Fanuc Adds 5-Axis

Company’s CNC workforce platform now includes training option for skills gap

FANUC’s CNC machining workforce development solution now includes a 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, the Rochester Hills, Mich., based branch of the Japanese automation company is expanding its CNC training offerings to include 5-axis simulation, per a June 10 press release sent to EA. FANUC’s “Machining Simulation for Workforce Development” platform provides training for controls operation and part programming in a virtual environment, as seen below.

Tool type milling option—FANUC image

A complex milling extension feature combines FANUC’s CNC guide and simulation software that can now operate as one of the three main 5-axis mill kinematics. The option 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.

Mixed type machineFANUC image

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.

Table type.—FANUC image

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.

Some info about the company: Fanuc America Corporation is a subsidiary of the parent Fanuc Corporation based in Japan. Fanuc America is headquartered at 3900 W. Hamlin Road, Rochester Hills, Mich., and has facilities in: Auburn Hills, MI; Atlanta; Boston; Charlotte; Chicago; Cincinnati; Cleveland; Houston; Huntington Beach, CA; Los Angeles; Minneapolis; Montreal; Pine Brook, NJ; Pontiac, MI; Birmingham, AL; San Francisco; Seattle; Toronto; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Sao Paulo, and
Manaus, Brazil; and Aguascalientes, Monterrey, and Queretaro, Mexico.

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