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Comprehensive Solution for Plotting Machining, Material Removal

June 28, 2012
CGTech and DP Technology are making available an interface for their respective automation and program software products.

CGTech and DP Technology are making available an interface for their respective automation and program software products. The ESPRIT-to-VERICUT interface launches VERICUT NC verification, machine simulation, and optimization software from within ESPRIT 2012 CAM software.

The ESPRIT-to-VERICUT Interface helps users to create accurate NC programs as efficiently as possible, with tools, fixtures and stock material transferred from the CAM program into the simulation software.
CGTech develops numerical control (NC/CNC) simulation, verification, optimization and analysis software. Its VERICUT software simulates CNC machining in order to detect errors, potential collisions or areas of inefficiency.

ESPRIT is DP Technology’s programming platform for CNC machine tools, with full-spectrum functionality that includes programming for 2-5 axis milling, 2-22 axis turning, 2-5 axis wire EDM, multitasking mill-turn machining, and B-axis machine tools.

“Accurately simulating the CNC machine and material removal with the actual NC code that will run on the machine is a requirement for the complex CNC machines and machining processes supported by ESPRIT users,” CGTech’s product marketing manager Bill Hasenjaeger explained. “Working together, the ESPRIT/VERICUT combination provides a comprehensive solution to help prevent errors from being forwarded to the shop floor -- avoiding material scrap, machine damage, broken tools and wasted time.”

"We are pleased to partner with CGTech and provide our customers with a link to VERICUT from ESPRIT, which provides easy access to VERICUT NC verification and machine-simulation software,” added DP Technology technical marketing specialist David Bartholomew. DP Technology is the developer of ESPRIT CAM software.

The ESPRIT-to-VERICUT Interface tightly integrates the two programs to help users create the accurate and efficient NC programs. The tools, fixtures, and stock material created in ESPRIT are transferred into VERICUT seamlessly. The simulation program sets up automatically in the correct orientation and coordinate system to allow simulation to start immediately. Both the kinematics and CNC control of each machine tool are accurately modeled and defined inside VERICUT, ensuring the checks mirror the exact behavior of the CNC machine.

By simulating CNC programs on a computer without using the actual machine tool, ESPRIT users are able to realize significant savings and efficiencies by reducing machine cycle time, improving work quality and maximizing throughput. Possible programming errors are identified sooner without putting the actual machine tool at risk.