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TPRC and AniForm advancing virtual forming of thermoplastic composites

News International-French

25 Nov 2013

AniForm Engineering has become a Tier 2 member of the TPRC consortium.

AniForm is a spin-off company from the University of Twente that focuses on software development for composites forming processes. The software code AniForm is a high-end software for draping simulations of thermoplastic composites laminates as well as dry fabrics.

Rene ten Thije, CEO of AniForm, says that the partnership with TPRC provides a platform for joint developments within the value chain directly addressing the requirements from the industry. TPRC and AniForm will jointly invest in further development of testing and modeling tools to improve virtual forming of thermoplastic composites. The goal is to provide industry with CAE tools that enable engineers to reliably and predictably design products and processes, which is an important prerequisite for enabling more widespread application of high-end thermoplastic composites. Harald Heerink, general manager of TPRC, states that CAE methods are essential for TPRC’s long term strategy to increase its involvement in automotive industry. With the Tier 2 partnership, TPRC and AniForm will now more explicitly and jointly address the required improvements.

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