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In today’s look back at last year’s Altair Enlighten Award, we’re going to review the first entry by automotive equipment supplier, Faurecia. ...
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Material Substitution

Material Substitution

Material substitution is the process of replacing the material used to make a product for a lighter weight alternative. This can include replacing metallic parts for plastic or composite components or using advanced metals or different joining technology. The challenge comes from developing components from these new materials while maintaining strength and keeping costs down.

By using lighter materials as an alternative of traditional metallic structures allows engineers to reduce the weight of products. However, new materials can present significant design challenges.

This section looks at traditional and new materials as well as the joining technologies commonly being employed in industry today.

Material Reduction

Material Reduction

Design optimization uses intelligent physics based software technology to analyse a design space and identify where material is required and where it can be removed. This is done while simultaneously taking constraints such as manufacturing requirements and real world use into account to avoid negatively impacting performance.

Design optimization through the use of advanced simulation technologies is an increasingly common method of minimizing product weight.

This section looks at the optimization methods available and discusses the new processes which have evolved to help integrate design optimization into product development cycles.


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