Complete Software Solution for Composites Design and Manufacturing
The Fibersim portfolio of software for composites engineering is used by numerous leading manufacturers in the aerospace, automotive, marine, and wind energy industries. Fibersim supports all of the unique and complex design and manufacturing methodologies necessary to engineer innovative, durable, and lightweight composite products and parts. It's also the only comprehensive software that addresses the entire composites engineering process — from conception, laminate definition, and ply creation through simulation, documentation, and manufacturing. Fibersim is integrated into the leading commercial 3D CAD systems (Catia, NX and Creo Parametric) to help you capture a complete digital composite product definition. And Fibersim goes beyond CAD to create a customized environment that enables you to 'work how you think' when designing innovative products that create a competitive advantage.
Fibersim ModuelsFibersim Composite Engineering Environment Providing a Powerful Engineering Environment for Composites in Your CAD Software The Composite Engineering Environment module in the Fibersim portfolio transforms your current CAD system into a high-performance tool for designing and manufacturing composites. The module enables engineers to leverage the full value of advanced composites when they design and manufacture with these materials. The Composite Engineering Environment (CEE) is integrated into major commercial CAD systems, including Catia, Creo Parametric and NX, providing engineers with a powerful design environment that is easy to learn and use. CEE helps manufacturing organizations capitalize on the potential of composite materials by reducing risk, design and manufacturing costs, complexity and cycle times. The module has proven in production to increase engineering productivity and reduce development time, material waste, design revisions and tooling costs. Fibersim Advanced Composite Engineering Environment Providing Advanced Preliminary Design and Automation Tools for Your Most Complex Composites Engineering Challenges. The Advanced Composite Engineering Environment module in the Fibersim portfolio is specialized software that is integrated into your existing CAD system. It provides a flexible and productive environment for digitally defining composite products. The Advanced Composite Engineering Environment (ACEE) automates many of the repetitive design, simulation, and manufacturing tasks related to working with composite parts. And the module easily accommodates the demands of designing a wide variety of composite parts and the complete range of materials and manufacturing processes used to create them. ACEE exploits the inherent advantages of many different composite design methodologies — including structure-based, grid-based, zone-based, volume fill, and ply-based design — to enable efficient engineering of a wide range of products such as large, complex aerostructures, automotive substructures, and highly contoured jet engine fan blades.
Fibersim Automated Deposition Design Ensuring Accurate Composites Manufacturing with Automated Layup Machines The Automated Deposition Design module in the Fibersim portfolio enables users to engineer to the characteristics of automated fiber placement or tape laying machines when creating composite parts. The characteristics of automated layup machines can include minimum/maximum material widths, minimum course length, and minimum cut angles. Automated Deposition Design (ADD) allows engineers to assess and add extended boundary alterations to account for these characteristics, such as minimum course lengths. In addition, automated layup machines cannot layup material accurately if there is a large step of multiple plies from the material edge to the tool surface. The machines cannot effectively “ramp up” on the step, and will, instead, lift up layers of composite material already deposited on the tool surface, hindering the layup of the part. Automated layup path planning uses ply origins as a definition of the ply’s course centerline and, therefore, the starting layup of a ply. Staggering the ply courses between plies with the same orientation and coverage area is critical to controlling the position of overlaps and gaps. The staggering of the ply courses ensures part strength and adherence to design requirements. Traditionally, engineers needed to make these alterations using manual design methods. This process was tedious, time-consuming, and error-prone. When combined with the Fibersim Composite Engineering Environment or the Advanced Composite Engineering Environment, ADD enables engineers to automatically create minimum course extensions for all necessary plies at the same time. Users can digitally associate the minimum course extension to a transition point on the ply, and automatically apply the desired corner treatment to all necessary plies at the vertex point. The alteration is propagated to every necessary ply without having to manually select each one. Using the ADD Extended Ramp object, users can automatically “ramp down” the extended boundaries of the plies, making it easy for automated deposition machines to “ramp up” onto multiple plies without lifting up ply layers. ADD’s Stagger Origins command automatically generates the creation of staggered ply origins to offset courses having the same coverage as the original layer. The staggered origin is applied to the proper ply upon export from Fibersim to path planning software. The digital thread between the composite engineering definition and automated fiber placement or tape layup manufactured parts provided by ADD ensures that parts are designed and manufactured according to specification, so change notices due to machine characteristics are eliminated and part certification is simple.
