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NCSIMUL Machine 9.2

News International-French

2 Sep 2014

Spring Technologies announces version 9.2 of its NC machining simulation solution with increased machining process analysis and new functionalities for the composites module.

Pursuing its commitment to the development of the factory of the future, the company is enriching its solution with additional properties for its composites module and enhancing its capabilities in terms of automation, ergonomics and, ultimately end-user productivity.

The software permits users to:
- Control the global machining process;
- Simulate, check, optimize and modify their machining programs;
- Detect collisions;
- Optimize cutting conditions;
- Release a standardized technical content throughout the workshop.

The main new features of the new version are:

  • Better analysis: time graph, time-to-complete display;
  • new features for the composites module;
  • enhanced user experience with NCSIMUL Solutions Downloader.

Automation: real-time information
The major innovation of this version is the cutting parameter time graph. This fully customizable graph facilitates the interpretation and analysis of cutting data. With the X axis showing the program time and the Y axis displaying a selected cutting parameter, users can clearly and simply view variations in the cutting parameter, with a dynamic link to the NC program.

Users can also choose whether to display all tools simultaneously or just the current tool and compare data before and after machining has been optimized.

Time-to-complete display: a new window, refreshed dynamically during the machining simulation, offers users the ability to monitor the time-to-complete for the active block till the next event (machine stop, tool change, end of program, end of machining) in real time.

New enhancements for the composites module
After last January's announcement of a module to simulate composite material lay-up, the company is pursuing its dedicated R&D, notably for the aeronautic industry and industrial sectors using leading-edge technologies, by extending the module to support contact lay-up.

New algorithms enable fiber lay-up simulation (the filament winding process has been available since version 9.1). This realistic simulation lays the fiber, taking into account the initial media, the already laid material and the roller position. Also, the process precisely and separately manages the positioning of the fiber cutting in the ribbon, delivering realistic display of the complete 3D model of the final part (selectively displaying each layer).

From design office to production, this solution offers users the ability to check their NC programs in 3 steps: NC program analysis, material lay-up simulation, results analysis.

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