Category: Aerospace & Defense

16 Dec 2020

Adaptive Corp and Sinclair Community College Awarded a Contract with USAF

Adaptive Corporation, in partnership with Sinclair Community College, has been awarded a contract by the US Air Force to develop a process that leverages Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and our experience with Carbon Fiber Composite 3D Printing.  This project will develop a solution to predict the performance of 3D Printed propellers that will be used on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s).

Adaptive’s experience with Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE platform and Simulation, coupled with our Additive Manufacturing expertise based on the Markforged Carbon Fiber Composite 3D printers were recognized in this award. Adaptive will take propeller designs provided by Sinclair and develop a variety of 3D printed models with various infill and Carbon Fiber reinforcement. These designs will be simulated on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to predict real-world part performance.

At the same time, these parts will be 3D printed on Markforged printers. Afterward, Sinclair will perform laboratory tests of the physical parts. Adaptive and Sinclair will correlate the physical testing with the simulation output to develop an approach that can offer a high degree of accuracy for simulating these parts under real-world applications.

Tim Weatherford of Adaptive Corporation said, “…our goal is to perfectly predict propeller performance of 3D printed propellers for UAV applications in real-world environments.  Our approach and toolset around Design for Additive helps engineering teams remove cost out of the process and shorten development cycles by designing right the first time.”

Contact us to learn more about our Design for Additive Solutions.

24 Jun 2019
Aerospace Metrology

Workshop: Optimizing Quality Control in the Aerospace Supply Chain

July 18
Flightdeck Flight Simulation Center
1650 Sinclair Street
Anaheim, CA 92806

Join us for our free workshop from 11 a.m to 5 p.m. in Anaheim. Register today.

Leveraging 3D Model Based Definition (3DMBD) Data in the Aerospace Supply Chain

Speaker: Randy Becker, Senior Quality Inspector, Aerospace OEM

Aerospace OEMs such as Boeing, Gulfstream and Bombardier are changing from a drawing-based authority to a 3D model-based paradigm. Although OEMs have seen substantial cost reduction by eliminating drawings, it has caused a huge impact to the aerospace supply chain. During this session.Randy Becker will present best practices on how to use 3DMBD data to streamline manufacturing operations and ensure OEM quality deliverables are met.

3DMBD – An Aerospace Suppliers Perspective

Speaker: Jamie Young, President, My Machine Inc.

During this presentation, Jamie will present how My Maine uses 3DMBD Data to manufacture, inspect and deliver machined parts to Boeing.

Automating In-Process Inspection with 3D Scanning

Speaker: Frank Thomas, Metrology Specialist, Adaptive Corp.

Speaker: Larry Kuehn, Quality Guru, Adaptive Corp.

In-Process inspection can be a time and resource consuming process. By incorporating Adaptive’s “Universal Metrology Platform,” customers can select a wide range of 3D scanning solutions for fast real-time in-process inspection of production parts. Attendees to this session will learn:

  • What is the Universal Metrology Automation (UMA) Platform?
  • What types of Robots does UMA support?
  • What do we mean by “real-time” inspection?
  • Is there any SPC data collected?
  • How do I compare the physical part to the CAD data nominal with tight tolerances?

*2 – 5 p.m. is an optional tour of the Flight Simulation Center: Experience the thrill of aerial maneuvers at 600 knots and air-to-air combat in an authentic military flight simulator. Feel what it’s like to take the controls of a commercial airliner in our Boeing 737 flight simulator.