The software can be used to design and manufacture composite structures and is suitable for the aerospace, automotive, marine, and wind energy industries.

Siemens says that the new improvements eliminate error prone data re-entry and can reduce design and analysis time by up to 80 percent and shorten some design for manufacturing processes by up to 50 percent.

Fibersim 13 integrates analysis data into the design environment, enabling automatic design updates based on analysis results. It also provides new design-for-manufacturing processes that help improve parts designed to match the manufacturing definition and then trimmed to the engineering definition.

Improving productivity

“Manufacturing composite products requires a multi-disciplined, concurrent engineering approach where information is efficiently exchanged between disciplines during all phases of the development cycle,” said Steve Luby, senior vice president, specialized engineering software, Siemens PLM Software. “Exchanging composites information between analysis and design has historically been extremely difficult and error prone because the terminology and geometric representations used by each discipline are different. The enhancements in Fibersim 13 improve productivity by enabling engineers to import and update their CAD model from the CAE composite part representation, providing engineers with a tool to efficiently optimize designs.”

Fibersim 13 also extends its integration with Siemens’ Teamcenter software to associate manufacturing datasets − such as flat patterns, laser data and automated deposition data − to the proper model revision and subsequently communicate this information to the factory floor.