Examine tool shapes

from any perspective by panning, rotating, zooming and measurement mode to confirm tool design

View every detail

and each pass made by the grinding wheel

Optimise the grinding process

and eliminate collisions on the machine

The 3D revolution which changed an industry

ANCA was the first to introduce true 3D simulation technology for CNC tool and cutter grinding. The user can view the grinding process and the resulting model. On-screen tool model measurements are possible, as are collision detection and process improvement. CIM3D delivers advanced tool simulation quality and an enhanced user-friendly interface for high performance and increased efficiency. 

CIM3D

The enhanced CIM3D V9.0 is even easier to use.

ENJOY THE UPDATED LOOK AND FEEL
  • Brand new interface with new icons and colour scheme
  • Better user experience and a modern look
  • Customisable toolbars
  • The animated toolbar has been replaced with a timeline for ease of use and better visualisation

BENEFITS: Ease of use, improved visualisation and highly intuitive design
 
PROGRESSIVE MATERIAL REMOVAL
  • Provides a realistic and unique view of the material removal process
  • Allows visualisation of the grinding process during a move
  • Allows the visualisation of the wheel imprint at any point of time
  • Allows better visualisation of unexpected deviations in the wheel path

BENEFITS: Allows the user to view the state of the tool at any point of the grinding timeline
 
CLEAR VISUALISATION WITH THE TIMELINE PANEL
  • Provides an interactive timeline of the grinding process that acts as an animation and analysis hub
  • Acts as a central dashboard for all analysis rather than having it distributed in multiple places

BENEFITS: Central analysis hub for quick and easy access to save time
 
TOOL BALANCE ANALYSIS
  • Provides complete information about the balance of a rotating tool
  • The output includes the quality grade and imbalance of the tool
  • This information is then passed on to ToolRoom to balance the tool effectively

BENEFITS: Ability to manufacture high performance cutting tools
 
SAVE TIME WITH BACKGROUND CALCULATIONS

Simplifies workflow by doing calculations in the background rather than having users kick this off. This saves time and the automatic display doesn’t allow for errors that are accidentally missed. Some of the tasks calculated automatically without needing to be initiated by users are:
 

  • Collisions - these are recalculated automatically when machine configuration is changed
  • Material removal rates - calculated when row is shown in timeline to display the MRR graph
  • Tool balancing - Tool balancing is calculated automatically when tool balancing dialogue is shown


BENEFITS: Simplifies workflow, saves time, less likely to miss collisions and reduced waiting time

 

MATERIAL REMOVAL RATE
  • Provides visualisation of the material removal rate (Q) to visualise jump in feedrates and is useful to normalise feedrates
  • A chart is provided to visualise the material removal rate (Q)

BENEFITS: MRR can be used to optimise the feedrates for better wheel life and stable process
 
MEASUREMENT CAPABILITIES
  • Allows the placing of three points to measure a radius 
  • Behaves like a 2D overlay – moves with the tool in translation, but not in rotation
  • Handles the same use case as a shadowgraph
  • Typically used to measure the cutting profile radii

BENEFITS: Quick and easy measurement methods to save time

 
CHANGES TO SECTIONING PLANE DIALOGUE
  • Multi-step sectioning plane orientations can now be viewed in the measurement view
  • Basic and Advanced dialogues merged into a single dialogue

BENEFITS: Flexibility to measure any geometry on the cutting tools in any plane

 

MACHINE MODELS AND ACCESSORIES
  • The ‘wheel changer’ tab has been renamed to ‘wheel and coolant’
  • Option for MX splash guard for better collision analysis 
  • FX5 Wheel Changer added to detect collisions with changer gripper
  • MX and TX machine models have been updated to use the current colour scheme (as per V8 updates)

BENEFITS: Additional accessories for improved collision detection analysis

 
AUTOMATIC UPDATES AND NEW LICENSING
  • Provide a notification when a new update for CIM3D becomes available
  • A simple one-click update which installs and starts the latest version of CIM3D
  • Hosted in the cloud to make it easily accessible for customers
  • Licensing system which includes both software and hardware licensing
  • Available on hardware dongles to transfer between PCs

CIM3D V9

Amazing and user friendly software. The CIM3D has saved me from crashing more times than I can count. If you have an ANCA and don't have a CIM3D, you need to buy one ASAP. It is also a great training tool for newer operators who are learning to program.

Jonathan Wild
Operations Manager, Arch Rhode Island

I have been using it since 2001 and would tell ANCA customers that it will pay for itself in a year. Now as a customer I believe that even more. ANCA is constantly making great improvements to make this software next to none. I can't wait to see how far it will go.

Chris Wagner
Tool Grind Lead, Acutec Precision Aerospace Inc

Been programming ANCA machines since 1993. The CIM3D is a game changer, allowing me to design custom tools that wouldn't be possible without it.

Jay Costa
Director of Manufacturing Operations, BlackHawk Industrial

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