Irvine, California –  CGTech and BA Composites have announced a collaboration that brings together the market-leading strengths of both companies. The common goal for this cooperation is to enable manufacturers of composite components an efficient programming method of the laying processes on the first standalone fiber placement machining center, the “STAXX Compact.” With VERICUT, the time-consuming and expensive manual prove-out on the machine can shift to a virtual environment, thereby freeing the machine to produce production parts.

“There is a clear need for machine independent programming software, which is regularly updated and maintained as part of their standard software by a recognized software provider,” said Hans Erkelenz, CEO of CGTech Germany GmbH.

The VERICUT Composite Application suite is machine-independent off-line programming and simulation software for CNC composite fabrication machinery. It provides tools for composite part designers, mechanical engineers, process engineers, NC programmers, and manufacturing engineers.

VERICUT Composite Programming (VCP) reads CAD surfaces and ply boundary information and adds material to fill the plies according to user-specified manufacturing standards and requirements. Layup paths are then linked together to form specific layup sequences and output as NC programs for the automated layup machine.

VERICUT Composite Simulation (VCS) reads CAD models and NC programs, either from VCP or other composite layup path-generation applications, and simulates the sequence of NC programs on a virtual machine. Material is applied to the layup form via NC program instructions in a virtual CNC simulation environment. The simulated material applied to the form can be measured and inspected to ensure the NC program follows manufacturing standards and requirements. A report showing simulation results and statistical information can be automatically created.

About BA Composites GmbH
BA Composites GmbH is a subsidiary of Broetje-Automation GmbH and manufactures machinery and systems for the production of composite components, keeping a special focus on fiber placement and tape laying machines. With the STAXX production system, the company places an innovative technology on the market which, thanks to its multi-line fiber placement, four-axis orientation, and unique line integration capability, offers utmost flexibility and maximum material savings.

The company has already convinced the jury of the JEC Europe 2015 Innovation Award with the world premiere of STAXX COMPACT and received the prestigious award in the category “Process”. The live operation of the STAXX COMPACT was presented to the broad public exclusively at the JEC 2015.

Further Information about the STAXX Compact machines at BA composites call +49 (0) 7624 31-0 or visit

About CGTech
Headquartered in Irvine, California, CGTech specializes in numerical control (NC/CNC) simulation, verification, optimization and analysis software technology for manufacturing. Since 1988 CGTech’s product, VERICUT® software, has become the industry standard for simulating CNC machining in order to detect errors, potential collisions or areas of inefficiency. CGTech also offers machine-independent off-line programming and simulation software for automated fiber-placement and tape-laying CNC machines. With offices worldwide, VERICUT software is used by companies of all sizes, universities/trade schools, and government agencies. For more information, visit the CGTech website at, call (949) 753-1050, or email

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