Mike Heskitt - Monday, December 9, 2013
This post has been contributed by my colleague, Ichiro Shibata, Director at Altair ProductDesign Japan
“SHISAKU-LESS” has been a typical motto in Japanese manufacturing for the past few years. “SHISAKU” means a trial production, so by representing the virtual prototyping with CAD/CAE, we can reduce the number of trial productions by conducting all related simulations in the finite element (FE) models. If we are going to effectively use these “virtual prototypes” to improve design and reduce weight though, we must also consider real world effects in the simulations.
Mike Heskitt - Monday, December 2, 2013
The following post is taken from Altair’s Innovation Intelligence blog and was submitted by Jeff Brennan, Chief Marketing Officer at Altair.
Last week I was an invited speaker at an executive roundtable event titled “The Future of Manufacturing”, hosted by former Vice-President Al Gore in the downtown London offices of Generation Investment LLC, an investment firm focused on “Sustainable Investing”. What a treat it was to meet the former Vice President of the United States, a Nobel Prize winner and accomplished author.
Royston Jones - Wednesday, November 20, 2013
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.
David Mason - Wednesday, September 25, 2013
As lightweighting continues to be top of mind for the automotive industry, Altair set out to recognize the strides being made at all levels of the industry with the Altair Enlighten Award. In partnership with the Center for Automotive Research, we established the annual awards program to honor the greatest achievements in weight savings each year; to inspire interest from industry, engineering, policy-makers educators, students and the public; to create further competition for new ideas in the industry; and to provide an incentive to share technological advances.
Chris Liddiard - Thursday, July 25, 2013
Frost & Sullivan predicts the automotive carbon fiber composites market will grow from $14.7 million in 2010 to $95.5 million by 2017. Lightweighting is one of the reasons. It’s easy to understand why when you consider carbon fiber reinforced composites can take 40 to 60 percent of weight out of automotive components.
Royston Jones - Thursday, July 11, 2013
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.
Royston Jones - Thursday, June 20, 2013
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.