Accelerate Smart Manufacturing with CAE Simulation – On-Demand Series

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SMART Manufacturing Tools that You Can Use Now!

Learn how and where you can apply smart manufacturing tools for increasing efficiency and quality, while decreasing cost. By watching the episodes below you'll be able to identify inefficiencies and issues sooner and find answers faster.

Presented by Dr. Ingo Hahn

The scale of manufacturing costs in the automotive industry is massive. Manufacturing costs are influenced by many factors, including component material cost, tooling costs, assembly costs, and more. The use of additive manufacturing has further added to manufacturing costs. Given the high costs of production, there is interest in reducing manufacturing costs where possible.

Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) simulation technology has made significant advancements to address challenges and costs in manufacturing. Simulation technology is available to minimize the weight of components and assemblies; improve the life of tooling; reduce manufacturing defects; reduce scrap, or waste, material during manufacturing; and improve connection types, joint strength, and joining sequence.

Join us for the first of five complementary webinar episodes which gives you an introduction in Hexagon's solution about virtual manufacturing and costing in automotive industry. Further webinar episodes will go more in detail about virtual manufacturing and costing, virtual joining and assembly processes, a new Hexagon solution called 'Virtual Lifecycle Manufacturing', as well as 3D-metal printing in automotive.

Reason's to Watch:

  • The first of five-webinar episode gives you an introduction in Hexagon's solution about virtual manufacturing and costing in automotive industry
  • Further webinar episodes will go more in detail in the following topics:
    • Virtual Manufacturing and Costing – Sheet metal part design, feasibility evaluation, material cost evaluation for all kinds of stamping processes.
    • Virtual Joining and Assembly – Find the optimal process parameters for joining processes by virtual tryouts as well as the impact of the joining process to an assembly like distortions and stresses.
    • Virtual Lifecycle Manufacturing (ViLMa) – Get an insight about the newest Hexagon solution which is an engineering process for assemblies connecting between the various applications being used (CAD, CAE, CAM, Metrology) to ensure consistency, traceability, and transparency of data to improve planning and manufacturing quality.
    • Design and virtual Additive Manufacturing – Learn how to produce a cost and lightweight optimized part and how to ensure that 3D metal printed parts can be manufactured by virtual optimization.
  • View multiple industry examples that have benefited from manufacturing simulation technology

Presented by Mike Lee

With almost 70% of the costs of a component coming from the cost of the raw material alone, there is significant interest in reducing material costs where possible. Market competitiveness demands improvements and efficiencies throughout the costing process (Target Cost) with the greatest impact on the final vehicle cost being achieved in the early stages. Finding formability issues earlier reduces the costs of change (fewer ECOs) and reduces the time to market for new vehicle introductions.

Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) simulation technology has made significant advancements to address challenges and costs in manufacturing in the early stages. Simulation technology is available to determine the target costs, minimize the weight of components, reduce scrap, or waste and reduce manufacturing defects.

Reasons to Watch:

  • Explore the latest CAE technology used to simulate and improve part feasibility and determine material cost requirements
  • Learn how to evaluate designs for manufacturability
  • Understand concepts to optimize material cost and part weight

Presented by Jeff Robertson

Developing and validating the welding process remains largely unchanged for decades. Manufacturing engineers attempt to build parts to nominal at each stage of assembly and then fight the natural tendency for welding to induce thermal distortion. Past attempts to develop a welding simulation to alleviate this challenge proved largely unsuccessful because the tools were just too difficult to learn and use. With the release and continuous improvement of Simufact Welding, the benefit finally significantly outweighs the cost in many automotive, industrial, and agricultural applications.

This webinar is a brief introduction to Simufact Welding and how it is possible to conduct a virtual tryout of the welding and joining process. An overview of the value of manufacturing process simulation gives the audience an understanding of how this type of a tool may be used in various industries and applications. A detailed, though accelerated, review of the entire pre and post processing workflow is then completed for a multi-station arc welded automotive sub-frame assembly. In this way the user can gain a feel for the process-oriented modeling and ease of use that makes this tool accessible to manufacturing engineers and CAE analysts alike.

Reasons to Watch:

  • Observe the workflow to simulate the welding and assembly process on a real automotive assembly
  • Learn what types of results are available from welding process simulation
  • Gain ideas of how this may be applicable to your welding and assembly process

Presented by Dr. Gereon Deppe

Investing in Additive Manufacturing (AM) can offer a lot of potential with the technology's flexibility in production and the design freedom. Yet, there are some challenges to successfully apply AM. We show where hurdles can come up and how they can be overcome with an effective, simulation based Design for Additive Manufacturing workflow. Here, Generative Design can be an enabler to accelerate the design phase and fully exploit the potential of AM. We will explain what exactly Generative Design is and how MSC Apex Generative Design can support the overall AM approach. We will further explain, how an investment in this software will have a fast ROI, especially if it is combined with a manufacturing simulation such as Simufact Additive. Simulating the build process enables a thorough analysis of the critical issues during a production run. The software's optimization of parameters and of the geometry facilitates a first-time-right manufacturing, significantly reducing costs. Beyond that, the software assists a cost-efficient production with the part orientation analysis, support optimization and cost estimation. Throughout the webinar we will give examples and use cases to illustrate the topics and to demonstrate the value for practical use.

Reasons to Watch:

  • Learn how engineering simulation can help in additive manufacturing and part design optimisation
  • See how a proper Design for Additive Manufacturing workflow saves time while leveraging the AM capabilities
  • Get to know how investing in this smart manufacturing technology can boost ROI

Presented by Dr. Ingo Hahn

The Virtual Lifecycle Manufacturing solution connects the different phases of the whole product lifecycle: design, engineering, prototyping and manufacturing. It accommodates data exchange between the various tools being used and connects the virtual world to the physically measured reality. By feeding back the "right Information to the right place at the right time" it Is assured that any corrective actions to provide maximum quality of the assembled product are considered as early as possible. Loops In the product lifecycle are reduced dramatically to achieve maximum cost savings.

In this webinar the concept of the Virtual Lifecyle Manufacturing solution is presented. Various applications within the ViLMa system that are relevant for manufacturing in the automotive industry are explained. As an example, one typical workflow in the development of a body in white assembly process is demonstrated: the interaction of real time production quality data management and assembly simulation is shown. This includes the automated flow of data between the applications, advanced semi-automatic model build-up and the detailed analysis of deviations between actual and nominal geometries - both for virtual and physically measured parts.

This overview is completed with an outlook to further developments and the future application of the Virtual Lifecycle Manufacturing.

Benefits of Attending:

  • Learn how the Virtual Lifecycle Manufacturing system will help to improve the process of product development
  • Get to know an opportunity for cost reduction by optimization of the flow of information along the product lifecycle


All 5 webinars of the series are ready on-demand. Start viewing today and explore how to accelerate your manufacturing process and minimize costs with CAE simulation. Attend 3 out of the 5 webinars and be entered to win Bose Noise Canceling Headphones.