Dassault Systèmes and Airbus APWorks team up for a large-scale production using additive manufacturing

Following AITAC BV’s acquisition, Dassault Systèmes signed an agreement with Airbus APWorks for a large scale production based on the use of additive manufacturing in the aerospace and defense industry.
This collaboration will allow both parties to develop the capabilities of  “Co-Design to Target. It is an integrated process that provides digital continuity for all engineering parameters across the value chain necessary for the additive manufacturing of a part.” APWorks brings here its expertise in  metal 3D printing.

Joachim Zettler, CEO of APWorks explains that: the 3DEXPERIENCE platform is a first important step to replicable and scalable serial production. Simulation can help to predict and avoid part failures. The aviation industry is safety-oriented and new product introductions typically take time.  With the virtual validation of the additive manufacturing process, we can expect certified serial additively manufactured parts.

The aim of both companies is to realize replicable and scalable additive manufacturing. According to Dassault Systèmes, future generations of aerospace parts will be increasingly light and reliable thanks to additive manufacturing.

The Airbus APWorks Lightrider. Photo by Michael Petch.

As time is going by, new high-performance materials and fast 3D printing machines emerge; the use of additive manufacturing is increasingly extending beyond the creative design of products and prototyping to become one of the world-leading manufacturing processes.

As for Michel Tellier, Vice President Aerospace & Defense Industry, Dassault Systèmes, he thinks “virtual technologies and additive manufacturing are enabling the industrial world to do more with less waste, weight and costs, as well as freeing designers to explore complex shapes that could not be manufactured using traditional processes.” Furthermore, “only by reducing the distance between real and virtual to zero can industry build and experience the future.  Dassault Systèmes is joining efforts with leading-edge innovators in this field like APWorks to accelerate technology adoption in the industry.”

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