With 28 years of experience in commercial aerostructure part design and manufacturing, Aerosud Aviation is a well-established name in the sector. The company plays an important role for Airbus, Boeing and various Tier 1 suppliers. However, considering itself a Smart Supplier, the company strives to remain at the forefront of understanding, adopting and improving new technologies.
Additive manufacturing (AM) is just one example – an area that Aerosud has been involved in for some time. A decade ago, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Aerosud launched Project Aeroswift, designed to explore new ways to overcome the typical shortcomings of metal additive manufacturing technologies. Since 2015, Aerosud has focused on increasing its expertise around the design, manufacture and certification processes associated with AM components.
However, progress in AM was severely limited. The AM design process was disjointed and tedious, working against the efficiency that AM was intended to deliver. With long-standing relationships with Dassault Systèmes, TECHNIA South Africa (formerly Intrinsys) and the CATIA CAD and SmarTeam PLM packages, TECHNIA was an obvious source of help.
Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform brings all the steps of AM design – from part design and optimisation to build simulation and certification – together in the same place. It’s a controlled environment for end-to-end AM, matched with TECHNIA’s specialist guidance on hardware specifications, implementation, and ongoing technical challenges.
The impact was a transformation in the speed and ease of Aerosud’s additive manufacturing. AM design went from a laboured process to a smooth, seamless and integrated one – cutting design time in half and creating tangible savings.
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Aerosud Aviation Pty (Ltd) is a South African aerospace company that has achieved significant business growth in international markets coupled with major companywide productivity gains through the adoption and advanced use of Dassault Systèmes PLM technology. Read more about Aerosud >