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Optimized 5-Axis Post-Processor for FANUC CNCs

Dec. 10, 2020
Program extension allows machine tool operators to reduce cycle times while boosting part accuracy, particularly for CAD/CAM-generated, five-axis simultaneous-contouring part processes.

FANUC AMERICA and CNC SOFTWARE, the developer of Mastercam, have introduced a post-processor designed to optimize five-axis capabilities in FANUC CNCs. The post-processor allows advanced machine tool operators to reduce cycle times while boosting part accuracy, particularly for CAD/CAM-generated five-axis simultaneous contouring part processes.

A growing number of manufacturing sectors, including as aerospace, medical, and mold-and-die job shops, are incorporating five-axis simultaneous processing in their operations. By optimizing FANUC CNCs with this post-processor, machine tools will be able to produce parts–modeled in the CAD system—more precisely.

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

Critical functions offered in the Milling Standard Package for FANUC controls include Tool Center Point (TCP), Workpiece Setting, Error Compensation (WSEC), Easy Setting Function to support multiple accelerations and process profiles, and advanced lookahead algorithms AICC II with Smooth Tolerance Control+. This package used with the latest FANUC-controlled machine tools and the Mastercam post-processor is designed to power the future of advanced 5-axis machining. Learn more at

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