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Renault F1 team speeds ply lay-up by 62 percent with FiberSIM

VISTAGY : 23 September, 2003  (Company News)
VISTAGY, Inc., the leading developer of computer-aided-design integrated software for the design and manufacture of composite parts, today announced productivity gains and timesaving that Renault F1 Team Limited made using FiberSIM software to develop the R25 racecar.
VISTAGY, Inc., the leading developer of computer-aided-design integrated software for the design and manufacture of composite parts, today announced productivity gains and timesaving that Renault F1 Team Limited made using FiberSIM software to develop the R25 racecar. Renault F1 Team officially unveiled the R25 to an international audience earlier this month in Monte Carlo, Monaco. VISTAGY is an official supplier to the team.

“Speed and control are as important for our engineering team as they are for the car and driver,” says Bob Bell, technical director for Renault F1 Team. “When VISTAGY began their relationship with the team, they promised impressive reductions in product development times for our composite parts, and they delivered on their promises.”

The sophisticated composite chassis and front wing of the R25 racecar provide high strength at a minimum weight, but their complex surfaces make manufacturing difficult. The Renault F1 Team engineers entered the existing composite ply information in FiberSIM and ran producibility simulations. The software also allowed them to export data to laser projection machines that guide manual ply lay-up. The documented results were a 30-percent reduction in the time required to create flat pattern templates and a 62-percent increase in the rate of ply lay-up. FiberSIM software also promoted more-reliable part quality.
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