“VERICUT 8.1 includes new modules and enhancements that simplify simulating a CNC machine,” says CGTech’s Managing Director Tony Shrewsbury. “This release is all about various tools that can increase NC programmer efficiency, reduce production time, and detect costly errors before going to the shop floor.”
VERICUT Tool Manager imports 3D cutting tools from Siemens Teamcentre Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software. VERICUT connects directly to Teamcentre to reference files, avoiding the need to create external uncontrolled copies of models on a local or network drive. In the NX CAM project, all cutting tools used in a given project are listed. In one step, all 3D cutting tools for a job are imported at once.
VERICUT enhances support for Grinding and Dressing operations. Users can simulate dressing where a secondary tool is applied to a grinding wheel to freshen the grinding surface, or to change the grinding wheel cutting shape. VERICUT simulates the dynamic compensation needed while the dresser is used, even while the grinder is engaged with the part.
VERICUT’s Force module is a physics-based NC program optimisation method that maximises chip thickness. Force is designed to create more constant cutting forces resulting in significant machining time savings. Graphs and charts are displayed in real-time, revealing cutting conditions and forces as they are encountered by cutting tools. The data helps NC programmers identify undesirable cutting conditions represented as spikes in the graphs. Spikes display forces, chip loads, tool deflection, and material removal rates above the recommended parameters.
With one click on the chart, the exact location in the NC program is marked. Simultaneously, the actual cut in the graphics window is displayed. By optimising toolpath feed rates, Force is said to reduce machining time, prolong tool life, and produce a higher quality finished product.
VERICUT’s new Section window is said to be easier and faster to see inside a part during simulation. This allows the user to check proper fit, and identify interference between the workpiece and machine components. Sectioning abilities in machine view help with complicated machines where visibility is challenged. Enhancements allow the simulation to be continued while sectioned, and zoomed to achieve unobstructed viewing to pinpoint highlighted errors.
The X-Caliper measuring tool creates a measurement label on the part, and label placement is customisable for optimal viewing. Multiple dimensions can be displayed on the part to quickly document key measurements, create setup diagrams, or inspection aids. Images with dimensions are easily referenced in VERICUT reports.
VERICUT’s Report Template editor is designed to make creating a custom report easier. Adding content directly to the report editor is simplified using standard word processing capabilities. The enhancements allow the use of standard HTML objects, and the template editor displays what the report will look like as the template is designed.
VERICUT 8.1 also includes a new Additive module, which simulates both additive and traditional CNC machining capabilities.