Modern Machine Shop

NOV 2017

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136 MMS November 2017 SYSTEMS AND SOFTWARE Version 8.1 of CGTech's Vericut CNC machine simulation, verification and optimization software simulates all types of CNC machining, additive a n d h y b r i d m a n u f a c t u r i n g p r o c e s s e s . T h e software operates independently, but can also be integrated with CAM systems. This release focuses on tools to help NC programmers eval- uate method efficiency, reduce production time and detect costly errors before going to the shop floor. New features for feed rate and cutting force optimization can also benefit additively manu- factured parts that require finishing as well as hy br id ma nu facture d pa r ts a nd traditiona ll y machined parts. The software's Force module is designed to reduce machining time, increase tool life and produce a higher-qualit y finished product by SIMULATION SOFTWARE HELPS PROGRAMMERS EVALUATE METHOD EFFICIENCY E D ITO R J E D D CO LE , jc o l e @ m m s o n l i n e.c o m optimizing toolpath feed rates. Graphs and charts display in real time, revealing cutting conditions and forces as cutting tools encounter them to show NC programmers machining in an ana- l y ti c a l way a n d i d e nti f y u n d e s i r a b l e c u t ti n g conditions. Spikes in the graphs show when forces, chip loads, tool deflection and material removal rates exceed a tool's recommended performance parameters. Users can identify the responsible NC program record by clicking on the char t, and the graphics area displays the corresponding cut, helping programmers to understand cutting processes. New modules have been added, including Teamcenter Interface and others for additive and grinder dressing. Other enhancements include e a s i e r s e c t i o n i n g t h a t ex te n d s to m a c h i n e

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