VERICUT COMPOSITE PROGRAMMING
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 Fiber Placement Programming Process:
Reads CATIA, STEP, Siemens NX, Pro E, Creo, SolidWorks, or ACIS surface models
Links paths to create form layup sequences
• Automatically or manually link paths based on shortest distance and form’s topology
• Insert machine-specific commands and actions
• Insert safe start and restart events
• Fully support spinning, stationary, and alternative rotisserie axes
Post-processes linked paths
• Output per machine requirements
• Configurable machine-specific events and feed rate optimizations
• Output safe start and restart sequences
Optimizes the quality process
• Export XML files for laser projectors
– Head paths, ply boundaries
– Safe restarts
– Tow Gaps & More
Calculates & balances material usage
• Keep track of material on each spool
• Alter head paths to re-distribute material
Checks material conformance
• *New* Heat map
• Visualize ply angle deviations, steering violations and roller compression
• Pin point most severe material violations
Analyzes gaps, overlaps, and staggers
• Highlight excessive overlaps, and gaps
• Calculate the sum of gaps and overlaps
• Control and stagger splice locations
• Visualize areas of course convergence
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 manufactures 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.
Roadmap to Automated Composites [PDF]
VERICUT COMPOSITE SIMULATION
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.
A dual-head ElectroImpact AFP machine creating an airplane fuselage section.
A Kuka robot with an ElectroImpact AFP head.
An Accudyne AFP machine.
An mTorres AFP machine creating two spars on one tool
Simulating material placement over honeycomb core
VERICUT Composite Machine Simulation & Analysis Features: