covered in JEC magazine, March 2013
JEC Magazine Special JEC Europe 2013 issue No79 p.21-22:
Speed and accuracy:
essential manufacturing parameters in the F1 sector
Read how the Marussia F1 Team have chosen to
use Anaglyph products to design and manufacture their car.
In an interview, Chief Designer John McQuilliam comments:
Tools allows us to accurately define a laminate with each ply boundary
fully defined within the 3D CAD environment as it will be in the real
component..... The PlyMatch system removes interpretation from the
manufacturing process, thus improving the repeatability of component
weight, stiffness and strength."
Read the full article
Laminate Tools version 4.3, March 2013
|Version 4.3 further enhances
the FEA and CAD interfaces and offers exciting new functionality in the
Design, Check and
Picking operations are easier and faster, the
Abaqus interfaces are extended, additional capabilities are introduced for
embedded applications, post-processing is more intuitive relative to fibre
orientation / location, and more...
Users on active maintenance can download the
new version here.
Anaglyph at JEC
at the JEC Paris 2013 exhibition had the opportunity to see the latest
developments to the unique PlyMatch™ ply
placement visual technology in action, as well as the software products
Laminate Tools, LAP and
Despite the adverse
weather conditions, delegate turnout was good, and we noted how the
PlyMatch system continues to attract interest and attention, especially
with those coming across it for the first time.
Sincere thanks to all visitors for their enthusiastic comments on this
innovative and unique technology.
Lotus F1 adopt Laminate Tools
as a primary tool (October 2012)
The technology inside a modern Formula One car
more resembles that of a modern fighter jet than of the cars we drive to go to
work. Research never comes to an end and, typically, during the course of an
F1 season lap times can improve in excess of 1.5 seconds. Steve Diamond,
Deputy Head of Stress Department for Lotus F1 Team, explains:
“At Lotus F1 all our
engineers constantly strive to improve the performance of the car. In the
Stress Department our focus is not solely on providing lightweight structures
capable of contending with the ever increasing loads due to the relentless
aerodynamic development but we must also provide sufficiently stiff structures
to improve vehicle handling.. To this end, our engineers are required to make
many design iterations within the tight deadlines available in order to arrive
at an optimized solution.”
Despite operating much closer to their
structural limits than their aerospace counterparts, Formula One cars are
today very safe vehicles to drive thanks to the advanced tools available to
the group of engineers that form the Stress Analysis Department at Lotus F1
Team. Steve Diamond continues:
Anaglyph's Laminate Tools, we have now adopted this package as our primary
tool in the Stress based ply definition of our chassis laminate and
structurally critical composite components. This software has dramatically
reduced laminate analysis turnaround times whilst providing a more optimized
FEA process within the demanding timescales and allows for more detailed
results interrogation with ease. Together with Anaglyph's excellent customer
support the transition to Laminate Tools has been seamless, as well as being
fully compatible for bi-directional data exchange with our other established
composites design tools."
New plug-ins for Laminate
Tools: Rhino and Femap (September 2012)
|Building on the
experience with the SolidWorks - Laminate Tools interface, a plug-in
for the popular Rhinoceros 3D CAD
application has been developed by Anaglyph Ltd. It allows Rhino users
to create draped plies and a basic layup from within
Rhino, accessing Laminate Tools remotely.
A similar interface for
Femap has also been developed by our
SmartCAE. This is available directly by the developers.
New LAP version 4.2, August
LAP version 4.2 introduces user-requested features, such as
transverse stress calculation, z-offsets for mechanical loads, and
strain-based strength definition.
Agents for Germany
We are pleased to announce that
CES Eckard GmbH are
now our agents for Laminate Tools in Germany. Thanks to their strong
experience in CAE, we are confident that they will provide excellent
support and advice to German prospects. Contact:
email@example.com, Tel: +49 (0) 711 781 934-60.
