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CGTech is now shipping the next major version of its composite applications: Vericut Composite Programming (VCP) and Vericut Composite Simulation (VCS). Vericut Composite Applications are being used by leading manufacturers to program and simulate automated fibre placement machines.
CGTech’s Composites software suite is independent of CAD/CAM/PLM Design systems such as Catia or Siemens NX, and also independent of the builder of the Automated Fibre Placement machine, typically MAG, MTorres or Electro-Impact.
“When software is separate from the machine and applied in a variety of applications, the software and underlying technology expands” said Product Marketing Manager Bill Hasenjaeger. “Thanks to extensive feedback from both users and industry partners, both VCP and VCS have seen significant enhancements since the last release. For example, VCP now has enhanced processing capabilities, significantly reducing the time required to make changes to one or more plies. VCS has been enhanced with several new measurement tools and the ability to simulate ultrasonic knife cutting”.
VCP reads CAD surfaces and ply boundary information and creates fibre-placement paths to fill the plies according to user-specified manufacturing standards and requirements. Layup paths are linked together to form specific layup sequences and are output as NC programs for the AFP machine.
VCS reads CAD models of the layup tool and fixtures and simulates the layup sequence directly from NC program files, either from VCP or from other composite layup path-generation programming applications. Tow material is applied to the layup form via NC program instructions in VERICUT’s 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.
About CGTechHeadquartered in Irvine, California CGTech specializes in numerical control (NC/CNC) simulation, verification, optimisation and analysis software technology for manufacturing. Since 1988, Vericut® software, has become the industry standard for simulating CNC machining in order to detect errors, potential collisions or areas of inefficiency. CGTech also offers machine-independent off-line programming and simulation software for automated drilling and assembly machines. With offices and resellers worldwide, Vericut software is used by companies of all sizes and in all industries.
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