Dassault Systèmes introduces interactive tools for aircraft design, manufacture, and marketing.
By Kathleen Maher
Dassault Systèmes brought some virtual reality (VR) pizazz to the recent Paris Air Show as part of its Build to Operate package of products and processes. Build to Operate has been developed around Dassault’s Delmia Apriso.
The company introduced its digital 3D mock up with Passenger Experience. It’s a high-end visualization tool that combines real physical objects and digital objects to give designers a sense of how an aircraft’s interior will work for passengers.
The company says that the aircraft industry is going through a strong cycle of design and build as aircraft are being retired and new models cycle in. For manufacturers, cabin design is an important service for customers. Dassault’s Passenger Experience tool brings customers into the design process in a personal way. The large airline companies have also used CAVE installations to get an immersive and life-size feel for an airplane interior. VR is obviously much more portable and less expensive.
Using Passenger Experience customers can see how an interior is working with life-size digital characters. Customers can work dynamically with designers to create interiors that are attractive and ergonomically comfortable for passengers and crew. In addition to enhancing the design and verification process, Dassault says the models continue to be useful after the completion of the airplane—they can be used for marketing, to create training modules, and to develop safety procedures.
Dassault says their Passenger Experience tool automates the cabin completion process with tools to conform to rules and requirements. The ability to experience the cabin design reduces engineering changes.
Michel Tellier, Dassault’s VP Aerospace & Defense, said, “Allowing aircraft customers to experience their choices as they make them, to appreciate the beauty, effect, practicality, feasibility, cost, and benefit in real time as they make these choices, is a key goal for ‘Passenger Experience’.”
Dassault also announced its 3D digital mock-up and PLM Build to Operate set of tools for aerospace and defense, which helps OEMs and large suppliers build more efficient manufacturing operations. Like the Passenger Experience tool, Build to Operate helps companies configure the production facilities from the level of the plant, line, station, cell, and individual. Tellier said their customers can expect to see a 25% reduction in errors, 20% less waste, and up to 15% improvement in first-time quality. The Build to Operate system is also based on Dassault’s Delmia Apriso software.