The Digital Approach to Industrial Machinery Design

Chad Jackson, CEO of Lifecycle Insights, describes the digital approach to industrial machinery design and explains strategies how companies creating equipment that increases cycle speed and improves yields in this technical report.

Technical Papers

The Culmination of 30 Years' Investment in Productivity Tools

Altair CTO James Dagg presents an overview of the journey Altair took to develop the leading modeling and visualization technologies we have today, and provides a look at what’s coming next to help you reduce your product delivery time. James Dagg has been at Altair for more than 30 years and is a visionary behind Altair’s software strategy and development activities. He has also led the development of Altair’s concept design technologies and oversaw the development of Altair’s CAE software suite for more than a decade.

Presentations

Accelerating Turbofan Structural Design with Altair HyperWorks

Ross Atherton is a Structural Systems Design Engineer in the Rolls-Royce Civil Aerospace Future Programmes Engineering department. After a period of supporting Rolls-Royce’s growing large engine fleet, Ross turned to future products; and has since led a small team designing, assessing, and enhancing the conceptual product architecture of future market opportunities. Ross’ presentation will go into detail on how Rolls-Royce have deployed the Altair Hyperworks toolset to enhance the structural efficiency of their UltraFan engine, covering: rapid model and mesh creation; new insights from structural optimisation and robust design; integrated post-processing; and the resulting acceleration of the engineering design iteration cycle.

Presentations

Boosting Productivity with Meshless Structural Simulations

Altair has been one of the leading provider of simulation tools since the company was established over 30 years ago. Since acquiring SimSolid, we have seen a paradigm shift in structural simulation with many of our customers. An easy learning curve, a simple yet robust process enables you to gain better fidelity in your design and time saving with SimSolid! Watch our SimSolid webinar recording, where we will cover why companies need to integrate this technology into their product development processes, what is behind this game-changing technology and how companies such as Renault, Whirlpool, and National Oilwell Varco have successfully adopted Simsolid to help save time.

Webinars

Guide to Weld Certification

Welded assemblies are widely used across industrial sectors. The design processes in rail, construction, marine, heavy machinery, pressure vessel construction, and many other industries rely heavily on regulations, codes, and norms such as FKM, DVS-1612, and Eurocode-3. This guide describes the evaluation and standard based certification of welded constructions by combining CAE methodology with relevant norms and regulations in a guided and standardized workflow.

Brochures

Speeding Structural Analysis at GM - Technology Center adopts Altair’s Game-changing Simulation Tool

There has been an increasing need for GM design teams to develop their technical abilities to perform structural analysis and be able to evaluate their own designs. The simulation (Altair competitor) software initially utilized by designers proved problematic, and GM was keen to investigate a new approach. Altair SimSolid provided them with an alternative which not only dramatically decreased preprocessing time, it also allowed designers to evaluate complex components and complete ensembles which was not possible with the previously used software. For modal analysis at the component level, a correlation factor of 97% was found with SimSolid, compared to the center’s existing solver. With SimSolid, this was combined with a 75% reduction in time taken to complete the analysis. Of that saving, 81% is accounted for by pre-processing, the rest for generating the solution.

Customer Stories

Fatigue Assessment at the Speed of Design with Altair SimSolid

This session is ideal for designers and design engineers who want to rapidly explore the fatigue life of their designs during the early CAD stage of development. Join us and see first-hand how new fatigue assessment capabilities within Altair SimSolid can allow you to set up and run a fatigue analysis with multiple load cases in seconds.

Webinars

Guide to Consumer Electronics Design and Packaging

To get a beautifully designed electronic product safely delivered to your customer, the work must start at the product design phase. Leveraging simulation-driven design, manufacturers are gaining greater insight and control over the development of innovative products, consistent manufacturing processes, and cost-effective, sustainable packaging.

Brochures

The Tribus E-Bus Goes to Town - Altair SimSolid Powers Lighter and More Energy Efficient Electric Bus

As a market leader in small-scale passenger transportation, the Tribus Group develops products for wheelchair-accessible passenger transportation ranging from foldable, ergonomic seats and easy-to-install wheelchair lifts to electric minibuses and low-floor buses. A recent innovation is its awarded Movitas electric city bus – an energy efficient, modular, and 100% electric city bus for public transportation and deliveries. Tribus engineers were asked to optimize the entire bus within an existing design and dimensions to minimize energy consumption and extend driving range. Working with SimSolid greatly accelerated the process, with results that far exceeded their set targets. The optimization of the Movitas bus resulted in a total weight reduction of 1,900 kilograms, making it both more energy-efficient and comfortable.

