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CGTech will be demonstrating its Vericut CNC simulation software for the aerospace and defence industries on stand D10, hall 1, at Farnborough International 2010.

CGTech has two product lines on show at the event: Vericut machine simulation, verification and optimisation for CNC metal cutting machines and Vericut Composite Applications for CNC automated fibre placement machines (AFP).

Vericut software enables users to eliminate the process of manually proving-out NC programs.

Vericut simulates all types of CNC machining, including three, four and five-axis milling and machining centres, multi-axis mill/turn centres, water jet, riveting and assembly and robotic applications.

Vericut runs standalone, but can also be integrated with CAM systems used in aerospace such as Catia, Siemens NX, Delcam Powermill and Open Mind Hypermill.

Vericut Composite Applications comprises two modules: VCP – Vericut Composite Programming and VCS – Vericut Composite Simulation.

VCP reads CAD surfaces and ply boundary information and adds material to fill the plies according to user-specified manufacturing standards and requirements.

Lay-up paths are linked together to form specific lay-up sequences and are output as NC programs for the automated lay-up 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.

Customer projects to be highlighted on the stand at Farnborough 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; lay-up 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 is the developer of Vericut CNC machine simulation, verification and optimisation software. Vericut protects CNC machine tools against potentially disastrous collisions by providing a virtual machining environment for program simulation and testing of post processed CNC code. Vericut is used extensively to increase the efficiency of complex five-axis machining centres and Mill/Turn machines.

Vericut is a standalone product but can also be integrated with all leading CAD/CAM/PLM systems including Catia, Siemens NX, PTC, Delcam Powermill. EdgeCAM, MasterCAM and Open Mind Hypermill.

CGTech has recently released new programming and simulation software products for the rapidly growing CNC composites automated fibre placement market.

CGTech is the recognised world leader in CNC simulation and verification software. Based in Irvine California CGTech have subsidiaries in UK, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, China and resellers throughout the world.

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