Programming for AFP/ATL - VERICUT Composite Programming (VCP)

VCP gives composite part designers complete control over their. With a wide variety of path laying algorithms, engineers can ensure that they capture the design intent of their composite work piece. Using tools inside of VCP, the part designer or engineer can easily create and experiment with various AFP path options. They can also evaluate the effects of AFP manufacturing on a composite part’s design intent.

The user can measure and evaluate the effects of AFP path trajectory, material steering, surface curvature, course convergence and other process constraints as they would be applied in manufacturing. 

VCP can be used to program any number of machines. It includes support for probing, knife trimming paths, laser projection, and Automated Tape Laying (ATL) machines. Data exportation is also available for further in-depth evaluation by the user’s existing analysis methods and tools.

VCP Process Features

Reads CATIA, STEP, Siemens NX, Pro E, Creo, SolidWorks, ACIS and other surface models

Reads Fibersim, CATIA, and other external ply geometry and information including:
    • Boundary geometry
    • Ply direction, and
    • Start points

Generates layup paths based on manufacturing engineering specifications, including:
    • Rosette projection at specified angles
    • Parallel to guiding curve
    • Follows the natural path of the form’s surface

Creates NC code for any machine vendor, including: Electroimpact, MTorres, Accudyne, AFPT, and others!