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CGTech and BA Composites enter into cooperation to simplify automatic fiber placement processes

News International-French

16 Aug 2016

CGTech and BA Composites have announced a collaboration that brings together the market-leading strengths of both companies.

The common goal for this cooperation is to enable manufacturers of composite components an efficient programming method of the laying processes on the first standalone fiber placement machining center, the "STAXX Compact." With Vericut, the time-consuming and expensive manual prove-out on the machine can shift to a virtual environment, thereby freeing the machine to produce production parts.

"There is a clear need for machine independent programming software, which is regularly updated and maintained as part of their standard software by a recognized software provider," said Hans Erkelenz, CEO of CGTech Germany GmbH.

The Vericut Composite Application suite is machine-independent off-line programming and simulation software for CNC composite fabrication machinery. It provides tools for composite part designers, mechanical engineers, process engineers, NC programmers, and manufacturing engineers.

Vericut Composite Programming (VCP) reads CAD surfaces and ply boundary information and adds material to fill the plies according to user-specified manufacturing standards and requirements. Layup paths are then linked together to form specific layup sequences and output as NC programs for the automated layup machine.

Vericut Composite Simulation (VCS) reads CAD models and NC programs, either from VCP or other composite layup path-generation applications, and simulates the sequence of NC programs on a virtual machine. Material is applied to the layup form via NC program instructions in a virtual CNC simulation environment. The simulated material applied to the form can be measured and inspected to ensure the NC program follows manufacturing standards and requirements. A report showing simulation results and statistical information can be automatically created.