Located at Wichita State University, NIAR provides research, development, testing and certification services to the aviation industry, government agencies, educational entities and other clients. NIAR has provided training on CATIA and other Dassault Systèmes products since the mid-1990s and has broadened its offerings to specifically address the industry’s demand for knowledge of composites-based engineering.

“For more than a century, metal parts have been the de facto standard in the aerospace industry," notes Shawn Ehrstein, director of NIAR’s CAD/CAM Laboratory. "Moving to composites has revolutionised what’s possible in aerospace design, but transitioning an entire industry is a momentous task. We now give students and aerospace professionals the ability to learn how to master composites technology and optimise industrial practices with a cutting-edge comprehensive solution combining CATIA, SIMULIA and DELMIA from Dassault Systèmes.”

“Dassault Systèmes is part of a global composites community," states Philippe Savignard, composites domain leader, Dassault Systèmes. "Building strong partnerships with leading composites academic institutions, research centres, and industry clusters is a key focus for us to remain at the forefront of technological innovation and accompany our customers through their business transformation. Training current and future employees of leading aerospace manufacturers in a single environment that provides end-to-end collaboration between design, analysis and manufacturing teams is crucial. Through its research, training and consulting activities, NIAR provides an invaluable service to the aerospace industry, and we’re proud to play an active part in its success.”

Instruction is offered primarily on CATIA for Composites, a solution that addresses the unique needs of designing with composites, along with instruction on SIMULIA, for realistic simulation. NAIR plans to offer instruction on DELMIA, for digital manufacturing, within the coming months.