Auburn Hills, MI., USA, September 13, 2007 - Dassault Systèmes (DS) (Nasdaq: DASTY; Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, today announced that DELMIA modeling and simulation have helped Lockheed Martin, Ft. Worth, Texas, avoid between $75 million and $100 million in F-35 Lightning II program costs.
Simulations are being conducted in the Ship/Air Integration Lab (SAIL) at Lockheed Martin. The estimated cost avoidance is significantly more than the anticipated full-rate production cost of one F-35 aircraft, according to Lockheed Martin officials associated with the company’s F-35 Basing & Ship Suitability facility. In addition, Lockheed Martin reports an estimated 15-to-1 payback on its SAIL investment. SAIL combines virtual reality and optical motion capture to help ready the F-35 for service aboard aircraft carriers. The F-35 Lightning II is the first supersonic “stealth” strike fighter capable of evading radar detection. It is in final development and entering initial production in Fort Worth.
SAIL was developed to supplement physical mockups, and in some cases replace them. Lockheed Martin officials say it is a hard sell for them when people who have spent their lives working with physical prototypes cannot touch one. To deal with this, the company linked motion capture to the latest virtual reality technology. Aircraft carrier flight deck simulations include catapult launches, ensuring operation of the arresting cables and tailhooks during retrievals, tie-downs, mounting armaments on the aircraft, servicing weapons, and reaching access panels when aircraft tails hang off the edge of the flight deck, over the ocean.
When DELMIA simulations are conducted, engineers find out that a lot of things they recommended will work well and at times, a few are found that will not. The sooner changes are made, the less they cost, which is the justification for SAIL. SAIL’s gains come from its unique ability to combine virtual reality and motion-capture into Immersive Engineering. The result is that complex engineering information is presented more understandably than ever before. SAIL simulations are lifelike, life-sized and panoramic with 3D stereographics and enhanced kinematics. Thanks to DELMIA’s open-software architecture, all the SAIL software and hardware is commercially available off-the-shelf; nothing was custom-built. Integration was done with the DELMIA tools module.
DELMIA是数字化制造解决方案的金字招牌，集中在两种独特的简化制造流程的应用软件上。DELMIA Automation为单台机器、单个工作单元或者整条生产线的控制提供了数字化设计、测试与检验的解决方案，DELMIA PLM则贯穿整个产品生命周期提供了持续创建并检验产品制造流程的流程和资源功能。DELMIA的服务对象主要是那些制造流程的优化对其至关重要的行业，包括汽车、航空、制造和装配、电力电子、生活消费品、工厂和造船业。更多关于DELMIA的信息在http://www.delmia.com上可以获得。
Dassault Systemes是全球产品全生命周期(PLM)解决方案和3D技术的领导者，为 80个国家的90,000多名客户创造价值。自 1981年以来，Dassault Systemes一直是 3D软件的先驱，开发和推广支持工业流程的 PLM应用软件和服务，以及提供产品从概念到维护全生命周期的3D构想。Dassault Systemes软件系列由用于设计虚拟产品的CATIA、用于三维机械设计的SolidWorks、用于虚拟生产的DELMIA、用于虚拟测试的SIMULIA以及用于全球协同生命周期管理的ENOVIA，由ENOVIA VPLM, ENOVIA MatrixOne和 ENOVIA SmarTeam组成。
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