AddPath Installation Instructions

Updated: May 16


Overview


Introduction

At Addcomposites, we truly believe in composites as the material of the future but also acknowledge the current issue of high costs. We believe composites will be the future material of choice by offering affordable automated manufacturing. This is why we have developed the affordable fiber placement tool head AFP-XS along with our 3D composites manufacturing software AddPath.


Using AddPath, the design engineer can now turn a CAD model into a fully planned and automated layup in a few steps. The software allows for controlling parameters like fiber orientation, allowed gaps, etc., and the ability to add reinforced areas or suppress specific tool paths. The software is not strictly designed for the AFP-XS tool head but is made open for you to control the tool head you desire. AddPath is agnostic to various machines and tools, and the goal from the beginning was to create an open development platform for the advancement of composite manufacturing.


Installing AddPath

Please follow the following steps

1. Install Rhino installed on your PC. presently AddPath is only supported on Windows devices.

2. Download AddPath here. Extract the files to a folder and get follow the instructions in the video for installation



Resources to get started

We have also provided the necessary files to create a robotic cell and can be downloaded from this Dropbox link, which contains:

  • Standard KUKA robot files

  • Standard AFP-XS tool file

  • Standard AddCell file

  • External axis files

  • Sample mold files

  • Sample project files

Setting up the AddPath environment

Here is a quick video on how to set up the robot and base



Planning a flat layup

here is a quick video provided to guide you through making a flat layup



Other resources

  1. Follow the 25 minutes video that guides you through - Workflow under AddPath - Planning, Simulating, and Program generation for flat plates - Planning, Simulating, and Program generation for the curved shape

  2. Step by step process to make jet engine blade link

  3. Things to consider while designing for the AFP link

  4. Course: Composites Basics

  5. Planning for RTM with AFP Link

  6. Example projects as shown below

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Please let us know at addpath@addcomposites.com if you have any questions!