9/28/2017 | 1 MINUTE READ

Vericut Version 8.1 Includes New Additive Module

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The new module simulates both additive manufacturing and traditional CNC machining for hybrid machine tools.

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Version 8.1 of CGTech’s Vericut simulation, verification and optimization software includes enhancements designed to increase NC programmer efficiency, reduce production time and detect costly errors.

The 8.1 version includes a new module for additive manufacturing, capable of simulating both additive and traditional CNC machining capabilities in any order. The module helps to identify potential problems that can occur when integrating additive manufacturing methods. The user has access to detailed history stored with Vericut’s droplet technology, which saves programmers time by quickly identifying the source of errors.

The software’s additive capability depicts realistic laser cladding and material deposition, detects collisions between the machine and additive part, and finds errors, voids and misplaced material. According to the developer, Vericut simulates the post-processed NC code that controls the CNC machine, ensuring proper usage of additive functions and laser parameters. Users can experiment with combining additive and metal removal processes to determine optimal safe hybrid manufacturing methods.

Other enhancements to version 8.1 include a new Teamcenter Interface module for importing 3D cutting tools from Siemens’ Teamcenter PLM software; a Grinder-Dressing module for grinding and dressing operations; a Force optimization module to maximize chip thickness through constant cutting force; improved sectioning with a window that enables the user to see inside a part during simulation; an X-Caliber measuring tool that enables creating measurement labels; and an improved report template editor for creating custom reports.

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