ALE does not proceed on the basis of existing functions, but rather on the required function of a certain structure. Shape, material, and production method are coordinated to this function. The central question is: How can we optimally realize the desired function using lightweight materials? The ALE service package comprises five developmental phases, specifically:
- Feasibility studies/conceptual design
- Detail design
- Prototype construction
In this first phase ALE assesses the feasibility of a certain idea. It’s important that the list of requirements is properly established. Then we determine whether a lightweight solution is feasible in both production-technical and economic terms and work out different conceptual designs, with the aid of advanced modeling programs. This can be done rapidly and economically.
Feasible conceptual designs will be evaluated, resulting in the selection of one or more concepts. These concepts will be worked out into details, where necessary using Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and other numerical methods.
Of significance here are not only the mechanical properties of a composite product, but its actual manufacturability as well. This keeps the number of prototypes to a minimum. Choice of material, design, and production technology are always a single unit. ALE guarantees its clients an optimal design within the framework of requirements.