of the motor and control, as well as a meaningful tool for electrical drives education.

Presentations, Videos

Redesign and Topological Optimization of Transtibial Prosthesis by Reverse Engineering

Presentation by Eduardo Bajo, FEA Engineer at IDAERO.

Presentation of a project consisting of redesign with topology optimization of a transtibial leg prosthesis. It is a project in which the reverse engineering workflow has been followed, starting with 3D digitization of an amputated limb and real old prosthesis. Subsequently, they have been reconstructed in 3D to simplify and applied topology optimization, taking into account the biomechanics of human gait, using Altair Inspire software. Finally, the reconstruction of the optimization through organic design has been carried out with the software Evolve.

This project won the 1st prize in the II International Industrial Design Contest UPM-Technical University of Madrid.

During the presentation it will be presented the new 2019 Edition of the Industrial Design Contest UPM, open to students and professionals, sponsored by Altair.

Presentations, Videos

Concept Design - Get it Right From the Start

Presentation by Orlando Sadaro, Managing Director at Design 8.

If you are a designer then this presentation is right up your alley. Design seems to be an iterative process by nature. But what if we don't accept this default? What if we could get it right, from the start...? It would lead to a shorter time to market, less material use and better product performance. A dream? My presentation is about solidThinking design software helping you achieving just that. Get a head start and take the best possible solution to start exploring your design thoughts.

Presentations, Videos

Robotic Design of a Bushbot Chair

Presentation by Stephan Henrich, Robotikdesin und Architektur.

In this presentation, Stephan Henrich discusses several projects from different areas, including additive generative robotic fabrication and concept design.

Presentations, Videos

How to Design Die-Casting Parts with Altair Inspire Cast

Presentation by El Abidi Ahmed, CAE Manager - Senior Expert at U-Shin Group.

Presentations, Videos

Concept Design with Altair Inspire

Concept Design with Altair Inspire seminar held during the 2018 Global ATC in Paris, France on October 18, 2018.

Presentations, Videos

Model-Based Development with Altair

Presentation by Dr. Michael Hoffmann, Senior Vice President of Math & Systems at Altair.

Understand the motivation and vision for Altair’s Model-Based Development (MBD); the products involved; What’s New with the 2019 release of these products (including Basic Editions free for everyone!); and a bit about the future development roadmap designed to enable ever-tighter integration of 0D, 1D and 3D models using an open platform for ever-broader multi-disciplinary system simulations – made cost-affordable through Altair’s unique units-based licensing and business model.

Presentations, Videos

Modelization of a Remote Control for Miniature Circut Breaker using Activate/MotionSolve Co-simulation and Flux3D

Presentation by Remy Orban, Senior Mecatronic Designer at Schneider Electric.

A business opportunity required the adaptation of a Miniature Circuit Breaker remote control for a specific application. To comply with time to market requirement, multiphysics model was the best way to run a feasibility analysis but the mechanical sub-system complexity makes this case difficult for conventional 1D modelling. As a result, co-simulation was used to build a comprehensive model in Activate using both, electromagnetic data from Flux3D and rigid body dynamics from MotionSolve.

Presentations, Videos

Form Follows Function - thyssenkrupp AG - Reinventing the Elevator Concept

Christian Kehrer presents on behalf of thyssenkrupp Elevator AG.

2017, thyssenkrupp Elevator AG has presented the MULTI concept, the world’s first rope-free elevator. The drive is ensured by a linear electromagnetic motor. To enable an economically feasible operation, it is necessary that the total weight of the lift does not exceed a certain limit. Designing the overall system of the MULTI lift according to this weight specification is one of the major challenge for thyssenkrupp Elevator.

In this presentation, an overview of the partnership between thyssenkrupp Elevator and Altair, the chosen design partner since the early phase of development, will be introduced. Thereby, different aspects of the simulation driven design process will be highlighted, taking into account several tools throughout diverse stages of the development cycle.

Presentations, Videos

Efficient Multidisciplinary Modeling of a Washing Machine Motor Duty Cycle

Presentation by Dr. Martin Ortega, Principal Design Engineer at Mabe.

This work presents a systematic process of the electromagnetic and thermal analysis of a washing machine single-phase capacitor-run induction motor during a full wash cycle. By utilizing an electromagnetic solver and a one-dimensional systems modeler, the designer is able to evaluate the thermal heat rise and power losses of the motor faster, at a limited cost and in a limited time.

Presentations, Videos

Aspects of Heterogeneous System Models in Industrial Applications

Presentation by Robert Höpler, Founder of SysOpt GmbH.

Heterogeneity can be present on various stages in system modelling and simulation. A system model is often called ‘multi-domain’, when different technical domains are present, such as hydraulics, mechanics, and control. When it comes to simulation this is just the surface of this domain level. Various mathematical and modelling formalisms can lie underneath which lead to different mathematical equations of motion, numerical properties, and computational complexity. On a specification level we see the choice between different modelling formalisms and modelling languages, libraries, coding styles, and authoring tools. Often there is a need to mix these. Decisions taken here strongly influence expressiveness of the models and ability for code generation and deeply impact software engineering topics such as development processes and exchange of models. Multi-domain approaches such as Modelica try to reconcile some these sources of heterogeneity. On an executional level we find classical desktop system simulation but more complex settings such as co-simulation, parallelization, real-time systems, and optimization which constrain numerical stability and precision and simulation speed. There might be an intricate feedback to the specification level, e.g., when modelling for specific solvers. Efforts like the Functional Mockup Interface (FMI) address some of these aspects and focus on interfacing and exchange of executional models. Prevalent system simulation tools are usually mature and controllable – as long as one stays within the desired scope of the tool. Following some examples we show how practical considerations influence design decisions and the choice of tooling.