Customer Stories

Guide to Electronic System Development

Manufacturers today are tasked with designing smart, connected products at a breakneck pace to stay ahead of the competition. As performance demands continually increase, packaging sizes become smaller, and device connectivity becomes more critical, schematic engineers and product designers need ways to make efficient design decisions and collaborate with one another to optimize complex interconnected mechanical and electromagnetic systems. To develop the next generation of smart products, organizations are turning simulation to improve device performance and drive profitability.

Brochures

Fatigue Analysis in SimSolid 2020.2

The latest release of Altair SimSolid adds support for an integrated, two-step fatigue assessment. The highly automated workflow allows to setup and run a fatigue analysis with multiple load cases literally in seconds.

How-to

Topology Optimization Improves Gondola Lift Station Building

In modern passenger transport systems, flawless operation, comfort, and safety are key engineering criteria for design. To guarantee these key performance indicators, demanding fatigue tests are performed to ensure a component’s performance and strength. Advanced simulation methods can help to achieve an optimal design and ensure that components meet even the highest safety requirements. Using Altair Inspire, Doppelmayr, a manufacturer of ropeways and innovative transportation systems for ski areas and urban areas, built a design that passed the safety test, and optimized the gondola station to be lighter, safer, and more durable than requested. More recently, Doppelmayr also started using Altair SimSolid™ to explore its designs and create structural efficient concepts for large models and complex assemblies.

Customer Stories

Rapid Analysis of Complex Assemblies with Altair SimSolid

By performing structural analyses on fully featured CAD assemblies within minutes, SimSolid is the game-changing simulation technology for designers, engineers, and analysts. It eliminates geometry preparation and meshing: the two most time-consuming, expertise-extensive, and error-prone tasks performed in a conventional structural simulation. Early-stage assessment of complex assemblies can be particularly challenging for CAD-based simulation tools and FEA alike, but SimSolid is tolerant of imprecise geometry, meaning no simplification of complex geometries is needed before analyzing designs. Multiple design scenarios can be simulated quickly under real-life conditions, providing the simulation power to help accelerate engineering decisions, aid development of quality products, and beat competitors to market. Tony Jones, Chief Engineer at Andron Handling, demonstrates the use of SimSolid in the design development of its bespoke mechanical equipment. Seeking to assess the strength of the welded fabrication and vertical clamping arms for both lifting and clamping loads, Andron Handling utilized SimSolid to model the entire assembly of their bespoke handler design. They were able to include details such as sliding connections, clamping force on the pistons, and matching reactions on the cylinder bodies to ensure accuracy, and complete their simulation run in less than a minute, allowing multiple design iterations to be explored.

Presentations

ATCx Concept Design - Developing Highly Customised Truck Trailers with Intelligent Simulation Technologies

Richard Owens Don-Bur Don-Bur are designer and manufacturers of commercial vehicle bodies such as truck trailers and develop custom trailers for many famous retailers. In this presentation Richard Owen will talk us through why they adopted SimSolid technology and show a quick hand on demo on a typical structure whilst analysing SimSolid.

Presentations

ATCx Concept Design - Accelerating the Development of Automotive Seating Structures

João Dias, Senior Project Engineer Rescroft Rescroft are an automotive seating specialist in the UK. In this presentation João will talk about their use of SimSolid in their design process along with other tools that’s available within the Altair concept engineering suite.

Presentations

ATCx Concept Design - The Key Role of Simulation in Development of Aluminum Profiles and Study of Glass Structures in Shorter Design Time

Gabriele Romagnoli, Head of Structural Engineering Faraone Faraone are specialist in transparent architectures such as canapes, balustrades, staircases, glass partitions and other glass structures. Gabrielle will take us through their design teams who uses SimSolid and Altair Inspire on their structures

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ATCx Concept Design - Leveraging Disruptive Technology in Structural Simulation in Oil and Gas

Carlos Omar Ramirez, PE Engineering Manager NOV In this presentation Carlos from NOV is will share his experience with SimSolid and show us how the technology is allowing him to very quickly assess structural performance of some very large CAD models including walkways used in Oil fields.

Presentations

ATCx Concept Design - Making Rapid Design Decisions at Brompton Bicycle

Jonathon Heath, (Former) Lead Mechanical Design Engineer Brompton Bicycle This presentation will show how Brompton adopted simulation in their design process and moved away from their traditional CAD embedded simulation packages with hands on demo of SimSolid.

Presentations

ATCx Concept Design - SimSolid Case Studies at Whirlpool

Alexandre Marangoni, Senior CAE Engineer Whirlpool This presentation will show how Whirlpool will take us through how they validated SimSolid against FEA solvers that implemented the tool in their concept design processes.

Presentations

ATCx Concept Design - Implementation of Altair SimSolid in the Engineering Center of General Motors Mexico

Mauricio Pacheco, Design Team Manager and Christian Herrera, Design Engineer General Motors This presentation will give us an insight into how SimSoild is being used in their Engineering centre in Mexico.

