Insider - VirtualGrind®Pro 1.28 new features

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Extensions in Windows Explorer for .vgp files

To improve the user experience, the information in a VirtualGrind Pro file can now be viewed directly from Windows Explorer. Version 1.28 allows the file explorer to display a preview of the tool in a thumbnail image and gives access to internal data in the file properties via a news tab named "VGPro" which has 4 sub-tabs:

  • General : main information about the program and tool
  • Snapshots : screenshots taken
  • Images : uploaded images
  • Texts : entered texts
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Thanks to a contextual menu action called "open with correct machine", these additional options allow VirtualGrind Pro to run with the machine and the version of PMC stored in the .vgp file.

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Boring bar

Boring bars are now integrated into VirtualGrind®Pro 1.28 as a standard option. The software allows operators to grind of both the cutting geometry as well as the shank features in one setup using a flipper.

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Plunge

VirtualGrind®Pro 1.28 allows to prepare blanks on 5-axis GrindSmart® machines using a contact point on the grinding wheel chosen by the operator according to the application.

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Flange pack with more than 4 wheels

This version 1.28 has a new feature where the user can select Flange packs with up to 6 wheels. These Flange packs are added to the existing list and are available for the types "HSK50E 6 wheel ⌀20" and "PerfectArbor 6 wheel ⌀20".

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The organization of wheel packs has also been optimized in order to store them according to their frequency of use.

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New wheel/nozzle pack import interface

The user interface has been revised to enable the user to identify empty positions and to facilitate the importation of several wheel packs, especially on GrindSmart®630XW3 and GrindSmart®830XW machines.

In addition, when editing a new program with the entire empty wheel changer, the import of the wheel packs will automatically set positions 1-2-3 and 4.

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Animation improvement

Several details have been added and improved in the animation in order to get as close as possible to reality.

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Sharp corner option

Starting from 1.28 it is feasible to obtain a minimal physically possible radius in the internal corner of relieving operations. When this option is activated, no additional interpolation of any machine axes will be performed while moving to the next profile segment.

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Insider - VirtualGrind®Pro 1.27 new features

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VirtualGrindPro in Chinese

VirtualGrind®Pro is now available in Chinese

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Tool Sections

The editing of tool sections can be done directly from the Tool/Design interface, without using the 2D editor, allowing a more intuitive and flexible user experience.

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GrindSmart®830XW robot

The GrindSmart®830XW machine benefits from a new and more user-friendly interface for managing the Fanuc robot. Available in VirtualGrind®Pro 1.27, the calibration wizard makes the setup of the GrindSmart Fanuc robot easier for any operator.

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VirtualGrind®Pro 1.27 also has new functions for creating and importing (files or data) for both cassettes and robot grippers.

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Machine animation - "Play single" and "Play single backwards"

VirtualGrind®Pro 1.27 has new controls to optimize the visualization of machine animations/simulation, through the "Play Single" and "Play Single Backwards" functions, and makes the process of machine setup even easier. The following keyboard shortcuts Ctrl+right and Ctrl+left are used to activate them respectively.

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