Presentations, Videos

Simulation of a Gas Turbine and Generator System Under Steady State and Transient Conditions using Altair Activate

Presentation by Tomas Suguinoshita Quirino, GT2 Tecnologia.

This work presents the strategy created by GT2 Tecnologia to simulate the dynamics of a system comprised by a gas turbine coupled with an electrical generator, which is a typical schema for thermoelectrical powerplants. The mathematical models of the gas turbine and the generator are based on physical principles, such as mass and energy conservation, as well as on correlations from the literature, including heat transfer coefficients and tables of thermodynamic properties. The models have been developed and tested in native languages (Fortran 90 and C++) and their integration with Altair Activate is achieved through the Custom C Block functionality. The system is first tested in Activate in a base load scenario, being then subjected to load changes. This work discusses the test results and shows the advantages of using sT Activate in the simulation of thermal and electrical phenomena.

Presentations, Videos

Fast and Reliable Software Interfaces to Speed up the Design of Electric Motors

Presentation by Luigi Rizzi, Technical Director at SPIN Applicazioni Magnetiche.

The car industry is undergoing an unprecedented shift, between electrification, car sharing and autonomous drive. Car makers are going to roll out several zero-emission models in the next few years and their engineering departments are going to face new challenges. Engineering methodologies and good-design practices related to the well-known internal combustion engine must be reviewed and adapted to the electric propulsion system, considering multi-physic analyses in order to cover the various aspects of the vehicle performance. In this presentation a fast and reliable solution for the design of electric motors is shown.

A powerful software interface has been prepared in order to help the engineers to setup the model, define targets and boundary conditions, include multi-disciplinary verifications and collect analyses results. Using this tool, designers can easily and quickly perform electromagnetic analysis with the Altair software for electromagnetics, Flux, verify the performance in terms of delivered power, torque, losses and efficiency, check the thermal behaviour by means of equivalent thermal networks built in Activate and at the same time verify the stress levels and the NVH performance with OptiStruct, in order to define the early stage details of the product development. Activate plays a key role to speed-up the analysis because allows to obtain fast and accurate thermal information reducing the time usually required to simulate this domain.

Presentations, Videos

Virtual Tryout - Digitalization for an Efficient Commissioning of Forming Tools

Presentation by Dr. Lars Penter, Head of Machine Technology at University of Dresden.

The life cycle of a forming tool consists of five major phases. It starts with the process and tool design followed by its assembly, the ramp-up and serial as well as spare part production. Due to every increasing system complexities, various simulation tools accompany today’s tool life cycle. A popular term in the current world of production is the “Digital twin”. It is a simulation model, which contains at least two sub-models of different physical disciplines, connects different time scales and regularly synchronizes data with the real system. Such a model must be a highly accurate white box model.The presentation will address the generation of a virtual twin on the example of the virtual try-out of forming tools. The simulation model employs RADIOSS (for forming process simulation), MotionSolve (for multi-body simulation of machine mechanics) or Activate (for more complex multi-domain modelling of mechanics, hydraulics and electrical components). Currently, the digital twin allows for computing the interactions between forming process and die cushion. This enables the calculation of correlations between die-cushion cylinder forces and flange draw-in. The presentation shows how optimizing these cylinder forces in HyperStudy benefits the final part quality and shortens real tool try-out time.

Presentations, Videos

Bridging the Gap Between Requirements and Analysis using ModelCenter with Altair Activate

Presentation by Ilya Tolchinsky, Phoenix Integration.

Phoenix Integration is a recently added member of the Altair Partner Alliance. Its product ModelCenter can create complex, fully automated simulation workflows and link these against Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) models. These typically descriptive models can now include accurate prediction of the system performance. This means that the status of the system requirements can be verified early in the product design cycle helping to avoid costly mistakes. Using ModelCenter the systems engineer can explore the possible design options and choose a configuration that represents best value while meeting its requirements. This paper explores this way of working by using an example built around an Activate Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) model. The example includes a SysML model built in Cameo Systems Modeler. It is connected to a number of analyses that evaluate the performance of a braking system. The paper illustrates the details of the architecture for this integration. ModelCenter design exploration techniques are then used to find the optimal configuration.

Presentations, Videos

Multi-disciplinary System Simulation for Model-Based Development

Customers share their success stories illustrating how Altair Model-Based Development technology, and especially Altair Activate™, help them design better products faster. These customers give special attention to simulating multi-disciplinary performance aspects of their products as a system-of-systems. Given the complexity of today’s smart products, this often involves a combination of mechanical, electrical & electronic, and/or software aspects – and thus leverages both 1D and 3D models simulated together.

Presentations recorded at the 2018 Global ATC in Paris, France on October 18, 2018.

Presentations, Videos

Signal Processing

Remove noise from signal data using in-built functions with Altair Compose

Training Materials, Videos

CAE Test Data

Import various types of CAE or test data for visualization and/or manipulation in Altair Compose

Training Materials, Videos

Curve Fitting

Fit an optimized curve through imported test data with Altair Compose

Training Materials, Videos

Mabe

Mabe is a Mexico-based international appliance company designing, producing and distributing a wide spectrum of home appliances such as washing machines, dryers, cooking ranges, refrigerators, air-conditioners, microwaves, etc. Altair technology has enabled Mabe to increase the capacity of their washing machines by 35%, and the spin speed by 24% while reducing the cost per cubic foot by 10%.

Customer Stories

Mechatronic System Design

This webinar outlines how 1D block diagrams can be successfully combined with 3D non-linear multibody systems for model based development of mechatronic systems. Examples include an active suspension systems and a robotics application.

