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CGTech to Highlight Latest VERICUT Developments at Composites Engineering

  • Tuesday, 5th November 2013
  • Reading time: about 3 minutes

CGTech says it will demonstrate the latest version of VERICUT CNC machine simulation and optimisation software at the Composites Engineering 2013.

CGTech says VERICUT 7.3 includes over 400 customer requested enhancements, improving performance and further simplifying the process of simulating a CNC machine.  Changes to the user interface further improve VERICUT’s workflow, and are a direct result of CGTech’s philosophy of continuous product improvement based on customer feedback.

“We have thousands of customers around the world and their needs vary greatly,” says CGTech Managing Director, John Reed. “VERICUT has been designed to meet the needs of all types of CNC users – from the small subcontractors to the OEM and supply chain companies who regularly push the limits of CNC technology. VERICUT is constantly refined to provide the flexibility and tools our customers require.”

The company says the VERICUT user interface is customisable, and VERICUT 7.3 features all-new icons, available in multiple sizes and with several selectable colour themes. Every window and icon can be optionally displayed or hidden.

The company states demonstrations of VERICUT Composite Paths for Engineering (VCPe), VERICUT Composite Programming (VCP) and VERICUT Composite Simulation (VCS) will provide visitors with an opportunity to understand the steps needed to get from a CAD designed composite part to CNC programs that drive automated composite machinery. There will be updated information on projects that highlight the implementation and use of machine independent off-line NC programming and simulation software for Automated Fibre Placement (AFP) machines including robotic AFP cells. In addition, CGTech will demonstrate its new programming and simulation software for Automated Tape Laying (ATL).

“Manufacturers of AFP and ATL machinery typically supply in-house developed off-line NC programming software that uniquely supports their machine. Therefore companies need to adopt multiple software applications if they implement multiple machine brands,” explains John Reed. “Because CGTech composites software products are machine-independent, able to support multiple different machine brands from a single software application, companies can select the best equipment for the job, while avoiding the added cost and time associated with implementing and supporting varied software applications for different CNC machines.”

VERICUT Drilling and Fastening (VDAF) is a new software application for simulating and programming auto-drilling and fastening machines. As these machines are used to assemble large aero-structures it is essential to avoid programming errors and collisions, given the late stage in the aircraft manufacturing process. VERICUT allows the user to program drilling and fastener assembly operations in a virtual machine tool environment and provides simulation to check for a variety of potentially disastrous error conditions. Like all VERICUT software, the new module interfaces to leading CAD/CAM/PLM systems and is completely independent of the assembly machine manufacturer.

CGTech claims with CNC machine simulation, verification and optimisation software, VERICUT enables users to eliminate the process of manually proving out NC programs. It reduces scrap loss and rework, and the software also optimises NC programs in order to both save time and produce higher quality surface finish.

Visit stand D202 at the show.

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