NIAR advanced manufacturing coureses are made possible with the assistance of the EDA Build Back Better Regional Competition award, aimed at assisting small and medium sized businesses in the adoption of advanced manufacturing technologies.


Intro to Automated Fiber Placement (AFP) Manufacturing Class

The Intro to Automated Fiber Placement Manufacturing (AFP) course offers knowledge into the world of AFP while providing hands-on experience with state-of-the-art Electroimpact AFP systems. 

Attendees will learn:

  • Basics of the Automated Fiber Placement (AFP) Process
  • Details needed for a programmer to develop quality AFP structures
  • Functions of the KR1000 Titan KUKA robot (KUKA’s largest robot arm in production)
  • AFP layup process from preparation to finished part removal
  • Lab safety features and protocols

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Automated Fiber Placement (AFP) Programming Class

Learn to program Automated Fiber Placement (AFP) parts using the VERICUT Composites Programming (VCP) software. This third-party software can be used to program a wide variety of AFP machines.


Attendees will learn to:

  • Read and interpret Composite ply specifications
  • Control and work with course and ply generation
  • Manually edit tows and courses
  • Link courses together for efficient machine motion
  • Analyze courses and links for compression and compaction
  • Use collision avoidance settings
  • Use post process settings for effective machine motion

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Automated Fiber Placement (AFP) Operations and Maintenance Class

Learn to operate and maintain an AFP machine. Basic and advanced functions will be demonstrated. This 4-day hands-on class will teach you what materials are compatible with the machine, what machine limitations are, and what obstacles you will overcome in order to create a successful layup. You will also learn how to disassemble certain modules and parts on the machine.

Attendees will learn to:

  • Operate an Electroimpact AFP machine.
  • Maintain the machine
  • Check programs for important information.
  • Free form probe parts.
  • Repair and Inspect Thermoset/Thermoplastic layups.
  • Change parts on the machine.
  • Use multiple software’s that operate the machine.

Work with:

  • Electroimpact AFP machine/HMI
  • Laserline Laser Software
  • FLIR camera software

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