CGTech, Irvine, California, USA, introduced its new Additive Manufacturing simulation capabilities at RAPID + TCT, held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, from May 9-11, 2017. The addition of an additive module to the company’s propriety Vericut software enables users to simulate both the machining capabilities, both additive and traditional, of hybrid CNC machines.
Launched in 1988, Vericut is a software platform designed to simulate CNC machining in order to detect errors, potential collisions or areas of inefficiency. It is used by companies, universities, trade schools and government agencies in more than 55 countries. By simulating CNC processes, it enables users to eliminate the process of manually proving-out NC programmes and reduces scrap loss and rework. The program also optimises NC programmes to save time and produce a higher quality surface finish, and is capable of simulating all types of CNC machine tool, including those from manufacturers such as Mazak, Makino, DMG / Mori Seiki, Okuma, etc. It can also be integrated with all leading CAM systems
Now, CGTech also works with its customers and technology partners to solve AM challenges including accurate laser cladding and material deposition, detecting collisions between the machine and additive part and locating errors, voids and misplaced material.
“Additive Manufacturing applications create new possibilities for manufacturers,” stated Gene Granata, Vericut Product Manager. “Adding this technology to Vericut provides unique solutions that address the needs of our customers in the rapidly expanding AM market.”
Scheduled for release in early Autumn 2017, Vericut 8.1 will add the ability to identify potential problems that can occur when integrating additive methods. The simulation uses the same post-processed NC code used to drive the CNC machine, allowing users to virtually experiment with combining additive and subtractive metal removal processes to determine optimal safe hybrid machining production methods.
“This gives our customers a competitive edge to redefine current production technology,” continued Granata. “Vericut’s realistic simulation of the entire hybrid process enables customers to verify that the part will be built correctly, without causing damage to the part, machine, or expensive laser equipment.”