Airbus Group is to extend its use of Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform to its additive manufacturing (3D printing) programmes to integrate design, simulation and production processes.
Following a two-year benchmarking pilot, the aeroplane manufacturer is to deploy Dassault Systèmes’ ‘Co-Design to Target’ industry solution experience. This will facilitate the additive manufacturing of tooling, prototyping and parts for use on test flights and on commercial aircraft.
This will enable Airbus Group to virtually validate each phase of the additive manufacturing process, reducing waste and costs associated with manufacturing complex aircraft parts.
“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,” said Robert Nardini, senior vice president of Engineering Airframe at 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.”
Additive manufacturing also facilitates remote fabrication for support and maintenance, and rapid prototyping for new concepts and experiences.
“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,” said Dominique Florack, senior executive vice president of R&D at Dassault Systèmes.
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