Philippe Legoupi, NCSIMUL technical director, says a dedicated GUI allows tasks such as simulation, cut analysis and 3D videos to be performed on any device: “Users can follow the status of the job and receive notification when it’s complete.”

The automation module provides a number of benefits, including a guarantee that 100% of the program sent to the workshop is validated by the simulation. “For most minor modifications in CAM, such as the number of passes, or changing the cutting conditions, the end user won’t verify the program because it’s too tedious – for example, starting the software, reloading the program and starting the simulation,” says Legoupi.

The system enables customers to implement their own automation rules, according to constraints and production priorities. Legoupi adds that the tasks all feature in a command file, which also shows the parameters to use.

In addition, licence usage can be maximised. For example, if a manufacturer has just one licence, the company can use this module to postpone tasks with the scheduler, until lunchtime or overnight, for example.

“Companies with several licences don’t need to use the scheduler at all; the server starts automatically when there are enough licences for interactive sessions,” explains Legoupi.

NCSIMUL MACHINE 2020.0, which detects NC programming errors and any potential collisions from the same NC code that drives the CNC machine, also contains enhancements to functions that include ‘Probing’ and ‘Optitool’. With the former it is now possible to set specific simulation parameters for probing simulation during decoding. There is also the option to simplify the tool shape, which in turn reduces calculation times.

As for Optitool, the 2020.0 version of NCSIMUL features an improvement to chip flow computation and display for each increment, while the flow can also be used for optimisation as a limitation parameter.

The latest release of NCSIMUL’s flexible CNC programming module, 4CAM, includes a number of newly devised and enhanced functions, including ‘sequences optimisation’, ‘link between operation’ and ‘apt import’. With the latter it is now possible to import multiple files in one process for each group of operations. Additionally, default settings are defined into preferences.

“The import can also update existing trajectories, while keeping the options and repeat functions,” says Legoupi. “Moreover, a report displays the actions carried out during the import, such as updating, and adding and deleting operations.”

Other enhancements to NCSIMUL 4CAM include options within ‘Scraps Management’ for computing intermediate stock and cut analysis, and the ability to write an interactive comment in the program.