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The Digital Technology Supercluster’s  Learning Factory Digital Twin (LFDT), a project set up in 2019 to apply digital twinning to the manufacturing of aerospace components, has been extended and its scope expanded.

Creating and finalizing designs for manufacturing facilities can be a costly process. LFDT integrates virtual technologies and leverages the computing platform from Vancouver-based AMPD, supplemented by LlamaZOO’s Clarity software for remote facility and equipment monitoring, layout planning, inspection and training. This enables users to virtually access and work within full-scale industrial production to create digitally driven, industrial tools.

“Aerospace manufacturing is another complex process that is now being made easier through advancements in commercial technology and the power of data-driven collaboration with our partners,” said Charles Lavigne, President & CEO, LlamaZOO Interactive Inc

Other companies involved in LFDT include:

Avcorp Group, which designs and builds major airframe structures for some of the largest aircraft companies, including BAE Systems, Boeing, Bombardier, Lockheed Martin and Subaru Corp.

Convergent Manufacturing Technologies, a digital tools provider enabling process-design and decision making for the advanced composites manufacturing community.

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