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Recent news from Convergent:

COMPRO 2024.0.0 (Wednesday, March 13, 2024)

In addition to the major release of RAVEN last month, Convergent is pleased to announce the newest major release of COMPRO, V2024.0.0. This release incorporates several new material cards, features, improvements, and bug fixes. This release supports the latest version of Abaqus and ANSYS solvers; Abaqus is supported through 2024 and ANSYS through 2023 R2.

What’s New:

This release of COMPRO-CCA includes new features that enable users to simulate:

  • Bondline adhesive flow and thickness predictions
  • Shell-based COMPRO-Forming (compatible with Abaqus/Explicit)
  • Lumped Viscoelastic Modulus models
  • Resin Degradation Kinetics models

COMPRO CAE Plugin for Abaqus offers new features including:

  • Support for SI-mm unit system
  • Extended point cloud export features
  • Support for Thermoviscoelastic (TVE) materials
  • Permeable vs Impermeable material choices for adhesive bonding and adherends

To download, please login to your Customer Care Account and navigate to the Software/COMPRO subfolder. You will find subfolders for COMPRO for Abaqus and ANSYS; choose your FE solver to download the most recent documentation, examples, and libraries.


RAVEN 3.16.0 Released (Wednesday, February 28, 2024)

Convergent is pleased to announce the newest major release of RAVEN, V3.16.0.  This release incorporates new or recently added open materials into the default material library, improved stability, and refined usability based on user feedback. 1D and 2D simulations have improved convergent criteria for the fast crystallization rates associated with thermal profile simulations of thermoplastic or fast cure resin systems.

 Full release notes can be found in RAVEN after updating. Selected highlights of new features are described below.

  • CIRT Integration: RAVEN can now open workspaces from Convergent's CIRT (Composite Inspection Reporting Tool) software.
  • 20 + New and Updated Materials: Many new or recently added materials characterized by Convergent or implemented from open literature are included with this release.
  • New + Updated Material Constitutive Equations; Tooling Materials Revised to Include Them
  • User Suggested Usability Improvements: Axes Naming, New Unit Types, and Improved Material Property Grouping

To download, please login to your Customer Care Account and navigate to the Software/RAVEN subfolder, where you will find installers for 3.16.0 at the top level.

Convergent at SAMPE 2023, April 18-19, 2023, Booth J32 (Monday, April 17, 2023)

Convergent at SAMPE 2023 Booth J32

Convergent Manufacturing Technologies is exhibiting at SAMPE 2023 in Seattle, WA on April 18-19, 2023.

We welcome you to our booth, #J32 at the Seattle Convention Center Summit building . Come see our live product demos!

VMAP Project receives ITEA Award of Excellence (Wednesday, September 15, 2021)

From 2017 through 2020, Convergent Manufacturing Technologies participated in the EUREKA/ITEA3 VMAP project with 28 industrial partners from Austria, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. This project created the first version of a data exchange standard for computer aided engineering (CAE), which will help reduce the time and costs associated with modern simulation-based design and manufacturing practices. Convergent led the “Composites in Aerospace” Use Case – one of six demonstrator Use Cases within the project – and focused on ensuring the VMAP standard benefited composites process simulation workflows. In cooperation with project partners, this included the development of VMAP wrappers for Abaqus and ANSYS, as well as the support of the VMAP file format in Convergent’s own RAVEN software.

On September 15th, 2021, the VMAP project was awarded the ITEA Award of Excellence for Standardization. This award was presented by Zeynep Sarilar, ITEA Chairwoman, who said:

“The ITEA project VMAP has outstanding outcomes that will fasten the digitalisation process of all industries. Now the impact of VMAP project has been extended by an association, VMAP Standards Community, that is a proof of the high-level dedication of the VMAP consortium. I am very happy and hopeful for the future with this new initiative.”
Convergent is a Founding Member of the VMAP Standards Community, the not-for-profit organization formed after the VMAP project concluded. VMAP-SC will continue the project’s mission of developing a vendor-neutral standard for CAE data storage and transfer to enhance interoperability in virtual engineering workflows.

