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Big Metal Printing – Realising the Potential of Additive Manufacturing
The South African aviation manufacturing solutions provider Aerosud and the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) teamed up to launch a challenging 3D printing project, Aeroswift. Aeroswift collaborated with Altair to develop a methodology for designing large additively manufactured products. An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) frame was designed as a demonstration and subsequently printed on Aeroswift. To improve manufacturability while meeting all component requirements, the project engineers used Altair Inspire™ and its topology optimization capabilities in the design process.

Aeroswift
The South African aviation manufacturing solutions provider Aerosud and the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) teamed up to launch a challenging 3D printing project, Aeroswift. Aeroswift collaborated with Altair to develop a methodology for designing large additively manufactured products. An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) frame was designed as a demonstration and subsequently printed on Aeroswift. To improve manufacturability while meeting all component requirements, the project engineers used Altair Inspire™ and its topology optimization capabilities in the design process.

Altair Inspire Form Helps Pragati Engineering Address Sheet Metal Formability and Inconsistent Thinning Issues While Reducing Physical Try-out Time by 50%
Pragati Engineering, established in 2004, is one of the leading press tool design and manufacturing companies in India. The company has a national reach and successfully carries out projects riding on the robust shoulders of qualified and dynamic engineers from their Design department and Tool Room division. The company’s competency lies in manufacture of Press Tools Fixtures and Panel Checkers for various critical sheet-metal components and assemblies. With new technologies, facilities, and experience in Press Tooling, the company is confident of seamlessly catering to any requirement in the sheet-metal forming segment.

Sharda Motors – Usage of Altair CAE Solution for Durability Analysis
Sharda Motor Industries Limited (SMIL) is the market leader in the country in the manufacturing of exhaust systems, catalytic converters, independent suspension systems, seat frames, seat covers (two and four wheelers), soft top canopies, and stamped part for white goods products. Their state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities help them to continuously focus on new products, innovation, technology upgradation, and research & development. The facility seamlessly caters to various emission norms ranging from BS4, BS6, and Tier 4.

More Efficient and Economic Injection Mold Tools thanks to Topology Optimization, CFD Simulation and 3D Printing
Toolmaking is usually characterized by cost-intensive, custom made, single-unit production. To create innovative tools, the industry increasingly relies on new manufacturing methods such as 3D printing. To meet market demand, PROTIQ GmbH, a spinoff from Phoenix Contact needed to increase productivity through more efficient injection mold tools. The Altair solution included development of optimized tools using simulation, optimization and additive manufacturing (model setup with HyperMesh, topology optimization and FE analysis with OptiStruct, CFD analysis with AcuSolve and refinement with solidThinking Evolve. The benefits included increased productivity due to shorter production cycles, weight reduction of 75%, shortened development time and production costs reduced by 25%.

Less Interior Squeak and Rattle Noise Using a Simulation Driven Design Approach
In the development of new vehicles, the PSA Group aimed to detect Squeak and Rattle (S&R) problems before availability of physical testing. This led to a collaboration between PSA’s method development engineering team and Altair’s domain experts.

Ryerson’s International Hyperloop Team
Ryerson's International Hyperloop Team utilized finite element analysis and topology optimization to redesign a metal additive manufactured motor bracket. PolyNURBS was used to make the design 3D print-friendly.

Alstom
Alstom coupled topology optimization with additive manufacturing to explore the feasibility of alternate manufacturing to traditional casting. This resulted in a 70% weight reduction of its locomotive component.

Triton Bikes
Triton Bikes utilized Altair Inspire to Increase performance, decrease the overall weight, and simplify manufacturability of a 3D printed custom bike rear yoke.

Benefits of the Symbiosis of Topology Optimization and Additive Manufacturing in Architecture
The challenge was to investigate the potential offered by the symbiosis of topology optimization and additive manufacturing for architectural projects. The Altair solution included the use of the HyperWorks suite, especially OptiStruct for optimization tasks. The benefits were reduced construction time and costs due to decreased material usage while receiving better and more esthetic results.

Inspired by Nature: Electric Motorcycle goes 3D - Combining Topology Optimization, New Materials, and Additive Manufacturing in the Development of the Airbus APWorks Light Rider Results in a Revolutionary Lightweight Design
The Airbus APWorks Light Rider is the world's first 3D printed motorcycle prototype. Altair OptiStruct® was used for inspiration of its organic structure. Using additive manufacturing, a simulation-driven design process approach and topology optimization during the process achieved optimum lightweight design.

APWorks Choses OptiStruct for Topology Optimisation for the 3D Printed Light Rider
Despite its skeletal appearance, the Light Rider is an extremely strong yet lightweight electric motorcycle designed by Airbus subsidiary APWorks as a showcase of what’s possible when OptiStruct's topology optimisation is coupled with metallic 3D printing.


Written by Tanya Weaver from DEVELOP3D.

Using Topology Optimization with solidThinking Inspire for Improved Casted Rail Compoments
A simulation driven approach was taken using solidThinking Inspire for topology optimization, Evolve for shape refinements and HyperWorks for FE analysis for the optimization of an existing component design to be manufactured with casting/AM technologies

Technische Universität Dresden
The team at Technische Universität Dresden used Altair Inspire to redesign a Formula Student steering column mount that saved 35% of the weight and is produced with additive manufacturing.

Robot Bike Co.
Developing a Fully Customizable, Additively Manufactured Mountain Bike

VTT Optimises Industrial Valve Block for Additive Manufacturing
Reprint of the article published on Metal AM - vol. 2 no. 1 Spring 2016

Thales Alenia Space
Companies from across a wide range of industries are attempting to find the potential impact that additive manufacturing (AM) could have on design and manufacturing processes. During its own efforts to explore AM and its potential for space satellite development programs, Thales Alenia Space Spain wanted to conduct a research project to see how optimization techniques could be used in conjunction with new manufacturing technology. The primary objective of the study was to use design optimization techniques to reduce the thermal compliance of a satellite’s aluminium filter bracket, while also optimizing the component for weight and readying the final design for the additive manufacturing process.

Optimized Design for 3D Printed Valve Block Sheds Weight, Size and Gains Improved Performance
Not every component or product is suitable
for 3D printing, depending on its size, form
and design as well as the quantity needed.
A valve block is very suitable for 3D printing
and has a high potential for improvement in
weight, performance, and design freedom
when additively manufactured.

U-Shin Improves Product Design of Automotive Parts with Altair CAE Solutions
U-Shin is a global automotive part supplier, specializing in the development and production of automotive system appliances and mechatronics products as well as on the research of element technologies. Safety, reliability, adaptability, quality, eco-friendliness, are among the major concerns of the company.

Monash Motorsport takes advantage of optimization and additive manufacturing technologies and wins again!
Since their first Australian SAE Student Racing competition in 2000, the Monash Motorsport team has steadily improved the performance of their race car. Recently the students discovered the benefits of combining Altair‘s OptiStruct optimization technology and 3D printing. Based on an initial prototype rear hub design from the 2013 car, the team proceeded to pursue titanium front hubs and uprights to decrease the car’s unsprung mass. This was a tough challenge, since the former design was already made of lightweight aluminum. To tackle this, Monash Motorsport employed Altair’s optimization technology OptiStruct to design and optimize a titanium upright, which was then produced using additive manufacturing technology from CSIRO. As a result, the students were able to reduce the component’s weight by a further 30 percent whilst maintaining the component stiffness and reducing the development time and costs.

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