Achieving Process Optimization Through Simulation



Date: Thursday, March 26, 2020
Time: 2:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Duration: 1 hour

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A digital twin involves 3-D representations of the part, workpiece being machined, fixturing, cutting tools and NC machine, along with machine kinematics and CNC control functionality. Integration improves digital twin accuracy to raise the bar for simulating, verifying and optimizing NC programs. This unique and powerful environment enables operators to create collision-free NC programs that machine parts as fast as safely possible on their NC machines.

Process optimization goes beyond optimizing a single tool or program, and links all machining operations together end-to-end to evaluate the entire manufacturing process. Using simulation software in this manner ensures NC programs are error-free, and that all operations work together as intended. This higher form of optimization is essential to any manufacturing environment where parts are machined through a series of setups (machining stages) or run across multiple CNC machines. Process optimization ensures the entire manufacturing process flows seamlessly from one operation to the next – problems do not exist between setups, that all cutting tools are used as they were designed to be used, and all tools perform at optimal yet safe levels.

Topics to be covered:

  • How process optimization works, and can benefit your entire manufacturing environment
  • Why the synergy between CAM and simulation software is ideal for process optimization
  • How to eliminate time spent cutting air and optimize cutting tool performance for significantly reduced machining times
  • How process optimization can extend tool life up to 2X longer
  • How downloading “Smart” tools from the Cloud helps NC programmers choose appropriate feeds/speeds and automates optimization setup
  • How to optimize NC programs while you verify NC programs

Chris Lamrock
Technical Support Engineer

Mr. Lamrock has been with CGTech as a Technical Support Engineer for VERICUT software since 2016 and has more than 30 years of manufacturing experience. His professional career began at Dimension Tool & Die working as a Tool & Die Apprentice. Later, he became a Journeyman Tool & Die maker, and then Tool Designer and CNC Programmer at Northern Machine Tool for a variety of machines including Haas, Fanuc, Amada, and Droop & Rein. In his 25 years at Northern Machine Tool his work involved developing streamlined workflow processes, integrating FEA into the design cycle, and working on projects for companies including GM, L3, and Lear. In Mr. Lamrock’s role as Technical Support Engineer for CGTech, he designs many general-purpose and customized training courses, supplies technical support to end-user customers, and provides manufacturing consulting services to numerous companies in virtually every industry.