CNC Simulation Software Integrates with CAM Systems
CGTech will introduce version 7.3 of its Vericut CNC simulation, verification and optimization software, emphasizing the program's ability to integrate with CAM systems.
CGTech will introduce version 7.3 of its Vericut CNC simulation, verification and optimization software, emphasizing the program's ability to integrate with CAM systems. The software can run as a standalone program, simulating CNC processes with post-processed NC code, but can also be integrated with CAM systems to enable viewing and analysis of cut part geometry. Models can be cross-sectioned multiple times at any orientation to check areas unable to be seen in a solid model, such as the intersection of drilled holes. The software comes in a modular format, providing flexibility and enabling the user to select only those particular capabilities that may be needed.
In addition to its CAM compatibility, the software's machine simulation abilities detect collisions and near-misses between all machine tool components. The user can also set up "near-miss zones" around components to check for close calls and detect over-travel errors. In Review Mode, machine movements can be simulated while stepping or playing backwards.
The standalone Vericut Reviewer enables shop floor personnel, suppliers, customers and other production engineers to view animations of the CNC machining process. The program plays forward and backward while removing and replacing material. Reviewer files also operate on an iPad.
Vericut 7.3 reads tool model data from tool manufacturers for accurate simulations, and also interfaces with tool management systems (such as TDM Systems and WinTool) for access to databases storing cutting tool information. The software creates accurate virtual machine tool configurations. Presetting suppliers can also interface with the software to apply tool offsets and exact dimensions to the simulation process. The company will demonstrate the software’s integration with Kennametal’s Novo application, an online tool catalog and database that permits users to download Kennametal tool data for use within Vericut.
Also on display at the show will be the company's Vericut Drilling and Fastening (VDAF) simulation and visualization software.