Machine tool operators’ need for faster and simpler programming is driving software developers’ strategies, and promoting more innovative process technologies.  Missler Software and Spring Technologies reported a final agreement between them to integrate the latter’s G-code simulation software, NCSimul Machine, as an option which can be used directly within TopSolid’Cam. The new package — TopSolid’NCSimul — will be available this year within the new release of TopSolid’Cam 7.8.

The deep-level integration between standard CAM features and high-end machining simulation is part of the two companies’ strategies, but it is also an example of increasingly advanced and complete workshop solutions that are being developed in machine programming.

Spring Technologies’ NCSimul Solutions platform simulates the complete machining process in real time, including cutting and tool libraries, post-processing, NC simulation, technical content publishing and DNC monitoring.

Missler Software is a French developer whose TopSolid CAD/CAM/ERP software is concentrated in mechanical manufacturing, toolmaking, wood and sheet metal processing industries.

The initial objective of the two firms’ agreement is to ensure a coherence and workflow between TopSolid and NCSimul Machine. As a CAM software, TopSolid’Cam determines toolpaths that are close to the part, taking account of machine kinematics and material constraints. As a CNC simulation software, NCSimul Machine’s purpose is to conduct independent checking and toolpath optimization, quickly, and close to the machine and the controller.  

The combination of the two will underscore security and assurance throughout the machining process and programming stages for the customer, which is especially important when the parts being produced involved expensive materials or the machining cycle takes many hours. Defining and maintaining accurate toolpaths that optimize materials and manufacturing time is important.