Composites cost-estimating software

Galorath (El Segundo, Calif.) announced that its SEER for Manufacturing cost-estimating software is now available as an integrated module of Dassault Systèmes’ (Waltham, Mass.) CATIA V5 design software.

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Galorath (El Segundo, Calif.) announced that its SEER for Manufacturing cost-estimating software is now available as an integrated module of Dassault Systèmes’ (Waltham, Mass.) CATIA V5 design software. This will allow manufacturers to use SEER’s Ply Cost Estimator in CATIA and let fabricators model and virtually test composites manufacturing processes and evaluate tradeoffs during the earliest stages of product design. SEER features composite part cost estimates for labor (setup, direct, inspection, rework), material and tooling. Estimates are updated and refreshed as the design evolves, and the user can save multiple scenarios for each part to compare and trade options —  features that enable the designer’s understanding of the cost of design decisions. Part cost estimates include ply placement, debulking, core prep and machining, panel layup, hot-press forming, curing (autoclave, RTM or VARTM), postcure trimming, nondestructive inspection, tool design, fabrication, preparation, and cleaning. Galorath officials said the built-in material and labor cost data are generic, but can be customized to the facility by the user. Other variables (e.g., the experience of the labor force and overall plant efficiency) also can be changed. Galorath is working on integrating the same software into CATIA V6, as well as Dassault’s DELMIA software.