Session 2 Monitoring the VERICUT Simulation During the process of the simulation, many things happen simultaneously, tools are changed, work offsets, motions are processed, etc… It is important to monitor what is happening to make sure the process is correct.
Open project file vericut.vcproject • • • • • •
Launch VERICUT File > Open Shortcut = Library File = vericut.VcProject Open Display the Project Tree
Display Driven Point Axis •
In the Machine View, right-click, Display Axes > Driven Point Zero
This axis displays the "driven point" (identified by the symbol) and the X, Y, ZDrivenPoint axes. The Driven Point Zero axes represent where the driven point of the "active" tool would be located, relative to the "active" stock, if all linear axes were positioned at zero. The origin of the NC program (Program Zero) is located on the top center of the stock.
View the NC Program •
Info > NC Program or
Step NC Program until the first tool is loaded •
Tool #1 is loaded in the spindle
Set VERICUT to automatically stop at every tool change • •
In the Project tree, select Project: vericut, right-click, Stop At = Tool Change, OK
Play back the simulation from the beginning • •
Reset Model Yes
• Play to End The simulation stops at N140T1M6 • Play to End The simulation stops at N4500T3M6
Remove display of the Driven Point axis •
In the Workpiece View, right-click, Display Axes > Clear Axes
The simulation will run faster if the axes are not displayed
Display the Status Window •
Info > Status or
The status window displays some very important information on the machining process.
The Local X Y Z display the position of the tool relative to the NC Program Zero
The Tool ID is the active tool
The time is useful to know the machining time. The Feedrate displayed is the last feedrate value encountered in the program. At this point of the program, the feedrate is a lot faster since the Motion Type is Rapid (G00).
Set VERICUT to automatically stop at a certain line • • • •
In the Project tree, select Setup : 3, right-click, Stop At = Line Number 61, vericut_setup3.mcd OK
Play back the simulation from the beginning
Reset Model Yes
Play to End
The simulation will stop at line 61 in the 3rd setup. • Play to End The simulation will continue until the end of the NC Program
11. • •
Exit VERICUT File > Exit Ignore All Changes
Conclusion In this session, we have seen how to monitor the simulation and how to stop the simulation at certain events in the program.