Fibersim Analysis Interface
Enabling a Concurrent Composite Design and Analysis Process
Together with the Fibersim Composite Engineering Environment or the Advanced Composite Engineering Environment, the Analysis Interface module in the Fibersim portfolio enables engineers to design a composite part in their existing commercial 3D CAD system while concurrently exchanging composites data with structural analysts at any time during the design process.
Depending on the selected design methodology, data related to zones and laminate specifications or to plies and fiber directions are exported from Fibersim to various commercial CAE software packages, or imported into Fibersim from the CAE software.
The Fibersim Analysis Interface is available in a Base and an Advanced option. With the Base option, the designer can perform producibility simulation and then use the complete definition of the part in its to-be-manufactured form as input into a finite element analysis (FEA) package. The analyst can then run the analysis using the ply definitions and fiber orientations from the detailed part design, as opposed to an idealized design that may in fact be impossible to manufacture — resulting in a more accurate assessment of the part.
The Fibersim Analysis Interface Advanced option contains all the functionality of the Base option in addition to giving the designer and the analyst the ability to close the loop between their disciplines by returning an initial or modified FEA composite ply definition to the designer. This automated process saves time, reduces interpretation errors, and enables many more iterations between design and analysis — resulting in better performing composite parts. If the part is suited for grid-based or zone-based design, zones and laminate specifications can also be exchanged.
Fibersim Documentation Eliminating the Tedious, Difficult Task of Creating Accurate Composite Design Documentation
Engineers who design products and parts using advanced composite materials are faced with the tedious and complex task of creating accurate design documentation. In the past, this has been a mostly manual and challenging responsibility, made even more complicated when changes are made to the design.
Together with the Fibersim Composite Engineering Environment or the Advanced Composite Engineering Environment, the Documentation module in the Fibersim portfolio enables engineers to automatically generate a variety of engineering documentation that can be quickly and easily customized, including:
Ply lay-up diagrams
As changes are made to the design, the documentation can be easily and automatically updated and shared across the enterprise to ensure accurate manufacturing, reduce cycle times, and lower costs.
- Fibersim Fiber Placement Interface Providing a Seamless Link between the 3D CAD Model and the Software that Programs Fiber Placement Machines
Fiber placement machines combine the advantages of filament winding, contour tape laying, and computer control to automate the production of complex composite parts that conventionally require extensive hand layup. Fiber placement machines can reduce costs, cycle times, and manual rework of physical composite plies, but creating data to drive these machines has traditionally been tedious and error-prone.
With the Fiber Placement Interface module in the Fibersim portfolio, engineers can automatically generate fiber placement data files within their CAD software systems directly from the 3D model of a composite part. This significantly increases engineering productivity, eliminates errors, and makes it easy to accommodate changes and optimize designs.
The Fiber Placement Interface module enables engineers to import path planning post-processing data, including course centerlines and boundary information. The module enables users to validate that the manufactured part meets design requirements by allowing them to review the imported post-processing manufacturability data, including fiber angle deviation, radius of curvature, roller height and collision avoidance angle. The ability to review for manufacturability allows for design changes that maximize production rate, part performance and cost.
Fibersim Flat Pattern Export Delivering Accurate Flat Patterns to the Manufacturing Floor with Ease
Engineers who design and manufacture composite parts face the time-consuming and difficult process of creating or exporting flat patterns to nesting software for use in automated cutting systems. Without an automated way of creating flat patterns and exporting them from the CAD model, engineers often find that their flat patterns are inaccurate.
With the Flat Pattern Export module in the Fibersim portfolio, engineers can automatically generate flat pattern data files for export from their CAD workstation directly to common commercial nesting systems. The module maintains file integrity by including attributes such as ply name, sequence, material specification, and orientation, eliminating the need for manual manipulation of drawings and patterns. As a result, the module increases engineering efficiency and manufacturing productivity while achieving more accurate flat patterns and less material waste.
