Altair addresses hot industry topics at Hannover Messe 2016

With an impressive presence at Europe’s biggest industry trade show this week, Altair showed all of today’s most pressing industry topics. From Industry 4.0 or the Internet of Things to smart materials and additive manufacturing – Altair offers solutions with which challenges in these areas can be tackled and overcome. Altair is best at helping its customers to develop great products with simulation driven design. The company does that with tools, consulting and processes. Altair states with its booth that a paradigm change in product development is needed, simulation is no longer just a design verification tool – these days simulation drives the design, hence offers answers regarding possible design directions upfront in the process – even before a CAD model has been built – and enables innovation.

Connected industry needs connected model based engineering, and a smart material is only as smart as its design. From 1D tools for system simulation to 3D CAE tools i.e. for the layout of composite materials, the simulation of electromagnetics or multiphysics applications, as well as tools and processes for the design for additive manufacturing, Altair presents the entire bandwidth of its solutions in Hannover and offers the right tool for each job.

During its press briefing on April 26th, which was attended by 12 journalists, the company communicated all the hot industry topics that were discussed at the tradeshow and how they can be addressed with Altair solutions. Being one of the hottest topics at the Hannover Messe, additive manufacturing and the symbiosis of topology optimization with 3D printing played an important role at the Altair booth too.

Together with Laser Zentrum Nord, one of Altair’s co-exhibitors in Hannover, the company presented solutions for laser additive manufacturing, showcasing a hybrid space frame concept, part of the Cocoon Concept Car project by EDAG, LZN, BLM, and Concept Laser, which utilized Altair tools for structural inspiration.

Another highlight of the booth was a Technology Demonstrator for an additive manufacturing tooling application for investment casting, which Altair developed jointly with HBM nCode, also present at the Altair booth, and volxeljet, Altair’s next door neighbor at the trade show. This project features a casted front wheel upright, a component within the suspension assembly of a race car. Altair provided the topology optimization and the casting analysis, HBM nCode DesignLife was used for fatigue simulation, and voxeljet provided the 3D printed casting form. The results of this process are impressive: The component performs significantly better than the original part (factor 3-5), it was developed in only 4 weeks, and the engineers didn’t have to apply a CAD System. With this new process, which combines all advantages of 3D printing and casting, engineers benefit from the design freedom of additive manufacturing and can apply an established manufacturing process, which fits for series production and meets cost requirements.

On April 27th, Altair hosted its “ATCx Design for Additive Manufacturing” in hall 6 at the CAE Forum, moderated by our Chief Marketing Officer, Jeffrey Brennan. Presentations from RUAG Space, EDAG, voxeljet, Materialise, and Altair talked about the relevance of design for additive manufacturing and how engineers can get inspired by nature to create better products.

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To learn more about the solutions Altair presents at the Hannover Messe, stop by our booth in hall 7/B32 today or visit

Mirko Bromberger
Mirko Bromberger

About Mirko Bromberger

Mirko Bromberger is Altair's Marketing Director at Altair GmbH. He has a degree in Industrial Engineering from University of Applied Sciences in Furtwangen, Germany. He has been with Altair since 2004, working in various positions in consulting, application engineering, sales and marketing.