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Irvine, California– During the JEC Composites show, March 27-29, 2012 at the Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles, CGTech will host, jointly with Electroimpact, a discussion on the abilities and limitations of Automated Fiber Placement.  Additionally, visitors to CGTech’s stand (Pavillon 1, Stand R66) will have the opportunity to receive a thorough overview of the steps needed to get from a CAD designed composite part to CNC programs that drive an Automated Fiber Placement (AFP) machine.“Manufacturers of AFP machinery typically 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 Product Marketing Manager Bill Hasenjaeger. “But to survive in this industry, a company must be able 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 CATIA V5, STEP, or ACIS surface models. It also reads FiberSim, CATIA V5 or other external ply geometry and information. VCP then 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 and optimization software. VERICUT is CNC machine simulation, verification and optimization software 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.

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. CGTech also offers machine-independent off-line programming and simulation software for automated fiber-placement and wide tape CNC machines. With offices worldwide, VERICUT software is used by companies of all sizes, universities/trade schools, and government agencies. For more information, visit the CGTech website at cgtech.com, call (949) 753-1050, or email info@cgtech.com

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EDITOR’S NOTE:   The VCS Simulation image shows composite material layup on an mTorres 7 axis AFP machine.

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