New visibility options, plus enhancements to toolpath optimisation, additive manufacturing, tooling and multi-tool stations, measuring and inspection/reporting are just a few of the noteworthy features in this latest release. Hundreds of customer-driven improvements and software requests were also incorporated in this latest version.

“Vericut 9.1 continues to enhance the user experience through continued advancements with graphics and display controls, streamlined user controls, and more new capabilities and features than ever before”, says Vericut product manager, Gene Granata. “Version 9.1 also introduces a Learn mode for Force optimisation - a form of artificial intelligence for faster/easier NC Program optimisation. Using Learn mode, almost anyone can create highly optimised NC programs from existing programs, without having to reprogram them.”

New visibility features have been added to the Project Tree and Vericut’s right-click convenience menus for components and models, enabling users to toggle between visible and invisible states, or to enable/disable 3-D objects for the simulation. Quickly see unobstructed views of the cutting process and gain better access to the part by removing enclosures, models of sheet metal or shrouding, and other ‘in-the-way’ objects via ‘Invisible’ or ‘Disable’ actions.

Similar to the above, new features have been added to AUTO-DIFF, giving users a higher degree of control over component visibility, such as when fixture models should appear.

Setup Plan has been renamed to Annotated Images. Vericut Inspection is also now included with Annotated Images. Both Setup Plan and Inspection functionality is greatly enhanced with dimensions, notes and tolerances for checking parts at various stages of machining. Easily create professional looking and informative set-up plans and inspection images stored with view layouts - ready to print as ‘shop aid’ documents, or to appear in Vericut’s comprehensive Reports.

Defining shanks as separate objects from the holder and cutter enables programmers to see where these non-cutting portions of the cutter are - relative to the stock workpiece, and allows more discrete control over near-miss and collision detection properties and tolerances. Toolholder models can also be used as ‘Shanks’.

The Optimize Control window has been streamlined to fit in a single window with no tabs. Relevant features become active in subsections depending on which Mode is selected. A new Force ‘Learn’ Mode is available, providing artificial intelligence (A.I.) for optimisation. In Learn mode, Vericut learns from simulating cutting, then automatically configures & optimizes tools for increased cutting efficiency and reduced machining times.

New ‘Save All As”’ Optimisation Settings option added to the right mouse menu when clicking on a Force Chart. New ability to ‘Learn From Results’ enables optimisation settings for a tool or all tools that were analysed.

Vericut 9.1 has a new ‘Additive’ Default Machining Type. This enables the software to predict system resources that will be needed to additively build the as-designed part, including a starting stock build plate or model.

Vericut can build multiple parts created by a ‘nested’ build NC program, enabling additively built parts to be independently relocated or assembled for finish machining, or exported. This feature is especially helpful for Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) and Large-Scale Additive Manufacturing (LSAM) parts.

The DXF Import feature has been enhanced with several new features. The DXF reader can now read the layers within a DXF file and automatically detect CUT/NOCUT layers. Additional layers can be checked on to use as additional components.