The new training option addresses the manufacturing skills gap and the need for more advanced machine tool operators.
To further develop the next-gen manufacturing workforce, FANUC America, a leading 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 5-axis mill kinematics. 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.
Growing interest in 5-axis machining continues as more operations look to produce complex parts used in high-tech industries, such as aerospace and medical devices. As this sector of the machine tool business increases, the demand for 5-axis operators will exponentially grow. Finding qualified workers to fill these positions will challenge many employers, who are already facing a tight labor market due to the widely known manufacturing skills gap issue.
Training new or existing workers in an effective and innovative way will be key to bridging this gap. FANUC is committed to working with industry as well as educational partners to help fill the growing 5-axis training demand.
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 effectively teaches users how to take advantage of the unique options and features. Additionally, the 5-axis machining simulation software allows operators to experiment with and prove out the machine setup and/or part program before modifying the actual machine.