AFP and ATL Software
Automated tape laying (ATL) and automated fiber placement (AFP) are processes that use numerically controlled machines to lay one or several layers of carbon fiber material onto a mold to create a structure.
Recent advancements in automated composite fabrication machines are generating much excitement – and with good reason. Driven mostly by aerospace, but with technology quickly transferring to other industries, productive automated composite lay-up machinery is a reality. One of our goals here is to help bring about understanding and transparency to the process of programming automated composite machinery by introducing the key components of machine independent off-line programming software. We will discuss key terms, applications, design for manufacturability, and supplemental processes to fiber placement.