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.

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Dynamic Motion in Altair Inspire

Altair Inspire includes a powerful and intuitive environment for investigating system motions of moving parts

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Fit PolyNURBS in Altair Inspire

The new Fit PolyNURBS feature allows you to automatically wrap optimization results with PolyNURBS. This option can be found on the optimization Shape Explorer.

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Spot Welds in Altair Inspire

With Altair Inspire you can easily create spot welds for sheet metal parts design

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Altair Inspire Load Case Tables

Easily organize and manage all boundary conditions with load case tables

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Friction in Joints in Altair Inspire

Friction can now be considered in setting up dynamic motions

New Features, Videos

Suppress/Unsuppress Entities in Altair Inspire

Joints, fasteners, and motion entities (for example, springs or motion contacts) can now be suppressed. This feature is useful for studying the effects of a given entity on system behavior or when debugging a model

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Altair Inspire Overhang Shape Controls

Optimal lightweight designs can be defined in Altair Inspire taking in account several constraints for additive and traditional manufacturing processes, including the overhang angle for 3D printed parts.

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Empowering Designers with Predictive Simulation Technology

Jon Heath, Lead Mechanical Engineer at Brompton Bicycle presents at the UK ATC 2019. The Brompton bicycle has been engineered over many years using very much traditional engineering development methods. Introducing FEA tools and methods into the development process has allowed Brompton to reduce development time and improve early stage design robustness.

This presentation details how the company has implemented the Altair Inspire, SimSolid and HyperWorks suites into its development process, enabling its design team to find problems quickly and correct them before prototyping.

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.

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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.

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How to Design Die-Casting Parts with Altair Inspire Cast

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

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Concept Design with Altair Inspire

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

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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.

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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

Simulation Driven Design in the Cloud

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

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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

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

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

Getting Started - Inspire Structures

A course to help users get started using Inspire Structures including an interface tour and workflow training/videos.

Getting Started
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