JEC World 2020 preview: CGTech
CGTech (Irvine, Calif., U.S.; Hall 5, Stand P30) is providing live demonstrations of the latest version of its VERICUT software, VERICUT Composite Programming (VCP) and VERICUT Composite Simulation (VCS).
Version 9.0 of VERICUT includes specific modules to support manufacturers in the composites sector. VCP is said to give composite part designers complete control over their parts. With a wide variety of path laying algorithms, engineers can ensure that they capture the design intent of their composite workpiece. Using tools inside of VCP, the part designer or engineer can easily create and experiment with various automated fiber placement (AFP) path options and evaluate the effects of AFP manufacturing on a composite part’s design intent.
With VCS, users can verify NC code to identify issues such as collisions, NC syntax errors and material placement quality, regardless of the programming system used. Because the material is applied to the layup form via NC program instructions in a virtual CNC simulation environment, the simulated part can be measured and inspected to ensure the NC program follows manufacturing constraints.
Both VCP and VCS can be used to program and simulate any number of machines, CGTech says. Both programs include support for probing, knife trimming paths, laser projection, AFP and automated tape laying (ATL) machines. VERITCUT also simulates six-axis articulated arm robot motion for manufactuers applying robotic automation to cutting and trimming, drilling and fastening, and fiber placement. VERICUT also supports robots that have additional ‘external’ axes such as those mounted on a linear rail.
CGTech is also hosting a Composite Manufacturing Symposium on Tuesday, March 3 in Room 513.
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