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Monthly Archives: July 2012

JUL

25

2012

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This post was taken from Altair Enlighten.

Earlier this month, I wrote an opinion piece for Environmental Leader, a magazine dedicated to energy, environmental and sustainability news. My contribution gave an overview of how automotive manufacturers are increasingly turning to simulation and optimization technologies to help achieve their weight targets. Here are a few highlights; check out the full article at Environmental Leader. Read More


JUL

19

2012

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Category: Aerospace

Farnborough and Japan

, Executive Director - Global Aerospace

I intently watched the news coming out of the Farnborough Air Show held recently, and I was happy to see the positive reviews of the Qatar Airlines 787.  People were raving about the comfortable cabin layout, the seating, the unique lighting, and the large windows.

This event comes on the heels of my recent visit to Japan.  The Japanese are very proud of their involvement on the 787 program.  At our HyperWorks Technology Conference in Japan, Altair COO Brett Chouinard recounted his recent experience flying on the 787 from Tokyo to Hiroshima.  Like those at Farnborough, he also raved about the plane’s features, including the quiet ride.  I also discovered that Eiichi Kasono, one of our managers in Japan, has flown on both the Airbus A380 and Boeing 787.  He happened to be on the inaugural commercial flight of the A380 and has flown on the 787 several times.

Altair had significant involvement with both the A380 and 787 programs, helping to reduce the weight of both aircrafts.  We are proud of our involvement and the positive contributions of our engineers and our technology.

I’m still waiting on my first 787 flight, so I might need to head back to Japan!


JUL

13

2012

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This post was taken from Altair Enlighten.

My colleague, Jamie Buchanan, Director of Product Design at Altair UK, submitted this blog post regarding additive layer manufacturing.

It’s interesting where examples of innovative applications of optimisation technologies turn up as the significance of light weight design becomes a greater priority for everyone.  One of my colleagues was recently at 39,000 feet travelling back to the US from a business trip in Germany and came across a Channel 4 documentary presented by Stephen Hawking on his in flight entertainment.  Episode 3 from the “Brave New World” series explores how technology in the 21st Century is changing our lives.

UK readers can view the video on Channel 4′s YouTube channel whereas readers from outside of the UK can see the episode on the video below.

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