Creating a Stack-up File From Zones

This task shows you how to create a stack-up file before creating the plies.
It contains the stacking order of the Composites part.
This step is not mandatory. May you be satisfied with the proposed stack-up, you can directly create the plies.

Available in Composites Engineering Design (CPE).
Open the Stack-UpFile1.CATPart document.
  1. Click the Plies From Zones icon .
    The Stack-up file from zones dialog box is displayed.

  2. Select the group of zones to export.
    The export enables you to analyze the stack-up and identify any possible problems.

    You can as well select several groups of zones to export simultaneously.
  3. Click the ...  button to define the path where to store the stack-up file.

    If you do not define any path, the file will be stored in the document's directory (here the Samples directory).
  4. Check the Open stack-up file after creation option to display the file once you click OK.

  5. Click OK to generate the file.

Here is an example with Zones Group.1.
The stack-up file contains the following information:

  • ply
  • geometric level
  • material
  • orientation
  • set of zones
Exporting the stack-up file allows you to modify the default stack-up.