Vericut 9.3: smart software for smart machining

CGTech has released Version 9.3 machine simulation, verification and optimisation software for all types of CNC machining, additive and hybrid manufacturing processes. The software operates independently, but also integrates with all major 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 sub-system, and cutting tool data in Tool Performance.

“With enriched machining metrics, Force feed rate and tool deflection optimisation, this latest Vericut release creates the most highly optimised, yet safe-to-run NC programs for any CNC machine,” states Gavin Powell, managing director at CGTech Ltd.

Vericut’s integrated optimisation 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 components meets the appropriate dimensions, and extends cutter life.

“We’ve seen up to 40% more tool life and 30-40% savings in machining cycle time when using Vericut Force,” says Jason Mills, engineering manager at Sheffield-based Advanced Manufacturing Ltd (AML). “The module is invaluable for our production work as it provides us with a competitive edge. It’s 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.”
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