A 5 axis machining operation on an impeller blade

A robot application showing composite layup on a spar.

Hove, England  – CGTech will be showcasing it’s world leading VERICUT CNC Simulation software on Stand D10, Hall 1 at Farnborough International 2010. CGTech has two product lines both of which are highly relevant to the aerospace and defence industries:

VERICUT – Machine Simulation, Verification and Optimisation for CNC Metal Cutting  Machines

VERICUT Composite Application – for CNC Automated Fibre Placement machines (AFP).

VERICUT is software that enables users to eliminate the process of manually proving-out NC programs. VERICUT simulates all types of CNC machining, including 3, 4 and 5 axis Milling and machining Centres, Multi Axis Mill/Turn centres, water jet, riveting and assembly and robotic applications. VERICUT runs standalone, but can also be integrated with leading CAM systems used in aerospace such as Catia, Siemens NX, Delcam PowerMill and Open Mind HyperMill.

VERICUT Composite Applications – comprises two modules – VCP – VERICUT Composite Programming and VCS – VERICUT Composite Simulation.

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 linked together to form specific layup sequences and are output as NC programs for the automated layup machine.

VCS reads CAD models and NC programs, either from VCP or other composite layup path-generation applications, and 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 the NC program follows manufacturing standards and requirements. A report showing simulation results and statistical information can be automatically created.

Customer projects to be highlighted on the stand at Farnborough include: a large one-piece fuselage barrel on an Electroimpact multi-machine AFP fabrication cell; an aircraft inlet duct on a Cincinnati Viper 1200 AFP machine; the challenges encountered supporting a flexible AFP gantry machine; layup of a U-channel structure on a 7-axis mTorres AFP machine; and aircraft skin panels and experiments using an AFP head mounted on a 6-axis robot.

About CGTech

Headquartered in Irvine, California, CGTech specializes in numerical control (NC/CNC) simulation, verification, optimization and analysis software. Since 1988 CGTech’s product, VERICUT® has become the industry standard for simulating CNC machining in order to detect errors, potential collisions or areas of inefficiency. CGTech has subsidiaries in UK, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Brazil and China   For more information, visit the CGTech website at

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