The Airbus Group Commits to 3DEXPERIENCE for Additive Manufacturing
Simon Martin posted on June 15, 2016 |
The Airbus Group commits to Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform to further explore the potentia...
The Eurofighter is the world's most advanced new-generation multirole/swing-role combat aircraft available on the market. (Image courtesy of the Airbus Group.)

As additive manufacturing continues to prove its place in the aerospace industry for both prototypes and finished parts, refined and powerful software solutions that capitalize on new workflows continue to be in high demand with the world's top aerospace engineering firms.

More recently, the Airbus Group, which consists of Airbus, Airbus Defense and Space, and Airbus Helicopters, has announced that it has committed to Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform for its additive manufacturing divisions after a comprehensive two-year benchmarking process.

The platform, which bundles design, simulation and production tools into a product lifecycle management (PLM) solution, will primarily be used by the group for collaborative design and simulation applications for the additive manufacturing of tooling, prototyping and parts for test flights and for production use on commercial aircraft.

While the low cost of additive manufacturing allows for more errors and iterations of a part design compared to more traditional manufacturing processes, the Airbus Group design and engineering teams will leverage the “Co-Design to Target” solution to optimize its conceptual designs by virtually validating each phase of part design, production and testing in the additive manufacturing process. This will ultimately help reduce waste and costs associated with the manufacturing of complex aircraft parts, without sacrificing strength or performance.

“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,” explained 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.”

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Simon Martin is a writer and industrial designer in New York City.

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