CGTech is the developer of the VERICUT CNC Simulation, Verification and Optimisation software. The Force Roadshow will be a series of four half-day seminars throughout June and July, kicking off at the Advanced Forming Research Centre, Scotland, on 14 June.
The Force module is a physics-based optimisation method that determines the maximum reliable feed rate for a given cutting condition based on four factors: force on the cutter, spindle power, maximum chip thickness, and maximum allowable feed rate. It calculates ideal feed rates by analysing tool geometry and parameters, material properties of the stock and cutting tool, detailed cutting edge geometry, and VERICUT cut-by-cut contact conditions.
In this latest version, VERICUT 8.0.3, enhancements added to Force include new features for better control of entry/exit speeds, ‘clean-up’ feed rates, and tooling information has been re-arranged to be more intuitive. The updated Force module now receives input values directly from cloud-based tooling, and benefits from new features that streamline optimisation setup. By micro analysing the cutting conditions encountered by an NC program, Force ensures NC programs have optimal feed rates, and ideal chip thicknesses that do not exceed safe force or power limits.
According to CGTech, Force excels in difficult to machine materials, and especially complex multi-axis cuts such as five-axis flank milling. After materials have been characterised they can also be applied to a broad range of cutters and machines in other NC machining operations.
Initial users of this technology are already seeing productivity improvements of up to 50%, CGTech claims.
“With these seminars we really want to demonstrate exactly what Force can do and the benefits of using it, including reduced development time, shorter cycle times, less process variation, longer machine life and improved part quality,” explains Tony Shrewsbury, Managing Director, CGTech, UK. “It can also prevent tool breakage due to deflection.”