Webinars

Altair Inspire Cast Tilt Pouring Demo Model

Demo model for tilt pouring for Altair Inspire Cast.

Demo Models

Altair Inspire Cast High Pressure Die Casting Component Model

Downloadable high pressure die casting component demo model for Altair Inspire Cast.

Demo Models

Altair Inspire Cast Low Pressure Die Casting Component Model

Downloadable low pressure die casting component model for Altair Inspire Cast.

Demo Models

Introducing the Next Generation Manufacturing Simulation Solutions on Altair Inspire™ Platform

Altair manufacturing simulation tools have received an extensive amount of development efforts to expand their simulation capabilities.

Webinars

Altair Embed™ & CCS Software Installation

Step by step instructions to install the Texas Instruments Code Composer Studio, Uniflash and Altair Embed™ software on your computer.

Training Materials, Videos

Plot Types

2D and 3D plots in Altair Compose - plot, scatter, plot3, surf, contour, contour3, waterfall, polar, semilog, loglog, area, bar

Training Materials, Videos

Operators

Operators in Altair Compose - Matrix multiplication, division, transpose, power; relational and logical operations; bitwise operations; set operations

Training Materials, Videos

Basic Plot Commands

Basic plot commands in Altair Compose - plot, subplot, grid and linewidth.

Training Materials, Videos

Defining Functions

Defining Functions in Altair Compose - variable length argument lists; use of nargin, nargout, varargin, global, and feval

Training Materials, Videos

Data Types

Data Types in Altair Compose - Complex, Double, Strings, Structures, Cell Arrays

Training Materials, Videos

Leverage the Power of Simulation-Driven Design

In order to stay competitive while pushing the envelope on innovation, simulation must drive the entire design process from the early concept design phase all the way to production. Leveraging robust simulation—including motion analysis, finite element analysis, and manufacturing feasibility analysis—early and often has become a necessary driver to innovation and is helping numerous industry-leading companies to meet quality, cost, and time-to-market targets.

Webinars

The Complete Design for Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing Toolchain

To successfully take advantage of the benefits of 3D printing and additive manufacturing, a new design and simulation process must be used. It is not beneficial to simply ‘print’ a current design. New tools and advanced computational power have enabled users to optimize solid geometries for stiffness and weight, and also allowed them to simulate loading conditions and lightweight designs. These new computational tools also give users the opportunity to test how a design will perform under real-world conditions.

Webinars

Model-Based Development of Mechatronic Products

Learn how next generation math and system design products can be applied right from concept studies, control design, multi-domain system performance optimization to controller implementation & testing.

Webinars

Discover the NEW features of Click2Cast 4.1

This webinar will highlight and feature: Adding/removing/modifying a material using the New Material Editor. Adding a coating to a mold and setting up the parameters. Predicting micro porosity using the NIYAMA criterion.

Webinars

The Benefits of Designing Medical Devices with Topology Optimization and Additive Manufacturing

The additive manufacturing industry continues to grow as serial manufacturing applications across many sectors are realized. Topology optimization and generative design software further exploit the benefits and capacity of additive manufacturing by generating designs that increase function and reduce material, weight, design time, and cost.

Webinars

Creating/running scripts

Introduction to creating and running scripts

Training Materials, Videos

Activate e-Mobility Series

This series discusses various aspects of system modeling for e-Mobility studies from overall performance simulations including fuel economy, to model refinements for electric engines and/or vehicle dynamics.

Fuel economy simulations
Activate model of a series-parallel hybrid electric vehicle powertrain to evaluate fuel economy and system performance.

Increasing fidelity of vehicle dynamics models
Activate models of a series-parallel hybrid electric vehicle powertrain coupled with CarSim via the Functional Mock-up Interface.

Increasing fidelity of electric engine models
Comparison of 3 different engine models for an HEV vehicle: Park equations, full 3D Flux model, table method; later one generated by Flux2D.

PMSM simple speed control
Activate model of a permanent magnet synchronous motor (PMSM) with vector control for speed or torque.

Training Materials, Videos

Arduino Series: Dimming an LED in Less than One Minute

Demonstration of rapid development with Altair Embed

Training Materials, Videos

Arduino Series: Blinking the Arduino LED

First steps in programming an Arduino

Training Materials, Videos

CAE Engineers - Get more productive using Altair Compose

This is where Altair Compose can help enable you to efficiently perform numerical computations, develop algorithms, analyze & visualize various types of data.

Training Materials, Webinars

Sunshine School Bus Design Story - Industrial Design for Automotive

Sathiya Seeland, Head of Styling for Product Design at Ashok Leyland, presents at Converge 2016 in Bangalore, India.

Presentations, Videos

Design for High Performance Recreational Products

Pankaj Dubey, Country Head and Managing Director at Polaris India, presents at Converge 2016 in Bangalore, India.

Presentations, Videos

Simulation Based Concept Design

Simulation Driven Design initiatives have delivered part of the value promised by the original vision. However, unrealized value still remains in the application of conceptual simulation.

Technical Papers

Paradigm Change in Design-Related Simulation

This paper revisits design-related simulation, namely tools relevant for usage by designers in the design process are discussed.

Technical Papers

Innovate Philippines' AEC Landscape with Inspire

Tony Pimentel from Pimentel & Associates is innovating the Philippines Architecture, Engineering and Construction landscape with Inspire.

Video Testimonials, Videos

The Design Revolution Offered by Combining Additive Manufacturing with Simulation Driven Design

Topology optimization is a computer based calculation procedure which can design mechanically stressed component structures in such a way that the highest possible rigidity can be achieved with minimal material usage. Only those parts of a component which are essential for the required flux of force and necessary stability are generated. This results in complex structures which can only be built partially or not at all using conventional production processes. At this point the advantages of additive manufacturing come into focus.

