FANUC’s CNC Machining Solution Now Includes 5-Axis Simulation

The new training option addresses the manufacturing skills gap and the need for more advanced machine tool operators.

The new training option addresses the manufacturing skills gap and the need for more advanced machine tool operators.

Image courtesy of FANUC America.


FANUC America, an automation solutions provider, is expanding its CNC training offerings to include 5-axis simulation. 

FANUC’s Machining Simulation for Workforce Development provides training for controls operation and part programming in a virtual environment. The Complex Milling Extension option combines FANUC’s CNC Guide and simulation software that can now operate as one of the three main five-axis mill kinematics. The offering also includes training on a three-axis mill and a two-axis lathe for maximum configuration flexibility. Via a digital twin, the five-axis machining simulation allows users to learn how to setup and operate three common advanced five-axis milling machines: mixed type, tool type and table type.  

FANUC is committed to working with industry as well as educational partners to help fill the growing five-axis training demand. 

Tool type cutting. Image courtesy of FANUC America.

The addition of five-axis simulation offers an immersive environment to practice and understand advanced machining techniques. Since five-axis machining involves more complex machine setups, the simulation software effectively teaches users how to take advantage of the options and features. Additionally, the five-axis machining simulation software allows operators to experiment with and prove out the machine setup and/or part program before modifying the actual machine.  

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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