Unlock the Full Potential of 5-Axis Machines

Most CAM systems aren’t married to a single brand of machine. They can use CNC post processor software to convert CAM toolpaths into numerical controls that can be read by a CNC router’s controller. Fanuc America, which is known for collaborative robots (cobots) and similar high-tech machinery, has been working with CNC Software (the publishers of Mastercam) to produce a next generation post processor designed to optimize 5-axis capabilities. It reduces cycle times and boosts parts accuracy, particularly for CAD/CAM generated 5-axis simultaneous contouring part processes. In English, it means that machine tools will be able to more precisely produce parts that are modeled in the CAD system.

“For 5-axis simultaneous contouring, a quality CAD/CAM system is critical,” says Rick Schultz, Aerospace Program Manager for FANUC America. “FANUC has worked closely with CNC Software to make it easy for programmers to create optimal tool paths using the advanced algorithms available in the 5-axis Milling Standard Package for FANUC’s 30i-B and 30i-B Plus Series controls.”

Key functions in the Milling Standard Package for FANUC controls include Tool Center Point (TCP), Workpiece Setting, Error Compensation (WSEC), Easy Setting Function to support multiple acceleration and process profiles, and advanced lookahead algorithms AICC II with Smooth Tolerance Control+.