Videos

Efficient Control of AC Machines using Model-Based Development

This webinar, hosted by IEEE, focuses on Motor Control using Embed

Videos, Webinars

The Digitalization of Biomimicry Design from the Ocean

Sebastian Möller, Projektleiter at ELiSE Alfred Wegener Institut, presents at Converge 2017 in Essen, Germany.

Presentations, Videos

Development of a New Lightweight Aluminum Profile for a Glass Balustrade

Gabriele Romagnoli, Head of Structural Engineering at Farone, presents at Converge 2017 in Essen, Germany.

Presentations, Videos

A Tooling Revolution for Plastic Injection Molding

Stefan de Groot, Technologist Additive Manufacturing at PROTIQ, presents at Converge 2017 in Essen, Germany

Presentations, Videos

Simulation Driven Design in the Cloud

Chad Zamler, Marketing Director of solidThinking, presents at Converge 2017 in Essen, Germany.

Presentations, Videos

Bend-It – Rethinking Customized Orthopaedic Devices Using Additive Manufacturing

Dustin Ahrendt and Felix Schmitt from Technische Universitat Dresden present at Converge 2017 in Essen, Germany.

Presentations, Videos

Design Research Experiences at ZH CoDe

Filippo Nasetti, Senior Associate at Zaha Hadid, presents at Converge 2017 in Essen, Germany.

Presentations, Videos

Master Class: How to Design for Additive Manufacturing

This Master Class held at Converge 2017 in Essen Germany, presents the making of the 3iPRINT Project, which was a joint effort from csi entwicklungstechnik, APWORKS and EOS.

Presentations, Videos

Design for the Future: 5 Trends You Need to Know

Christine Outram, Chief Product Officer at Veritas Prep, presents at Converge 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

Presentations, Videos

Build a Rocket

Tim Morton, Director of Industrial Design at Newell Brands, presents at Converge 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

Presentations, Videos

Taming Smart Materials to Behave

Doris Sung, Founder of DOSU Studio Architecture, presents at Converge 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

Presentations, Videos

Additive Manufacturing Design

Jason Lopes, Production Development Engineer at Carbon, presents at Converge 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

Presentations, Videos

Towards Real-time Topology Optimization

Hod Lipson, Professor of Engineering and Data Science at Columbia University, presents at Converge 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

Presentations, Videos

High Performance, Dynamism and Autonomy for Humans

Greg Lynn, Principal at FORM, presents at Converge 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

Presentations, Videos

Mega Data, Mega Structure, Mega City

Michael Peng, Technical Director and Senior Associate at Gensler, presents at Converge 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

Presentations, Videos

Development of a New Lightweight Aluminum Profile for a Glass Balustrade

The design of architectural components such as a balustrade can be challenging, since the design does not only have to look good, it also has to meet several safety requirements and standards. In addition, all designs have to be developed within the shortest time possible. To meet these challenges the engineers, architects and designers at Faraone are always looking for solutions that can reduce their design and testing cycles.

Videos

Wisconsin Precision Casting Corporation

Wisconsin Precision Casting Corporation, an investment casting manufacturer utilized Altair Inspire and Altair Click2Cast for a design study that focused on the redesign of a regenerative turbine pump cover.

Customer Stories

Iowa State University - Cyclone Racing

Cyclone Racing utilized topology optimization and generative design to decrease the mass of its FSAE vehicle by generating a new design concept for its wing mount achieving 67% weight reduction of the bracket.

Customer Stories

IAI and SpaceIL

IAI and SpaceIL utilized topology optimization with 3D modeling and rendering to design a 3D Printed thruster bracket to be used on its Google Lunar XPRIZE craft for its trip to the moon.

Customer Stories

Altair Aerospace: Bird Strike and Other Nonlinear Transient Analyses

This webinar covers bird strike analysis on a wing, starting out with model setup, going over the impactor management and ending in the analysis of the results. Another topic to be discussed is the forming simulation of a composite rib and result mapping.

Webinars

Altair Inspire Cast Gravity Casting Model

Downloadable gravity casting model for Altair Inspire Cast.

Demo Models

We Have the Tools, But Let’s Not Lose Sight of the Knowledge

Rafa Corell, CEO at Indigraf, presents at Converge 2016 in Essen, Germany.

Presentations, Videos

Space 4.0 or the Next Paradigm for the Space Industry

Franck Mouriax, General Manager of Structures at RUAG Space, presents at Converge 2016 in Essen, Germany.

Presentations, Videos

Master Class: Using a Crowdfunding Tool for a Start-up

David Suriol, Co-Founder of Vortex Bladeless, presents at Converge 2016 in Essen, Germany.

Presentations, Videos

Designing APWorks’ Light Rider – How the First 3D-Printed Motorcycle Came to Life

Daniel Schneider, Technical Sales Manager at Airbus APWorks, presents at Converge 2016 in Essen, Germany.

Presentations, Videos

Biomimetically Inspired Topology Optimization

Irmgard Lochner, Professor and Consultant at University of Applied Sciences of Biberach, presents at Converge 2016 in Essen, Germany.

Presentations, Videos

Keynote: Modern Architecture – Design Process, Tools and Technology

Neb Erakovic, Director Structural Design at CH2Mmace, was a keynote presenter at Converge 2016 in Essen, Germany.

Presentations, Videos

Optimization of Railway Bolster Bracket for Antiroll Bar

Juan Manuel Romero Cortes, Calculation Lead Engineer at Alstom Transport Spain, presents at Converge 2016 in Essen, Germany.

