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The future of composites manufacturing

21st January 2022
James Anstee

At JEC World 2022, CGTech will demonstrate how advanced programming strategies and simulation can lead to the production of better composite parts.

Throughout the show, CGTech (Hall 5 Stand P30) will showcase its Composites focused applications, including VERICUT Composite Programming (VCP) and VERICUT Composite Simulation (VCS), as well as delivering a presentation on its SMART-TAPE project, that will transform the way components are manufactured.

VCP gives composite part designers complete control over their part and can be used to program any number of machines. The latest version of VCP delivers enhanced collision checking performance, such that it can now use more detailed models, and a new path generation scheme for wrapping material following a variable angle.

VCS gives an entire organization the confidence needed to run composite NC machines correctly the first time. Version 9.2 of VCS features a new Laminate Collison Detection functionality that reports any collision between machine components and the tapes being laydown, while a new function for laminate core-sampling analysiscan find program errors in the ply layup sequence, excess material and missing material.

As the demand for lightweight, affordable structural components across transportation industries increases so does the need to develop technologies for producing these parts, thereby making manufacturing speed and efficiency essential. During the event, CGTech will present its SMART-TAPE project, that aims to overcome any barriers to efficiency and throughput by delivering novel multi-material (hybrid) processes, using carbon fibre-reinforced thermoplastic tapes in conjunction with low-cost metallic and polymeric substrates, for volume applications. Further details about the project and registration details for the presentation can be found on the CGTech website: https://www.cgtech.co.uk/are-you-ready-for-the-future-of-composite-manufacturing.html

Finally, CGTech will also exhibit its latest version of VERICUT software. Version 9.2 is the very latest release of VERICUT, an industry leading independent CNC machine simulation, verification and optimization software platform that enables users to eliminate the process of manually proving-out NC programs. VERICUT simulates all types of CNC machining, including drilling and trimming of composite parts, water jet, riveting, robotics, mill/turn and parallel kinematics. VERICUT runs standalone but can also be integrated with leading CAM systems.

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