WHAT IS MATERIAL SUBSTITUTION?
By using lighter materials as an alternative of traditional metallic structures allows engineers to reduce the weight of products. However, new materials can present significant design challenges.
This section looks at traditional and new materials as well as the joining technologies commonly being employed in industry today.
WHAT IS MATERIAL REDUCTION?
Design optimization through the use of advanced simulation technologies is an increasingly common method of minimizing product weight.
This section looks at the optimization methods available and discusses the new processes which have evolved to help integrate design optimization into product development cycles.