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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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