Cimskil NCV provides graphic simulation of NC machining programs.
It shows a continuously updated realistic image of
the workpiece as the cutter moves through it, removing metal. NC programmers
using it catch most common programming errors before they reach the shop
NCV simulates both lathes and 3-5 axis milling machines.
NCV detects rapid cuts, fixture cuts, holder collisions, and burying the
tool (cutting above the flutes) during simulation. Gouges and overcuts can
be detected by comparing the as-machined part to the as-designed part,
imported as a standard SLA file.
Verifying programs reduces or eliminates costly tape tryouts,
keeping machine tools available for production work.
New NC programmers can be trained safely, without risk to people or
NCV is easy to learn and use
NCV uses Motif and X-Windows for user interaction, making the program
straightforward and intuitive to use.
NCV includes an on-line tutorial and a thorough manual, although many
users simply begin using the program immediately and never look back.
As many windows as desired can be created, each showing a different view
of the part. Each view can be rotated during and after simulation.
Several files can be batched for unattended running; the simulations can
then be played back quickly later.
The user can measure point coordinates, material thickness, machining
time, and part volume. Chips can be removed if necessary, for better viewing
and accurate volume computation.
The user can pick points on the model using the cursor, then display the
CL-ID of the motion that cut that spot and the cutter in use at the time.
The part can be sectioned during during simulation to better see the
cutter motion in deep pockets. The entire part can also be displayed
translucently, allowing the cutter to be seen wherever it is.
Work-in-process files can be created, for later reference or for use in
simulating later setups.
NCV's user interface and on-line help are highly customizable.