Programming for AFP/ATL

VERICUT Composite Programming (VCP) gives composite part programmers complete control. With a wide variety of path placement 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. Furthermore, analysis tools within VCP allow users to verify several important parameters like roller compaction, material steering, and ply angle deviation directly within VCP while also offering output of data for analysis in FEA software like HyperSizer, Nastran, and ABAQUS.

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. Results can be quickly analyzed and any desired changes can be made directly.

VCP can be used to program any number of machines. It also 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
    • 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
    • Multiple types of combinations of the above

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