Software improves materials identification

Hexagon has developed new software that uses AI to identify and simulate the behavior of new materials.

This includes plastics, recycled materials, additives and metals, the company said.

According to Hexagon, engineers need to understand the behavioral properties of materials in order to run accurate simulations. However, the data can be incomplete or poor quality for certain materials – particularly recycled materials.

In tests, using the company’s Materials Enrich software reduced the time required to test a new material by up to 65%, and design costs by up to 63%.

“Limited material behavior data is a barrier to sustainable innovations in manufacturing, particularly in the aerospace and automotive industries where teams have not been able to put new materials through the rigorous virtual durability and safety tests required for regulatory approval,” said Guillaume Boisot, senior director at Hexagon.