Work preparation with SINUMERIK


A machine tool is productive when it produces chips. Activities where the machine does not chip should be consistently shifted to CNC work preparation. This includes CNC programming, testing and running-in of programs. With the appropriate SINUMERIK software, this work can be done efficiently on the PC while the machine is productive.

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SINUMERIK in work preparation

More cutting time, fewer errors, optimally used resources  

SINUMERIK software helps the work preparation department to implement upcoming production orders in a resource-optimized manner:

  • in the creation and/or optimization and verification of NC programs,
  • with the CAD/CAM connection,
  • in resource management (machines, tools, fixtures, released NC programs),
  • in making reliable statements about feasibility and production costs.

NC programs 

NC programs creation, optimization, verification, runtime determination, collision control - on machine and/or on PC

Create and verify NC programs 

Creating, verifying and optimizing NC programs, determining machining time with quotation reliability, feasibility studies - for all these work preparation tasks, the CNC functionality for operating, programming and simulating is also available on the PC: 

  • "Run MyVirtual Machine" reflects the capabilities of the latest "Digital Native" CNCs of the SINUMERIK ONE series on the PC - up to 3D simulation of machine, tools, workpiece and chip fixtures for optimization of machining processes, feasibility checks and collision control.
  • The most common SINUMERIK CNCs (840D, 828D) with SINUMERIK Operate as system software are represented by "SinuTrain for SINUMERIK Operate" on the PC. SINUMERIK 808D on PC" does a similar job for the entry-level class.
  • MyVirtual Machine as part of the NX CAD/CAM software enables the creation and realistic testing of NC programs already in the CAD/CAM system. 


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Ressource management

Efficiently manage and optimally use machines, tools, fixtures and released NC programs

Resource management in work preparation

Do you want to save time, start production orders faster and more punctually? Get the right program and all the necessary tools to the machine at the right time? THis can help: A central overview of all production tools and their condition, an archive of all released programs with details of the suitable machines - and an overview of the condition of the machines.

Selected tips and basic articles for work preparation

User reports


New: User cycles speed up manufacturing

Self-programmed machining cycles speed up hydraulic cylinder manufacturing

Dedicated NC programmer makes full use of onboard CNC resources and boosts productivity of component manufacturing


New: Rainbow colors with top speed

Rainbow colors - with SINUMERIK Top Surface and SINUMERIK Top speed

With two new large portal milling machines, Sinumerik CNCs have also been introduced into press tool production at Concad GmbH. The result: clear competitive advantages through services, technologies and smart IT connection via edge computing. Operation, process reliability and dimensional accuracy are inspiring - and the simply excellent quality of the surfaces, which reflect all the colors of the rainbow even without post-processing, saves a lot of time!  


From design directly into manufacturing

SINUMERIK with SolidWorks and Mastercam

Process chain in pump construction: Prototypes are created parallel to the design, whose tests are immediately incorporated into the design.

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