The world leading knowledge sourcefor product weight reduction.
Altair ProductDesign is a product development partner to many of the world’s
military vehicle manufacturers, providing support from facilities across the
Americas, Europe and Asia. We work with our customers to create early concepts,
develop robust designs, provide virtual and physical verification, and refine their
vehicles for production. Our cross-functional team has broad experience, from
high-volume production programs to niche vehicle creation, from lightweight
off-road utility vehicles to heavy trucks. The Altair ProductDesign approach
includes an aggressive application of technology and automation, with a focus
on weight efficiency. The result is a development process with reduced risk
and shorter cycle times, delivering a product that meets functional attribute
and mass targets, on time.
Altair ProductDesign leverages advanced design optimization technology and methods to dramatically improve
vehicle payload and performance through weight reduction without compromising vehicle durability or protection.
Our approach, leveraging Altair’s industry leading optimization technology OptiStruct, has been successfully
applied to common and high performance material types – including composites, steels, aluminum and
magnesium – and across multiple industries.
One of our most effective and cost-efficient delivery models to reduce product weight and cost is through
the establishment of co-located Optimization Centers. Altair Optimization Centers, jointly staffed by
Altair ProductDesign and client team members, are high impact environments for technology transfer
and implemetation of weight-driven product development strategies for vehicle architectures to
Altair ProductDesign has worked with many passenger car, commercial vehicle and military OEMs to define,
design, simulate and refine their ground vehicle products. Our approach spans from target setting to sign-off,
with a non-departmentalized team applying the latest CAE methods, subjective evaluation and objective testing.
Project experience includes OEM design and release responsibility, benchmarking, loads simulation & analysis,
shock tuning, kinematics and compliance testing and simulation, prototype build and full-vehicle MBD modeling.
Altair ProductDesign brings broad industry experience of all aspects of occupant
protection from explosions and fragmentation to collision impact and rollover.
Altair has been working with automotive OEMs and their suppliers worldwide
for more than twenty years to improve designs, decrease time to market and
reduce testing by simulating occupant and vehicle safety performance in
compliance with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and local requirements.
ProductDesign continues to develop new methods to accelerate the vehicle
design process including the Moving Boundary Crash and the Hull Optimization
for Occupant Protection (HOOP) methodologies. Both integrate the sophisticated
non-linear CAE analysis methods and structural optimization techniques to
develop weight efficient vehicle structures for improved energy mitigation
and warfighter protection.
Altair ProductDesign provides program support from concept to launch. For more than two decades,
Altair ProductDesign has consulted with vehicle manufacturers around the world, from immersive design
research through plant manufacturing support, to bring their products to market faster. As a full program
partner, we have a strong history in successfully combining technology with subjective evaluation, objective
benchmarking, industrial design, design studies, target setting, and vehicle design and release activities.