Dassault Systèmes and Airbus Group to extend collaboration in Additive Manufacturing

June 14, 2016

Dassault Systèmes, a developer of 3D design software, 3D digital mock up and product lifecycle management solutions, has announced that Airbus Group is extending its use of Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform in its Additive Manufacturing programmes.

Following a two-year benchmarking process, Airbus Group will now deploy the collaborative design and simulation applications as part of a ‘Co-Design to Target’ industry solution experience. The platform will be used in the Additive Manufacturing of tooling, prototyping and parts for test flights and for production use on commercial aircraft.

“Numerous projects across Airbus are accelerating the use of Additive Manufacturing to produce prototypes as well as production components, potentially delivering lighter and less expensive parts that meet technological, performance, safety and cost standards,” stated Robert Nardini, Senior Vice President Engineering Airframe, Airbus.  “Airbus has long used Dassault Systèmes’ simulation applications to accelerate the structural analysis and virtual testing of aircraft and now we can define a new way of designing parts by leveraging simulation-based design to better answer aviation market needs.”

The software from Dassault Systèmes will provide Airbus Group with digital continuity to optimise its conceptual designs by virtually validating each phase of the Additive Manufacturing process.

“Additive Manufacturing creates new opportunities in many different areas such as remote fabrication for support and maintenance, rapid prototyping for realising new concepts and experiences and, perhaps most importantly, developing designs that were heretofore impossible to fabricate,” stated Dominique Florack, Senior Executive Vice President, Research & Development, Dassault Systèmes.

“With this approach, Airbus Group will be able to take advantage of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform’s next generation automated design assistant for parts, whether they are 3D printed or not, thus accelerating a new wave of transformation in the aerospace industry. With the 3DEXPERIENCE platform we are delivering an end to end solution including all engineering parameters for the Additive Manufacturing of parts inclusive of material science, functional specification, generative design, 3D printing optimization, production and certification.”

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