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ICAM Technologies has announced the release of Virtual Machine v18, the latest version of its machine tool simulation solution.

V18 supports material removal/verification capabilities for in-process stock collision and gouge detection within a completely simulated machining environment.

Implementing Virtual Machine with CAM-POST provides a graphical NC post-processing and machine simulation workbench that enables NC programmers to optimise and test programs during post-processing.

ICAM said the benefit to the end user is the ability to maximise machine productivity while increasing manufacturing process efficiency.

Virtual Machine’s material removal/verification feature, available for three-axis and five-axis machining applications, allows NC programmers to compare the processed stock model to the original CAD/CAM design.

Virtual Machine computes in-process stock geometry to identify, list and display surface gouges, excess material, inaccessible areas and rapid-motion collisions at any time during the post-processing and verification phase.

Other features include: new tool definition and functions to support probe simulation; head attachments can now be defined, modelled and loaded/unloaded during simulation; new component grouping feature simplifies model definition and utilization; improved collision detection definition; better control over ‘timeline’ playback function; and the possibility to compare differences between two revisions of a model.

ICAM’s complete NC manufacturing product line including Virtual Machine v18 is now available for 64-bit processors.

The ICAM database supports extended model names and virtually unlimited saved model revisions.

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