23 April 2007
23 April 2007
Desktop Engineering has announced the availability of Dassault Systems CATIA Composite Design and Manufacture products in the UK.
Drawn from Airbus and Boeing work processes, CATIA V5 Composites Design is an advanced process centric solution that allows companies from the aerospace, automotive, shipbuilding and consumer goods industries, to reduce design and manufacturing time for complex composite parts.
CATIA V5 Composite Design Solution is already in use at major aircraft and helicopter manufacturers and suppliers, Formula 1 teams and yacht designers.
“Using CATIA V5 Composites Solution significantly improved our engineering processes and almost doubled the productivity of our design staff,” said Antti Aho-Mantila, R&D Engineer at Patria Aerostructures in Spain.
The system delivers software tools covering preliminary and detailed design phases while taking into account, even at the concept stage, product manufacturing requirements. Geoff Haines Managing Director of Desktop Engineering commented “This product marries with our traditional areas of expertise, Design, Analysis and Manufacturing and enables us to offer exciting new capabilities to new and existing customers”.
The American Composites Manufacturers Association participated in a roundtable discussion about the IMAGINE Act. Known as the Innovative Materials in American Growth and Infrastructure, Newly Expanded (IMAGINE) Act, the new bill is designed to promote the increased use of innovative materials like fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) composites, as well as new manufacturing methods to accelerate the deployment and extend the life of infrastructure projects.
Coriolis Composites has been selected by the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) at Wichita State University (WSU), US, to provide a thermoplastics capable Automated Fibre Placement (AFP) system.
After the collapse of a drinking water pipeline in downtown Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Insituform was contracted to reline a close to 100 year old pipe underneath one of the canals. Water was restored successfully within five days, with minimal impact on traffic and the environment.