AFP/ATL Machine Simulation

Machine Simulation reads CAD models and NC programs from 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.

Features to look for:


Reads CAD geometry of the layup form

  • Used for collision detection and material application

Uses virtual machine and control emulation to simulate the layup machinery

  • Can be configured for virtually any CNC syntax and machine kinematics configuration

Reads the NC program and simulates the layup process based on NC program commands

  • Validate the actual NC program that will run on the layup equipment
  • Add material to the form based on NC program commands
  • Material added in discreet layers/sequences, constructing the workpiece exactly like the physical process

Checks the process for compaction roller/form conformance and direction

  • Verify roller orientation to path
  • Verify path correctness to the form and previously applied sequences/layers of material
  • Check roller conformance for bridging or excessive compaction

Added material is measurable and can be inspected for manufacturing requirements

  • Measure lap, gap and thickness
  • Detect steering radius violations

Video Gallery

Sample 1: Fuselage | Sample 2: Wing | Sample 3: Panel |Sample 4: Spar | Sample 5: Double Spar | Sample 6: Robots