CGTech releases latest version of composites software
CGTech (Irvine, CA, US) is shipping the next major release of VERICUT Composite Applications: VERICUT Composite Programming (VCP) and VERICUT Composite Simulation (VCS). VERICUT Composite Applications are used to program and simulate automated fiber placement and tape laying machinery from machine tool builders, including Electroimpact, MTorres, AFPT, Automated Dynamics, Fives, Accudyne and BA Composites. Features include a new Laminate Manager, a redesigned graphical interface, enhanced reports, laminate analysis tools, and advanced collision avoidance. VCP works by reading in CATIA, NX, Solidworks, STEP or ACIS surface models. This data then can be combined with information from composite design packages, such as Fibersim and CATIA Composite Workbench. VCP adds material to fill ply boundaries, according to user-specified manufacturing standards and machine limits. Layup paths are linked together to form specific layup sequences and are output as NC programs for the selected automated layup machine. VCS reads CAD models and NC programs, either from VCP or other composite layup path-generation applications, and then simulates the sequence of NC programs on a virtual machine. Material is applied to the layup form via NC program instructions in a virtual CNC simulation environment. The simulated material applied to the form can be measured and inspected to ensure that the NC program follows manufacturing standards and requirements. A report that shows simulation results and statistical data can be automatically created.
Fast-reacting resins and speedier processes are making economical volume manufacturing possible.
The structural properties of composite materials are derived primarily from the fiber reinforcement. Fiber types, their manufacture, their uses and the end-market applications in which they find most use are described.
Fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP) replacing coated steel in more reinforced-concrete applications.