A Virtual Approach to CNC Training

One way to take the fear of crashing an expensive machine out of CNC training is by using simulation software that features programming methods actually used on the shop floor.


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One of the best things about using a CNC simulator during training is that it removes the fear of crashing an expensive machine, enabling students to gain confidence as they develop new skills. That’s the approach taken by Machine Training Solutions (MTS) LLC of Longwood, Florida, a software provider of training for CNC manufacturing companies and educational institutions. Whether conducted at a site of the customer’s choosing or at the MTS Training Center, classes contain knowledge-based exercises, video, and interactive labs and simulators to engage students and reinforce key concepts.

According to President Al Stimac, a key feature of the MTS system is that the programming methods and techniques used during the simulation training are identical to those in production machine shops. Led by industry experts, classes can be customized to meet a company’s needs, targeting areas such as:

  • CNC simulation of multi-channel, Swiss-type CNC lathes (10 axes in three channels with axis superimposition)
  • CNC simulation of complete machining on lathes and mill-turn centers (seven axes)
  • Programming and simulation of multi-spindle CNC machine tools (24 or more axes in eight channels)
  • Universal machining cycles for turning and milling
  • CNC simulation for five-axis turn-mills

Watch this video for an overview of the program.