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2015 Enlighten Award in Review – No. 3: VECV Cargo Body
We finished last week by looking back at Volvo-Eicher’s (VECV) second entry to the 2015 Altair Enlighten Award where the team had minimized the weight...
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2015 Enlighten Award in Review – No. 2: VECV Wind Deflector
Following our last entry’s look back at VE Commercial Vehicles’ (VECV) first entry for the 2015 Altair Enlighten Award, this week we’re highlighting...
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The Rolo Bikes Story – An Incremental vs. New Design Approach

This post was written by my colleague, Brett Chouinard, Chief Operating Officer at Altair, and was originally created for Altair’s Innovation Intelligence blog.

There has long been a debate in engineering, whether incremental improvement or new design is better for approaching a project. The incremental approach is often less expensive, less risky, and faster, which are all attributes valued by business. On the other hand, the new design approach has the advantage of design freedom and creativity, while also offering the promise of greater performance improvement. I was recently reminded of this debate when I had the pleasure to introduce Rolo Bikes‘ Adam Wais at this year’s European Altair Technology Conference in Paris. Adam’s presentation gave an in-depth look into the complex design process for the newly launched Rolo bike.


Can Simulation Reach its Full Potential?

Simulation-driven design — the philosophy of using simulation tools upfront in the design process to find the ideal design solution fast — is something we talk a lot about at Altair. It’s something the Altair ProductDesign team puts into practice every day with clients across industry verticals. In many ways though, this philosophy is something of an ideal. Even in the modern, multi-disciplinary design environments of today’s vehicle and aircraft manufacturers, simulation is not seen as a critical path within the conceptual design stages of programs. The reality is that for many companies, design remains king and simulation is there to provide validation only.


Q&A with Altair’s CMO Jeff Brennan: Celebrating 20 Years of OptiStruct

This post is taken from Altair’s corporate blog, ‘Innovation Intelligence‘.

This month Altair celebrates the 20th anniversary of OptiStruct®. The software was originally released in 1994 and has significantly impacted the way computer-aided engineering (CAE) practitioners view optimization today. Born as a disruptive technology for topology optimization of structures, OptiStruct has matured into Altair’s structural analysis and optimization solver solution for linear and non-linear structural problems under static and dynamic loadings.


CAE Technology Drives Automotive Lightweighting

This guest post  was written by Dr. Ivor Tseng, Program Manager, Research & Development Division at CoreTech System Co., Ltd. (Moldex3D). The post is taken from Innovation Intelligence.


Simulation’s Role in the Pursuit for Innovation

“Innovation” has to be at the top of the 2014 management buzzwords list. According to Google, it is the 39th most popular searched for term on the website and generates over 389 million results. By comparison, ‘Manchester United’ returns a mere 106 million pages (searching for ‘Manchester United + Innovation’ returns 14 million results by the way so I have marginally higher hopes for the season ahead). Everyone’s trying discover a way to encourage innovation in their company and turn it into something real that can benefit a business tangible way.


20 Years of Topology Optimization

The following post is taken from Altair’s HyperWorks Insider

Born just about 20 years ago as a disruptive technology for topology optimization of structures, OptiStruct has matured into Altair’s structural analysis and optimization solver solution for linear and non-linear structural problems under static and dynamic loadings. Altair’s Chief Marketing Officer Jeff Brennan introduced the OptiStruct technology to Altair and became the initial champion for the product. In an interview on the software, Brennan answers questions related to the history of OptiStruct, the importance of its technology, and what’s next for OptiStruct.


The Knock-on Effects of Optimization

This post has been contributed by my colleague, Lars Fredriksson, Director at Altair ProductDesign, Germany

Minimizing the weight of the primary vehicle structure (e.g. Body in White, closures, etc.) is an increasingly important part of many OEM’s design objectives as they look to reduce the environmental impact of their products. When we think about redesigning a component to use less material through the use of optimization techniques or by using advanced materials, we focus on the mass savings achieved on primary structure.

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