Altair at formnext 2018

From Design to Additive Manufacturing - in One Platform


In addition to process efficiency and material development, design is the key factor for an industrial application of additive manufacturing. To master this a simulation-driven design approach has become indispensable and only the comprehensive consideration of manufacturing constraints assures a successful product development. It is Altair's goal to make performance and cost saving potentials accessible in the early stages of the decision-making process. How this can be done will be demonstrated with several exhibition pieces at Altair's formnext booth and throughout the entire show.

Jointly with its Partners APWORKS, M&H CNC Technik and RSC Engineering, Altair addresses how to successfully create economic, innovative and efficient products. 

Exhibition Pieces
Solid-Lattice Hip Prosthesis Design

Applying Topology and Lattice Optimization to Reduce Stress Shielding from Hip Implants

Read the Blogpost about a Study with the goal of constructing a design methodology for a prosthesis which causes less stress shielding and meets fatigue requirements.


Robotic Design of a BushBot-Chair

The BushBot-Chair is a kinetic, so to say, passive robotic furniture design referring to the concept of the Bush-Robot. The four feet of the chair are supporting four articulated branching-systems of three sub-branchings, ending in 24 contact-stars. Each tree-system has nine pivoting points of one or two DOF, that allow the virtual sitting surface to adjust smoothly to the human body. The chair consists of selective laser-sintered PA12- and flexible TPU-parts. Structural optimization has been used to minimize material usage and to implement zones of adapted flexibility to control the kinematics of the trees.

Simulation, 3D Printing, and Casting

The Perfect Symbiosis for Large Aerospace Structures

While the dimension issue is an obvious hurdle for 3D printing, an airplane door is, while being rather large – due to its complexity and function integration – a very promising part when it comes to potential cost reductions via a one-shot production method. In a study engineers from SOGECLAIR aerospace tried to find a solution for this problem and created a development process that would combine two manufacturing methods – additive manufacturing and casting – and their advantage to develop and  manufacture this airplane door.

Read more in the Case Study.

Simulation-Driven Design Process
Unbenanntes Dokument

What to expect at the booth

Together with our Partners APWORKS, M&H CNC Technik and RSC Engineering we will be presenting several solutions engineered with Altair technology, such as the Sogeclair optimdoor, a hybrid-lattice hip implant - a joint project by Altair and EOS, Stephan Henrich's BushBot-Chair, an optimized packaging line component by elmec3D, a 3D printed support arm (M&H) as well as an optimized foot rest and the housing of an e-drive (RSC).

Explore the Altair Inspire platform which enables you to identify system requirements, create structural innovation, and assure manufacturability within a single simulation-driven design environment. Identify performance and cost saving potentials in the early stages of a development process.

Demo Theater

The Altair booth will feature a dedicated demo theater illustrating the creative application of simulation technologies for various manufacturing methods, including product demos of Altair Inspire and SIMSOLID. The demo theater will host demos and presentations daily.

To see detailed Agenda click on the image below or download it here. Agenda is subject to change.

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Throughout the show products designed, simulated, and optimized with Altair solutions, can be found at the booths of VDMA and Purmundus.

Especially noteworthy is the process chain presented at the VDMA booth. Within its engagement in the AM workgroup Altair contributed a two folded design of a component. One process covers the design for a powder bed laser melting realization, the other for casting, both including topology optimization considering manufacturing constraints and the assessment of the manufacturability.

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