Fiber reinforced polymer composites are an enabling material for several military aircraft including the CH-53K. Third Wave Systems develops and sells premier materials-based modeling software and services for CNC machining solutions and created a process modeling and optimization technology to prevent damage in composite panels resulting from drilling fastening holes for attachment to the airframe. Damage occurs when the drilling process is incorrect/experiences excessive tool wear. The current approach is trial-and-error while ours allows “virtual” trial-and-error to get to the solution quicker with less material and labor cost; reducing thermal and mechanical damage. Customers in the DoD supply chain of this technology will be the primes and contractors responsible for assembling the air structures for combat aircraft/helicopters and any platform that uses composite panels attached to the frame.