e-Xstream engineering, part of Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division, unveiled a new 10X Integrated Computational Material Engineering (ICME) Solution that applies academic research with leading software and inspection solutions to accelerate innovation by enabling manufacturers to design, engineer and test components virtually through simulation.
With ICME, designers can work with materials such as carbon fibre composites and use them to their full potential through material simulations with better data and modelling. 10X ICME leverages the full potential of ICME. Using 10X ICME, it is possible to predict how combinations of materials such as composites and manufacturing methods from injection molding to 3D printing will affect everything from the speed to the sustainability of future designs, such as aircraft and cars. It reduces the amount of materials testing required and correlates measurement with simulation so manufacturers can more easily validate simulations. In addition, because materials data are made readily available, engineers can apply accurate values to make optimal designs rather than relying on approximations.
The digital integration of end-to-end supply chains will also cut material waste by reducing dependence on extensive real-world prototyping and over-design. A single material-centric ‘digital twin’ of the entire manufacturing line from material development to final part performance helps organizations predict the performance of end products at concept stage. It also presents opportunities for data-driven customization of materials for specific purposes such as recyclability or energy-efficiency.
10X ICME helps new technologies such as lightweight blended wing airliners or ultra-quiet electric vehicles be developed faster. The solution is already being used by a major aerospace and automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to accelerate the rate at which new designs can be brought from concept to reality. Initial customer projects using this new approach are being completed in half the time and at a third of the cost.
There are 10 pillars within the 10X ICME solution, which combine the different ICME technologies from the ecosystem to address specific use cases. Manufacturers can choose the pillars most pertinent to them today and mold their solution to their needs as the disciplines and processes evolve.
10X ICME draws on cutting-edge material science research, Hexagon’s metrology, software and e-Xstream engineering material simulation technologies. It integrates the supply chain of materials suppliers, software tools, manufacturing equipment and metrology.