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Product Focus 58 MoldMaking Technology —— AUGUST 2018 Software Performs CNC Simulation Plus Physics-Based Optimization Version 8.2 of CGTech's Vericut optimization and verification software simu- lates an expansive range of CNC machine types and manufacturing operations. The list includes drilling and trimming, waterjet machining, riveting, and milling and turning. It can simulate robots and parallel kinematic/hexapods as well. It operates independently but can be integrated with CAM systems. During machine simulations, the software detects collisions and near-miss- es between all machine tool components and user-defined objects. Users can also set up "near-miss zones" around the components to detect over-travel errors. In Review Mode, the software can simulate machine movements while stepping or playing backward. A customizable heads-up display (HUD) shows the NC program or status item on top of Views. The HUD monitors the NC program and important machine functions while keeping simulation Views as large as possible. Program Alerts highlights errors and warnings, and, when running multiple NC programs, it highlights programs with errors in red. Force is a physics-based NC program module that analyzes and optimizes cut- ting conditions throughout CNC program operations. Force is available for turning and milling machines. Force Turning facilitates changing and limiting chip thick- ness and feed rates while cutting in corners, diameters and tight spaces. Force Calibration creates Force Material Files from dynamometer test data. It includes a Design of Experiment (DOE) planner, validates data and shows statistics. The software also adds realism to additive simulation to improve verifi- cation of additive build processes. These processes include the buildup of overlaps, acute corners, tight overlapping bead paths and double deposits (overlapping start/end points). An alert message will appear when the laser focal point is too far from the part's surface, when there are excessive over- hang conditions or when there is too much build up at corners and overlaps. CGTech, East, Level 3, Booth 133346 Six-Axis Machine Reduces Setups, Saves Space Promac's Levante GTR six-axis multifunctional working center offers a compact footprint and a large machining envelope. It enables roughing, semi-finishing, finishing and deep drilling operations in a single setup. The machine can use drilling tools as long as 23". Designed to accommodate automation, the machine suits automotive, aero- space, energy, mechanical and prototyping applications. It can produce medium to large, complex parts. Promac Srl, South, Level 3, Booth 339449 Control Interface Focuses on Digital Workflows The Celos control and user interface from DMG MORI creates a consistent eco- system for digital production, according to the company. The interface focuses on digital workflows for adaptive production planning and integrated tool man- agement. The Celos Cockpit enables users to view the entire production process at a glance. This feature improves production transparency on all order sta- tuses, bottlenecks, waiting times and causes. It enables workflows and machin- ing processes to be digitally mapped, controlled and optimized. The interface's Open Connectivity feature enables network integration with machines from other manufacturers, technological areas and manual workstations. DMG MORI, South, Level 3, Booth 338900 Fiber Laser Welding System Uses Diode Pumps for More Power The ID1 fiber laser welding system from Alliance Specialties and Laser Sales uses Fiber Solid State (FSS) laser technology, which generates laser power through a series of diode pumps instead of crystals and mirrors. This removes many of the intricate parts found in typical YAG lasers and results in virtually zero maintenance for the user, according to the company. The machine's design also offers high beam quality, air cooling for high ambient air temperatures, low power consumption, long diode life (ranging to 100,000 hours), fewer necessary optics, and easy integration and service. The swivel design provides unlimited head position configurations for greater job flexibility, 4.5-ft. travel and full 360-degree rotation. Alliance says that every part of this system is easily adjustable, giving the operator versa- tility and flexibility to meet most laser repair demands. It is designed to be manually adjusted, which eliminates the possibility for mechanical failure and offers the ability to focus on specific areas, ultimately reducing wear. Alliance Specialties and Laser Sales, North, Level 3, Booth 236570

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