Simulation Software Provides Hybrid Additive Capabilities

Version 8.1 of CGTech’s Vericut CNC machine simulation, verification and optimization software simulates all types of CNC machining, additive, and hybrid manufacturing processes.

Version 8.1 of CGTech’s Vericut CNC machine simulation, verification and optimization software simulates all types of CNC machining, additive, and hybrid manufacturing processes. The software operates independently, but can also be integrated with various CAM systems.

New modules include Additive, Grinder-Dressing and Teamcenter Interface. Sectioning extending to machine views, X-Caliper dimension labels displayed with models, a new report template editor and easier G-Code offsets improve Vericut’s core functionality.

Vericut’s Additive module enables the simulation of both additive and traditional CNC machining capabilities applied in any order. Simulating both operations identifies potential problems that can occur when integrating additive methods. The user has access to detailed history stored with Vericut’s droplet technology, which saves programmers time by quickly identifying the source of errors with a single click. This additive capability shows realistic laser cladding and material deposition; detects collisions between the machine and additive part; and finds errors, voids and misplaced material. Vericut simulates the post-processed NC code that controls the CNC machine, ensuring proper usage of additive functions and laser parameters.

Vericut connects directly to Teamcenter to reference files, avoiding the need to create external, uncontrolled copies of models on a separate drive. In the NX CAM project, all cutting tools used in a project are listed. In one step, users can import all 3D cutting tools for a job.

Users can simulate grinder dressing, in which a secondary tool is applied to a grinding wheel to freshen the grinding surface or 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.

The Force module maximizes chip thickness, creating constant cutting forces resulting in significant machining time savings. Real-time graphs and charts reveal cutting conditions and forces cutting tools encounter them. The data helps NC programmers identify undesirable cutting conditions.

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