Multi-Axis Machining Software

At Westec 2005, Numerical Control Computers Sciences (NCCS, Newport Beach, CA) showcased its latest release of its NCL multi-axis machining software.

At Westec 2005, Numerical Control Computers Sciences (NCCS, Newport Beach, CA) showcased its latest release of its NCL multi-axis machining software. Used by aerospace, automotive, mold and die and other manufacturing companies, the software features the most comprehensive five-axis simultaneous contouring capabilities available. 

NCL V9.4 includes dozens of productivity boosting enhancements that enable complex parts to be programmed fast and machined efficiently. New capabilities include: advanced multi-axis machine tool simulation, new sophisticated roughing capabilities, enhanced graphics quality and per-formance, and updated comprehensive data translation and model comparison tools.

Also featured at the show was Postworks—a universal two through 10-axis postprocessor and postprocessor generator that converts output from most major CAM systems (including CATIA CL files) into NC data files, which can be used to run virtually any NC device including mills, lathes, EDMs, lasers, CMMs, mill-turns, ultrasonic cutters and routers. A simple interface enables the user to easily establish machine configurations, control unit features, and output file formats. 

NCl/IPV (in process verification) is fully integrated into NCL—allowing tool paths to be simulated as they are created. The part model can be quickly dynamically rotated, zoomed and panned at any time during the simulation. Errors are detected automatically, including rapid cuts, tool holder collisions, and collisions with clamps and fixtures. Errors are displayed on the screen and logged to a file. The cut part can be compared to NCL surfaces or a solid model.

NCL machine simulation allows the user to simulate the metal removal process and the movement of your CNC machine, simultaneously. The product realistically simulates the exact movements of a CNC machine and automatically detects collisions between all machine tool components.