Vericut 9.0 Features New Graphics Engine for Easier CAM Verification
Version 9.0 of Vericut from CGTech is described as “smarter” than previous versions, offering more robust connections to tooling databases and CAM systems. Vericut machine simulation, verification and optimization software simulates all types of CNC machining, additive and hybrid manufacturing processes.
Commenting on the new version’s improvements, Product Manager Gene Granata says, “Most users will also experience gains in performance, especially when simulating additive or hybrid AM operations. Enhancements to Vericut’s free Reviewer app lets programmers share with others (like machinists or quality assurance personnel) how parts are manufactured.”
Vericut 9.0 features several enhancements designed to increase power and improve efficiency, including a new graphics engine. The software provides sharper, clearer and more realistic views of machines and the machining process, making it easier to spot problems and imperfections in machined parts. Appearance settings for components and models can be used to add realism to objects in simulations.
Verification has been streamlined in version 9.0. Any of Vericut’s major functions, such as AUTO-DIFF, Section, and X-Caliper, can be used in any view, which is said to also increase productivity.
Using Force Analyze, users can spot potentially dangerous machining conditions or identify underutilized tools without any prior configuration. Force Charts has a new Fill Comparison option to help visualize the changes made by Force optimization to feed rates and chip loads.
X-Caliper now has several new measurements as well as features that provide greater control over how measurements (dimensions) are shown. Images with dimensions can be printed, saved to an image file or utilized in Setup Plans. Setup Plans capability is designed to ease the creation of images from the simulation with dimensions or notes that help others understand the manufacturing process.
A laser scanning system helps this shop capture the free-form surfaces on a hand-sculpted original. The resulting digitized models are the basis for CAM applications such as programming a CNC machining center.
Measuring workpiece dimensions is relatively simple for machine operators but measuring workpiece geometry which involves more complex comparisons of part shape to an ideal shape--is now also practical on the shop floor. The gaging equipment for doing this is coming down in price while becoming easier to use.
The uses of working gage blocks are as varied as the number of gage blocks in a large set. The working blocks have an intermediate grade and are often used in the inspection or calibration lab, but they may also be found on the shop floor.