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4/30/2014 | 1 MINUTE READ

Composites cost-estimating software

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Galorath announced that its SEER for Manufacturing cost-estimating software is now available as an integrated module of Dassault Systèmes’ 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. The integration will allow manufacturers to use SEER’s Ply Cost Estimator in CATIA and let fabricators model and 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 — a feature that enables the designer to understand 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 trim, nondestructive inspection, tool prep, cleaning and tool design and fabrication. 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. 

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