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Features

TruComposites 2021 features

Use TruComposites composite design, analysis, and manufacturing tools for hand layup and automated workflows. Learn about creating flat patterns, laser projection data, and fiber placement programming.

Composite design

  • Enhanced

    Surfacing and wireframe

    Standard, Ultimate

    Create complex composite designs with Inventor’s surface and sketch tools.

  • Import composite design

    Standard, Ultimate

    Import composite-design-rich data models from CATIA composite design and FiberSIM. (video: 1:17 min.)

  • Ply layup definition

    Standard

    Define the layups, sequences, and plies that create your composite part.

  • Enhanced | Ply subdivision

    Standard

    Divide sub-plies into smaller plies and determine sub-ply overlaps automatically from splices.

  • Edit curve

    Standard, Ultimate

    Edit existing curves inside the composite environment using Inventor sketch tools.

  • Process material library

    Standard

    Store material parameters and packaging information in a shared library across multiple products.

Material deposition analysis

  • Enhanced

    Manufacturing strategies

    Standard

    Create and analyze manufacturing strategies to compare options and lower costs.

  • Angle deviation

    Standard

    Determine where fiber angle will be out of tolerance based on manufacturing method.

  • Wrinkling

    Standard

    Identify where material wrinkling will occur during the layup process.

  • Gap and overlap

    Standard

    Visualize where consecutive courses will diverge and converge passed allowed tolerances.

  • Steering

    Standard

    Identify where material minimum steering radii will influence layup quality.

  • Compaction

    Standard

    Determine where material will compact appropriate to the workpiece during the manufacturing process.

Composite manufacturing

  • Enhanced

    Flat pattern creation

    Standard

    Generate 2D flat patterns from 3D surface geometry based on material properties.

  • Laser projection and simulation

    Standard

    Export offset laser projection data and simulate the shop environment for laser projection optimization.

  • Integration with Inventor Nesting

    Standard

    Send flat patterns directly to Inventor Nesting to optimize material efficiency and drive cutting machines. (video: 2:16 min.)

  • Automated fiber placement

    Ultimate

    Program and edit toolpaths. Simulate machine motion and material deposition. 

  • Flat pattern export for TruNest

    Standard

    Export flat patterns directly to TruNest to ensure design data flows into manufacturing.

  • Automatic thickness compensation

    Ultimate

    Compare as-designed to as-manufactured parts and automatically compensate for out-of-tolerance areas.

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