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At the 2014 JEC Composites show on 11–13 March 2014, CGTech will demonstrate the process of programming automated composite machinery, including Vericut Composite Applications: Vericut Composite Paths for Engineering (VCPe), Vericut Composite Programming (VCP) and Vericut Composite Simulation (VCS).

Visitors to CGTech’s stand will have the opportunity to receive a thorough overview of the steps needed to get from a CAD-designed composite part to CNC programs that drive an Automated Fibre Placement (AFP) or Automated Tape Laying (ATL) machine.

There will be updated information on projects presented at past JEC events, as well as information on new projects that highlight the implementation and use of machine-independent off-line NC programming software for AFP and ATL machines. Current customer projects to be highlighted include extensive use of robots, lasers, probing and ultrasonic knives.

CGTech will also be exhibiting its latest version of Vericut software. Vericut is CNC machine simulation, verification and optimisation software that enables users to eliminate the process of manually proving-out NC programs.

CGTech will be found on stand Q12 in Pavilion 7.3.

Key product information

VCPe

  • VCPe gives the user the ability to measure and evaluate the effects of AFP and ATL path trajectory, material steering, surface curvature, course convergence and other process constraints as they would be applied in manufacturing.
  • The software also provides a produceablity analysis of the fibre angle based on the curvature of the part, and overlap and gaps needed for structural analysis. Tape course geometry can be written to various CAD formats for further evaluation by the user’s existing analysis methods and tools.

VCP

  • VCP reads Catia V5, Step or ACIS surface models. It also reads Fibersim, Catia V5 or other external ply geometry and information.
  • VCP then adds material to fill the piles 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

  • 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 created.

Vericut

  • Vericut software simulates all types of CNC machining, including drilling and trimming of composite parts, water jet, riveting, robotics, mill/turn and parallel kinematics.
  • Vericut runs standalone, but can also be integrated with CAM systems including Dassault Systemes CATIA and Siemens PLM NX.
 

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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