Irvine, CA - CGTech, the developer of VERICUT CNC simulation, verification and optimization software, joins Wichita State University’s National Institute of Aviation Research (NIAR) to participate in the Automated Technologies Laboratory for Advanced Structures (ATLAS). ATLAS investigates the development of manufacturing protocols for automated fiber placement (AFP) and automated tape laying (ATL) for aircraft systems.
“Working with NIAR will help leverage our expertise in AFP and ATL manufacturing,” said CGTech’s Composites Product Manager, Andre Colvin. “Together with the ATLAS program, we will advance the capabilities of advanced automated composites manufacturing.”
"Partnership with CGTech enables us to develop a multi-disciplinary manufacturing environment and an engineering education program to prepare engineers and educators for the Factory of the Future and to aid the current workforce in seamlessly adapting to advancements in the workplace.,” said Dr. Waruna Seneviratne, Director of ATLAS.
ATLAS provides a facility for manufacturers to research advanced manufacturing concepts using various machines, software and processing options. The University recently received a $2 million grant contract from the U.S. Economic Development Association to develop and demonstrate advanced composite material manufacturing technology.
Since 1988 CGTech’s VERICUT software has been the industry standard for simulating CNC machining. VERICUT’s Composite Applications program and simulate AFP and ATL machines.
The partnership between CGTech and NIAR combines VERICUT’s programming and simulation capabilities for AFP and ATL with ATLAS’s advanced robotics capabilities, including a thermoplastics-capable Coriolis robot and an EI AFP robot.
CGTech specializes in numerical control (NC/CNC) simulation, verification, optimization, and analysis software technology for manufacturing. VERICUT enables NC programmers to reduce prove-outs, virtually eliminate errors, and optimize NC programs for more efficient machining. CGTech also offers machine-independent off-line programming and simulation software for automated fiber-placement and tape-laying CNC machines. CGTech software is used by companies of all sizes in over 55 countries.
The National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) at Wichita State University provides research, testing, certification and training for aviation and manufacturing technologies. Established in 1985, NIAR has a $70 million annual budget; a staff of 550; and nearly one million square feet of laboratory and office space in four locations across the city of Wichita, the Air Capital of the World. NIAR laboratories include Additive Manufacturing, Advanced Coatings, Advanced Manufacturing, Aging Aircraft, Ballistics & Impact Dynamics, CAD/CAM, Composites & Advanced Materials, Computational Mechanics, Crash Dynamics, Environmental & Electromagnetic Test, Full-scale Structural Test, Nondestructive Test, Reverse Engineering, Robotics & Automation, Virtual Reality and the Walter H. Beech Wind Tunnel. www.niar.wichita.edu