The 2021 release features a new comparison mode which detects excessive material, during a fast and hidden simulation. It shows a solid comparison between the CAD/CAM models or previous cut stock and the NCSIMUL simulated model.
This new item of functionality is the only way to detect unwanted rest stock on a large part. It shows a list of the excess material that’s left, and can also be displayed in a 3D window linked to the list.
Amongst its numerous benefits:
- Finding small, missing drill holes on large aerospace components
- Finding missing holes which need to be connected on mould bodies and hydraulic parts.
Integrated to NCDoc, dimensioning is a new function which creates control instructions for operators during the CNC process. It defines a dimension check-list with user-defined tolerances; automatically defines the minimum measurement needed for each cut; generates a comprehensive view for the programmer and operator on the 3D simulation; and works with the NCDoc documentation template.
Tools Evaluation Options
A new set of options quickly evaluate tools that can benefit from air-cutting optimisation, with the ‘out of material working time’ in the sequence list. This works with the NCDoc documentation template, and customises stock nearness values for each sequence, and the optimisation is automatically stored for future strategies. Enhancements to editing Setup reduce simulation time by merging fixtures, parts and rough stock elements from one, or multiple, CAD files read in NCSIMUL. It creates simple geometric rough stock – either cylinder or cubes – an automatic part envelope; and all setup elements can move up or down.
Mill-Turn Tooling Management
Improvements to mill-turn tooling management for ESPRIT CAM and TopSolid CAM interface: With a new ‘Configuration interface file’ associated to each digital twin, it is now possible to define the mapping of tool assembly positioning – station number, turret and orientation –between the CAM system and NCSIMUL. This means the interfaces can crate NCSIMUL projects, ready to run the simulation.
Turning Parts 2D Display
A simplified 2D display for turning parts improves the analysis of dynamic rough stock. It quickly displays the tool and toolpath next to the cut model and reference part profiles.
Online Document Centre
The document centre is now available online, and includes additional descriptions of the released versions, including more details under the ‘case studies,’ and ‘focus on’ tabs.
Cutting Tool Wear Simulation
For cutting tool wear simulation as defined in the tool magazine, a button now runs the simulation for tools either ‘fresh out of the box,’ or ‘worn down.’ User-defined values apply for each cutting tool, and the system can check if a worn tool will generate alarms or collisions with unwanted rest stock material. This defines the sharpening rules, and decreases tool consumption.
The enhanced functionality in NCSIMUL 2021 further increases shopfloor productivity and reduces manufacturing costs.