New Laminate Tools version 4.2
released, March 2012
|Version 4.2 introduces powerful
new features in the
Design, Check and Manufacture modules, to
further enhance the Laminate
Tools - FEA / CAD interfaces.
enhancements in the PlyMatch™ technology are
also available through this new version.
Joint NPL/Anaglyph SEMINAR, January 2012
The Anaglyph/National Physical Laboratory (NPL)
Seminar attracted a full audience and delegates spent a day learning about our products
CoDA, LAP, Laminate Tools and PlyMatch™, our
unique ply placement visual control system. The next seminar will take place
later in 2012.
improvements, September 2011
A number of software updates to the
system have improved its usability, as well as offering a variant that is much
more affordable. Get in contact with
our sales team for more information.
the SAMPE Show, Long Beach (CA, USA) May 2011
|We were very pleased to
exhibit at the Long Beach event, jointly with our USA agents,
New, exciting opportunities will be explored through the numerous new
contacts made. The upgraded PlyMatch™ system attracted considerable and
genuine interest (first time it was publicly shown on US soil), and the
latest version of Laminate Tools was a welcome discovery to several
Many thanks to all visitors and partners.
Laminate Tools helps Cervélo design team (February
Cervélo’s Vroomen White Design group combined analysis and manufacturing
acumen to create a 675g/1.5 lb composite frame, the lightest pro racing frame
available today. Read how Laminate Tools
helped them achieve this remarkable goal
full article, in February's issue of
upgrade, June 2010
PlyMatch system has been upgraded in a number of ways, rendering it
more powerful while reducing its cost for yet better value for money.
A new integrated camera probe has been
designed with four-face tracking, offering much improved functionality and
robustness in complex operations. The probe itself can also be used for
simple tactile measurements such as for tool calibration, removing the
need for additional hardware.
In addition, the control unit and software
are now more versatile by allowing multiple connected probes for a number
of alternative configurations.
released, June 2010
Composite Component Design Analysis application (CoDA) has been overhauled with UNICODE support and state of
the art help pages. The updated version now works seamlessly on all Windows
versions in any language configuration. A new installation environment also
delivers both SI and British Units variants in a single package. Existing users
of version 3.3 can download a free upgrade via our Support
New LAP version 4.1
released, March 2010
Analysis Program LAP has been overhauled with UNICODE support and state of
the art help pages. Although the analysis functionality remains identical to
that of version 4.0 for the moment, the new version 4.1 now works seamlessly on
all Windows versions in any language configuration. Existing users of version
4.0 can request a free upgrade.
used extensively with ANSYS at Nemo
Nemo Engineering AS
have confirmed the value of Laminate Tools in a demanding
Ansys design environment and have increased the number of Laminate Tools
licences held at their facility at Lysaker, Norway. According to Kjetil Antonsen,
"By using Laminate Tools as a pre- and post-processor to
Ansys we have reduced the analysis time significantly for our products. Problem
areas are quickly identified while the number of FE solving processes can be
reduced to a minimum. Laminate Tools enables us to deliver Protection Covers for
subsea applications with very short lead time."
The screen shot shows an example
non-standard shape cover in Laminate Tools. Most often these covers are
tailor-made to fit the items they are designed to protect. The loading for the
covers are various lifting and upending configurations, impact (up to 350 kJ),
trawl loads from fishing equipment and various project specific loads.
Nemo Engineering have engineered and delivered
approximately 2500 metric tonnes of these protection covers for the last 10-12
Altair UK composites day seminar, November 2008
A one-day event was held by Altair UK at
We participated actively and showed how our Laminate Tools application is
integrated with Altair Hyperworks, to deliver a great combination of two
popular products for composites analysts. The seminar was very well attended
and the content of the presentations was superb. Sincere thanks and
congratulations to Altair UK for organising this event.
Conference, October 2008
A paper was presented on the well
Laminate Tools / ANSYS integration, at the
ANSYS UK 2008 User Conference, 28-30 October, Oxford. ANSYS users benefit
enormously by this functionality.
