Creating patches with Cevotec Artist Studio's Draped Curve feature

Cevotec’s Fiber Patch Placement (FPP) process is used to automate the production of complex composites by dividing the laminate into multiple smaller pieces of same or similar shape – so called patches.

The positioning of each individual patch can have an influence on the overall performance of the part. Since a laminate can consist of several thousands of patches, a tool is needed to assist the designer in the creation of such laminates. Artist Studio is Cevotec’s software solution for designing FPP laminates.

One of Artist Studio’s strengths has been the creation of custom patch patterns, especially for local reinforcements along curvilinear loadpaths. Now, with the new Draped Curve feature, Artist Studio can also support you with the creation of more traditional laminates like biaxial ([0°, 90°]) or quasi-isotropic (QI, e.g. [0°, 90°, +45°, -45°]). In Artist Studio 1.3 Cevotec introduces the new kinematic draping features, enabling our users to predict the shape of applied patches with even further increased accuracy.

Cevotec now use the very same fast and reliable algorithm to bring their patch creation to the next level. It’s possible to create FPP laminates with fiber orientations similar to traditional woven fabrics that feature a 90° angle between warp and weft direction, together with the ability to drape this pattern over complex shapes. Users can also add additional +/- 45° layers that follow the same principle. So now user are basically only a few clicks away from a QI laminate whole part. And it wouldn’t be FPP if users couldn’t still pick any arbitrarily curved line as your 0° reference – enabling more sophisticated patch patterns than ever before.

The Draped Curve feature is yet another tool that originated from request of our industrial clients working with FPP technology.

Creating patches with Cevotec Artist Studio's Draped Curve feature

Companies: Cevotec GmbH

Technologies: Fiber Placement

Terms: Business, Innovations, News Worldwide

This article has been edited by Basalt.Today
This article has been written on JEC Composites Magazine
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