How to improve your composite FEA process AND get manufacturing output as a side benefit
When working with laminated composites it is important to consider the effects that draping the pre-pregs has on the orientations and thickness that get used in finite element analysis.
Laminate Modeller is a plug-in tool for MSC Patran that does this fundamental job, but offers so much more.
Wide Ranging Capabilities
Whether your company specializes in machining, assembly or maintenance, CATIA Composer offers wide ranging capabilities to produce animation, still images or technical illustrations.
PLM (Product Lifestyle Management) can be a scary term. Costly, complicated and ‘only for large companies’ are some of the general concerns people will often raise. 3DEXPERIENCE on the cloud is a real game changer with regards to most misconceptions around PLM.
Change – It happens, and it must happen in order for things to (hopefully) get better.
Issues – we all know that they exist, but are we ever truly aware of how bad they are? how many of them there are? who is fixing them, and when they have been fixed?
Or do we?
When speaking to customers about 3DEXPERIENCE, I often include a discussion about project management. Quite often customers - especially smaller ones with fewer staff – will say we are too small to justify project management: “We don’t do Project Management”.
In my experience this is rarely the case, but perhaps it would be best to first define what I mean by Project Management.
If you think I am about to start talking about Prince 2 or Six Sigma, then I am sorry (not sorry) to disappoint you.
I am referring to something much more basic.
Potential 3DEXPERIENCE Launcher License Renewal Required
A little-known fact is that the 3DEXPERIENCE Launcher service on your client uses a license. This license comes packaged into the Launcher install and is given an expiry date way out into the future so that – hopefully – it will never become an issue.
Core Modeling Highlights
Dassault Systemes released the R2020X version of 3DEXPERIENCE recently - a major new release that features new roles and apps. The core CATIA mechanical engineering role enhancements are listed below.
Generic UX improvements:
- New User Interface. Flat Design
- New Panel Design
What is it?
Taper Barrel milling is ever growing in popularity. Traditionally, complex geometry with a double curvature such IML features on aerostructure surfaces would have been generated or scanned using ballnose cutters. This would significantly increase the overall cycle time due to the small step overs or step downs used to achieve the required surface finish or scallop height. Another application where these tools can be used is in very deep pockets where traditional endmills or long edge cutters struggle due to the instability invoked when using high length to diameter ratio tool assemblies.
A typical representation is shown above . The barrel radius is so large it is almost invisible to the eye.
CATIA Manufacturing (V5 or 3DEXPERIENCE) offers a complete CAD/CAM solution for a multitude of industrial applications in a fully homogenous environment.
The programming tools CATIA offer are highly powerful and industry leading on both the manufacturing and design side. However, unless this powerful functionality is being sufficiently leveraged, the investment is not being capitalized on.
Let’s have a look at just 3 CATIA functions, that if implemented correctly, will very quickly bring about some noteworthy benefits and address key areas that have become buzz words within manufacturing –
‘The Skills Shortage’, Automation, Standardisation: