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R & D Projects

A major focus of activities at INTES is the continuous development of the simulation Software PERMAS. Therefore, INTES is involved in research and development projects on national and international scale.


Multi-target-optimized and automated component development for additive manufacturing in the product creation process.
The aim of this joint project is the multi-target optimization of additively manufactured components. The requirements placed on a component and diverging objectives such as load capacity, costs and production effort are weighted in advance and automatically taken into account by a software tool.
This joint project is funded by the BMBF (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung).


SmartLM (2008-2011)
SmartLM will define location-independent software licensing strategies to surmount the effect of virtualisation and grids on software licensing. Current software licensing practices are limiting the acceleration of Grid adoption. The rapid emergence of service and virtualization environments requires a rapid evolution in licensing models.
Traditional licensing models are under pressure from a variety of alternative options that give more negotiation power to users; software users want fair conditions and flexibility. New usage-based models are needed where customers are charged for measurable units relevant to the software they are using and are allowed to flexibly select the best model for their environment. SmartLM will fill in the gap and improve current conditions favoring grids, clouds and virtual environments, aiming to reach a win-win situation between software vendors and users.

The Project has successfully passed the first review in March 2009 where the technical and business requirements for the SmartLM architecture and a first prototype have been presented.


ProGRID (2007-2009)
The goal of the project is to make the grid technology utilizable for cooperative product design and to demonstrate the advantages using selected scenarios. Using the grid technology offers strong potentials for an efficent product development. In case of a virtual validation it is possible to use models that are much more complex. Thus, simulations closer to reality can be carried out since additional parameters can be considered. The effects of changes made to the product model can be predicted more accurately than it was previously possible. Typical user groups in this area are "virtual enterprises" consisting of manufacterers, suppliers, and providers of engineering services that develop new products on a joint basis.