Since 1988 CGTech’s product, VERICUT software, has become the industry standard for simulating CNC machining in order to detect errors, potential collisions, or areas of inefficiency. It is used by companies of all sizes, universities/trade schools, and government agencies in more than 55 countries. VERICUT enables you to eliminate the process of manually proving-out NC programs. It reduces scrap loss and rework. The program also optimizes 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, DMG / Mori Seiki, Okuma, etc. VERICUT runs standalone, but can also be integrated with all leading CAM systems.
Verification is the foundation of the VERICUT product line and is required to run any of the other add-on modules. Superior Performance: VERICUT’s unique algorithm provides fast, accurate results. Performance does not degrade with increased cuts, so VERICUT can process programs with millions of cuts and virtually any type of material removal technique.
Base Verification verifies 3-axis milling and 2-axis turning (including multiple setup positions). The Multi-Axis module is required to detect collisions between the tool, stock and fixture for rotary 4 & 5-axis positioning/indexing motion. Add Multi-Axisto detect collisions during positioning and to remove material during continuous four and five axis milling, drilling, turning, and combination mill/turn operations.
Click here for a video demonstrating the Multi-Axis license during a 4-axis positioning move.
VERICUT software simulates CNC machining so you can be more efficient, more competitive, and more profitable!A machine crash can be very expensive, potentially ruin the machine, and delay your entire manufacturing schedule! But with VERICUT, you can dramatically reduce the chance for error and avoid wasting valuable production time proving-out new programs on the machine. CNC Machine Simulation detects collisions and near-misses between all machine tool components such as axis slides, heads, turrets, rotary tables, spindles, tool changers, fixtures, work pieces, cutting tools, and other user-defined objects. You can set up ‘near-miss zones” around the components to check for close calls, and even detect over-travel errors.
VERICUT is a true knowledge-based machining system: through the simulation process, it learns the exact depth, width, and angle of each cut. And it knows exactly how much material is removed by each cut segment. With that knowledge, OptiPath divides the motion into smaller segments. Where necessary, based on the amount of material removed in each segment, it assigns the best feed rate for each cutting condition encountered. It then outputs a new tool path, identical to the original but with improved feed rates. It does not alter the trajectory.
AUTO-DIFF™ enables you to compare a CAD design model to a VERICUT simulation automatically detect differences. Using this module, anyone involved in the production process can identify incorrectly machined areas. AUTO-DIFF is also used to detect a possible weakness or mistake in the design.
As machining complexity increases, so does the chance for error. NC programming instructions for multi-axis milling also generally have close tolerance requirements for profiles and surfaces. These factors increase the importance of verifying the NC program.
This module enables VERICUT to simulate multi-axis milling, drilling, turning, and combination mill/turn operations.
Comprehensive 3D collision-checking is applied to the in-process material as it is machined. This enables you to see the entire machining process, and simultaneously check for errors at the workpiece and machine tool. Errors such as interference between the machined part and tool holders, boring bars, tool blocks, turrets, and other components are detected.
Now you can quickly and easily create ” as-machined ” CAD models from your NC data! Export a CAD-compatible in-process model from a 2 – 5 axis tool path.
CGTech’s unique algorithm minimizes file size, while preserving manufacturing features such as holes, fillets, corner radii, pocket floors and walls. The result is a highly accurate “as-machined” model.
No more manually modeling the material state for each operation! No more using scanning equipment and surfacing software on the physical workpiece!
In addition to IGES and STL, CGTech offers Model Interfaces for CATIA V5, CATIA V4, STEP and ACIS.
The CNC Machine Probing module has been enhanced in VERICUT to create CNC probe programs. VERICUT is an ideal place to create probing routines because of its in-process model which is not available anywhere else in the CNC manufacturing process. Using VERICUT’s simulated in-process feature geometry to create a CNC probe program makes on-machine in-process inspection a practical reality. Additionally, by simulating the use of probing devices on a CNC machining center, you can detect errors that could break the probe… before your program even leaves for the shop! If you use your CNC for probing operations, this module will help ensure that you will not destroy the probe or crash the machine.
What is a “Model” Interface?
Model Interfaces enable VERICUT to read the designated model file formats and use them as stock, fixture, design, tool holder and machine models. When combined with Model Export, VERICUT’s cut stock may be written out in these formats as well. The modules do not require a CAD/CAM system be available for VERICUT to read or write any of the formats.
VERICUT includes the ability to use several industry-standard model file formats: STL, IGES, VDA-FS, and DXF. Additionally, the following optional model interface modules allow VERICUT to use formats: STEP, ACIS, CATIA V4, and CATIA V5. Also, NX .prt part files can be opened directly in VERICUT.
VCPe gives a composite part designer, mechanical engineer or process engineer access to the same software tools NC programmers use to create NC program paths that are subsequently used in the workshop to lay-up a composite part.
VCP reads CAD models of the layup tool and ply boundary information that defines the laminate or ply stack and creates motion paths that add material and fill each ply boundary according to the user’s engineering requirements and manufacturing standards.
VCS reads CAD models and NC programs, either from VCP or other composite layup path-generation applications, and simulates the sequence of NC programs on a virtual machine.Material is applied to the layup form via NC program instructions in a virtual CNC simulation environment.