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FANUC adds 5-axis simulation to CNC machine training software


June 11, 2020
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION

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FANUC's table-type CNC machine simulation software. Photo: FANUC

FANUC America is expanding its CNC training offerings to include 5-axis simulation.

The company’s Machining Simulation for Workforce Development provides training for controls operation and part programming in a virtual environment.

With more operations looking to produce complex parts used in high-tech industries, the demand for 5-axis operators is growing – but the skills gap means there is a shortage of machine tool operators available.

FANUC’s training solution is for both new workers and existing workers looking to upskill.

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The Complex Milling Extension option combines FANUC’s CNC Guide and simulation software that can now operate as one of the three main 5-axis mill kinematics.

The addition of 5-axis simulation offers an immersive environment to practice and understand advanced machining techniques.

Since 5-axis machining involves more complex machine setups, the simulation software teaches users how to take advantage of the unique options and features – and experiment with and prove out the machine setup and/or part program before modifying the actual machine.

The offering also includes training on a 3-axis mill and a 2-axis lathe for maximum configuration flexibility.

Via a digital twin, the 5-axis machining simulation allows users to learn how to setup and operate three common advanced 5-axis milling machines: mixed type, tool type and table type.