Dassault, U.K. composites center create collaborative partnership

Dassault's Version 6 3D Experience platform will be used by the U.K.'s National Composites Centre (NCC) to create a collaborative environment in which the NCC and its partners will work on advanced composite products.

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Dassault Systèmes (Paris, France), manufacturer of 3-D design software, 3-D digital mock-up and product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions, and the U.K. National Composites Centre (NCC), on March 29 announced the signature of a partnership to create a collaborative environment where the NCC and its partners will work on advanced composites products, thanks to Dassault Systèmes’ Version 6 3D Experience platform. As the first official associate member, Dassault Systèmes joins other companies and academics to develop new methods and technologies to become the U.K.’s hub for design and rapid manufacture of high-quality composite products.

Inaugurated in November 2011 and located in the Bristol & Bath Science Park, the NCC provides its members with a collaborative modeling and simulation environment based on Dassault Systèmes’ V6 solutions to develop innovative composites products in a neutral space, withdesign-to-manufacturing user experiences. Companies working together with academics will be able to explore, test and validate design, as well as engineering and manufacturing options. Processes, methods, and solutions will be harmonized, spanning design, simulation and manufacturing within a single environment, while providing a compelling user experience.

Peter Chivers, chief executive at the NCC, says, “We warmly welcome Dassault Systèmes as an associate member of the NCC and are appreciative of the support and expertise that they bring. With Version 6, Dassault Systèmes provides NCC with a complete, open and fully integrated design, simulation and virtual manufacturing 3D Experience system. Our mission in developing composite product manufacturing knowledge excellence will be greatly helped by Dassault Systèmes who will in return benefit from NCC’s industry knowledge. The NCC also has key connections with other world-leading technology and innovation centres as a part of the new High-Value Manufacturing Catapult Centre.”

With a £25m investment supported by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (£12 million), South West Regional Development Agency (£4 million) and the European Regional Development Fund (£9 million), the NCC connects the dots between universities and industry by coordinating a strengthened network of regional composite manufacturing excellence centers. The NCC’s steering board comprises representatives from various industries, including Rolls-Royce, Airbus, Vestas, AgustaWestland, GKN, Umeco and the University of Bristol.