Several new enhancements have been made in version 2022.3 of NCSIMUL. Here are some of the major highlights:
- AFP, ATL, and CFW composite machine certification
- Electrode tool verification
- User interface improvements
- Cutting chips and rotating tools
- Global CAM interface improvements
- Heavy CNC program decoding
AFP, ATL, and CFW composite machine certification
NCSIMUL 2022.3 has a new module to simulate the Automated Fiber Placement (AFP), Automated Tape Laying (ATL) and Continuous Filament Winding (CFW) machines. For each of these, it can verify and control the steering angles and pin positions, as well as other specific alarm and collision detection. The results can be exported or compared against an imported neutral fiber, providing yet another solution to certifying any manufacturing process that’s part of the production.
A new tool type is available to define dimensions and the number of fibers. After simulation, material export is available and importing the neutral curve from a CM allows the comparison of results
Electrode tool verification
Users can verify the electrode tools with NCSIMUL all the way up to 3+2 axis motion. Users can import any 3D model as per their requirement and combine the model with any variety of other tooling they wish to use. Now, while running difficult-to-handle parts that require an EDM process, users can feel confident that the G-code will behave the same way as per the real machining process.
User interface improvements
With NCSIMUL 2022.3, the streamlined left-to-right process of creating a new project has been further simplified. In addition, there are functionalities inside in the job tree and the setup creation, such as being able to see the full machine kinematics. These improvements will help users to save time while creating projects every day, giving a better overall user experience to aid them in the manufacturing process.
The “Program” ribbon ressources have been reorganized for a more intuitive flow, reinforcing most used functions and the left-to-right user flow.
Simulation function is now using smart positioning and users no longer need to choose the position in the simulation process. NCSIMUL positions Group 1 before the G-code program and Group 2 after.
Cutting chips and rotating tools
For a better visual experience, users can now see the chip material removal, full rotation of the tool and holder and animated coolant. Users can also import full representations of milling tool flutes and reliefs. This can be a quick way to catch an issue in the G-code or verify side by side with the real machine what exactly is happening. Machine sounds and coolant animation available provide the users a realistic feel of the actual machining process.
Global CAM interface improvements
NCSIMUL 2022.3 brings improvements to all CAM systems across the board, simplifying the process of passing the data to NCSIMUL. More flexibility and customization while setting automatic functions and defaults is now available. This include but isn’t limited to: CAD formats, fixture types, tool locations, machine offsets and probing functions. This will enable users to certify the G-code quicker through a process that best suits their needs.
Heavy CNC program decoding
Additional performance improvements have been done for decoding heavy CNC programs. A new feature “Use simple moves” provides a tremendous memory saving without optimization OPTITOOL restriction. This option is active by default to improve decoding time.
|Without option||With simple moves option|
|Memory usage after decoding||2.9G0||1.9G0|