FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Hove, England August 12, 2010 – CGTech will be showcasing it’s VERICUT Composites Applications Software on stand 400 at The Composites Engineering Show on September 29-30 at NEC Birmingham.

Visitors to the CGTech’s stand will see an overview of the steps needed to get from a CAD designed composite part to CNC programs that drive an Automated Fibre Placement (AFP) machine. Current customer projects to be highlighted 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.

“Manufacturers of AFP machinery often supply in-house developed off-line NC programming software with their machine, forcing companies to inconveniently adopt multiple software applications for multiple brands of machines,” said CGTech Ltd Managing Director, John Reed. “But the race is on to develop productive automated composite lay-up machinery and processes. To survive in this industry, a company must be able to select the best machine for the job, without the cost and risk associated with being locked to a single machine supplier.”

Throughout the show, CGTech will be demonstrating VERICUT Composite Applications: VERICUT Composite Programming (VCP) & VERICUT Composite Simulation (VCS).

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.

CGTech will also be exhibiting its latest version of VERICUT CNC machine simulation software. VERICUT simulates all types of CNC machining, including Multi-axis milling, 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 used in aerospace including Catia and Siemens NX.

About CGTech
Headquartered in Irvine, California, CGTech specializes in numerical control (NC/CNC) simulation, verification, optimization and analysis software technology for manufacturing. Since 1988 CGTech’s product, VERICUT® software, has become the industry standard for simulating CNC machining in order to detect errors, potential collisions or areas of inefficiency. With offices worldwide, VERICUT software is used by companies of all sizes, universities and government agencies. For more information, visit the CGTech website at cgtech.com, or contact CGTech Ltd, based in Hove, England on +44 (0)1273 773538, or email info.uk@cgtech.com

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EDITOR’S NOTE:
Kawasaki-afp2.jpg shows an AFP head on a Kawasaki robot application in VCS
VCP-making-plys2.jpg shows plys being applied to a fuselage component in VCP