Engine developers and foundry experts met on May 8th and 9th for the VDI conference “Casting technology in engine construction” in Magdeburg. This was the third time that Teraport was present as a sponsor. As always, conference chairman Dr. Götz Hartmann led the audience through the difficult topics, sometimes critically, sometimes with humor, but always very skilfully. Visitors appreciate the fact that the topics of the event look beyond the horizon, i.e. not only deal with casting technology, but also evaluate general solutions for the challenges of our time. Thus, in addition to trends in engine development, the focus is always on the energy industry and current political guidelines. A presentation by the VDI Young Engineers, which dealt with the topic of how the image of engineers can be polished up and kept high in the future, also among the younger generation, also made people prick up their ears, because this is the only way to ensure the next generation of engineers. “We value the exchange with top-class experts and even if the conference in Magdeburg is certainly not the biggest, it remains one of the highest quality,” commented Teraport shareholder Raphael Heilig.
From 28.2.2023 to 02.03.2023, a Mexican offshoot of the well-known trade fair for the foundry industry took place for the first time. EUROGUSS MEXICO attracted over 1100 trade visitors from the entire value chain to the Expo-Center in Guadalajara. As a hub with short delivery routes for the entire American continent, Mexico has developed into the fourth largest automobile producer in the world. Tesla’s decision to build another Gigafactory in the Central American country underlines the fact that this development will continue. So it comes as no surprise that Teraport Managing Director Raphael Heilig also praised the good quality of the talks after the fair: “We travelled to Mexico with uncertain expectations, but in the end we were absolutely pleasantly surprised. The fair was very well received by trade visitors and we had many interesting discussions at the highest level. We will certainly be back again in two years.” EUROGUSS MEXICO 2025 is expected to open its doors again in Guadalajara in October of the year after next.
Four full halls, enthusiastic visitors and satisfied exhibitors – that was EUROGUSS 2022, which took place in Nuremberg from June 8th to 10th. Due to the pandemic, a total of 638 exhibitors from 34 countries presented themselves to around 10,000 visitors in unusually warm temperatures and not in winter as usual. Thus, the always spectacular exhibition party with show band became an open air event this time.
Teraport presented the latest version of its veoCAST software for validation of cast designs to interested participants of the Guided Tour focusing on *Foundry 2.0 – Digitalization in the Die Casting Industry*. “Driven by the needs of our customers, we have further enhenced our tool for the rapid, design-related validation of parts with regard to the requirements of casting processes. Even simpler operation and shorter calculation times are important to mention here. This makes it easier to identify problem areas and implement improvements more quickly and cost-effectively” – Teraport CEO Raphael Heilig highlighted the advantages of the latest veoCAST.
Under the above slogan, Lufthansa proclaims the end of the pandemic and stages on a billboard a reunion of business partners without the annoying side effects of technical problems of online meetings. Only time will tell whether one is rejoicing too soon in view of the worsening incidence figures. What is certain is that the VDI Congress on Casting Technology in Engine Construction took place as a purely attendance-based event. Although unlike usual not at the beginning of the year but only on 27.10. and 28.10. and also one noticed that fewer participants than usual were on site, the spirit of the event was all the more positive. Teraport also finally re-entered the dialogue with customers and presented the latest version of its veoCAST software for the analysis of cast constructions. “It was refreshing to have direct contact with customers again after more than a year and a half. Since the International Engine Congress in February 2020 in Baden Baden, it was the first time we had the opportunity to exchange face to face with our users and prospects. Besides some new contacts, we take home valuable knowledge about future developments in casting technology, but also a lot of motivation. It is simply something different when you chat together over a beer, something that, despite all the technical progress, cannot yet be reproduced virtually,” summarized Teraport Managing Director Raphael Heilig.
Opulent stands, give-aways and trade fair parties – you looked in vain for all that at Euroguss Mexico 2021. But it did take place. From 4 to 18 May, in purely virtual form. Exhibitors and visitors were able to exchange information and network with each other on a specially designed platform. Roland Weigert, Vice Minister in the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy, emphasised the importance of Mexico for the Bavarian economy in his welcoming speech: “Mexico is our most important trading partner in Latin America and an important production location for the Bavarian automotive industry. Two of our largest OEMs, Audi and BMW are located here.” Teraport GmbH presented its veoCAST software at Euroguss Mexico, for the analytical validation of 3D CAD parts regarding requirements from the foundry production process.
During the trade fair, Teraport invited visitors to an interesting exchange with Bosch and Bocar Germany on the areas of application and potential of veoCAST in the development, purchasing and sales of castings. According to Dr. David Joop, veoCAST would allow the company to start generating results for their castings one and a half year earlier and Mr. Christoph Demmin emphasised the additional functionalities of veoCAST that one does not typically get from simulation software. Compared to classical software for FEM simulation, veoCAST offers significant added value in terms of quality and time, especially due to its simplicity and speed.