Presentations, Videos

Functional Architectural Sculpture

Il Hoon Roh, Artist/Architect, presents at Converge 2016 in Essen, Germany.

Presentations, Videos

MIT, Pune

A university team at MIT, Pune used topology optimization and additive manufacturing to develop two new designs for the Quad-rotor UAV drone that were lighter and stronger than previous designs.  

Customer Stories

Model-Based Development with Altair

Today, most products are a combination of mechanical, electrical/electronic, and controls/embedded software. In order to manage product complexity and ensure innovation, organizations turn to a model-based development approach for concept studies, control design, multi-domain system simulation and optimization. Altair recently released a unified solution (solidThinking Compose, Activate and Embed) for math and system modeling. Watch this on-demand webinar to learn more.

Webinars

U-Shin Ltd.

U-Shin is currently employing Altair Click2Cast to perform testing and optimization to create sound, redesigned automotive parts.U-Shin has seen significant time and cost savings by utilizing Altair Click2Cast.

Customer Stories

Ryerson’s International Hyperloop Team

Ryerson's International Hyperloop Team utilized finite element analysis and topology optimization to redesign a metal additive manufactured motor bracket. PolyNURBS was used to make the design 3D print-friendly.

Customer Stories

Ankers

Ankers performed co-simulation using a combined multibody and brake systems model in MotionView and Activate to generate more accurate results to analyze thermal and other effects on braking.

Customer Stories

PaceControls

PaceControls developed its 3rd generation Android-based HVACR Equipment control, which satisfied all project requirements and had 0 defect escapes, by implementing a Model Based Design (MBD) process.

Customer Stories

Motor Identification for InstaSPIN™ Field Oriented Control Hardware in the Loop

InstaSPIN: Motor Control solution from Texas Instruments

Training Materials, Videos

Field Oriented Control Simulation

Short introduction to the theory of closed loop field oriented control of a PMSM.

Training Materials, Videos

Field Oriented Control Hardware in the Loop

Hardware Used: TI LaunchXL-F28069M, BoostXL-DRV8301, Teknic M2310

Training Materials, Videos

Sensorless Field Oriented Control Hardware in the Loop

Employing TI's FAST (Flux, Angle, Speed, and Torque) observer

Training Materials, Videos

PMSM Series - Overview

Introduction of Prof. Duco Pulle and overview of the lab examples

Getting Started, Videos

PMSM Open Loop Voltage Control Simulation

Short introduction to the theory of open loop voltage control of a PMSM

Getting Started, Videos

Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor Control Series

Prof. Duco Pulle walks through his lab examples of controlling PMSMs covering voltage, current and field oriented controls (latter one with and without sensors).

Getting Started, Videos

PMSM Open Loop Voltage Control Hardware in the Loop

Hardware Used: TI LaunchXL-F28069M, BoostXL-DRV8301, Teknic M2310

Getting Started, Videos

PMSM Open Loop Current Control Simulation

Short introduction to the theory of open loop current control of a PMSM

Getting Started, Videos

PMSM Open Loop Current Control Hardware in the Loop

Hardware Used: TI LaunchXL-F28069M, BoostXL-DRV8301, Teknic M2310

Getting Started, Videos

Woodland/Alloy Casting Inc.

Woodland/Alloy Casting is simulating and testing aluminum casting projects in Altair Click2Cast. By running simulations in Altair Click2Cast, Woodland/Alloy Casting can more accurately predict defect-free castings, while reducing time and cost in the overall casting process.

Customer Stories

Faraone

Faraone accelerates the design approach for lighter and stiffer architectural components with premium topology optimization technology.

Customer Stories

APEL Extrusions

APEL Extrusions employs die extrusion simulation software to test die extrusion performance. This allows APEL to greatly speed up the design process and test multiple simulations per week.

Customer Stories

Philips

Philips uses modeling software to quickly and easily visualize design concepts so design and engineering colleagues can work hand-in-hand throughout the process, and ultimately conceptualize final products.

Customer Stories

Alstom

Alstom coupled topology optimization with additive manufacturing to explore the feasibility of alternate manufacturing to traditional casting. This resulted in a 70% weight reduction of its locomotive component.

Customer Stories

LEIBER Group

LEIBER Group, which specializes in developing lightweight metal components, applied topology optimization to determine the ideal shape for a vehicle suspension beam, resulting in mass savings of over 50%

Customer Stories

Triton Bikes

Triton Bikes utilized Altair Inspire to Increase performance, decrease the overall weight, and simplify manufacturability of a 3D printed custom bike rear yoke.

Customer Stories

Altair Activate and XLDyn Integration

XLSE’s easy to use interface and project view capability is ideal for managers and teams to keep abreast of project status.

Tips & Tricks, Training Materials, Videos

Harita Seating Standardizes on Altair Suite of HyperWorks for all CAE Applications

HyperWorks used by leading Indian manufacturer of seating systems Harita, for homologation testing, regulations and crash analysis for all commercial vehicle seats, bus passenger seats and tractor & off-road seats

Customer Stories

Altair Inspire Extrude - Solid Profile Model

Downloadable solid profile model for Altair Inspire Extrude.

Demo Models

Altair Inspire Extrude - Hollow Profile Model

Downloadable hollow profile model for Altair Inspire Extrude.

Demo Models

Altair Inspire Extrude - Charge Weld Model

Downloadable charge weld model for Altair Inspire Extrude.

Demo Models

Altair Inspire Extrude - Skin Tracking Model

Downloadable skin tracking model for Altair Inspire Extrude.

Demo Models

Altair Inspire Extrude - Tool Deflection Model

Downloadable tool deflection model for Altair Inspire Extrude.

