With the recent signing of a technical partnership agreement, announced April 30, SGS Carbide Tool (Wokingham, U.K.) became the latest Tooling Partner with independent CNC simulation and optimisation software source CGTech (Irvine Calif.). The full version of CGTech's VERICUT 7.2.1 software suite will be installed by CGTech's East Essez, U.K., branch, at the specialist solid carbide cutting tool company’s Technical Centre, in its recently opened European headquarters in Wokingham.
CGTech’s VERICUT software simulates CNC machining in order to detect errors, potential collisions and/or areas of inefficiency. It is reportedy in use by companies of all sizes, universities/technical schools and colleges, and government agencies in more than 55 countries. VERICUT is designed to eliminate the process of manually proving out NC programs. It reportedly reduces scrap loss and rework, and the program also optimizes NC programs in order to save time and to produce a better-quality surface finish.
VERICUT simulates all types of CNC machine tools, including those from leading manufacturers. At SGS, the software will be used to check the NC programs for the latest DMG/Mori Seiki (Dubendorf, Switzerland) DMU 50 5-axis machining center. VERICUT runs standalone, but can also be integrated with all leading CAM systems, including the Delcam Plc (Birmingham, U.K.) PowerMill software that is used to generate CNC code by the technical staff at SGS.
CGTech’s managing director John Reed says: “Like SGS, we provide the opportunity for manufacturing companies to improve their productivity and effectiveness. Both companies share customers that form the leading technical edge in their industry sectors, which includes aerospace, motorsports, marine, oil and gas, medical, power generation, and general precision engineering. The technical partnership will allow us to work together, for mutual benefits to both partners.”
SGS managing director Alan Pearce adds: “Our Technical Centre has been established to support key customers in all these sectors with the programming of, and cutting tool trials for, existing components as well as providing the opportunity to test SGS cutting tools on new projects. We know our customers trust VERICUT to protect their machine tools and optimise their efficiency, making the decision to become a Tooling Partner very straightforward.”
The latest version of the software includes several new features that make commonly performed tasks simpler and, therefore, significantly faster. New features include improved multiprocessor use which is approximately 50 per cent faster. Also, the display processing is performed in the background so VERICUT’s desktop continues to be active.
Faster gouge checking is achieved with an invisible design model, which can be used in AUTO-DIFF. This prevents the design model from getting in the way and making it difficult to visually identify some gouges. Also, Constant Gouge Check is now quickly configured via the Project Tree’s Collision branch.
Additional tool options in the new version of the software include faceted STL files that can be used as a cutter directly in VERICUT with no other interaction or conversion required. Imported CAD tool assemblies do not require edge profiles. Also, tool assemblies can be made from reference components, such as holders, inserts, and end mills. Users also can reference tool assemblies that were created from reference components. Also, when more than one NC programmer is using a tool library, the tool library can be locked to one user while still available in ‘Read Only’ to an unlimited number of users. This prevents two users from inadvertently modifying the same tool library file.
With every release, all library NC controls are updated to support the new VERICUT features. New control features are added regularly. For example, users of the popular Siemens 840D control, fitted to the 5-axis machining centre at SGS, may benefit from recently added Axis Mapping, which switches VERICUT’s motion axes between different components.
CGTech is the developer of VERICUT, a CNC simulation and verification software product designed to protect expensive CNC machine tools against potentially disastrous crashes and collisions. It allows the user to create detailed software models of all types of CNC machine tools to create a virtual machining environment. Users can then run their CNC programs through VERICUT before attempting to machine components. Errors such as axis over-travel, collision between tooling and workholding devices, rapid moves in material, and tool change collisions are detected and written to an error log.
All types of CNC machine tools are supported, including 5-axis milling machines and machining centers as well as combination mill-turn centers.
VERICUT includes CNC program optimization, which can reduce machining times by up to 50 per cent by adjusting feedrates and tool motion, based on the material removal rate. Other benefits of optimised CNC programs include improved surface finish, greater tool life and less wear and tear on the machine tool.
CGTech has European subsidiaries in the U.K., Germany, France and Italy and an extensive reseller network.
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