- Fibersim Laser Projection Speeding Composite Ply Layup with Laser Projection Technology
The Laser Projection module in the Fibersim portfolio helps engineers capitalize on the power and accuracy of today’s laser projection machines for manufacturing and inspecting products made of advanced composite materials. Laser projection systems can reduce errors and shorten the layup time for composite parts by displaying ply outlines directly on the layup tool. The laser outlines aid in the location and orientation of plies during the layup process. However, creating data files to drive laser systems is tedious, time-consuming and error-prone.
With the Fibersim Laser Projection module, engineers can automatically generate laser data files from within their CAD system directly from the 3D model of the composite part for both layup and inspection. Automated ply verification can help ensure that parts meet specifications during the layup process by checking material, orientation, ply edge, and detecting foreign objects as each ply is laid down.
All this capability significantly increases engineering productivity, greatly reduces errors, and makes updating and maintaining laser projection data easy.
Fibersim Consulting Services and Training Product-driven Consulting Services and Training that Spurs Continuous Improvement Siemens PLM Software provides product-driven consulting services and training to support the Fibersim portfolio of software for composites engineering. Our top priority is to ensure that you maximize your return on investment on the software products you purchase from us. To achieve this, Siemens PLM Software provides a variety of consulting services that are tailored to your unique needs. Our consulting services aid you in accelerating the successful completion of critical projects. Our technical consultants (TCs) possess extensive domain experience in the use of composites in the aerospace, automotive, wind energy and marine industries, and can provide training and consulting services to support the design and manufacture of even the most complex components. Consulting services from Siemens PLM Software provide: domain knowledge acquisition product training part-specific workshops design support services process development training (including instituting consistent methodologies) continuous improvement (including how to implement specialized tools and integration services) We also offer strategic engineering design, which includes knowledge transfer that will enhance your capabilities for getting the most out of each product and process.
Fibersim Composite Viewer Providing Your Supply Chain with Access to Entire Laminate Datasets The Composite Viewer module in the Fibersim portfolio provides a low-cost solution for engineers who need to access the complete set of composite design and manufacturing detail without the need to edit it. This read-only application enables you to query the entire laminate dataset for a composite part authored in Fibersim, and display the information in an existing 3D viewer or CAD software system. The interface is identical to the rest of the Fibersim product line, making it easy for engineers in your organization, or across your entire external supply chain, to search, sort, group or retrieve critical design data quickly and efficiently using the exact CAD interface you already have in-house.
Siemens Product Center
"Working with composites is extremely time-consuming and tedious. By adopting Fibersim, we are automating nonvalue-added tasks to achieve significant productivity gains, improving overall part quality and repeatability, and increasing our throughput. Vistagy (which was acquired by Siemens PLM Software) was a pioneer in composites engineering for aerospace and that experience is reflected in Fibersim’s capabilities."Michael Schramko
Chief Operating Officer Quickstep
Advantages : Fibersim supports every step of the composite part development process, including
Rapid Creation Methodology
Enabling engineers to specify laminates and select the best ply creation methodology for the job, be it ply-based, zone-based or structure-based design
Automated Ply Geometry
Automatically creating ply geometry by defining transitions with sequence, drop-off, and stagger profiles that automatically populate the CAD model, as opposed to the tedious process of manually creating the CAD curves for each ply
Powerful Interference Checking
Generating variable offset surfaces and solids, including mock-up surfaces for interference checking, mating surfaces for parts joined together, and tooling surfaces for manufacturing
Verification and Doccumentation
Verifying and communicating design requirements by automatically generating engineering documentation and/or Microsoft Excel tables
Simulating part producibility based on material and manufacturing process, which provides early feedback and enhances development process efficiency
Reduced Cost & Time-To-Part
Defining manufacturing boundaries and details, such as splices, darts, and tape courses, to reduce costs and time-to-part
Automated Doccumentation and Consistancy
Automatically creating manufacturing documentation for factory floor instruction that ensures consistent layup and product quality
CNC Manufacturing Data
Automatically generating manufacturing data — such as flat patterns and data to drive automated cutting machines, laser projection systems, fiber placement machines, and tape laying machines — and sharing it downstream and across the enterprise