CG Tech Vericut version 9.1 — raising the bar for simulation

Editor: Steffen Donath

CG Tech announces the release of the next version of its Vericut CNC machine simulation, verification and optimisation software.

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The DXF reader can now read the layers within a DXF file and automatically detect CUT/NOCUT layers.
The DXF reader can now read the layers within a DXF file and automatically detect CUT/NOCUT layers.
(Source: Vericut)

Vericut 9.1 aims to raise the bar for CNC simulation once again with several new cutting-edge features that increase efficiency and empower users to do more in less time. New visibility options, plus enhancements to toolpath optimisation, additive manufacturing, tooling & multi-tool stations, measuring & inspection/reporting are just a few of the noteworthy features in this latest release. Hundreds of customer-driven improvements and software requests were also incorporated in this latest version, the company explains.

“Vericut 9.1 continues to enhance the user experience through continued advancements with graphics and display controls, streamlined user controls, and more new capabilities and features than ever before,” says Vericut Product Manager, Gene Granata. “Version 9.1 also introduces a learn mode for force optimisation — a form of artificial intelligence for faster/easier NC program optimisation. Using learn mode, almost anyone can create highly optimised NC programs from existing programs, without having to reprogram them.”

New features

New visibility features have been added to the project tree and Vericut’s right-click convenience menus for components and models, enabling users to toggle between visible and invisible states, or to enable/disable 3D objects for the simulation, the company explains. Quickly see unobstructed views of the cutting process and gain better access to the part by removing enclosures, models of sheet metal or shrouding, and other “in-the-way” objects via “invisible” or “disable” actions.

Setup plan has been renamed to ‘annotated images’. Vericut Inspection is also now included with annotated images. Both setup plan and inspection functionality is greatly enhanced with dimensions, notes and tolerances for checking parts at various stages of machining. Defining shanks as separate objects from the holder and cutter enables programmers to see where these non-cutting portions of the cutter are - relative to the stock workpiece, and allows more discrete control over near miss and collision detection properties and tolerances. Tool holder models can also be used as “Shanks”.

The ‘optimize control’ window has been streamlined to fit in a single window with no tabs. Relevant features become active in subsections depending on which mode is selected. A new force ‘learn’ mode is available, providing artificial intelligence for optimisation. In learn mode, Vericut learns from simulating cutting, then automatically configures & optimises tools for increased cutting efficiency and reduced machining times, CG Tech promises.

Vericut 9.1 has a new ‘additive’ default machining type. This enables Vericut to predict system resources that will be needed to additively build the as-designed part, including a starting stock build plate or model. Vericut can build multiple parts created by a “nested” build NC program, enabling additively built parts to be independently relocated or assembled for finish machining, or exported. This feature is especially helpful for big area additive manufacturing (BAAM) and large scale additive manufacturing (LSAM) parts.