Altair to present new AM development methods for smart devices and modern manufacturing

March 23, 2017

Altair, Troy, Michigan, USA, will showcase the latest version of its HyperWorks CAE Platform, new processes for modern manufacturing methods, and solutions for the development of smart devices at Hannover Messe, April 24-28, Hannover, Germany. The exhibit will include the company’s solutions and methods for simulation driven design and a technical demonstration of a virtual cobot (collaborative robot), as well as customer case studies demonstrating how Altair’s solutions can be applied to product development.

Altair will also host Design the DifferenceTM Day at Hannover Messe on April 25 at 1.30 PM, hall 6/L46, as part of a conference programme addressing the needs of engineers working in complex product development. The Design the DifferenceTM conference programme is included in the overall programme of the CAE Forum.

Altair customer product exhibits will be on display, demonstrating how different manufacturing methods and smart materials have been handled throughout the development process. Among the products on display will be the Robot Bike, which combines carbon fibre and metal AM technologies, resulting in a fully customizable, lightweight, and high-strength mountain bike. PROTIQ’s additively manufactured injection moulding tool, which offers increased profitability through structural and thermal optimization, will also feature.

Topics highlighted by Altair’s showcase will be:

  • Design processes for modern manufacturing methods
  • Electric efficiency
  • Smart material design
  • Connected model based engineering
  • System simulation
  • Industry 4.0 / Cobots / Smart Devices / IoT
  • HyperWorks 2017, the most comprehensive CAE platform available today

In addition, Altair will partner with Laser Zentrum Nord GmbH as a co-exhibitor at this year’s conference. Together, the two companies will present specific solutions for Additive Manufacturing, a collaboratively developed ‘Design for Additive Manufacturing’ training programme and a joint case study of a ‘bionic brake pedal’ demonstrator.

“We are happy to welcome Laser Zentrum Nord at our booth,” stated Mirko Bromberger, Director of Marketing and Additive Manufacturing Strategies at Altair Engineering. “The company is an important ally for us, especially with regards to new development and manufacturing processes, such as additive manufacturing. The visitors of Hannover Messe can expect a very broad and informative programme, highlighting solutions for various production and engineering disciplines, smart materials, Industry 4.0 and much more.“

“We have joined Altair at their Hannover Messe booth for the last couple of years and are very happy to do it again this year,” added Frank Beckmann, Laser Zentrum Nord GmbH. “At our demo station at the Altair booth we will focus on our innovational technologies for metal additive manufacturing and will be showing, amongst other components, a 3D printed “bionic brake pedal” demonstrator, which was optimized using the Altair tools and manufactured following the processes we recommend for more efficiency in metal 3D printing.  The structure of this demonstrator was optimized with the aid of topology optimization against the background of light construction. The design was adapted for additive production in order to keep the number of support structures as low as possible. As a result, the effort in the after-treatment of the pedal is reduced to a minimum.”

The agenda of Altair’s Design the Difference programme, available via their website, will reportedly cover the challenging journey engineers must make when developing for Industry 4.0 and present solutions and methods for simulation driven innovation by illustrating various industry examples on how to develop innovative products successfully, despite an increasing complexity.

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