Quickie: Siemens gets into material science with MultiMech

Nov 15, 2019 | Hot Topics

Goodness: Two acquisitions in one week. They have been busy!

Siemens just announced that it will acquire MultiMechanics, Inc., maker of the MultiMech suite of material analysis tools. MultiMech uses finite element methods to do microstructural analysis, “strongly coupling the macro and micro mechanical response and integrating materials engineering to part design”.

I’m no material scientist, but as I understand it, Siemens wants to add MultiMech to Simcenter to create a detailed material model to inform part design — sort of a digital twin of the material at the same time as creating and analyzing the digital twin of the mechanism or part. That’s very cool.

Jan Leuridan, SVP of Simulation & Test Solutions, Siemens Digital Industries Software says the combo of materials and part design “will help to shrink the innovation cycle of new products and materials, possibly saving millions of dollars and several years in development and certification in aerospace, automotive and other sectors. Customers will have the ability to fully exploit the potential of advanced materials to optimize weight and performance in an efficient way that is not possible with classical, test-based, approaches.”

Flavio Souza, President and CTO, MultiMechanics adds that the combo “will provide a strong basis for further innovation, enabling an expansion of scope of structural simulation to include multi-physics support for applications such as minimization of part distortion, prevention of voids during material flow, and prediction of visco-elastic acoustic properties.”

MultiMechanics’ website says that it models a broad range of materials, including polymers, metals, composites, and ceramics, meaning that it plays a key role in many types of manufacturing methods, including injection-moulding and additive manufacturing.

Terms of the deal were not made public, and the acquisition is expected to close this month.