Hove, England – CGTech recently launched the latest version of VERICUT CNC machine simulation and optimisation software. VERICUT 7.1 features significant enhancements to reduce the time required for manufacturing engineers to easily develop, analyze, inspect and document the CNC programming and machining process.

 VERICUT is CNC machine simulation, verification and optimisation software that enables users to totally eliminate the process of manually proving-out NC programs. It reduces scrap loss and rework. The program also optimises NC programs in order to both save time and produce higher quality surface finish. VERICUT simulates all types of CNC machine tools, including those from leading manufacturers such as Mazak, Makino, Matsuura, Hermle, DMG, Mori Seiki and Chiron. It operated either standalone or integrated with leading CAM systems such as Catia, NX, Pro/E, MasterCAM, EdgeCAM, PowerMill and Hypermill.

“A machine crash is very expensive, potentially ruining the machine tool, and delaying your entire manufacturing schedule. However, with VERICUT, you can dramatically reduce the chance of any error,” says CGTech Managing Director, John Reed.

Machine simulation detects collisions and near-misses between all machine tool components such as axis slides, heads, turrets, rotary tables, spindles, tool changers, fixtures, workpieces, cutting tools, and other user-defined objects. ‘Near-miss zones’ can be set up around the components to check for close calls, and even machine over-travel errors can be detected. Machine movements can even be simulated while stepping or playing backwards in the new VERICUT Reviewer.

Once the risk of crashing the machine has been removed VERICUT then provides ongoing savings by removing the wasted production time lost during the proving-out of new programs on the machine. John Reed explains: “Every machine shop has to introduce and prove new NC programs at some point. For most engineering companies around 15 to 20 per cent of a machine tool’s spindle time is allocated to this. On a single shift, this equates to one lost day per week per machine. Assuming the machine is charged out at a very reasonable £40 per hour, that’s £320 worth of lost production time – for each machine. So, a shop with 10 CNC machine tools manually proving-out programs is losing around £150,000 per year.”

As well as protecting the machine tool from programming errors and optimising the NC cutting tool path, VERICUT’s ability to move the prove-out process from the shopfloor into a virtual environment makes a sound investment argument. John Reed concludes: “When you consider all the benefits, why wouldn’t you use VERICUT?”   


EDITOR’S NOTE:  CGTech is the developer of VERICUT, the world’s leading CNC simulation and verification software product. VERICUT protects 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 tool 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 centres as well as combination mill-turn centres.

VERICUT includes CNC program optimisation, 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, based in Irvine California, USA has European subsidiaries in UK, Germany, France and Italy and an extensive reseller network.


[Reviewer.jpg] Machine movements can even be simulated while stepping or playing backwards in the new VERICUT Reviewer.