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The production of workpieces is becoming more and more complex and faster. The machine movements are now hardly comprehensible to the human eye and difficult to foresee. Therefore, collisions during milling, especially for very complex workpieces, are easily possible - especially when the tool has to be re-used more often. If a crash occurs, not only does it cost a lot of time, it can also damage tools, machines or even the workpieces themselves. This endangers the safety of employees and may be very time consuming and costly.
In order to avoid these serious errors, vectorcam also offers a corresponding machine simulation for each module. The reliable simulation enables a complete virtual control of the CNC machine with the corresponding kinematic movements and their axis limits. Finished programmed NC blocks can be simulated on the PC before production. The user has the opportunity to detect errors in the process even before the production on the machine starts. This saves a lot of time in the production process, because you can immediately make any necessary changes in the program without interrupting the production or risking damage to the tool, workpiece or machine. Possible sources of error that trigger a warning are, for example, collisions between the tool, the tool holder and the clamping device, incorrect tool and machine movement and collisions during clamping. The simulation of an NC code not only offers the best possible process monitoring, but also significantly reduces defective productions.
In addition, the simulation can make precise statements regarding the processing times in advance. This not only gives the user a more efficient machine layout, but also relieves employees and leads to longer productive machine runtimes.
Determining collisions in advance is one of the most important tasks in simulation. Thanks to the integrated collision check, the executed kinematic movements can be monitored and controlled during CNC machining. If the simulation detects possible collisions, they are immediately displayed in color and recorded in a report. The processing is stopped immediately. Thus, any collisions can already be avoided in the programming phase and appropriate measures are taken. Under certain circumstances, this prevents expensive changes to the workpiece and ensures that the workpieces can be processed or produced without delay, since set-up and retraction times are considerably reduced.
The vectorcam simulation also makes it possible to save the machined blank after the simulation and to re-record it as an STL file (geometric information of three-dimensional data models prepared for production). This saves the user traversing paths on the part to be programmed. Another advantage is that the material removal makes it possible to see which areas of the workpiece have already been milled.
Our vectorcam simulation includes the following features:
The simulation software supplied free of charge ensures that both tool path and removal are realistically simulated. In order to be able to carry out a simulation that is as realistic as possible, the corresponding machine with which the blank is to be processed is also displayed.