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.
“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.
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.
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.
Earlier this year, Altair’s Lars Fredriksson discussed how companies outside of the automotive and aerospace companies are looking for ways to save weight from their products. In his post, Lars spoke of the efforts made by child safety equipment manufacturer, Britax-Römer, who worked with Altair ProductDesign to minimise the weight of their child car seats.
Just the words “packaged goods” generate troublesome images for many who are concerned about the environment. The concept of “packaging” suggests plastics and foams, metal and cardboard, which may be significant contributors to a community’s solid-waste burden. Today’s manufacturers, however, cannot afford to waste a penny, a gram or a micron on non-essential material in the packaging and shipment of their products. They are as concerned from an economic standpoint with reducing unneeded material as are environmentalists from an ecological point of view.