FANUC America describes its NC Reflection Studio as a complete programming and simulation suite that offers program editing tools, G-code simulation, backplotting, and full-featured job setup. (Photo: Business Wire)

FANUC America’s new suite uses a digital twin to provide powerful G-code and cutting simulation

August 25, 2022

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill.—New software from factory automation supplier FANUC America empowers users to boost machining and part programming efficiency by enabling them to create complex programs, troubleshoot, and edit while simulating the cutting process, the company said in a release.

FANUC America’s NC Reflection Studio is reported to provide full machining simulation for verification and optimization of the G-code program, job setup, and part production. It uses machine models from the machine tool builder or select CAM systems, along with a virtualized FANUC CNC, to create a digital twin. This is said to provide powerful G-code and cutting simulation to boost machining and part programming efficiency. It also provides backplotting, program editing, and full-featured job setup, the company said.

According to FANUC America, the software provides highly accurate simulation by using the actual CNC parameters, machine layout, and kinematics. Users can easily upload or download part programs to the CNC over an ethernet connection for seamless program management, the company said.

“This is a tool that helps ensure programs are correct for the exact machine setup, ultimately making parts more efficiently with less risk, which is what all manufacturers want,” said Paul Webster, director of factory automation engineering for FANUC America, in the release. “With this high-fidelity simulation suite, you’ll be able to spend less time testing posted programs at the machine, and more time cutting.”

The NC Reflection Studio is said to permit robust part program editing and complete job setup of tooling, fixtures, offset, and part blanks. Importing posted programs from CAM and testing using the machine models and CNC setup provides the ability to see how the machine will process the program in the real world. Traditional G-code simulation, while fast, lacks data about the setup of the real machine, according to the release.

The company said that adding online simulation unlocks the ability to test programs using the actual machine parameter settings. With this flexibility of editing programs between the backplot, cutting, and online simulation environments, users can quickly test programs while editing, and can verify detailed programs before releasing them to production.

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