A digital twin involves 3-D representations of the part, workpiece being machined, fixturing, cutting tools and NC machine, along with machine kinematics and CNC control functionality. Integration improves digital twin accuracy to raise the bar for simulating, verifying and optimizing NC programs. This unique and powerful environment enables operators to create collision-free NC programs that machine parts as fast as safely possible on their NC machines.
Process optimization goes beyond optimizing a single tool or program, and links all machining operations together end-to-end to evaluate the entire manufacturing process. Using simulation software in this manner ensures NC programs are error-free, and that all operations work together as intended. This higher form of optimization is essential to any manufacturing environment where parts are machined through a series of setups (machining stages) or run across multiple CNC machines. Process optimization ensures the entire manufacturing process flows seamlessly from one operation to the next – problems do not exist between setups, that all cutting tools are used as they were designed to be used, and all tools perform at optimal yet safe levels.
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