VISTAGY Inc. (Waltham, Mass.) and CGTech (Irvine, Calif.) on Oct. 18 announced that they have expanded their partnership to enable automated assembly of airframe structures by integrating VISTAGY’s SyncroFIT software for designing and manufacturing complex assemblies and large aerostructures and CGTech’s VERICUT Drilling & Fastening (VDAF) solution.
Previously, the companies partnered to integrate VISTAGY’s FiberSIM composites engineering software and CGTech’s VERICUT Composite Programming and Simulation Suite (VCP), which together enable rapid design and manufacturing iterations to optimize the development of composite structures produced by automated fiber placement (AFP) machines. The new complementary offerings from CGTech and VISTAGY support airframe assembly processes, enabling engineers to have common interfaces and solutions for managing composite structures and handling airframe assembly.
SyncroFIT is a CAD-integrated, commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) solution for managing the complexities of airframe assemblies, with an emphasis on fastened structures. VDAF is a software application for simulating and programming auto-drilling and fastening machines that is independent of both the machine and CAD system.
Given the fragility of composites, there needs to be precise control of speeds and feeds in the drilling process to avoid the possibility of de-lamination, splintering, etc., as well as to ensure high throughput. Automated manufacturing requires an enormous amount of detail. The integrated solution provides that detail with SyncroFIT defining the location of holes and fasteners and seamlessly transferring all the associated data to VDAF to be used in the automated manufacturing process.
“VDAF is a natural fit with SyncroFIT creating a complete environment for companies designing and manufacturing airframe assembles with CNC automation,” said Bill Hasenjaeger, CGTech product marketing manager. “By integrating SyncroFIT and VDAF, we’re now able to ensure an easy and repeatable process from assembly design to assembly automation that yields a high quality product."