Engineering software provider VISTAGY Inc. (Waltham, Mass.), announced on Dec. 13, 2010, that Cobham Antenna Systems, a business unit of Cobham Plc (Wimborne, Dorset, U.K.), had purchased FiberSIM software. Designed to enhance CAD program capability by adding simulation of composite laminate ply structures, FiberSIM is expected to cut development time by 20 percent for parts that require precise control of fiber orientation during automated fiber placement (AFP) and laser guided hand layup. Parts include radomes and other composite aerospace and defense products that feature sandwich and rib-stiffened construction.
“We evaluated other options but came to the conclusion that FiberSIM was clearly the more mature software,” says Mike Royle, Cobham Antenna’s senior mechanical design engineer. “There’s increased pressure to cut weight and develop more structurally optimized parts on demanding deadlines. FiberSIM does a terrific job of helping us address those concerns .... This allows us to quickly ramp up for new programs.”