Delcam Offers Direct Link from PowerMILL to Vericut Simulation

15 Nov, 2007

Link between Delcam's computer-aided machining solution and CGTech's simulation package allows PowerMILL users to check and verify programs more easily.

Delcam has introduced a direct link from its PowerMILL CAM system to CGTech's Vericut software for machine-tool simulation and feed-rate optimization.

"The status of Vericut is so well established that many companies manufacturing high-value items from expensive materials insist on using its simulations as part of their product development procedures," said Mark Forth, Delcam's PowerMILL product marketing manager. "By introducing this direct link, we have made it easier for these companies to check PowerMILL programs in Vericut. In addition, the same companies often insist that their sub-contractors should also prove out their programs with Vericut. The direct link will make it easier for existing PowerMILL users to add Vericut and so become able to tender for this work."

The direct link between PowerMill and Vericut provides PowerMILL users access to the wide range of models in CGTech's simulation package.

Vericut's simulations are based on the G-code output by PowerMILL, providing "an added level of security just in case there have been any operator errors in generating or in post-processing the toolpaths," said Forth. Vericut also offers a wide range of machine-tool models, the majority of which have been developed in association with machine tool manufacturers, the company states.

"To remain profitable, companies are looking to manufacture more complex components, with higher added value," Forth added. "At the same time, they are introducing higher levels of automation and increasing the amount of unsupervised machining they undertake. Finally, improvements in machine-tool and cutting-tool technology mean that cutting speeds are now routine that would have been unthinkable a few years ago. As a result, the potential for serious damage to a component, or even to the machine tool, has increased. All these factors make simulation on the computer more important than ever and so make the direct link from PowerMILL to Vericut an important addition to our software options."