FANUC Luxembourg Corporation (FLC) has collaborated with MachineWorks to offer FANUC customers—machine tool manufacturers and end-users—advanced simulation and interference checking.
FLC and MachineWorks are working together to integrate MachineWorks simulation and collision checking functions with FANUC's FOCAS2 software in order to provide FANUC users with simulation of material removal and anti-crash capabilities. This functionality detects programming errors, prevents expensive mistakes and saves time and money, according to the company.
MachineWorks is seeing more complicated parts being manufactured on more complex machines using more complex machining processes. Smart systems which automatically detect and prevent clashes are becoming the norm. High quality graphics are also expected so end-users can monitor their machining processes in real time.
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