Demo Models

Altair Inspire Extrude - Bearing Optimization Model

Downloadable bearing optimization model for Altair Inspire Extrude.

Demo Models

Altair Inspire Extrude - Coupled Analysis Model

Downloadable coupled analysis model for Altair Inspire Extrude.

Demo Models

Inspire Motion Piston Model

A model of an automotive piston to demo the motion capabilities of Inspire.

Demo Models

Inspire Topography Model

A model to be used to demo of Inspire's Topography Optimization features.

Demo Models

Inspire Motion Models

Six demo models highlighting the capabilities of the Inspire Motion module featuring scripts for how to demo the models.

Demo Models

Inspire 2017 Oil Pan Topography Model

An oil pan model to be used to demonstrate Inspire's topography optimization features.

Demo Models

Sintavia

Sintavia utilized Altair Inspire to prove the ability to additively manufacture optimized aerospace replacement parts that exceed existing part performance while decreasing the overall weight.

Customer Stories

An Interview with Ben Farmer of Robot Bike Co. Discussing the Development of their R160 Bike with Altair

Robot Bike Company (RBC) is a new startup established in the UK by aerospace engineers and mountain biking enthusiasts who identified the potential of combining additive manufacturing technologies with carbon fiber to, in their own words, “create the best bike frames possible”. To deliver a customizable, lightweight, high strength bike, RBC’s frame was intended to be created from carbon fiber, a material very common in the industry. The carbon fiber tubes, as well as the bike’s other components and systems were to be joined by additively manufactured titanium ‘nodes’, manufactured based on the specification of individual riders. Altair ProductDesign’s engineering team was tasked with optimizing these joints, which included the head tube, seat post and chain stay lugs, to ensure they were as lightweight as possible and still able to withstand the forces of downhill mountain bike riding, all while being fit for the AM process.

Videos

Gator Motorsports

Gator Motorsports utilized Inspire to redesign its brake pedal, as well as suspension bell cranks. This resulted in increased stiffness and a reduction of weight.

Customer Stories

Politecnico di Milano University

The Politecnico di Milano University implemented generative design software to quickly and easily identify the ideal shapes and materials for three architectural design concepts.

Customer Stories

Technische Universität Dresden

The team at Technische Universität Dresden used Altair Inspire to redesign a Formula Student steering column mount that saved 35% of the weight and is produced with additive manufacturing.

Customer Stories

AMETEK

AMETEK utilized model-based development to develop a new embedded control system for a aerospace suit  chiller unit under a very tight schedule and high safety standards.

Customer Stories

Texas Instruments

Using Altair Embed, Texas Instruments was able to develop an embedded simulation of an entire system.

Customer Stories

Robot Bike Company

Robot Bike Co. designs and manufactures fully customizable 3D printed carbon fiber mountain bike frames. Finite element analysis was used to determine loading conditions and optimize for additive manufacturing.

Customer Stories

Inspire Gripping Bracket

An Inspire model of a robotic gripping bracket.

Demo Models

Application of HyperWorks to Develop Human Body Models to Assess Injury Potential for Vulnerable Populations in Vehicle Crashes

The effects of obesity on occupant responses in frontal collisions were investigated using the UMTRI whole-body human finite element models. A modeling approach was developed and applied that allowed for rapid change of a baseline human body model into geometries representing adults with different BMIs without the need for re-meshing the models.

Customer Stories

3D Systems Skateboard Case Study

3D Systems utilized a process incorporating solidThinking Inspire to generate the ideal skateboard deck and truck material layout for a unique design now displayed at the Cooper Hewitt – Smithsonian Design Museum.

Videos

3D Systems

3D Systems utilized topology optimization, finite element analysis,  and generative design to conceptualize a new material layout for a 3D printed skateboard deck and trucks.

Customer Stories

Steve McGugan Industrial Design

Award winning industrial designer Steve McGugan uses Altair Evolve to design and model a range of unique products.

Customer Stories

Scania

Scania uses a simulation-driven design process including topology optimization and finite element analysis. This speeds up their design and development process and produces lighter, more efficient components.

Customer Stories

AAM

American Axle & Manufacturing employed topology optimization and FEA to redesign an automotive carrier to achieve a weight reduction of 20%.

Customer Stories

Dimensions Furniture

Dimensions Furniture incorporates industrial design and modeling software to design and render furniture products for presentation to buyers and direct handoff to manufacturing teams.

Customer Stories

Shanghai Arts and Crafts Factory

The Shanghai Arts and Crafts Factory utilizes digital NURBS-based conceptual design tools to generate ideal 2D and 3D designs and renderings for parade floats.

Customer Stories

Studio-X

Studio-X and Tokyo DIGITAL use topology optimization to improve structural optimization and enhances building performance while reducing assembly time and material waste with lightweight design. 

Customer Stories

Inspire Design Process: Part 3 (Assign Materials and Loads)

Use Inspire's intuitive tools to add contacts, joints, and fasteners, then assign materials and loading conditions.

Videos

Inspire Design Process: Part 6 (Export Geometry and Refine in CAD)

The design proposal results can be smoothed to solid geometry and exported to an external CAD package.

Videos

Failure Criteria for Stamping Analysis in RADIOSS

In this paper, several failure criteria are compared in their ability to predict necking point and failure propagation during a forming process. The paper has been presented at the 2014 IDDRG Conference in Paris, France.

Customer Stories

Empire/Renishaw

Renishaw and Empire Cycles utilized generative design to conceptualize the world's first metal additive manufactured  bicycle frame. This resulted in a 33% weight reduction of the bicycle.

