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CGTech is now shipping the next major version of the Vericut CNC machine simulation and optimisation software.

Vericut 7.1 features significant enhancements to reduce the time required for manufacturing engineers to easily develop, analyse, inspect and document the CNC programming and machining process.

Along with adding new features, CGTech developers and engineers focused on addressing hundreds of customer-driven enhancements.

Vericut is CNC machine simulation, verification and optimisation software that enables users to eliminate the process of manually proving out NC programs.

It reduces scrap loss and rework.

The program also optimises NC programs in order to save time and produce a higher-quality surface finish.

Vericut simulates all types of CNC machine tools, including those from manufacturers such as Mazak, Makino, Matsuura, Hermle, DMG, Mori Seiki, Makino and Chiron.

Vericut runs standalone, but can also be integrated with CAM systems such as Dassault Systemes Catia, Siemens NX, Creo (Pro/E), MasterCAM, EdgeCAM, Delcam Powermill and Open Mind Hypermill.

To further simplify creating a Vericut tool library, CAD solid models of inserts and holders can be imported into Vericut.

The new feature added to the tool manager displays the CAD Geometry window that allows easy identification of which parts of the CAD model file corresponds with holders, cutters or inserts.

Catia and Step models are supported.

It is now possible to create and display coordinate systems in the tool manager.

These coordinate systems can then be used to align tool components.

A new feature, Assembly, in the open-model file-selection window, enables the user to extract all individual components of a CAD assembly file and store them in their own model definitions.

If Assembly is toggled ‘on’, a separate model will be created for each component in the CAD model.

When toggled ‘off’, all components are used to create a single model.

This feature supports Step, Catia and Siemens NX model types.

The Vericut Reviewer incorporates all the functionality of NC Review mode in a standalone viewer that does not use a Vericut licence.

The Reviewer can play forward and backward while removing and replacing material.

Error messages and NC program text is highlighted when a collision on the stock or fixture is selected.

An NC program line display is optional.

The user can rotate, pan and zoom just like normal Vericut and the cut stock can be measured using all the standard X-caliper tools.

The ‘Reviewer’ file can be saved at any point in a Vericut session.

Cutting conditions are shown in the status display and available when stepping through the program using NC Program Review.

The feature shows detailed information about the cutter’s engagement with material, including: axial depth, radial width, volume removal rate, chip thickness, maximum surface speed and contact area.

With the Vericut report enhancements, users can preview and customise report templates to include features such as pictures and videos, and links to files and websites.

These reports have become increasingly valuable for Vericut users to share CNC machining process information throughout their organisation and supply chains.

A new feature has been added for Vericut collision checking – it is now possible to stop the simulation at an ‘exact’ collision point between the machine components.

While simulating an NC block with the ‘stop at collision’ box checked, Vericut will stop in mid-motion at each collision point.

Clicking the ‘step’ button continues simulation to the next collision point – or to the end of the motion if no other collisions exist.

The Pro/E interface has been enhanced to improve creation of parametric, sketch and solid tools.

Helical milling material removal is enhanced by creating a ‘true helix’ motion type.

Material removal for general gear cutting and broaching operations is supported.

Simulation of back spot-facing tools is now supported.

Diameter value is added to hole-measurement information in X-Caliper.

Vericut now supports a full range of six-axis robots to simulate machining, waterjet trimming, fibre-placement, drilling and fastener insertion.

A general linkage component is added to allow the connection of two driven components with a slaved linkage.

The ability to output a NC program, of a different format than the input program, is added to base Vericut functionality.

The method for re-formatting the program is user-configurable.

All popular controls continue to be enhanced with new advanced features: Siemens 840D, Fanuc 30’s, Heidenhain, Okuma OSP, Mazak Matrix.

CGTech is the developer of Vericut CNC machine simulation, verification and optimisation software. Vericut protects CNC machine tools against potentially disastrous collisions by providing a virtual machining environment for program simulation and testing of post processed CNC code. Vericut is used extensively to increase the efficiency of complex five-axis machining centres and Mill/Turn machines.

Vericut is a standalone product but can also be integrated with all leading CAD/CAM/PLM systems including Catia, Siemens NX, PTC, Delcam Powermill. EdgeCAM, MasterCAM and Open Mind Hypermill.

CGTech has recently released new programming and simulation software products for the rapidly growing CNC composites automated fibre placement market.

CGTech is the recognised world leader in CNC simulation and verification software. Based in Irvine California CGTech have subsidiaries in UK, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, China and resellers throughout the world.

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