Software Receives Numerous Updates


VERICUT 8.1, the latest version of the software, has received a new Additive Manufacturing (AM) module along with enhanced support for Force optimization, Workpiece Sectioning, X-Caliper measurement tool, Report template, and Grinding and Dressing operations.


New Module: Additive
VERICUT’s Additive module simulates both additive and traditional machining capabilities used in any order on hybrid CNC machines. Simulating both operations can identify potential problems that can occur when integrating additive methods. The user can access detailed “history” stored with VERICUT’s unique droplet technology, which saves programmers time by quickly identifying the source of errors, in most cases using a single mouse-click.


This Additive capability checks accurate laser cladding and material deposition, detects collisions between the machine and additive part, and finds errors, voids, and misplaced material. For the highest accuracy, VERICUT simulates the post-processed NC code that will be used to drive the CNC machine, and ensures proper usage of AM functions and laser parameters. Users can virtually experiment with combining additive and metal removal processes to determine optimal safe hybrid manufacturing methods.


Force Optimization
VERICUT’s Force optimizes NC programs by analyzing cutting conditions such as force, chip thickness, and feed rate.  In 8.1, Force can display graphs and charts in real-time, revealing cutting conditions and forces as they are encountered by cutting tools. Force Charts are dynamically linked with VERICUT’s NC Program Review, making it easy to review problem cutting conditions. By optimizing toolpath feed rates Force reduces production time, prolongs tool life, and produces a higher quality finished product.


Enhanced Sectioning
VERICUT’s new Section dialog makes it easier and faster to see inside a part during simulation. This allows the user to check proper fit and identify interference between the workpiece and machine components. Sectioning abilities in 8.1 extend to machine views, which help with complicated machines where visibility is challenged. Simulation can be stopped, rewound, sectioned, and zoomed to achieve unobstructed viewing needed to pinpoint errors highlighted during the simulation.


X-Caliper Dimensions
The X-Caliper measuring tool identifies model thickness, length, and width dimensions. In 8.1, measurements are shown on the part, and can be rotated with the part, zoomed, or dragged to a different location. Multiple dimensions can be displayed to quickly document key measurements with on part dimensions, and setup dimensions designed for inspection aids. Dimension images are easily referenced in VERICUT reports.


Improved Report Template
Revisions in Report template make creating a custom report easier. Now the NC programmer can edit in template directly, replace report editor with what you see is what you get (WYSIWYG) editor, edit HTML objects and code directly, and modify text/fonts and insert images similar to standard Word documents.


Grinding and Dressing
Users can simulate Dressing by applying a secondary tool to a grinding wheel to freshen the surface or to change the grinding wheel cutting shape. VERICUT can simulate the Dynamic compensation needed while the dresser is used, even when the grinder is engaged with the part.

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