Customer Stories

HardMarque

HardMarque coupled topology optimization with additive manufacturing to conceptualize and refine the design of a piston. The final piston design is 23.5% lighter than the original design. 

Customer Stories

Race Face

Race Face redesigned a bicycle crank using generative design and finite element analysis. The concept design process yielded a part with increased stiffness and strength without increasing the weight of the part.

Customer Stories

Peter Macapia, LabDORA

Architect Peter Macapia aims to change perceptions of how buildings can look; generative design software aids in imaginative engineering and architecture projects, integrating design and testing in the same space.

Customer Stories

Sundog Eyewear

Sundog Eyewear accelerates design times through the use of conceptual design softwarewhile improving visualization of the final product using integrated rendering.

Customer Stories

When Engineering Intuition is Not Enough

A new technology helps design engineers quickly create dramatically lighter structures — and better understand the effects of material placement in whatever they’re developing.

Customer Stories

Success Story: M.TEC

M.TEC Engineering Continues to Benefit and Yield New Business Due to Advantages of the Altair Partner Alliance (APA)

Customer Stories

Success Story: HBPO GmbH Achieves Flexibility and Cost Efficiency in Automotive Development By Leveraging the APA

HBPO GmbH optimizes their design process by utilizing multiple products, such as Moldex3D, Total Materia and MADYMO, alongside HyperWorks products for the development of their front end modules.

Customer Stories

Altair Products and Partners Offering Assist Commercial Vehicles Seat Manufacturer to Enhance its Development Process

Isringhausen applies DesignLife, Moldex3D, and Total Materia alongside RADIOSS, OptiStruct and other HyperWorks tools to optimize weight and durability of their customized seats while still meeting safety standards.

Customer Stories

Evenflo Juvenile Products

Evenflo employs topology optimization and generative design simulation for “sustaining engineering” where fast turnaround is essential for functional improvements of  infant car seats design.

Customer Stories

Inspire Wheel Model

An Inspire model of a wheel optimization.

Demo Models

Evolve Helmet Model

An Evolve model of a bicycle helmet created using Evolve's polygonal modeling and Nurbify tools.

Demo Models

Evolve Polymesh Mug Model

An Evolve model of a coffee mug. This was modeled using Evolve's Polymesh and Nurbify tools.

Demo Models

Evolve Bike Seat Model

An Evolve model of a bicycle seat that was created using basic NURBS modeling tools.

Demo Models

Ron Mendell

Hollywood concept artist Ron Mendell converts sketches to fully rendered digital 3D models, incorporating real world materials, dimensions and constraints.

Customer Stories

TokyoFlash

TokyoFlash is a world leader in the design and sales of unique watches. They use Altair Evolve to speed product development.

Customer Stories

Pininfarina Extra

Pininfarina Extra blends the use of industrial design, modeling and topology optimization software to achieve the brand's values of elegance, essentiality and innovation outside of the automotive industry.

Customer Stories

Automotive Lighting

Automotive Lighting uses free-form modeling software to create concepts for customers in a fast and flexible way. Concepts are presented visually  in daytime and nighttime conditions using photorealistic rendering.

Customer Stories

Novellini

Novellini applies industrial design and modeling software to set the pace of innovation for the manufacture of bathroom solutions and wellness products in Europe.

Customer Stories

Bros Manifatture

Bros Manifatture is a "superbrand" in the world of fashion jewelry and watches with over 200 new products each year.

Customer Stories

XOX Audio Tools

XOX Audio Tools utilizes high design and advanced technologies to create cutting-edge musical instruments.

Customer Stories

Korg Italy

Korg utilized 3D modeling and rendering simulation to manage the frequent design modifications that occur during the product development process. 

Customer Stories

Evolve ‬Tutorial‪: Watch (Part 1, Creating and Rendering)

Antonio Flores guides you through the creation and rendering of a watch model.

Videos

Evolve ‬Tutorial‪: Watch (Part 2, Editing)

Now Antonio shows you how to edit an existing model to create a totally new design.

Videos

Customer Story: Pininfarina Extra

Innovation, Essentiality, and Elegance are the three values of Pininfarina Extra. See how solidThinking products help them.

Videos

‪‪Customer Story: XOX Audio Tools

XOX Audio Tools utilizes high design and advanced technologies to create cutting-edge musical instruments.

Videos

Customer Story: Novellini

The Novellini Group is a pacesetter in Europe in the manufacture of bathroom solutions and wellness products.

Videos

Customer Story: Peter Macapia

Dr. Peter Macapia discusses solidThinking's part in reinventing structural systems and rethinking what a building is.

Customer Stories, Video Testimonials

Evolve Design Process: Part 1 (Organic Surface Modeling Freedom)

NURBS geometry definition methods offer both flexibility and precision.

Videos

Evolve Design Process: Part 2 (Parametric Solid Modeling Control)

Evolve parameter editing allows you to revise your model easily, at any time.

Videos

Evolve Design Process: Part 3 (Unique ConstructionTree History)

The ConstructionTree provides a graphical view of a model's construction history.

Videos

Evolve Design Process: Part 4 (Model Quality Tools)

Evolve provides tools for analyzing curve and surface curvature, continuity, and tangency.

Videos

Evolve Design Process: Part 5 (Fast Integrated Rendering)

Evolve’s integrated progressive rendering gives immediate feedback on the final image.

Videos

Evolve Design Process: Part 6 (Model Export in Multiple Formats)

Ensure simple data exchange with CAD tools used during the product development process.

Videos

Evolve Interface Tour: Part 1 (Selection and Editing Modes)

An introduction to Evolve's three modes used to select, edit, and reshape objects.

