Several new enhancements have been made in NCSIMUL 2022.1. Major new enhancements in NCSIMUL 2022.1 include:
- CNC brushing verification
- New part setup mating axis systems and 3D live import
- Multi-part machining for WORKNC (powered by NCSIMUL)
- NCSIMUL CAM interface configurator
- CNC digital twin panels and improved ACNU functions
- 3D cutting tools improvement and tool sub-type management
- Two new 3D control configurations available
- WYSIWYC is now connected to Fanuc
CNC brushing verification
NCSIMUL 2022.1 comes with a new type of tool added to the cutting tool library: the CNC brushing tools. Brushes or deburring tools can be created in any shape or form and defined as a brushing tool for verification. The brushing operation will color a layer of material, allowing programmers to verify if all surfaces have been covered properly. The color is defined in the user preferences. All usual alarms and collision detections will be performed and brushing parts will not interfere with the comparison tool.
Added to the CNC finishing cutting operation, brushing verification ensures quality for this last CNC operation.
New part setup mating axis systems and 3D live import
This version continues NCSIMUL’s improvements for accelerating part setups. In addition to reading major CAD software native files, NCSIMUL 2022.1 is also capable of opening the 3DLive file format, also called GDML, for creating a certification part setup on the machine table, faster than ever. This standardized file type, provided by Machining Cloud, is also used in ESPRIT TNG and is a new export option from DESIGNER, Hexagon’s CAD for manufacturing application. NCSIMUL is reading the 3D data files and all the coordinate systems.
Additionally, a new type of coordinate system is now available for speeding up complex part setup assemblies, the mating axis system. This new axis system is acting as an anchor to add parts or sub-assemblies to a main setup in one click.
Multi-part machining for WORKNC (powered by NCSIMUL)
Developed on the NCSIMUL 4CAM technology, Multi-Part Machining can certify multiple WORNC workzones in a single process. After importing the workzone to a pre-located mating system in the virtual machine and the cutting tool library in the machine tool magazine, NCSIMUL creates the safest and shortest interlink toolpath between parts. Having all the workzones on a large table or mounted on a tombstone allows programmers to prepare a sequence of machining parts with optimized locations and a reduced number of tool changes. This is an additional module available to WORKNC users.
NCSIMUL CAM interface configurator
Now available in NCSIMUL, the machine digital twins are hosting a new NCSini editor, allowing a cutting tool configuration for each CAM direct interface. Once the configuration is set for a specific machine and a specific CAM interface, the cutting tools transferred from the CAM are loaded with the proper orientations and compensation, in the correct tool rack and for a given channel. The configurator can also ignore a specific tool sequence if the ones already set in the NCSIMUL machine should be prioritized over the CAM library tools.
CAM interfaces are benefiting from this new automation, allowing a seamless cutting tool library integration.
CNC digital twin panels and improved ACNU functions
The CNC machine digital twin panels are available for new machine configurations in the turning, milling and mill-turn space. It is a real benefit for virtual machine application engineers in speeding up a customer machine calibration and avoiding lengthy custom macros specification in the CNU file. The ACNU team worked extensively to make most standard machine configurations available in a simple panel template. This is also benefiting customers who seek to set up their own virtual machines.
The panels are available for Fanuc, Siemens, Heidenhain, Okuma and Mazak. NCSIMUL 2022.1 also brings an additional level with the MCNU (machine constructor level) pre-configured for DMG (DMU/DMC, NT/NTX, CTX/CNX) and for Makino machines. The result is accelerated machine deliveries, simplified machine configuration learning, and increased reliability of the virtual machines.
Some ACNU functions are also added, such as the Frame evaluation, STR0, index of global array, MEASURE function, internal probing function for SIEMENS 840D and the co-linear axis management with the panels.
3D cutting tools improvement and tool sub-type management
Two new levels are available for 3D cutting tools in NCSIMUL: the shank and extension. Giving access to the exact collision cause in the error logger, as it is for a parameter’s defined tool, it will speed up collision analysis during the simulation step. It is also possible to choose the tool accessory level color.
Tool properties now hosts a new cutting tool sub-type selection. It is used for the machine control that restricts cycles to certain tool sub-types, sounding an alarm when an improper tool is loaded in the spindle. The sub-type list is specific to control brands. The sub-type is available for all tools, including the 3D tools.
Two new 3D control configurations available
Added to several CAM control presets, it is now possible to set the 3D controls like in MASTERCAM or ESPRIT TNG solutions. NCSIMUL 3D manipulations are no longer disruptive from the two CAM solution experiences and do not require personal configuration.
WYSIWYC is now connected to Fanuc
NCSIMUL can be connected to a real FANUC CNC or an NCGUIDE PC emulator. Complementing the available interfaces with SIEMENS and HEIDENHAIN, this solution will be used in industrial training centers or education facilities to learn the manipulation of a CNC panel, while having the realistic visual feedback on the virtual simulator. Using the FOCAS protocol, the simulation is driven by the CNC or the NCGUIDE PC emulator.