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Dassault Systemes partners with NIAR on advanced manufacturing center

News International-French

28 Jul 2015

Wichita State University's National Institute for Aviation Research and Dassault Systemes will partner on an advanced manufacturing center on the Innovation Campus. 

The 3DExperience Center, which will be located within the Experiential Engineering Building, will focus on enabling advanced product development and manufacturing of next generation manufacturing materials and technologies. The center is expected to open in the fourth quarter of 2016.

The center will employ students and up to eight staff from Dassault Systemes, a global company serving 190,000 customers in 12 industries and 140 countries. The center will be available to industry and for university research and coursework.

"The whole learning model of classroom learning, practicing in a lab environment and performing production work with one of the industry partners is embodied in the 3DExperience Center," said Jeff Smith, director, Ideas Lab, aerospace and defense industry, Dassault Systemes.

The 3DExperience Center will focus on enabling advanced product development and manufacturing, next generation manufacturing materials and technologies using Dassault Systemes' 3DExperience platform and brand applications, including:

  • Development of new engineered materials
  • Simulation and optimization of materials, additive manufacturing processes and systems
  • Multi-robotic advanced manufacturing
  • Certification of the end-to-end process, integrating various levels of complexity and scale - from specific molecular material to the whole product, from specific manufacturing process to integrated and global production processes, and from system to systems of systems, with the 3DExperience platform.

"Dassault Systemes is an essential partner in WSU's Innovation Campus, a world-class center where researchers, students and industry come together to experience their ideas," said John Tomblin, WSU vice president for research and technology transfer and NIAR executive director.

Additive manufacturing promises companies the ability to design any shape without restriction, giving the opportunity to create a paradigm shift in the industry. Manufacturers can reduce waste by up to 90 percent and eliminate mistakes that impact quality and cost.

Funding for the laboratory equipment was provided by a $1.9 million U.S. Economic Development Administration grant awarded in 2014. It is being configured and tested in NIAR's Robotics and Automation Lab at the National Center for Aviation Training.

Dassault Systemes and WSU/NIAR have long collaborated on developing a common roadmap targeting aviation innovation. Most recently, the two entities worked together to finalize Dassault Systemes' "Passenger Experience" industry solution experience launched in June 2015.

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