03 April 2018
03 April 2018
CGTech is now shipping the next major release of VERICUT Composite Applications: VERICUT Composite Programming (VCP) and VERICUT Composite Simulation (VCS).
VERICUT Composite Applications are being used by manufacturers to program and simulate automated fibre placement and tape-laying machinery from machine tool builders such as Electroimpact, MTorres, AFPT, Automated Dynamics, Fives, Accudyne, BA Composites and others.
“With a specific focus on laminate design, we’ve added powerful and innovative features to help our customers every step of the way in producing quality composites parts,” says CGTech's Managing Director, Tony Shrewsbury.
The Composites 8.1 suite focuses on streamlining the flow of data between design applications, VCP itself, and analysis packages.
“VCP 8.1 allows users to import the engineered laminate design while providing tools to export defects caused from manufacturing limitations back to analysis packages, thus closing the design for manufacturing loop,” states Shrewsbury.
Features added in version 8.1 include a new Laminate Manager, which automates file management and processing for the entire laminate. This release also includes a redesigned graphical interface, enhanced reports, laminate analysis tools, advanced collision avoidance, and more.
VCP starts by reading in CATIA, NX, Solidworks, STEP or ACIS surface models. This data can be combined with information from composite design packages such as Fibersim and CATIA Composite Workbench. VCP adds material to fill ply boundaries according to user-specified manufacturing standards and machine limitations. Lay-up paths are linked together to form specific lay-up 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 lay-up path-generation applications, and simulates the sequence of NC programs on a virtual machine. Material is applied to the lay-up 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.
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