New contact details for
our Japanese agent
For enquiries in Japan, please contact Kamo
Composite, Mr Shunichiro Hisada,
used extensively for the latest LOLA LMP2 race car
Speedy Racing Team Sebah Lola
B08/80 LMP2 Coupe car competes in the LMES in Europe and raced
at the Le Mans 24hr race in June. It recently finished 2nd in class on its debut
race at Barcelona which far exceeded all expectations at this early stage of the
pictures courtesy of John
Brooks and Lola Cars International Ltd
The screen shot of the chassis
shows Laminate Tools being used to define the full
composite ply layup and then create property cards for use in
Hypermesh. Laminate Tools was also used for all FEA post-processing.
The chassis is also used by
Charouz Racing in the LMP1 category (known as a Lola B08/60 LMP1 Coupe), this
car is powered by Aston Martin. This car also ran well in Barcelona, finishing
in 3rd place overall and in class, again far exceeding all expectations.
Ply Placement Visual Aid
system, October 2007
||We are pleased to announce
the commercial availability of our innovative solution for accurately and
correctly placing plies in hand-layup manufacture.
PlyMatch™ system is
simple to use and is fully portable.
London Development Agency Award,
|Sincere thanks to the LDA
(London Development Agency) for their Award to Anaglyph's Ply Placement
Visual Aid System project, as one of the most innovative of 2006/07.
In the photo, Anaglyph's MD
Dr George Kretsis is receiving the award from Lord Winston and LDA's
The outcome of the project,
the new PlyMatch™ technology, is now
Michigan State University Formula
Racing Team sponsors, September 2007
|Anaglyph are sponsoring the
team from Michigan State University for this year's Formula Racing
competition, and our Laminate Tools
software will be used in the design of the racing car that will
represent the team.
Adam Zemke, Operations
Consultant for the team, said: "In the
exceedingly competitive realm of Formula SAE, composite structures are vital
to a team's success. Each team is given the task of designing, manufacturing,
validating, and racing a new car annually. Laminate Tools will enable our team
to be confident in the validation of our composites, thus lowering the time
and cost involved in production. The composite visualization technology offered by
Laminate Tools will enable quality manufacturing, giving Michigan State
University a competitive edge."
Anaglyph becomes ANSYS Enhanced Solution Partner,
Following our successful implementation and
application of the Ansys
interface for Laminate Tools, our relationship with Ansys has now been
formalised. Anaglyph has become an Ansys Enhanced Solution Partner, reflecting
our dedication to maintaining and further developing interfaces between our
software solutions and Ansys.
Anaglyph now supplies NX Nastran, May 2007
NX Nastran (a
Siemens PLM Software product,
is now available through Anaglyph. NX Nastran is a powerful Finite Element
Analysis environment that major manufacturers worldwide rely on for their
critical engineering computing needs. It is a natural complement to our
Laminate Tools package, delivering a complete solution for design, analysis
and manufacture of composite structures. Visit our NX
Nastran product pages for more information.
Tools support for Ansys
Version 3.1 was yet another significant move
forward for Laminate Tools. Support for the native
Ansys input and output file
formats has been added (Feb 2006), but also overall functionality has been significantly
improved with features such as sub-layup definitions. With the optional aid of a
CAD system, or of a supported Finite Element Analysis package, numerous tasks can be
achieved that address the design, analysis and manufacture stages of composite product
design. Full details in the LT
CoDA version 3.3
The latest version 3.3 of CoDA introduced:
- better support for Sandwich
Beams, with calculations for
honeycomb properties and local skin buckling modes.
- interactive calculations for
Laminate moisture uptake,
heat diffusion and GRP fatigue.
CoDA British Units variant
CoDA is also available in a variant
that works with British units, as opposed to the original that works with SI units. The new variant will make CoDA even more attractive to the US
market. Data files remain unchanged, so that data can be seamlessly shared
by the two variants.
Agents for Italy
We are pleased to announce that
SmartCAE are now our Laminate Tools
agents for Italy (May 2004). We wish them every success and we are
confident that they will promote and support Laminate Tools in the best