CGTech Exhibits Vericut Composite Applications

CGTech is to exhibit its Vericut machine-independent fibre placement programming and simulation software at JEC 2010 in Paris, France. Throughout the show, the company will demonstrate Vericut Composite Applications: Vericut Composite Programming (VCP) and Vericut Composite Simulation (VCS). VCP and VCS are said to allow the user to move from a CAD-designed composite part to CNC programs that drive an automated fibre placement (AFP) machine. 

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 linked together to form specific layup sequences and are output as NC programs for the automated layup machine. 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 generated. Customer projects to be highlighted on the stand include: a large one-piece fuselage barrel on an Electroimpact multi-machine AFP fabrication cell; an aircraft inlet duct on a Cincinnati Viper 1200 AFP machine; the challenges encountered supporting a flexible AFP gantry machine; layup of a U-channel structure on a seven-axis mTorres AFP machine; and aircraft skin panels and experiments using an AFP head mounted on a six-axis robot. CGTech will also exhibit the latest version of Vericut CNC machine simulation and optimisation software, which enables users to eliminate the process of manually proving-out NC programs. Vericut simulates all types of CNC machining, including drilling and trimming of composite parts, water jet, riveting, robotics, mill/turn and parallel kinematics. The software runs standalone, but can also be integrated with leading CAM systems.


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