A software simulator of a numerical control (CNC) lathe is an educational methodological development intended for basic familiarization of novice machine building specialists with the principles of programming parts turning operations using standard ISO 7 bit alphanumeric code.
The basis of the three-dimensional simulation model is a lathe with a classical arrangement of units, equipped with a CNC system, an eight-position turret, a three-jaw chuck, a tailstock, a coolant supply system and other machinery. Material processing is performed on two axes in the horizontal plane.
Field of application of the software product: educational process using computer technology: laboratory lessons of students in computer classes, distance learning, demonstration support of lecture material in the group of areas of training and specialties: «Metallurgy, Engineering and Material Processing».
The functionality of the simulator: preparation of texts of control programs of turning operations in the format of a standard G/M code, checking control programs for syntax and technological errors, playing on the computer screen (or other computing device) three-dimensional graphic models of the main components of the lathe machine and metal-cutting tools to simulate the process of turning metal, the three-dimensional visualization of the process of forming parts during turning on the compiled control programs, visualization of toolpaths, implementation of interactive user interaction with the simulation model of technological equipment.
Type of target computing device and supported platform: IBM – compatible PC running Microsoft Windows, Apple Macintosh PC running MacOS, mobile devices based on Android and iOS operating systems. Additionally, program execution is possible in a web browser environment with support for HTML5 technology and hardware support for 3D graphics (WebGL technology).
Graphics software uses OpenGL 2.0 components. The graphical user interface of the program is implemented in English and Russian.
Multi-platform support allows you to use the software on various computing devices, including interactive whiteboards, smartphones, tablet and desktop computers, which, in turn, increases the flexibility and mobility of the educational process, corresponding to the modern level of education informatization. The web version allows the integration of software into distance e-learning systems.
The simulator can be delivered with installation on one workplace (the user license with issue of registration keys) and with installation on unlimited number of workplaces (the corporate license for the organization).
Microsoft DirectX system components can be downloaded from the official website:
- CPU: Intel/AMD, at least 2 GHz;
- RAM: at least 1 GB;
- VRAM: at least 512 MB;
- Screen Resolution: at least 1024x768x32;
- DirectX version 9.0.c (for Windows OS);
- Standard keyboard and computer mouse with scroll wheel;
- Means of playing sound (audio speakers or headphones).