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Machine Tool Operational Visualizer
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CNC machine tools continue to be a critical part of manufacturing; yet, a majority of the users still do not have a comprehension of how the systems function internal to the control system. With the current capability and cost benefits of personal computers and multimedia tools, the opportunity to create an educational tool to display the inner workings of the CNC system is feasible. This proposal for a Machine Tool Operational Visualizer is to develop a rapid prototype of a technical training software module and student workbook that would fully present, in an interactive fashion, the inner workings of a CNC machining center. The prototype would encompass the entire operational process of the CNC using video, audio, animation, simulation, and text as a basis for us to develop "what if" scenarios that can be used by the student to "play" with a virtual CNC machine tool and take a close look at how a closed loop servo system really functions. The proposed prototype model will be validated for student usability by the Livingston Technical Academy and technically validated by GE Fanuc Automation North America.
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