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Automotive OEMs and Tier1s continue to meet carbon emission regulations and targets by developing lightweight hybrid and electric vehicles. As design cycles for vehicle applications are getting shorter and targets keep moving, there is not enough time or resources to determine the influence of all the potential failure modes via real world prototyping and testing.

CAE services and light weighting to the safe limit with predictive technologies

  • Save time by understanding how to get more functionality out of a part based on our knowledge and understanding of our materials solutions’ capabilities—we advise you on how they will carry over into your designs with less prototyping.
  • Save costs by designing closer to the limit design, helping you save weight with less prototyping.
  • Lower the ecological footprint by advice on how our materials carry over into your designs, enabling you to obtain more functionality out of a part. 

As automotive OEMs and Tier1s evolve to meet carbon emission regulations and targets, they are developing lightweight hybrid and electric vehicles. As the design cycles for vehicle applications are getting shorter and targets keep moving, there is not enough time, nor resources, to determine the influence of all the potential failure modes via real world prototyping and testing.

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Team up with DSM—we are committed to supporting customers through every step of their design and manufacturing processes. Besides offering a broad portfolio of material grades for many lightweight applications, we offer predictive technologies (CAE) services in which we can run simulations and tests, offering our customers advice and support. Plus, our in-depth analyses on the alignment and position of fiber in materials will give you an additional layer of data to achieve the maximum strength and durability of the material being used in these parts.

We know our material solutions capabilities in which we can advise you on how they will carry over into your designs. DSM can help you get more functionality out of a part, save weight, be closer to the design limit, a lower ecological footprint—all with less prototyping—giving you a competitive advantage over peers. We offer all of this expertise in order to advise, mitigate and save customers' time.

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As design cycles are getting shorter and design targets keep moving, there is little time to investigate all possible materials options and failure modes. Entrusting on the materials and application expertise of DSM as a development partner for parts and subsystem engineering, assures fit-for-purpose materials solutions and first-time-right designs.