Complete Software Solution for Composites Design and Manufacturing
Defining composite parts requires the engineer to bring intelligence to surface, ply- and insert-boundary geometry. Composite designs are data rich, and are often referred to as an inseparable assembly of plies. Each one of those plies can contain up to 150 attributes that must be associated to the geometry. Fibersim ensures that the appropriate attributes consistently deliver that intelligence by using higher level composite object associations, a configurable composite materials database and industry-proven producibility simulations.
The Fibersim portfolio of software supports the highly complex and detail oriented end to end design and manufacturing process that comes along with engineering composites. As leaders in aerospace, automotive, marine, and wind energy industries continue to recognize the large role composite materials will play in the future development of their innovative, durable and lightweight products, it is also important to begin understanding the magnitude of data that a single composite part requires. Fibersim integrates into leading commercial 3D CAD systems including NX™ software, CATIA® V5 software and PTC Creo® software allowing for seamless collaboration and is the only comprehensive software that addresses the entire composites engineering process from conceptions, laminate definition, and ply creation, through simulation, documentation and manufacturing.
Key Capabilities and Benefits
Fibersim supports every step of the composite part development process, including:
- Enabling engineers to specify laminates and select the best ply creation methodology for the job, be it ply-based, zone-based or structure-based design
- Automatically creating ply geometry by defining transitions with sequence, drop-off, and stagger profiles that automatically populate the CAD model, as opposed to the tedious process of manually creating the CAD curves for each ply
- Generating variable offset surfaces and solids, including mock-up surfaces for interference checking, mating surfaces for parts joined together, and tooling surfaces for manufacturing
- Verifying and communicating design requirements by automatically generating engineering documentation and/or Microsoft Excel tables
- Simulating part producibility based on material and manufacturing process, which provides early feedback and enhances development process efficiency
- Defining manufacturing boundaries and details, such as splices, darts, and tape courses, to reduce costs and time-to-part
- Automatically creating manufacturing documentation for factory floor instruction that ensures consistent layup and product quality
- Automatically generating manufacturing data — such as flat patterns and data to drive automated cutting machines, laser projection systems, fiber placement machines, and tape laying machines — and sharing it downstream and across the enterprise