CGTech (Irvine, Calif.) has added VERICUT Composite Paths for Engineering (VCPe) to its suite of software. VCPe gives composite part designers and engineers access to the same software tools programmers use to create NC paths that are used to lay up a composite part. It reads CATIA V5, NX, STEP or ACIS surface models; it also reads FiberSim, CATIA V5, NX, or other external ply geometries and information. VCPe adds material to fill the plies according to user-specified manufacturing standards and requirements. By producing actual AFP tape courses that could be used to program an AFP, the user can measure and evaluate the effects of AFP path trajectory, material steering, surface curvature, course convergence and other process constraints. The software also provides producibility analysis of the fiber angle based on the curvature of the part, as well as overlaps and gaps needed for structural analysis.
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