Category: Lightweighting

Understanding the Limitations of Composite Materials

This post was taken from Altair Enlighten and contributed by my colleague, Lars Fredriksson, Director at Altair ProductDesign, Germany. Back in January 2012, Altair entered into a partnership with advanced materials specialists, Caterham Composites, to improve each other’s knowledge on … Read More

The Challenge of Crashworthiness for Composite Cars

This post was taken from Altair Enlighten and contributed by my colleague, Giuseppe Resta, Manager, Global Automotive at Altair Engineering. It doesn’t seem so long ago that passenger safety and vehicle crashworthiness were the battleground where automakers differentiated their products. … Read More

From Kindred Spirits Back to the Drawing Board

Last month, Design News wrote an article, Next-Generation VLC Improves on XPRIZE-Winning Design, covering the momentum and development of the Edison2 Very Light Car. Altair ProductDesign’s Chief Operating Officer, Mike Heskitt, is quoted stating, “Altair’s core belief is that design … Read More

Kindred Spirits – Altair Meets Edison2

This post was taken from Altair Enlighten and contributed by Mike Heskitt, Chief Operating Officer, Altair ProductDesign. OK… I’m not usually very touchy-feely, so starting a blog with this title is a bit out of character for me, but bear with … Read More

Disruptive Innovation?

The National Petroleum Council (a panel advising the US Energy Department) has just published a future fuels report stating that the internal combustion will remain the dominant power source for cars until at least 2050. The study says it will … Read More