Generative Engineering Approach for a B-pillar Car Body Node - AM and Lightweight Design – Collaboration between ELISE GmbH and Hyundai | ELISE GmbH
David Leidenfrost, Head of Application Engineering,
Bahman Moarefi, Senior Engineer,
Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Center
Moritz Maier, Managing Director,
Generative Engineering Approach for a B-pillar Car Body Node - AM and Lightweight Design – Collaboration between ELISE GmbH and Hyundai
Additive manufacturing and the new development world of generative engineering lead to stiffer and lighter car body structures. Thanks to this generative and bionic design approach, realized with the ELISE software platform, Hyundai was able to reduce the weight of a B-pillar node by 47 %, increase the crash performance by 20 % and shorten the development time by 80 %.
The automotive industry faces new challenges every day. New styling trends, scientifc discoveries and stricter emission regulations force companies to constantly create new design and production methods. They must constantly reduce the weight of their vehicles while improving their performance effciency. Two major enabler technologies of the automotive future are Additive Manufacturing (AM) technology as well as the new development world of generative engineering. One provides design freedom and a tool-less manufacturing process; the other one offers a yet unknown automation of product development processes. In automotive development, the combination of these two future technologies enables the construction of highly effcient vehicle structures in a signifcantly shorter development time.