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CGTech Composite Product Specialist, Charles Anderton, will be giving a presentation that highlights how to build a case for automated composite lay-up during CAMX 2018 on 15-18 October in Dallas, Texas, US.
Attendees can attend the presentation on 17 October at 4 pm in room D223/D224. Throughout the show, in booth BB28, CGTech will also demonstrate Composites 8.1, the latest version of its VERICUT Composite Programming (VCP) and VERICUT Composite Simulation (VCS) software.
The Composites 8.1 release of VCP and VCS features a redefined graphical user interface (GUI), an enhanced suite of programming and analysis tools, and redefined methodology through the use of the new Laminate Manager. In addition to organising files, Laminate Manager brings clarity and visibility to the laminate as a whole. This laminate overview has made several other enhancements possible, like batch processing, laminate-wide analysis, and intelligent ply generation.
CGTech will also exhibit its VERICUT 8.2 software. VERICUT is a CNC machine simulation, verification and optimisation software that 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. It runs standalone, but can also be integrated with leading CAM systems.
“Due to the extensive time, energy and labour invested in composite workpieces prior to machining, they can often be more expensive than even some exotic metal alloy parts,” says André Colvin, CGTech’s Composite Product Manager. “Repairing composite workpieces after a machining error is problematic and many times not advisable. Thus, validating the part program prior to trimming is exceedingly critical. Simulation also decreases machine downtime by eliminating the need for wasteful dry runs.”
CGTech will also showcase new projects that highlight the implementation and use of machine independent off-line NC programming software for AFP and ATL machines, such as the work being done at NASA’s Langley Research Center using a 16-tow Electroimpact automated fibre placement machine. Current customer projects highlighted include extensive use of robots, lasers, probing, and ultrasonic knifes.
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