CAD/CAM CGTech receives award for CAD/CAM application suite at Mach 2012

Editor: Eric Culp

CGTech reported numerous visitors enquiring about its Vericut composite application suite at the recent Mach exhibition in Birmingham, UK. That’s understandable: the software won the prize in the CAD/CAM category at the prestigious MWP Awards the second day of the fair.

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Offering machine-independent programming and simulation for automated composite and fibre-placement CNC machines, the composite application suite is used by aerospace component manufacturers for programming and simulation. It consists of three elements: Vericut Composite Programming, Vericut Composite Simulation and the recently launched Vericut Composite Paths for Engineering.

CGTech Managing Director John Reed said the suite resulted from his company’s entry into composites technology when, some eight years ago, Boeing invited CGTech to join a feasibility study for the production of the core structure of the new 787 Dreamliner aircraft. The software developer followed the same philosophy as it uses for its metal-cutting machine tool simulation software: it created a system that was completely CAD/CAM and machine tool independent.

“With applications filtering down the supply chain and also migrating to the automotive and marine industries, many companies that are currently hand-laying composites may move to automated processes, especially as robotic applications become more prevalent,” Reed explains. “This is being aided by Vericut’s composite application suite, which supports the next level of fibre-placement machine systems as material-additive processes are developed rapidly to match the demand for components with improved strength-to-weight ratios.”

CGTech Ltd.

Hove, E Sussex, UK

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