Aerospace & Defense
Innovation and collaborative, synchronized program management for new programs
Digitally transform your tool and fixture design and manufacturing and become more competitive, efficient and profitable. Drive your entire production using an integrated software system that enables seamless data flow from planning to production.
Our manufacturing solution offers a comprehensive set of fully integrated tools for tool and fixture design and manufacturing - from design, simulation, CNC and CMM inspection through 3D printing. The integrated end-end-end software solution delivers powerful advantages, including revolutionary technologies for next-generation tooling and fixtures, simulation to optimize tooling, and the union of virtual and physical worlds to deliver jobs to plan.
Explore the key areas of this solution.
Effectively drive a wide range of CNC machine tools using the comprehensive programming capabilities. Generate validated machine-specific output using the integrated postprocessor and G code-driven machine tool simulation.
Automate the design and classification of tooling and fixtures using process-based design applications. Streamline the process of tool and fixture re-use, requisition and manufacturing. Connect product design to tooling design, ensuring concurrency.
Industrialize additive manufacturing with a seamless design-to-3D printing workflow for tooling. Additive manufacturing is an efficient method for molds, jigs, and fixtures due to their increasingly complex shapes and low production volumes.
Ensure that tooling meets the quality targets by comparing the manufactured tooling with its design. CMM inspection programming automates the inspection process and results are brought back for analysis in the context of the 3D tooling model.
Create optimal tooling & fixture designs using topology optimization. Perform structural analysis and vibration analysis to reach targets like minimum stiffness, optimal weight, or to avoid unwanted vibration.
Perform thermo-mechanical simulation of die design to prevent appearance and propagation of cracks, thermal stress and fatigue.
Ensure proper mold cooling through thermo-mechanical simulation of manufacturing process. Optimize the design of molds for manufacturing of composites through curing simulation. Simulate the “springback” effect to calculate mold compensation.
Create reliable 3D-based tool cost calculations in less time, with detailed cost breakdowns, for variety of tool technologies. Manage tool versions and changes and share the calculation knowledge within the company.
Create detail manufacturing BOM for tools & fixtures. Use configuration management capabilities to meet demands for varied tools and fixture offerings. Use change management to control modifications to tooling and fixtures.
Create detail process plans and work instructions for tools and fixtures. Classify tools and fixtures in a manufacturing resource library.
Aerospace programs are becoming more complex as is evident in the high-profile programs experiencing significant cost overruns and delays. These programs underperform against their plan and commitments, resulting in repeated announcements of delays. Pressure is on aerospace OEMs and suppliers to provide dramatically more efficiency, reduce cost and increase production flexibility.
In this industry, program profitability is heavily dependent on manufacturing efficiency. For most, manufacturing capabilities drive competitive differentiation. Companies that are better at managing capital-intensive manufacturing resources and processes typically win. Current digital technology has separated product design from tooling design and manufacturing by using independent applications. The result is a disconnected process and interrupted information flow.
We provide integrated software than seamlessly unites key elements from design through manufacturing into a virtual model that performs like the physical equivalent. This digital twin enables you to define and drive efficient operations on the shop floor— from model-based product definition to CNC programs to virtual commissioning. The integrated system enables a model-driven process running from design and simulation through quality inspection, delivering a new level of productivity. It lets you leverage new revolutionary technologies like additive manufacturing to make the next generation of tooling, while transforming both manufacturing and business.