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.
The partnership between CGTech and NIAR combines VERICUT’s programming and simulation capabilities for AFP and ATL with ATLAS’s robotics capabilities, including a thermoplastics-capable Coriolis robot and an EI AFP robot.