AniForm Engineering Enschede, The Netherlands) has become a Tier 2 member of the TPRC (Enschede, The Netherlands) consortium as of October 1, 2013. TPRC, or ThermoPlastic composite Research Center, is an open innovation R&D collaboration originally formed by The Boeing Co., TenCate Advanced Composites, Fokker Aerostructures and the University of Twente in 2008, and part of a nework called GlobalNet, a group of Boeing-engaged research centers around the world. AniForm is a spin-off company from the University of Twente, also located in Enschede, 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. CAE methods are seen as a key enabler for growing use of thermoplastic composites, especially in high-volume industries such as automotive. With the Tier 2 partnership, TPRC and AniForm will now more explicitly and jointly address the required improvements.
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