e-Xstream engineering, from the Manufacturing Intelligence division of Hexagon, has unveiled a new solution for materials engineering by integrated modeling based on 10 pillars: 10X ICME (ICME stands for Integrated Computational Material Engineering). This solution enables university research to be industrialized using cutting-edge software and inspection solutions to dramatically accelerate innovation by enabling manufacturers to design, study and test components virtually through simulation.
ICME is an emerging technique that ensures an optimal combination of materials and manufacturing processes to innovate and maximize performance, resulting in reduced costs and lead times.
10X ICME from Hexagon intends to offer the industry "the most comprehensive and
integrated to harness the full potential of the ICME. According to Hexagon, this is the first solution that
enables the application of ICME on an industrial scale so that companies can harness the ideal combination of materials and manufacturing processes to innovate and maximize performance, while reducing costs and time to manufacture products. By integrating design, engineering and testing, manufacturers can make
informed choices from the start of product development to improve quality or reduce waste, but also to use data to imagine and implement more efficient and connected design and engineering flows.
The ICME enables complex high-performance materials such as carbon fiber composites to be selected and applied to their full potential, improving the accuracy of material simulations and the confidence they inspire through better data. and better modeling. “With ICME 10X, it is now possible to predict how combinations of advanced materials such as composites and their manufacturing methods, from injection molding to 3D printing, will affect everything from speed to durability of products. future planes and cars. The ICME reduces the amount of material testing required and correlates the measurements with the
simulation facilitating the validation of simulations carried out by manufacturers. In addition, because the material data is readily available, engineers can apply precise values to achieve optimal designs rather than relying on guesswork, ” says Hexagon.
The digital integration of end-to-end supply chains will also reduce material waste by dramatically decreasing the massive reliance on physical prototyping and over-design. A single material-centric 'digital twin' across the entire production chain, from material development to end-part performance, will allow organizations to predict end-product performance right from the design stage. The ICME also offers possibilities for customizing advanced materials for specific purposes such as recyclability or energy efficiency.
The 10X ICME drastically reduces barriers to innovation by allowing new technologies to be developed much faster than today. This solution is already being used by major original equipment manufacturers in the aerospace and automotive industries to significantly accelerate the rate at which new designs can move from concept to reality. Initial customer projects using this new approach are completed in half the time and at one-third the cost.
The 10X ICME solution is built on ten pillars that combine the different ICME technologies of the ecosystem to meet specific use cases. Manufacturers can choose the pillars that are most relevant to them today and adapt their solution to their needs as disciplines and processes evolve.
Developed in close collaboration with original equipment manufacturers and material suppliers to meet their industrial needs, 10X ICME draws on cutting-edge material science research, Hexagon metrology technologies, software and materials simulation technologies from e-Xstream engineering as well as a growing ecosystem of industrial partners. This integrates the supply chain of material suppliers, software tools, manufacturing equipment, and metrology to make the best possible use of the data and enable real-world implementation for many manufacturing environments.
Dr Jan-Anders Mansson, Professor of Chemical and Materials Engineering at Purdue University says: “We have worked with Hexagon and e-Xstream to integrate advanced metrology, digital technology and materials science, which are fused together in our bench. manufacturing test with Hexagon's state-of-the-art hardware and software for Smart Factory solutions. The goal now is to develop a digital twin of the entire chain, from design to manufacturing. This will allow us to zoom in and out from a macro level to a micro level, from line production to production of single cells. "