Individuals in industrial associations, educational institutions, and government organizations who are interested in composite materials made from constituent materials with different physical or chemical properties now have free, 24/7 access to simulation tools through an online community with offices in the Purdue Research Park, West Lafayette IN.

The Composites Design and Manufacturing HUB (cdmHUB) is a cloud-based cooperative platform that hosts composites manufacturing simulation tools that can be accessed using a Web browser. The online platform is a place to convene the composites community and to direct the field toward key strategic issues to further advance the adoption and manufacture of composite materials.

Those in government, industry, academia, and the general population can access cdmHUB to evaluate simulations and tools, and then educate others about them. The tools range from simple ones that require only small amounts of computational cycles to those that require the power of supercomputing systems. It also hosts learning tools that teach the underlying principles upon which the tool is based and demonstrate the correct use and limitations of the tool.

The HUB's sponsors include Purdue University, Boeing, Cytec Engineering Materials, DARPA, Dassault Systemes, Henkel and Rolls-Royce. Goodsell said cdmHUB and Purdue University have similar missions.