German boatbuilder picks VISTAGY for composites work

Howaldtswerke-Deutsch Werft GmbH has purchased VISTAGY's FiberSIM software to design and manufacture parts for submarines made of advanced composite materials.

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VISTAGY Inc. (Waltham, Mass.), a global provider of specialized engineering software, today on Nov. 19 that Howaldtswerke-Deutsch Werft GmbH (HDW), a subsidiary of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, has purchased FiberSIM software to design and manufacture parts for submarines made of advanced composite materials. By moving from a manual to an automated solution with FiberSIM, HDW will be able to develop an initial design more quickly and understand the impact of design changes earlier in the process. HDW was particularly interested in the FiberSIM Laser Projection software because it enables engineers to reduce errors and shorten the layup time for composite parts by displaying ply outlines directly on the layup tool.

HDW chose FiberSIM because it wanted to improve the link between engineering tools, enhance the flexibility for creating documentation so engineers can access essential data faster and easier on the manufacturing floor, and streamline and improve the overall quality of the design-to-manufacture process.

"We're very pleased to be working with one of the world's leading shipbuilding companies on developing composite parts for submarines," said Scott Carlyle, vice president of worldwide sales for VISTAGY. "The use of composite materials in the marine industry is growing rapidly, so companies that have been engineering composites manually are now faced with the need to change the way they think about the entire process. We look forward to working closely with HDW and applying VISTAGY's extensive experience in composites engineering to build the next generation of submarines that take advantage of the benefits that composites can bring to the marine industry."