Held on 18th September 2014, at the impressive National Space Centre, Leicester, CGTech’s latest VUE 2014 (VERICUT Users Exchange) attracted nearly 100 people from more than 40 of the UK’s leading technology manufacturing companies. CGTech used the event to provide customers with a feature review of the latest release of VERICUT, V7.3, the world’s most advanced independent CNC machine tool simulation and optimisation software.

John Reed, CGTech Managing Director, welcomed everyone to VUE 2014, with an overview of the manufacturing industry sectors supported by VERICUT across the globe, including aerospace, automotive and motorsports, medical, power generation, oil and gas, as well as consumer products. He explained: “We also partner with the world’s leading machine tool manufacturers and distributors, CAD, CAM and PLM software developers, cutting tool and tool management companies, which is why VERICUT is firmly established as the world’s leading independent CNC simulation and verification software.”

The company’s tech team provided a feature review for VERICUT 7.3, with demonstrations of the benefits, and covered the licence-free availability of Reviewer files on Windows tablets and, more recently, the Apple iPad.

CGTech’s UK Sales Manager, Rob Lightfoot, presented the benefits of simulating parts probing in VERICUT. “As well as reducing probing program prove out time, simulation can prevent damage to the machine or the probe,” he said. Typical probing applications include component confirmation and identification, intelligent NC program selection, machine capability check and path optimisation, adaptive machining techniques and SPC data collection.

Another crucial element of the simulation and verification process involves importing and managing cutting tool data. For accurate machining simulation a higher degree of detail is required from the cutting tool model. This allows VERICUT to represent the material removal process exactly as it will occur on the machine tool in the real world. VERICUT Tool Manager has been developed to make this important part of the process much easier for the user. The simulation of a back facing tool was shown as a demonstration of the advanced cutting tooling technology supported by VERICUT.

Sources for tooling data were also considered, with rapid development currently taking place on Sandvik’s Adveon and Machining Cloud’s systems from Kennametal (Novo) and  others. A productivity workshop rounded off the day featuring a host of shortcuts and techniques to improving the productivity of VERICUT users.

John Reed also explained the recently announcement involving United Technologies Corp (UTC) licensing machining optimisation technology to CGTech, with the agreement signed in August 2014. The agreement allows CGTech to integrate UTC’s Physics-based PromptFM machining process optimisation technology within CGTech’s VERICUT cutting process simulation software.

New VERICUT Force modules will be available with version 7.4, which will be released in 2015. “Because the software uses actual data for cutting tool forces and spindle power readings to calculate maximum chip thickness and feed rate it offers a number of technical benefits. With the material properties of the component and the cutting conditions also considered, VERICUT Force will provide significant benefits when applied to any precision machining operation applied to challenging materials, these include titanium, high nickel superalloys such as Hastelloy, Inconel and Waspaloy, duplex and stainless steel, and any work hardening materials,” John Reed concluded.