VISTAGY and CGTech Announce Partnership

23 Sep, 2008

Integrated software aims to enable composite airframe developers to create designs faster with enhanced part performance and maximum weight savings.

VISTAGY, an engineering software provider, announced today a partnership with CAM software provider CGTech. VISTAGY's FiberSIM and CGTech's VERICUT Composite Programming and Simulation Suite (VCP) will together provide technology for rapid design and manufacturing iterations to optimize the development of composite structures produced by automated fiber placement (AFP) machines.

According to the companies, this integration enables designers to take into account AFP manufacturing requirements early on and to transfer composite design information from FiberSIM to VCP software for creating and validating CNC programs for AFP machines. It will also allow engineers to design specifically for the manufacturing process and allow them to take advantage of innovative uses of composite materials.

"There's a natural synergy between our products that creates a fast, powerful, and flexible software environment for companies designing and manufacturing composite parts," Bill Hasenjaeger, CGTech product marketing manager, said. "FiberSIM's ability to work with multiple commercial 3D CAD systems, combined with VCP's ability to create CNC programs for multiple AFP systems, gives customers the flexibility to choose the best solutions to meet their business requirements."

Olivier Guillermin, VISTAGY product and market-strategy director, added, "Given the rapid growth in the use of composites in industries that develop highly complex structures, the partnership between VISTAGY and CGTech is a natural fit. By integrating our best-in-class software we are able to support a state-of-the art, design-through-manufacturing solution that enables companies to produce optimum composite designs and manufacturing processes. I believe this timely partnership will further enable us to support the aerospace industry in the accelerated adoption of composites as the material of choice in the future."