Weight & cost reduction through 3G optimization

The ACP Process®  is a patented, performance-driven, holistic virtual product development method based on optimization.

Why the ACP Process?

The Accelerated Concept to Product (ACP) Process revolutionizes the product design and development process through a holistic, performance-driven method.

What is the ACP Process?

The design of product structures is driven by many competing criteria such as cost, performance and weight reduction, contrasted by enhanced multi-disciplinary performance, advanced materials and manufacturability – New technology is required to solve these challenges.

ACP Process Benefits

The ACP Process provides immense solutions for challenges facing the modern product development environment. The process is encapsulated in an “OpDesign,” a new product developed by ETA and BETA CAE Systems.

ACP employs generative design optimization under multi-disciplinary loading conditions. The process yields cost & weight efficient designs while meeting all performance attributes and manufacturing constraints.

ACP is built on three basic pillars:

  • ACP Concept: Multi-disciplinary topology.
  • ACP LF3G: Low-fidelity 3G (geometry, grade, gage) optimization 
  • ACP HF3G: High-fidelity 3G optimization (for manufacturing)

Reduce material cost

Selecting the best material, per location, drives weight reduction and material cost.

Part consolidation

Through load path optimization simpler designs are possible, using fewer parts.

Reduce PD Time

Optimization led product development processes enable shorter design cycles and reduce required resources.

Improve Performance

Concurrent multi-disciplinary loading conditions contribute to stiffness, crash/safety, NVH, and Durability.

Manufacturing Efficiency

Reduce tooling costs, shorten assembly time with fewer parts, and require significantly fewer prototypes.

Mass of components

By holistically balancing 3G (geometry, gage, and grade), and number of parts, overall product system is reduced dramatically.