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ATCx Concept Design - Component and System Level Performance Evaluation at the Conceptual Design Phase

Andrew Blows, Principal Technical Specialist Jaguar Land Rover In this Keynote presentation from Andrew Blows, will give us his perspective on Why Jaguar Land Rover using SimSolid over traditional FEA, when & where to use SimSolid and some examples of where SimSolid has been used and how the results compare against traditional FEA

Presentations

ATCx Concept Design - Structural Analysis for Rapid Design Iterations

Girish Kalyan, Product Manager - Altair SimSolid Altair In this presentation Girish will introduce SimSolid and a demo to showcase simulation at the speed of design.

Presentations

Simulate at the Speed of Design

Simulation to impact design, it needs to validate design as it unfolds and drive its evolution. It needs to work directly on the available CAD geometry and, in many cases, on the entire assembly intact and work fast. Simulation needs to happen at the speed of design! Altair invites you to the “Experts Talk” - an congregation of imminent panel of technical executives, managers, and experts from diverse industry segments. The esteemed panel will share their experience on how they have achieved simulation at the speed of design in their organization, leveraging the game-changing technology Altair SimSolid™.

Webinars

Enhance Aerospace Design Processes And Lower Development Costs with Altair SimSolid

During this webinar, we will showcase a game-changing design simulation technology for structural analysis that can augment and complement established design and PLM processes. Built from the ground up to handle large, complex models, Altair SimSolid provides fast and accurate simulation results - unmatched in the industry - to drive early and timely design decisions. This robust technology, integrated in a modern, intuitive and easy-to-use interface, empowers designers and design engineers with a validated tool to conduct rapid design studies via upfront structural simulation. This rapid design performance feedback helps organizations minimize costly and time-consuming design iterations and conduct fewer tests. It not only shortens the overall product development cycle but, importantly, also lowers the cost of design, all while helping improve structural performance targets. Key Takeaways - Understand how to reduce physical prototyping, thereby reducing costs - Improve structural performance targets - Discover rapid design studies

Webinars

Medical Device Design and Optimization Leveraging Additive Manufacturing

Technology for designing optimized parts for additive manufacturing, from initial design through simulation of the 3-D printing process will be showcased. An extended example using a customized hip-implant will be used to highlight the various technologies used throughout the process. A brief overview of capabilities will be provided at the beginning, and a summary of benefits will conclude the discussion.

Webinars

Certified Panorama Thanks to Simulation

When planning offices and foyers to showcase the hallmark values of their customers, many architects benefit from the open and inviting atmosphere of glass structures. Faraone, designer and manufacturer of such lightweight structures, used Altair solutions to analyze and redesign support structures for large-scale glass elements, which are the core business of the company. The results are topologically optimized and stiffer aluminum channels that can host the structural glass element. With cost reduction, shorter development times, and design efficiency, this use case from Faraone demonstrates the benefits of simulation technologies in accelerating product development.

Customer Stories

Altair SimSolid - ERP with Constant Loading Tutorial

Learn how to perform a dynamic frequency response analysis and evaluate the equivalent radiated power (ERP) with Constant Loading in Altair SimSolid.

Tutorials

Altair SimSolid - Hydrostatic Pressure Tutorial

Learn how to simulate an hydrostatic pressure in Altair SimSolid.

Tutorials

Altair SimSolid - Random Response Analysis Tutorial

Learn how to perform a random response analysis in Altair SimSolid.

Tutorials

Altair SimSolid - Thermo-structural Coupling Tutorial

Learn how to perform thermo-structural coupling analyses in Altair SimSolid.

Tutorials

Accurately Analyze Steel Joints in 90 Seconds with Altair SimSolid

With no need for CAD clean-up and FEA meshing, structural engineers and facade engineers can use Altair SimSolid to meet deadlines and avoid costly redesign cycles.

Use Cases

Altair 2020 Mechanical Online Meet-Up #1 :ייעול תהליך קדם תכן מכני באמצעות SimSolid

מיט-אפ עם דניאל ז'נו, מהנדס אנליזה וסימולציה מכנית: בהרבה ארגונים העוסקים בתכן מכני קיים צוואר בקבוק הנובע מעומס על מחלקות האנליזה כתוצאה מכך שלמתכנן המכני אין כלים פשוטים מספיק אשר יאפשרו לו לשפר את תכנונו הראשוני. אלטאר ישראל מציגה כלי חדשני הנקרא SimSolid, שאינו מצריך ידע מקדים בתחום האלמנטים הסופיים, ומיועד בעיקר למתכננים המכנים אך גם אנליסטים ימצאו בו שימושיות גבוהה. מטרתו של כלי זה הוא לצמצם את מס' האיטרציות בין המתכנן לאנליסט. כלי זה מספק סביבת עבודה המאפשרת את הגדרת אנליזות שונות (סטטיות, מודליות, דינמיות ועוד) בצורה מהירה מאוד, מאפשר להתמודד בקלות עם הגדרת מגעים וברגים (אין צורך להסירם מה-CAD) ללא צורך בפישוטי גיאומטריה ורישות.

