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Smarter Software for Smarter Machining

CGTech offers the latest release of VERICUT Version 9.3. VERICUT provides machine simulation, verification and optimization for all types of CNC machining, additive and hybrid manufacturing processes. 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 more. Cutting tool data in the Tool Performance Database and machine monitoring are only a few of the key changes in this version. Hundreds of customer-driven changes and improvements have also been addressed in this release.

"VERICUT 9.3 provides smarter data for smarter manufacturing, giving our customers a `cutting edge,'" said Gene Granata, Director of Product Management. "With enriched machining metrics, Force feedrate and tool deflection optimization, this latest VERICUT release creates the most highly optimized, yet safe to run NC programs for any CNC machine."

Granata continued, "In 9.3, Tool Manager connects users with online tooling sources and tool databases to import smart cutting tools with corresponding data for proper use. A new Tool Performance Database enables even nonmachinists to choose appropriate feeds and speeds for cutting a variety of common stock materials. All this intelligence helps programmers use and optimize cutting tools as they were intended, avoiding broken cutters and potential damage to parts or CNC machines."

VERICUT's integrated optimization 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, the company reported.

"We have seen up to 40% more tool life and 30-40% savings in machining cycle time when using VERICUT Force," said 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 is 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."

VERICUT 9.3 highlights:

  • Build, Manage and Reuse Assemblies

VERICUT's Assembly Manager can be used to create and manage portions of NC machines, such as rotary table configurations, angle heads for machining, robot end effectors or various workholding set-ups 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 Optimization 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 optimization for solid round tools and complex cutters has also been added.

  • Tool Performance Database (TPD) and Machine Optimization Data (MOD)

VERICUT's Tool Manager now includes a Tool Performance Database (TPD) that suggests starting spindle speed and feedrate values to use with cutters in a wide range of stock materials. This data works with 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.

  • CNC Machine Monitoring

Get data directly from CNC machines on the shop floor for use in VERICUT. The first connective ability being released with VERICUT 9.3 is Pre-Check, which obtains data from machines to ensure VERICUT's virtual machine is the best possible "twin," and validate the job set-up information on the machine matches what was verified in VERICUT. Users can identify key differences so they know exactly what will happen prior to running the part on their machine.

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