Anaglyph Ltd. (London, U.K.) has announced the release of new Laminate Tools version 4.2, a Windows-based application that integrates the design, analysis and manufacture of composite structures. It complements existing CAD systems and/or FEA environments with native support for Nastran, ANSYS and Abaqus, which ensures wide compatibility in the analysis of composites. The updated version introduces new features in its Geometry, Design, Check and Manufacture modules. Apart from better geometry translation, the most notable enhancements of this version, the company says, are new and improved interfaces to Abaqus, Hyperworks, Nastran OP2, ANSYS and SigmaNEST. Additionally, the PlyMatch interface now allows ply placement inspection and deviation measurement. Laminate Tools also has new support for software-based floating licenses.
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.