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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...
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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...
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The Rolo Bikes Story – An Incremental vs. New Design Approach

Royston Jones - Monday, November 16, 2015

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?

Royston Jones - Friday, October 16, 2015

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.


Automotive Lightweighting Trends and the Altair Enlighten Award

David Mason - Friday, September 4, 2015

The desire to reduce vehicle weight is as old as the vehicle itself.  Henry Ford once famously said, “Excess weight kills any self-propelled vehicle” and “Strength has nothing to do with weight.”  How fitting all these years later, that Ford Motor Company would win the 3rd annual Altair Enlighten Award after removing 700 pounds from their 2015 Ford F-150 truck. 


The Rise of Magnesium Thanks to Lightweighting

David Caro - Thursday, June 4, 2015

As you know, CAFE 2025 standards are approaching quickly which means suppliers and OEMs alike are working rapidly for lightweighting solutions to improve fuel economy.  What’s the latest material gaining popularity among OEMs? Magnesium.


The Enlighten Award in Review – Week 10: Jaguar Land Rover

David Mason - Friday, May 29, 2015

Following last week’s review of Dow’s runner-up entry, the final week of this look back at the 2014 Altair Enlighten Award brings us to the winner, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR).


The Enlighten Award in Review – Week 9: Dow Automotive Systems

David Mason - Friday, May 22, 2015

Last week, I took a look back at Dow Automotive Systems’ first of two entries to the 2014 Enlighten Award where the company’s new chemical adhesive product produced better mechanical joining thus allowing weight removal from the overall body.  This week, we’re going to look at Dow’s second entry which was the runner-up in last year’s award.


The Enlighten Award in Review – Week 8: Dow Automotive Systems

David Mason - Friday, May 15, 2015

Last week we reviewed the 2014 Altair Enlighten Award entry from Shiloh who developed an innovative new body panel process which allows weight reduction with significant NVH performance gains. This week, I wanted to take a look at the first of two entries from material and adhesives specialists, Dow Automotive System.

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