New development methods for smart devices and modern manufacturing

23rd March 2017
Posted By : Anna Flockett
New development methods for smart devices and modern manufacturing

At this year’s HANNOVER MESSE, taking place 24th-28th April, Altair will be presenting its solutions and methods for simulation driven design and a technology demonstrator of a virtual cobot (a collaborative robot), as well as customer examples to demonstrate how Altair's solutions can be applied to develop innovative products.

In addition, Altair will host: a ‘Design the Difference day, offering a conference programme that addresses the challenges and needs of engineers working on the development of increasingly complex products, featuring customer examples of successful product developments. The ‘Design the Difference’ day conference programme is included in the overall program of the CAE Forum and will take place on 25th April at 1.30pm in hall 6/L46. 

Product creators have to consider the entire mechatronic system, including its structure, sensors, actuators, controllers and much more. How these complex processes can be handled will be presented with a virtual cobot demonstrator, showing the challenges in the development of smart devices and offering solutions for innovative IoT products.

From 1D to 3D - from sensors to optimised structures, as well as data analytics, all required development steps can be conducted and solved with Altair's software platform and its simulation driven innovation approach.

How to handle manufacturing methods and smart materials are showcased with exhibits of products by Altair customers. Among these the Robot Bike, a bike that combines carbon fibre and 3D printing technologies, resulting in a fully customisable, lightweight, and high strength mountain bike.

PROTIQ's additively manufactured injection molding tool, which offers unparalleled profitability through structural and thermal optimisation. And an example of a before welded component of a rocker arm for an agricultural soil tillage unit, which is now casted and was optimised regarding weight, material usage and durability, from AMAZONE. The demonstrator was developed together with Altair, voxeljet, and Procast.

In addition, Altair is pleased welcome Laser Zentrum Nord as a co-exhibitor at this year’s conference. Together the two companies will present their specific solutions for additive manufacturing, a collaboratively developed ‘Design for Additive Manufacturing’ training programme as well as a joint case study of a ‘bionic brake pedal’ demonstrator.

“We are happy to welcome Laser Zentrum Nord at our booth," said Mirko Bromberger, Director Marketing and Additive Manufacturing Strategies at Altair Engineering. “The company is an important ally for us, especially with regards to new development and manufacturing processes, such as additive manufacturing. The visitors of Hannover Messe can expect a very broad and informative program, highlighting solutions for various production and engineering disciplines, smart materials, Industry 4.0 and much more.“

"We have joined Altair at their Hannover Messe booth for the last couple of years and are very happy to do it again this year," said, Frank Beckmann at Laser Zentrum Nord. "At our demo station at the Altair booth we will focus on our innovational technologies for metal additive manufacturing and will be showing, amongst other components, a 3D printed ‘bionic brake pedal’ demonstrator, which was optimised using the Altair tools and manufactured following the processes we recommend for more efficiency in metal 3D printing. 

The structure of this demonstrator was optimised with the aid of topology optimisation against the background of light construction. The design was adapted for additive production in order to keep the number of support structures as low as possible. As a result, the effort in the after-treatment of the pedal is reduced to a minimum."

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