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Teraport’s veoCAST software for a simple and fast validation of designs in casting and manufacturing technology gains a few more functions. The latest version optimises collaboration between different departments and data exchange with suppliers and customers. A single “veo” file now allows direct access to all detailed results including generated 3D analysis geometries. The implemented template management also allows users to define uniform specifications and filter settings for the analyses depending on the application area, ensuring comparability of the results for the different departments. “Our users develop standardised processes with the help of veoCAST, which are firmly anchored in the release procedures,” veoCAST product manager Stefan Wittmann is pleased to say. “Another feature that is very well received is the Customised Report. With this, the analysis reports can now also be tailored specifically to the requirements of the different areas of application. ” The new version 7.4. is now available for all veoCAST customers.
The combustion engine a model of the past? This was the central question at the 7th International Engine Congress in Baden Baden on 18th and 19th February, organised by ATZ and VDI. The answer to this question is given by the engine experts at least with an optimistic “not yet”. This is because in the medium-term transition to emission-free driving, the classic drive cannot yet be replaced, at least not fast enough. Many representatives pleaded for an investment in synthetic fuels. If the energy sources were produced in regions with the appropriate degree of efficiency for green power generation (wind, sun), it would be possible to achieve efficiencies similar to those of battery-powered vehicles, while CO2 neutral, with low emission and above all applicable to all vehicles on the road today. Cpomparting the discussions of this exciting environment, Teraport also presented its veoCAST software solution for securing the design process of CAD cast components. “We are extremely satisfied with the interesting dialogues we were able to conduct and the new contacts we made. The interest of the visitors in optimising the development process of cast constructions regardless of the drive technology was high. Especially in an environment full of challenges, good ideas and a fruitful exchange of ideas arise”, summarized Dr. Stefan Wittmann, project manager of veoCAST.
From Jan 14th till 16th 2020 Nurnberg Messe invited to visit EUROGUSS 2020. Teraport GmbH for the first time this year joined the 754 exhibitors. Y just like most of them and the experts visiting the trade fair the software vendor from Munich draws a positive conclusion. “We were pleasantly surprised by the number of visitors and their positive feedback,” said Teraport director and owner Raphael Heilig. “With our software veoCAST we address users in the field of die cast processes so for sure the EUROGUSS is the fitting fair for us. But while in the past mostly OEM’s and tier-1-suppliers where among ours customers, we were intensifying the contact to the foundries here.” veoCAST is a tool to analyse 3D-CAD parts regarding the requirements emerging from die casting as a manufacturing technology. While e.g. the manufacturers of gears and motors use the tool for quality assurance at milestones of their construction departments, piece by piece a new field of use emerges. “Intensive exchange with technical sales personal shows us, that veoCAST is of excellent use during the RFQ-process. Other than complex FEM-simulation it is super fast and easy to use while already providing a vast insight,” Heilig explains further. “We hope to expand our client base in this area in the future. Overall we generated a large number of new contacts and plan to visit international versions of the EUROGUSS for example in Mexico or China.”
Casting technology is widely used in the production of conventional combustion engines. However, at a VDI conference in Bremen last week, OEMs, suppliers and foundrymen discussed the new applications and requirements that the industry has to deal with in terms of e-mobility. Teraport took the opportunity to present the latest version 7.0 of its veoCAST software: “We came to Bremen with subdued expectations at first. The topic is new and the circle of participants is certainly not as large as in the area of cylinder heads and transmission housings. We were therefore all the more positively surprised by the interesting and detailed exchange on site”, summarizes Teraport shareholder and managing director Raphael Heilig with satisfaction. “With regard to the Teraport software for quality assurance of cast components, it was observed that the tool is becoming interesting for more and more areas outside the design departments. “We started with veoCAST in order to provide designers of cast components with a quick and easy tool for checking their development. Now we are noticing that more and more buyers, technical sales people and project managers in foundries are requesting it. Wherever a cast design has to be evaluated in terms of manufacturability within a short period of time, for example for a quotation, veoCAST shows its strengths”.
Version 6.4. of Teraport’s design for manufacturing solution veoCast, which was released just recently, sets new standards regarding wall thickness analysis . The new feature colormap for analysing part thickness (depth-scopes) makes use of the widely approved sphere algorithm. But in addition to other market solutions Teraport checks for wall-thicknesses using that sphere not only in normal direction to the part surface. An advanced mechanism asures, that also on difficult parts of CAD-models the relevant and correct distance is measured and highlighted. The following video gives a detailed overview: