CGTech training is designed to provide you with all the information and practical experience necessary to use VERICUT effectively. These courses are suited to anyone interested in performing NC program verification, including CAD/CAM users, NC programmers, and machinists.
VERICUT Verification Course Overview
Basic NC Program Simulation & Verification
This course introduces users to the basics of NC program verification. Following an overview of the graphical user interface and functionality, you’ll learn how to run a project in VERICUT. Special emphasis will be placed on how to detect and locate errors in NC programs. This course will also show you how to analyze the cut part by using many of VERICUT’s built-in analysis features, including the ability to compare the cut stock to the design data.
Day two will expand on the first day and shows how to configure a job in VERICUT. We’ll cover configuring multiple setup projects, advanced modeling and assembly techniques, and defining tool shapes. You’ll learn how to use coordinate systems, subroutines and work offsets. We’ll also teach how to define and position the stock model, and orient the models on the machine.
Day three builds on what you learned in the first two days and shows how to integrate VERICUT in your manufacturing process. Topics include using VERICUT-to-CAD/CAM interfaces and how to customize reports for your specific requirements. The afternoon will be a chance for you to delve deeper into VERICUT features and will give you an opportunity to work on projects with the instructor’s assistance. Some topics may include: setting up and simulating your own files, advanced tool configuration, and NC optimization.
VERICUT Machine & Control Building Course
The VERICUT Machine & Control Building Class is intended for experienced VERICUT users. It is assumed that attendees already have a good working knowledge of VERICUT’s user interface and basic verification techniques. The class builds on your existing foundation of knowledge to advise on proper techniques for configuring VERICUT machines, controls, and master project files to be used by all users at your company.
Machine Building Introduction
This course introduces users to the basics of building a VERICUT Machine Configuration (VMC). Following an overview of the machine building concepts, you’ll learn how to layout the machine kinematics and then add 3D models to the VERICUT machine. On day one you will see how to build 3-, 4- and 5-axis milling machines and also a 2-axis lathe.
Control Building Introduction
Day two of this course will concentrate on the configuration of the VERICUT control. Following an overview of the control building concepts, you’ll learn how to customize a control to simulate how various G-Code words and data formats will be processed by VERICUT. We’ll cover how to: configure spindle logic for milling and mill/turn machines, customize a control to generate additional error messages, configure rotary behavior, and other control specific options.
Advance Machine Building
Day three builds on what you learned in the first two days and shows how to incorporate machine auxiliary components to your VMC. Topics include tool chain configuration, milling head attachment, pallet changers, and tailstocks. On this day you will also learn how to use VERICUT’s many trouble-shooting tools to assist you in the configuration of your machine and control. You will end the day with probing simulation sessions and file management suggestions.
Day four is a workshop, where you will work on your own projects with an instructor’s assistance. On this day you will learn how to find and utilize the information to build an accurate VMC machine/control simulation.
Prior VERICUT experience is required – proficiency with using VERICUT is a prerequisite for this class. To get the most from this class we strongly recommend that you have gone through VERICUT verification training sessions to reinforce your understanding of basic VERICUT knowledge. In addition, you can quickly review the VERICUT training sessions (part of every install). The training sessions can be found in VERICUT’s Help menu > On VERICUT… – look for “Training Sessions” in the tree on the left side of the window. The Machine and Control Building Class will pick up from the basic VERICUT training, and will cover advanced material pertinent to CNC machines and G-code NC program simulations.
The goal of this class is to provide you with a foundation of machine and control building knowledge. By the end of the class you will be able to begin building a wide range of machines and simulate the NC codes that run on them. This should not be considered a “custom machine building” class, although you are invited to work on your own machines in the Workshop session that follows the class. The class will discuss principles applicable to a wide array of NC machines so that all attendees may advance their machine and control building knowledge.
Selecting a machine to build – we suggest starting with a simple 3 or 4-axis machine, as this increases your chances of completion. Some 5-axis machines may be candidates if the NC program is not too complex. Avoid selecting complex machines (e.g. mill-turn, multi-tasking or multi-channel machines, etc.), as they typically require more time and effort than is available during class.
What to bring – if there is a particular machine you are interested in building, bring as much data/information about this task as possible. For example:
- Machine Make and Model.
- Machine diagrams – showing all motion axes & directions, pivot distances, travel distances & limits (more info is better).
- Machine models – model files when available, otherwise drawings of machine components.
- Tool behavior – which axes move during a tool change, and to where.
- Rapid & Max Feed Rates of each axis.
- Rapid motion behavior – Dog-leg vs. interpolated motion, axis priorities and sequences.
- Control Make and Model.
- Programming or Operator’s Manual – or equivalent, describing all codes to be supported.
Sample/test job data:
- NC Program – this should be a program that is known to run correctly on the machine without operator intervention, and demonstrates all features to be simulated.
- Stock model – model file, drawing, or dimensions.
- Fixture/Design models – bring when available. These can aid in faster setups on the simulated NC machine, and with verifying that simulated motions are correct.
- Setup sketch/instructions.
- Cutting tool descriptions – tool shapes, pocket numbers, gage lengths, offsets, etc. You may not actually need all this data, but it is a good idea to have it just in case.
What happens after class – while every attempt is made to help you complete your machine(s) during class, it may not always be feasible or possible to do so. Keep in mind that the intent of this class is to provide you with a good foundation of basic machine and control building knowledge that enables you to begin building a wide range of machine types. As questions arise, feel free to contact Technical Support for assistance. It has been our experience that most questions can be answered directly, however, some may be better handled via consulting services. Either way, we will do our best to assist you!
See you in class!
CGTech Technical Support
VERICUT Force Optimization Course
The VERICUT Force Optimization class is intended to illustrate how VERICUT software can be leveraged to create an optimized program derived from the original posted NC Code. The resulting program can improve performance, shorten machine cycle times, improve tool life, and minimize wear and tear on the machine tool. While all are welcome, this class is intended for users with a general knowledge of the core VERICUT product. This class is from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM on two successive days for a total of 8 hours per class.
Introduction to Force Optimization
Why Force Optimization
Component Feed Rate Definition
Air Cuts Only Mode
Optimization Saving Calculator
VERICUT Log File
Reporting optimization results
Introduction to Force Optimization
What is Force?
How does it work?
Analyzing Cutting Conditions
Selecting Stock Material Records
Force Analyze Mode
Calculating proper cutting conditions
Configuring for optimum efficiency
Preparing for Optimization
Layout and View setup
Customizing the GUI
Creating and using Master Tool Lists
Training courses in the UK – £300 per attendee per day. Price is inclusive of refreshments and lunch. On site training courses are subject to quotation.
09:00 until 17:00 - Lunch 12:30 - 13:30.
Attendees must be registered at least one week prior to the training class. Training must be prepaid before the class. Hotel Information is provided on registration. Information on training locations can be found here
We may hold a Machine and Control Building course in place of any of the Verification courses according to demand.
- VERICUT 9.0.1 must be running on your computer prior to class. For licensing concerns email email@example.com
- Computer must be set up to support voice over IP. There will be no “Phone-in” option available for the training.
- All users must use headphones or earbuds for listening in. Open speakers can cause feedback problems when microphones are enabled.
- Two monitors are required. Computer display should be configured to extend applications to either monitor (not duplicated).
- Tablets containing training materials are available for loan for web training courses.
Due to limited places on our training courses, we request that if you need to cancel your place on our training courses that you cancel at least 5 working days in advance of the course start date. This give us the opportunity to fill the class. You may cancel by phone or email, firstname.lastname@example.org or 01453 549805. When registering for our training classes you are agreeing to the above terms.