Composites design, simulation and analysis specialist Firehole Composites (Laramie, Wyo.) reported at SAMPE 2012 that it has worked with Lockheed Martin (Los Angles, Calif.) and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Ohio) to develop a software module that assesses and simulates complex bonded joints and 3-D woven preforms. Based on Firehole’s established Helius platform, the module predicts bonded joint performance and damage tolerance. Firehole officials report that the software is scalable and applicable to a variety of composite structures and components.
Editor Pick3D printed tools are in production at Falcon Jet
The trend of employing polymeric additive manufacturing (AM) or 3D printing for composite tooling is growing.