Machining center programming, setup, and operation
The most popular CNC course!
CNC machining centers are among the most popular forms of CNC machinery.
Almost every company that has metal cutting CNC machines has at least one. This
curriculum allows you to present a complete course for this very common machine
This curriculum uses our proven key concepts
approach, the same approach that has helped thousands of students learn CNC
from our video courses. As with our video
courses and CD-rom courses, the key
concepts are broken further into concise lessons. There are
24 lessons in the machining center curriculum.
Instructor materials for this curriculum are FREE with your initial
Not only will you be teaching with the best state-of-the-art CNC curriculums
in the industry, youll be doing so free of charge! All we ask is that
your school bookstore buys the student manuals from us! With an initial order
of just 20 manuals, well ship the instructors materials free of
charge! All instructor materials (slide shows, PowerPoint Viewer, instructors
manual, and Adobe Acrobat Reader to view/print the manual) come on the cd-rom
disks. Our net price to your school (or bookstore) for manuals is $60.00 each
for the student manual and $19.95 each for each workbook (totaling $79.95 per
set). Future orders can be in any quantity. This cost will be recovered, of
course, as students enroll in your classes and buy the manuals. In essence,
your first 20 students will be paying for the curriculum!
What's the difference among the various
machining center curriculums?
You may have noticed that we have three different
machining center curriculums - and they do overlap in
the topics they cover.
Are your students newcomers to the shop
If your students have no previous shop experience
(including other classes your school may offer, we
recommend starting with the
Machining Center Setup and Operation curriculum.
In this curriculum, we include presentations about many
basic machining practice topics (shop safety, shop math,
blueprint reading, tolerance interpretation, and
measuring devices). Once this curriculum is
completed, then use the
Machining center programming curriculum.
Do students have shop experience?
It is possible that your students already have some
shop experience (they understand shop safety, shop math,
blueprint reading, tolerance interpretation, and
measuring devices). They may have learned these
topics in other classes from your school.
Be sure to download samples for
this curriculum. Samples include all written instructors materials,
samples of the slide shows, and samples of the student materials.
For The Instructor manual
We include one hard copy of this manual with the curriculum and it is also
included on disk one in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format so you can print additional
copies. This manual includes:
Getting started An introduction to the curriculum,
including factors that contribute to a good learning environment, the key
concepts approach, lesson structure, a description of the student and
instructor materials, and a list of things you still need to use this
Putting it all together a set of recommendations for
teaching with this curriculum.
Hard copy of review slide show Helps you prepare to
review information as you get deeper into the course.
Course outline The entire course in outline format.
Includes key concept names, lesson names, topics in each lesson, and
approximate slide numbers.
Answer book Answers to the exercises and programming
activities in the workbook (its a workbook with answers filled in).
Final test with answers Your way to confirm that students
understand major points in the entire course.
This concise manual contains one sheet per Key Concept and one sheet per
lesson (34 sheets, 68 pages total). Each sheet provides information to help you
get ready to teach:
Approximate time needed to present the lesson
Presentation links slide from the slide show (list of topics)
Key points to make for each topic
Suggestions for if you are teaching only setup and/or operation (not
Suggestions for what to do at the machine to stress the points made in the
Suggestions for a lab exercise (if appropriate)
Suggested homework assignment
Suggestions for exercises to be done
Two CD-rom disks
All instructors materials are included on two CD-rom disks, including:
Slide presentations with guidance This set of slide
shows (one for each lesson) includes audio guidance on selected slides (played
by clicking a special icon) to help you understand how to make presentations
during the course.
Slide presentations without guidance Since the slide
shows with audio guidance are very large files, we provide another set of
slides shows without the guidance that will load much quicker. We recommend
using this set of slide shows as you actually teach to minimize distracting
file loading time.
Written documentation - All written documentation (contents
of the To The Instructor manual and the Instructor Notes manual)
are also included on the CD-rom disks so you can print additional copies if you
wish. There is a lot of information to print, however (the Instructor
Notes manual is over 600 pages), so we can also supply additional copies at
an additional charge of $75.00 per set.
Adobe Acrobat Reader Allows you to view/print the
PowerPoint Viewer Allows you to view/display the slide
shows, but we strongly recommend that you have the actual PowerPoint software
(not just the viewer) so you can edit the slide shows.