For more information about VMAP, please visit here

SAMPE neXus (Tuesday, June 29, 2021)

SAMPE neXus will feature Larry Ilcewicz, Federal Aviation Administration, moderating an interactive session on The Future and Advancements of Materials, Process Controls and Regulations. The panelists will explore major areas within this topic. You will have the chance to hear from Bobby CookCynthia AshforthSimon WaiteAnoush PoursartipGoran Fernlund and David Leach.

Register, here

Digital Super Cluster - EGBC (Wednesday, September 30, 2020)

British Columbia's Digital Technology Supercluster brings together BC's leading companies, with one of the focuses being the development of Digital Twin technology. Engineers and Geoscientists BC wrote a feature article on this initiative, including an interview of Dr. Anoush Poursartip -- Convergent's Chief Strategy Officer; Director of Research & Development. If you're interested in utilizing digital twins to speed up your advanced composites product development and life cycle management, please contact Convergent

Convergent Tutorial Webinars on YouTube Live: Adding a Material to RAVEN Thursday 9/24 (Monday, September 21, 2020)

Convergent is now offering our monthly tutorial webinars through YouTube. The webinars are the last Thursday of every month from 11 AM - 12 PM Pacific. Join us live for access to a Q&A session or watch the videos later on your own time. No registration is required. 

This Thursday (09/24), we will review adding and creating your own material files using RAVEN's material manager tool. Use the below link to watch the live stream during or the recording of the webinar afterward.

Adding and Creating Materials in the RAVEN Material Manager: YouTube Access

Download an iCal Event with details here


Global Composites Experts Webinar Series - Purdue cdmHUB (Thursday, September 10, 2020)

Purdue Composites Design & Manufacturing HUB (cdmHUB) invites you to a series of webinars presented by global composites experts. These webinars examine the history, present capabilities, and future of composites science and technology, with the goal of sharing the vast knowledge of composites that has been developed over the past 50 years.

Dr. Anoush Poursartip, The University of British Columbia

    • Director, Composites Research Network
    • Co-Director, Composites Knowledge Network A Canada Networks of Centres of Excellence – NCE
    • Director of Research Convergent Manufacturing Technologies

Dr. Poursartip opens Purdue Unviersity's Global Composite Experts Webinar Series with a presentation on, Digital Disruption of Composites Manufacturing & Design.

Presented: September 10, 2020 at 11am-12pm Eastern


Speakers & Registration

"Using Simulation for Composite Materials Parts Design" Webinar Presented by Hexcel (Wednesday, June 17, 2020)

Dr. Sanjay Sharma, Global Leader of Advanced Modeling - R&T at Hexcel, presents this webinar on "Using Simulation for Composite Materials Parts Design." Convergent is proud to be a part of Hexcel's integrated computational materials engineering (ICME) workflow. As part of this presentation, Dr. Sharma demonstrates the utility of Convergent COMPRO to simulate and solve composites processing challenges. In addition to COMPRO, Convergent provides a full suite of software, hardware, and services to support data and simulation development and production of advanced composites. If you'd like to learn more about integrating ICME into your workflows, please contact Convergent.

Presented By

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Sanjay Sharma

Global Leader Advanced Modeling - R&T


Dr. Sharma brings more than 15 years of learning about composite materials using a simulation driven approach. He leads a team at Hexcel R&T credited with innovative techniques applied at the intersection of Materials Science and Structural applications. He counts himself to be fortunate to have been assisted by capable colleagues and team members.

He has a PhD in Mechanical engineering from Wichita State University.


Award of Excellence (Friday, November 23, 2018)

As part of the CCMRD team including Boeing Canada – Winnipeg, Magellan Aerospace, ASCO, PCM, AVCORP, National Research Council, Red River College, Composites Research Network – University of British Columbia and the Composites Innovation Centre, Convergent has been awarded the Manitoba Aerospace Award of Excellence for Innovation and Technology Development. For more information, see