Webinars

Altair SimSolid™ – 3D Solid Seam Welds

Seam welds are now modeled as 3D solids. This replaces the previous connection based approach. Welds are defined by section size and length along the edge. Simple trapezoidal shapes are used to represent the welds. Weld material properties are taken from the adjacent parts.

Tips & Tricks

Altair's 2020 Data Analytics Summit

James R. Scapa brings more than 35 years of engineering experience to his dual role of chairman and CEO of Altair, a title he has held since the company's inception in 1985. Through Scapa's leadership, the company is now a global technology company that provides software and cloud solutions in the areas of product development, high performance computing (HPC) and data analytics. Today, the company employs over 3,000 engineers, scientists and creatives with more than 86 offices in 25 countries. With more than 11,000 customers globally, Altair software enables customers to enhance product performance, compress development time and reduce costs. Scapa earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Columbia University and a master of business administration degree from University of Michigan.

Presentations

Frontloading with Simulation at the Designer's Desk

Discover how to reduce product development time with Altair SimSolid, a new technology to analyze the structural performance of complex assemblies that operates on original, un-simplified CAD geometry directly.

Use Cases

Using Altair Software for Simulation-driven Design

The widespread adoption of Altair SimSolid™ has enabled customers to accurately test more ideas during each design iteration. Altair Inspire™ was the first tool to democratize topology optimization. Altair Inspire now embeds the speed and accuracy of SimSolid supporting faster, easier design exploration and product creation for allowing design engineers, product designers, and architects to create and investigate structurally efficient concepts for complex assemblies.

Use Cases

SimSolid Simulation at the Speed of Design

Simulation has its greatest impact when done early and often in the design process. Now, SimSolid is reimagining how simulation-driven design is performed.

Presentations

Reduce Time-to-Market Using Rapid Design Iteration

One of the biggest challenges in the consumer electronics industry is reducing the time-to-market given the highly competitive landscape and there is a stronger emphasis on virtual simulations over physical prototyping. However, performing virtual simulations on large complicated assemblies can be a tedious and time-consuming process due to the complexity of the assembly. This webinar presents Altair’s CAD-based simulation process that can drastically reduce the time taken to build and solve large complicated electronic components.

Webinars

Altair 2020 and Beyond

James R. Scapa brings more than 35 years of engineering experience to his dual role of chairman and CEO of Altair, a title he has held since the company's inception in 1985.

Presentations

Driving Design from Concept to Manufacturing with Inspire

Altair Inspire has rapidly advanced from a topology optimization tool for designers to a design environment spanning industrial design, structural simulation and optimization, motion analysis and manufacturing simulation.

Presentations

Altair SimSolid - Simulate at the Speed of Design

By performing structural analyses on fully featured CAD assemblies within minutes, SimSolid is the game-changing simulation technology for designers, engineers, and analysts. In this short demo, we'll show how the structural performance for different variants of a CubeSat can quickly be evaluated and compared.

Use Cases

How NOV Leverages Disruptive Technology in Structural Simulation

The oil and gas industry is no stranger to challenges. In today’s world, the challenges come from an extremely competitive energy market, the growth of renewable energy, the increasing demand for minimizing the environmental footprint, and most recently the economics effects of the COVID pandemic. For these reasons, the industry is adapting to these challenges by adopting digital transformation initiatives leveraging new technologies and innovative solutions for its success. SimSolid is Altair‘s next-generation, structural simulation tool that can accurately solve complex and large structures directly on CAD models in Minutes! Unlike conventional FEA based tools, SimSolid does not require geometry simplification, meshing, model setup, or high computational resources.

Webinars

Altair SimSolid - Adhesives Tutorial

Learn how to creates adhesives in Altair SimSold.

Tutorials

Altair SimSolid - Apply Bolt Pretension

Learn how to perform static analysis by applying bolt pretension in Altair SimSolid.

Tutorials

Altair SimSolid - Bushings Tutorial

Learn how to create bushings in Altair SimSolid.

Tutorials

Altair SimSolid - Post-processing with Datum Points

Learn how to post-process using datum points in Altair SimSolid.

Tutorials

Altair SimSolid - Distributed Mass Tutorials

Learn how to create distributed mass in Altair SimSolid.

Tutorials

Altair SimSolid - Joints Tutorial

Learn how to create joints in Altair SimSolid.

Tutorials