Realistic Simulation in CNC Training Software

March 29, 2012
Rexroth CNC simulator provides training, testing and development options for drilling, turning, and milling
Simulation screens on the Rexroth IndraMotion MTX micro Trainer replicate CNC processes for training and testing purposes on a regular PC without interrupting production. Drives and controls specialist Bosch Rexroth is offering machine operators a new capability to simulate, develop, test, and transfer CNC programs from a personal computer, without disrupting production. The “easy-to-use” program is available as a free download that presents a machine-like representation of Rexroth’s IndraMotion MTX micro CNC user interface. It’s a training software designed for tool operators, machine builders, instructors, and students, with realistic operation and programming capabilities for milling, turning, and drilling sequences — all independent of any machine tool hardware.

The program runs on Microsoft Windows XP or Windows 7 operating systems, and no licensing is required.

The Bosch Rexroth IndraMotion MTX platform is a low-cost, compact CNC solution for standard machining consisting of a compact HMI interface and a powerful multi-axis drive controller with CNC and PLC control.

The MTX micro Trainer can be used independently, or to support development and optimization of an MTX micro CNC system control. Users can choose between pre-configured lathe and milling machine scenarios. The software includes features and simulation sequences drawn from Rexroth’s in-depth experience developing CNC platforms.

Trainees can use this CNC trainer to set up and operate a range of functions, correct errors, and test their skills on simulations without interrupting machine production. Users can practice configuring the tool list, plot tool movement in various views and develop greater familiarity and efficiency with CNC tools.

As a development resource, operators can use it to simulate sequences and to test and debug programs and fixes in a realistic environment, helping to streamline CNC program development offline.

CNC programs can be imported, modified, and exported after testing and fine-tuning. The sample milling and turning demo programs can be used to create workable CNC programs. Built-in help systems for operation and NC-functionality, g-codes and cycles are also available.

For anyone seeking to purchase a compact CNC system, the MTX micro Trainer is useful for previewing the features and capabilities of Rexroth’s IndraMotion MTX micro CNC platform.

About the Author

Robert Brooks | Content Director

Robert Brooks has been a business-to-business reporter, writer, editor, and columnist for more than 20 years, specializing in the primary metal and basic manufacturing industries. His work has covered a wide range of topics, including process technology, resource development, material selection, product design, workforce development, and industrial market strategies, among others. Currently, he specializes in subjects related to metal component and product design, development, and manufacturing — including castings, forgings, machined parts, and fabrications.

Brooks is a graduate of Kenyon College (B.A. English, Political Science) and Emory University (M.A. English.)

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