New Innovations Improve Quality of HPD Casting Process Simulation

This guest contribution on Innovation Intelligence is written by Håkan Fransson, Technical Manager – Simulation at NovaCast Systems AB. NovaFlow&Solid 6.0 by NovaCast is a mold filling and solidification simulation package based on advanced fluid flow and heat transfer theories and is available through the Altair Partner Alliance.

Historically, foundries have used too high of casting temperatures during high pressure die casting simulations. Many foundries believe there is a minimal temperature drop (~ 20 degrees) from the melting furnace to the filling of the part. Running a simulation with too high of a casting temperature will result in an incorrect simulation of the cold flow and a different temperature gradient which will cause the porosity prediction to be slightly off. This can result in cold joints, cracks on the surface of the casting, or increased porosity.

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Design the Difference – Unlock the Potential of Additive Manufacturing

Altair at formnext 2016

Additive manufacturing is one of the hottest topics in manufacturing today. Everybody talks about it, and there is basically no engineer that hasn’t been asked by his or her boss if a part could not be printed instead of using traditional methods to manufacture it. At formnext 2016 last week in Frankfurt, Germany, additive manufacturing was an integral part of the event. There was an almost overwhelming amount of information on additive manufacturing available and no matter whether someone was new to the topic or already very experienced in applying this new manufacturing method, every visitor could learn something new.

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Altair is Making Headlines with the Light Rider Motorbike

The November issue of the German publication “Digital Engineering Magazin” is fresh off the presses, featuring Altair on  the cover. Digital Engineering highlights the story about the development of the Airbus APWorks “Light Rider”, the world’s first electrical motorcycle prototype.  APWorks engineers … Read More


The Banana Story

I was working late one night when my wife said “you can’t simulate this!” and cracked open a banana in her usual way. Challenge accepted. I found an IGES hand on a cad-share hub which I meshed and morphed to … Read More