Discover the 3DEXPERIENCE at the Paris Air Show

Airbus A350 manufacturing

Credit: Airbus

Use of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform improved design quality and efficiency on the A350 programme, says Airbus

Build stronger, lighter, quicker, and less expensively: the demands on today’s aerospace manufacturers are constant and exacting. Dassault Systèmes can make sure manufacturers adapt to deliver customers’ requirements, and is at the Paris Air Show to explain how

Companies in the aerospace and defence sector face a conundrum: how to increase their capabilities to incorporate ever more complex materials and technologies into their products while simultaneously reducing the cost of their programmes.

Government agencies with squeezed budgets are demanding more innovation at a lower price on the defence side, and manufacturers across the aerospace industry face growing pressures to design more complex products in less time and for less money.

As these pressures continue to mount, it is becoming increasingly clear that an entirely new approach is needed to help businesses move their innovative ideas from the conceptual stage, through to certification and production, in the most efficient, cost-effective and pain-free way possible.

Drawing on more than 30 years as a partner to the aerospace and defence industry, Dassault Systèmes has developed its 3DEXPERIENCE® platform to provide the answer to this conundrum. By offering companies an opportunity to improve and integrate their operations, enabling all functions to work together on a single, collaborative software platform, this suite of applications promises to drive 40-60% of the cost out of the entire process, from concept through to product maturity.

By connecting all functions on a single, easy-to-use interface that allows 3D design, analysis, simulation, test and data intelligence, companies are able to create 3D virtual models, virtually test and plan manufacturing. Working with a digital model instead of a physical system can shorten the development cycle and its associated costs and delays.

The recently opened 3DEXPERIENCE Center on the Wichita State University Innovation Campus in the USA offers aerospace and defence companies the opportunity to partner with Dassault Systèmes and the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) to investigate new ways to implement this digital thread to innovate, from the point at which a concept is formed to the point at which it becomes a certified and manufactured product.

“The 3DEXPERIENCE Center provides the capability to go from the concept, to a full experience of the idea, to the realisation of seeing that idea being developed and manufactured,” says John Tomblin, NIAR executive director and vice-president for research and technology.

Airbus used 3DEXPERIENCE applications when it was developing the A350 XWB, and the results speak for themselves. Airbus executive vice president and head of the A350 XWB programme Didier Evrard says the use of the platform has meant that “our design quality and efficiency have improved dramatically”.

Adds Evrard: “Engineers have reduced the time needed to update an installation plan by 50%, and decreased the design change requests generated when creating manual 2D drawings by 25%. Everything was installed, fitted and verified digitally and if there were any errors, they were corrected before physical installation.”

All of these reductions result in meaningful cuts to programme costs, which is why Dassault Systèmes invites aerospace and defence companies to visit its stand at this year’s Paris Air Show to find out how they can get their ideas to fly, and reduce soaring costs and unexpected delays.​