Siemens and Altair Put Stakes in Simulation

- Dec 06, 2019-

This week, a couple of industrial pioneers announced new simulation solutions to optimize industrial-level design. After rolling out a bunch of major announcements at Formnext 2019, the global tech giant Siemens signed an agreement to acquire MultiMechanics, Inc., a simulation software developer.


As a part of the acquisition, Siemens will incorporate MultiMech finite element software into Siemens Digital Industries Software and offered to customers. The MultiMech software is used to simulate functions and predict failures in advanced materials.


Through this integration, companies working with Siemens will be able to rapidly predict material properties and behavior, including failure at the microstructural level, all with impeccable speed and accuracy. For instance, customers can use MultiMech software to create a digital twin of materials engineered with part design and performance engineering in tact.


“Customers will have the ability to fully exploit the potential of advanced materials to optimize weight and performance in an efficient way that is not possible with classical, test-based, approaches,” said Jan Leuridan, Senior Vice President, Simulation & Test Solutions, Siemens Digital Industries Software.


In other news, the global tech company Altair also launched its new manufacturing simulation solution, called Inspire Print3D. Designed exclusively for additive manufacturing, the new software aims to provide an accurate toolset to design and simulate the 3D printing process for selective laser melting (SLM).


With Inspire Print3D, designers and engineers will be able to generate 3D models that are optimized to meet stringent performance requirements, and can also simulate performance to quickly modify critical process variables before sending the designs off for manufacturing.


Features of this software include part build simulation, cooling, cutting, and springback, as well as optimized part orientation, defect detection, and minimal support structure generation. Put simply, Inspire Print3D will allow engineers to make the most of SLM 3D printing, offering advanced simulation that will ultimately reduce the time and costs that go into post-processing and trial-and-error.


“With Inspire Print3D, companies can now reduce development and manufacturing costs by minimizing part supports and reducing material usage, print times, and post-processing,” said James Dagg, Altair chief technology officer, design and simulation solutions.