18 March 2006
18 March 2006
Simulayt Limited, the specialist composites modelling software house, has launched its Advanced Fiber Modeler (AFM) software for the CATIA V5 Composites Workbench, allowing users of CATIA V5 access to advanced fibre simulation capabilities.
AFM allows instantaneous generation of flat patterns as a check on fibre simulation, and allows the user to simulate material application using a seed curve or order of drape regions. The seed curve capability allows the user to guide warp, weft or bias directions along a curve to constrain the fibre directions along a chosen path. The order of drape capability models the sequential application of fabric to a surface to allow highly accurate modelling and the generation of complete manufacturing data.
These capabilities are now available fully-integrated within the CATIA V5 Composites Workbench, to provide the most powerful, end-to-end composites design and manufacturing capabilities within the CATIA V5 environment.
Dr John Klintworth, CEO of Simulayt commented “We are very excited to bring these advanced fibre simulation techniques to CATIA V5 users. We have already had an unprecedented response from companies all over the world who wish to use AFM for use in major aerospace programs to improve processes and reduce cost”.
Simulayt has been an adopter partner of Dassault Systemes since November 2005 and this is the first product it has released which allows the two companies’ software to be used synergistically.
Ceramicx, Ireland, has completed an 1800 m2 expansion to its production facility, doubling capacity for the manufacture of infrared heating equipment for the composites industry.
Solvay has inaugurated a new centre in Wrexham, UK, for manufacturing structural adhesives and surfacing films for the aerospace market.
The new laboratory facilities of recently founded TPAC (ThermoPlastic composites Application Centre) were opened by Anka Mulder, President of Saxion University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands, on 14 September.