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Composite layup tools for manufacturing

Use TruPlan composite analysis and fabrication software to simulate different composite layup methods. Apply "what if" solvers to your analysis. Determine the best fabrication method or the feasibility of fabrication, and more.

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    Visualization & simulation

  • Visualize steering

    Visualize the steering radius for laying fiber and tape onto the 3D curvatures of a composite part. Use shearing rather than radius computations when appropriate. 

  • Wrinkle analysis

    Perform a wrinkle analysis, and view the results as an image. Color-coded highlights indicate the areas where wrinkles are likely to appear during fiber and tape layup.

  • Angle of deviation analysis

    Analyze the angle of deviation for production. Visualize the deviation angle between the composite fiber placement and the stable composite.

    Composite fabrication planning

  • Feasibility of fabrication

    Determine whether it's feasible to produce a part before costly manufacturing work. TruPlan composite analysis and fabrication software lets you analyze material behavior for hand layup (HLU), tape laying, and fiber placement well before fabrication.

  • Compare manufacturing variables

    Save time and money by ruling out individual manufacturing concepts without creating physical samples and testing each concept. Use different start points, directions, curvatures, or other variables on your 3D CAD geometry. For instance, test many different constant angles or steering offsets all at once.

    TruPlan quickly creates multiple possible outcomes for you to view, and indicates green and red zones for the range of variables you provided. With this visual representation of best-to-worst case scenarios, you can quickly evaluate the best way to manufacture your part.

  • Estimate cost impact

    Compare the cost impact of using automated fiber placement (AFP), automated tape laying (ATL), or hand layup (HLU) to manufacture your composite component. TruPlan estimates the tape length, number of cuts, how long the machine will take to finish a particular job, and other cost factors, so you can select the best fabrication method for your part and your budget.

    Composite analysis

  • Composite analysis solvers

    TruPlan offers several solvers, sometimes called what-if analysis tools. Apply one or more solvers to your analysis to calculate a range of parameters such as constant angles, steering offsets, and others. By changing or selecting different variables, you can evaluate the best fabrication process for your part.

    Solvers included in TruPlan composite analysis software can be used to calculate:

    • Constant angle — layup in single direction
    • Constant angle offset — starting in one direction and offseting for shape
    • Constant steering — single radius for corners
    • Constant steering offset — variable radius for curvature
    • Guide curve offset — following and offsetting from one curve shape
    • Hoop wind  — how tape winds around in a large circle
    • Natural — how tape may follow the normal contours of a part
  • Calculate convergence

    Calculate where tape convergence (overlapping) will occur in an automated tape laying (ATL) fabrication process. Get the proper rigidity and strength of your composite with an even distribution of tape.  Test different taping start points and angles, and choose the best solution for tape laying. 

  • Calculate compaction

    Calculate the composite fiber compaction for automated tape laying (ATL). Test different start points and directions for ATL, and find an ideal level of compaction. 

  • Gap analysis

    Run a gap analysis of your automated tape laying (ATL) process. See where gaps are likely to appear in the composite. Test different start points and tape laying directions to find the optimal solution for fabricating the part.