CGTech (Irvine, Calif., USA) has released the next major version of its composite applications: VERICUT Composite Programming (VCP) & VERICUT Composite Simulation (VCS). VCP reads CAD surfaces and ply boundary information and creates fiber-placement paths to fill plies 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 AFP machine. VCS reads CAD models of the layup tool and fixtures and simulates the layup sequence directly from NC program files. Tow material is applied to the layup form via NC program instructions in VERICUT's 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. VCS simulates directly from NC program files, either from VCP or from other composite layup path-generation offline programming applications. VERICUT's CNC control emulation and NC program simulation technology allows VCS to be configured to simulate virtually any format CNC program and machine kinematics. Manufacturers that implement machine-independent automated fiber placement (AFP) programming and simulation software are free to select the best machine for a specific part, family of parts, or manufacturing process, without having to introduce a different piece of software into the engineering process for each different brand of machine.