Altair and Airbus APWorks Team Up

Airbus APWorks' Light Rider – The world’s first 3D printed motorcycle. The organic frame structures come from bionic algorithms generated with Altair's OptiStruct. The use of optimization ensures an optimal load distribution. (Source: APWorks)

Airbus APWorks’ Light Rider – The world’s first 3D printed motorcycle. The organic frame structures come from bionic algorithms generated with Altair’s OptiStruct. The use of optimization ensures an optimal load distribution. (Source: Altair)

Altair and APWorks have recently entered a non-exclusive partnership for additive manufacturing (AM) with two key areas of collaboration. Bringing the considerable benefits of geometrical freedom, lightweight, functionally integrated and customized designs of AM to their customers from various industries. Additionally, they will provide them with consulting, advanced design and simulation technology as well as production processes.

A key area of collaboration is going to be joint, end-to-end consulting by Altair and APWorks to help companies explore the potential of additive manufacturing for their own applications through pilot projects and technology demonstrators. The offering will include screening and identification of applications, the redesign of components, quantification of potential levels of product performance improvements, printing and physical testing of prototypes up to serial production, and cost analysis and business case preparation. In a second phase, the offering will also include knowledge transfer to the customer and the adoption of additive manufacturing within their organization.

Simulation driven design process with Altair's OptiStruct. (Source: Altair)

Simulation driven design process with Altair’s OptiStruct. (Source: Altair)

Another area of collaboration will be the advance of Altair’s Software through APWorks’ expertise aiming for an end-to-end simulation driven design process for printed metal parts. This will provide engineers with a seamless working environment going from design to validation in a very short time and with an intuitive user experience.

“Topology optimization combined with additive manufacturing will bring about a large range of new products that will be lightweight, efficient, appealing, and sustainable,” said Dr. Robert Yancey, Vice President of Additive Manufacturing for Altair. “We are very pleased to partner with an innovative organization like APWorks that is aggressively developing and producing these new products of the future with additive manufacturing.”

“Combining design expertise with production knowledge will greatly expand the possibilities for our customers. We are looking forward to various applications and business cases in the future,” said Joachim Zettler, Managing Director of APWorks. (Source: Altair)

Links: Altair Engineering GmbH, Troy, Michigan, USA • Airbus APWorks GmbH, Taufkirchen, Germany

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