CNC machine simulation, verification and optimisation specialists, CGTech has announced the latest release of VERICUT, Version 9.3. The software operates independently, but also integrates with all leading CAM systems.
VERICUT 9.3 focuses on creating ‘smarter’, more efficient manufacturing processes with features that bring in data around the machine, the tools, and the stock to improve simulation and the overall manufacturing workflow. Improvements have been made to strengthen VERICUT’s core, including improved collision checking, increasing the limit on axes per subsystem, and cutting tool data in the Tool Performance. Hundreds of customer-driven changes and improvements have also been addressed in this latest release.
“VERICUT 9.3 provides smarter data for smarter manufacturing, giving our customers a ‘cutting edge,’” said CGTech’s managing director, Gavin Powell. “With enriched machining metrics, Force feedrate and tool deflection optimisation, this latest VERICUT release creates the most highly optimised, yet safe to run NC programs for any CNC machine.”
VERICUT’s integrated optimisation module, VERICUT Force, has also received additional features and enhancements in 9.3. Alongside improvements to core features and functionality, deflection calculations have changed to account for the entire rotating tool assembly, where previous versions only accounted for solid round tools with holders. This change in deflection along with cutting tool data and information about stock material, improves part surface finish, ensures the part meets the appropriate dimensions, and extends cutter life.
“We’ve seen up to 40% more tool life and 30-40% savings in machining cycle time when using VERICUT Force,” stated Jason Mills, engineering manager at Advanced Manufacturing Ltd. (AML). “The module is invaluable for our production work as it provides us with a competitive edge. It’s quite easy to understand. We simply pick the material from the database and input the cutter geometry, which we get from the tooling manufacturer. Force then does its calculations in the background.”
Build, manage, and reuse assemblies
Use VERICUT’s Assembly Manager to create and manage portions of your NC machines such as rotary table configurations, angle heads for machining, robot end effectors, or various workholding setups with fixtures and workpieces to be machined. The library of assemblies saves programmer time since they are easily accessed by others, and for repeated use in new VERICUT projects.
Status and HUD improvements
Streamline machining and information seen in the Status Window and Head Up Display (HUD). The HUD can automatically update to match visible Status information, or use ‘Field Visibility Edit Mode’ to concurrently edit Status and HUD configurations. Users can lock and unlock the visibility of status groups to retain the same layout for every VERICUT project they open moving forward.
Force optimisation improvements
Achieve better machined part quality and longer tool and spindle bearing life with improvements made to Force. Deflection calculations have been updated to account for the entire rotating tool assembly, including indexable insert mills and model file cutters. Users can also add volume removal rate (VRR) limits to all cutters. Analysis and optimisation for solid round tools and complex cutters has also been added.
VERICUT’s Tool Manager now includes a Tool Performance Database (TPD) that suggests starting spindle speed and feedrates values to use with cutters in a wide range of stock materials. This data works with Machining Optimisation Data (MOD) in VERICUT’s Tool Manager. MOD displays a table of spindle speeds and feedrates that helps programmers choose appropriate cutting speeds and chip thickness values based on the cutting tool used, and stock material being machined.