Videos

Evolve Interface Tour: Part 2 (Modeling Views and Display Modes)

Learn how to change modeling views and display modes.

Videos

Evolve Interface Tour: Part 3 (Modeling Tools)

An overview of the Modeling Toolbar, Console, and Modeling Tool Panel.

Videos

Evolve Interface Tour: Part 4 (The World Browser and ConstructionTree)

Learn how to organize your model and edit objects using construction history.

Videos

Evolve Interface Tour: Part 5 (Translating, Rotating, and Scaling)

A quick overview of the translate, rotate, and scale tools.

Videos

Evolve Interface Tour: Part 6 (Rendering, Materials, and Lighting)

A quick introduction to interactive rendering mode, materials, lighting, and final rendering.

Videos

BiggerBoat Solutions Makes Waves in Auto Industry Using HyperForm to Cut Die Development Costs and Time

When the auto industry crashed in 2008 and the tool shop where Jay Weiner worked closed its operations, he started his own company, called BiggerBoat Solutions Ltd. He carries out metal-forming simulations for major tooling suppliers and originalequipment manufacturers. With 15 years of experience in tooling design, Weiner and his Toronto-based practice offered a service that no one else had perfected but that was crucial to a key process in automotive manufacturing: the simulation-based die design for stamped sheet-metal parts.

Customer Stories

Getting the Right Design, Getting the Design Right

Conceptual design technologies impact product development.

By Alessandro Mazzardo
Concept To Reality Spring/Summer 2010

Concept to Reality, Customer Stories

HyperWorks Improves Development Processes in Automotive Industry

In 2008 PWO Germany (Progress-Werk Oberkirch AG) had to develop and produce a new steel made automotive cross car beam (CCB) for the dash board of a new car. PWO received the CAD model, the design space definition and other pre-defined standards of the component from the customer and developed and produced the fitting cross beam based on this information. PWO used the HyperWorks Suite to develop the component. HyperMesh was used to transfer the CAD model into a FEA model, which was then used to run dedicated analysis and simulation tasks. To fulfill the requirements for crash and modal analysis, the company used OptiStruct to optimize the component, RADIOSS and other external solver to run the calculations and HyperView for the post processing. HyperForm was used to check the production feasibility of the individual components and for metal forming simulation tasks. It was important for PWO to have a software suite available that could cover all simulation tasks within one graphical user interface and licensing system.

Customer Stories

HyperForm Sheet Metal Forming Solution Provides Yield Improvement of Wheel Housing and Wheel Arch

Using Altair HyperForm, Mark Auto was able to significantly improve the material utilization for their existing production dies. Mark Auto re-designed two existing dies for wheel arch an wheel housing and was able to dramatically reduce material scrap with minimum rework in their tools while not compromising on component quality.

Customer Stories

HyperForm Improves Accuracy and Robustness of Tool Design and Manufacturing Process at Summit Auto Body (SAB)

HyperForm Improves Accuracy and Robustness of Tool Design and Manufacturing Process at Summit Auto Body (SAB) Leveraging HyperForm’s sheet metal forming solution, SAB designed the validation process and press tool design covering the vital areas of virtual prototyping/testing, which, in turn, reduced the time-consuming manual process drastically.

Customer Stories

HyperWorks at Wagon Automotive: Speeding Development Time While Cutting Prototype Costs

Wagon Automotive, a system and module supplier of components to major car builders, sought ways to accelerate product development and reduce prototyping costs while maintaining high quality. Adopting the HyperWorks suite of advanced CAE tools enabled the company to achieve both those goals. Wagon Automotive now uses HyperWorks during the entire development cycle, from concept design to optimization.

Customer Stories

HyperWorks’ Simulation Technology Enables Godrej to Streamline Sheet Metal Tooling Processes

Using Altair HyperForm, HyperWorks’ stamping simulation technology, Godrej was able to design and fine-tune a successful tool for a rear fender, while minimizing die testing time by reducing physical trials. Leveraging numerical analysis, Godrej was also able to predict the size, shape and location of the blank accurately. HyperForm’s ability to visualize failure in incremental simulation enabled them to finalize the draw bead location and characteristics.

Customer Stories

HyperWorks’ Stamping Simulation Technology Helps Reduce Front Housing Development Time at OMAX Auto

Using Altair HyperForm, India-based OMAX Autos was able to significantly reduce production costs and maximize productivity by redesigning the manufacturing process for front housings. Leveraging HyperForm’s simulation capabilities, OMAX Autos reduced the three-stage forming process to a single-stage process.

Customer Stories

HyperWorks’ Sheet Metal Forming Simulation Technology Enables Supreme Pressfab to Validate Fuel Tank Die

Using Altair HyperForm, India’s Supreme Pressfab was able to predict the high nonlinear material flow for fuel tank dies accurately. In doing so, Supreme was able to optimize the blank as well as minimize die tryouts.

Customer Stories

HyperForm Sheet Metal Forming Simulation Solution Provides Product Design Optimization of Panel Front Dome

Using Altair HyperForm sheet metal forming simulation software solution, India based Mahindra & Mahindra was able to arrive at an optimum product (BIW Part) and tooling design. The Draw Shell was simulated using HyperForm to evaluate different tooling options.

Customer Stories

Enhanced Formability through Hydroforming

Cut sheet metal forming time and costs through simulation-based techniques.

Customer Stories

Click2Cast High Pressure Die Casting Component Model

Downloadable high pressure die casting component model for Click2Cast

Demo Models

Nelson Mandela University: Designing a Winning Eco-Car

Martin Badenhorst, Masters Student at Nelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, shares how he managed to reduce the weight of their eco-car by 20%.

Customer Stories, Videos
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