Programming & Simulation Software for Automated Fibre-Placement (AFP) and Tape-Laying Machines (ATL)
VERICUT Composite Programming
VERICUT Composite Simulation
VCP reads CAD models of the layup tool and ply boundary information that defines the laminate or ply stack and creates motion paths that add material and fill each ply boundary according to the user’s engineering requirements and manufacturing standards.
VERICUT Composite Programming (VCP) reads CAD surfaces and ply boundary information and adds material to fill the plies according to user-specified manufacturing standards and requirements. Layup paths are then linked together to form specific layup sequences and output as NC programs for the automated layup machine.
VERICUT Fibre Placement Programming Process:
Reads CATIA, STEP, Siemens NX, Pro E, Creo, SolidWorks, or ACIS surface models
Excerpt from: Roadmap to Automated Composites
By: Charles B. Anderton, André Colvin
Implementing automated composites requires a significant capital investment, alongside a steep learning curve. The expenditure in both cost and time inhibit many manufacturers from instituting automation, despite the clear advantages. This paper will define important terminology, provide a business case for adopting automated composites, and point out considerations when deciding upon a machine. By shedding light onto these specific considerations, informed and successful steps can be taken to implement this constantly evolving technology.
VCS is a simulated work environment for automated composites manufacturing. Through CAD models and NC programs, VCS simulates the sequence of NC programs on a virtual machine, including head changes, probing, knife cutting, and more. Material is applied to the layup form via NC program instructions in a virtual CNC simulation environment.
VERICUT Composite Simulation (VCS) is a simulated work environment for automated composites manufacturing. Through CAD models and NC programs, VCS simulates the sequence of NC programs on a virtual machine, including head changes, probing, knife cutting, and more. 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 for stack thickness, ply offset, ply angle, and other manufacturing priorities to ensure the NC program follows manufacturing standards and requirements. A report showing simulation results and statistical information can be automatically created.