About the PowerPoint slide presentations
PowerPoint is the presentation software of choice for most
presenters. Presentations in the machining center curriculum total over
7,200 slides and provide the visuals for the course. Every step along
the way, there's a highly colorful graphic or animation to help you make your
points! Each lesson includes a slide show to provide the visuals you need to
teach. They are all computer generated graphics and animations that really help
you make your points during the class.
Slide shows with and without audio guidance - To help you
prepare to teach, we provide one set of slide shows with audio guidance.
On selected slides, you'll find an instructor icon that, if clicked, will
activate an audio narration that tells you what our intentions are at this
point in the course. Note that this audio guidance is not intended for
students. It's aimed at instructors that will be teaching the course. Note that
some of the slide shows with guidance are very long and will take some time to
load. For this reason, we also provide another (identical) set of slide shows
without guidance. You can use them to minimize loading time while actually
teaching the course. Note that all presentation files are aptly named. In the
folder named Slide presentations without guidance (on disk one), you'll find
files named Lesson1.ppt through lesson24.ppt. In the folder named Slide
presentations with guidance 1-12 of 24 (on disk one), you'll find files named
lesson1g.ppt through lesson12g.ppt. In the folder named Slide presentations
with guidance 13-24 (on disk two), you'll find files named lesson13g.ppt
Presentation links slide - Weve made each lesson more
interactive. Instead of having to find the slide that begins each topic on your
own, weve added a special links slide in each lesson. This lets you
start/continue your presentation at the start of any major topic in the lesson.
(Download the sample of the machining
center curriculum slide show to see an example of the presentation links
slide.) Each underlined topic on the presentation links slide is a text link
that, if clicked, will send the presentation to the chosen topic within the
lesson. To get back to the presentation links page, simply click the return
button in the lower left corner of any slide. The presentation links slide is
always located in the same place right after the lesson plan (about
10-15 slides into the lesson). If you want to present the lesson in its
entirety, simply skip this slide (use the slide advance key). If class time
ends before you finish a lesson, this slide should make it easy to continue in
your next session. As youre preparing to teach, you may decide not to
include certain topics in your presentation. Perhaps you want to skip them for
now and come back to them later. In this case, when you get to the topic you
wish to skip, simply click on the return button to get back to the presentation
links page. Then click on the topic after the one you wish to skip. Note that
when you click on a topic, PowerPoint will jump to the slide beginning the
topic youve chosen and continues from there. It will not return to the
presentation links slide unless you click the return button. This slide will
also make it much easier to review. It makes a great set of bullet points,
helping you remember the topics that must be reviewed. If students are having
problems with a topic during the review, you can simply click on the topic and
present the material again. In fact, presentation links slides are identical to
the slides in the review.ppt slide presentation.
Fly-in text boxes- Regardless of how much preparation you do, it will
be impossible to memorize every presentation included in this lengthy
curriculum. Again, there are over 7,200 slides. It can be especially difficult
during transition points, when the presentation is shifting gears. If you
dont know whats coming up (as youre teaching), you can look
ill-prepared in front of your students. For this reason, most slides now
include fly-in text boxes to help you stay on track. Each fly-in text box will
automatically fly in as soon as this slide is displayed. (Download the samples of the machining center
curriculum slide show to see an examples of fly-in text boxes.) Sometimes the
fly-in text box will keep you from forgetting to make a key point. Other times
it will help at a transition point to remind you about where the presentation
is going. In many cases, what is in the text box can be used as your first
sentence for the slide, helping you quickly dig into the material.
"Review" slide presentation - We cannot stress enough the importance of
reviewing information you have presented earlier in the class. In the review
slide presentation, we begin each key concept with the key concept name and a
list of lessons related to the key concept. This lets you re-stress the
importance of each key concept. We then include a slide for each lesson in the
key concept with bullet points to help you remember the topics that need
reviewing. Actually, these bullet point slides are identical to the
presentation links slide (discussed earlier) in each lesson, except they are
all together in one handy presentation. If students are having problems with a
topic, you can quickly call up the lessons presentation and go to the
presentation links page. Then click on the topic to present it again. A hard
copy of the this presentation is included in the To The Instructor manual.
Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer - Though we highly recommend that you
have the actual PowerPoint software, we do include the PowerPoint Viewer. It
does allow you to display the slide shows, but youll have no way to
modify them. Additionally, the slide shows are quite long (most over 300
slides). PowerPoint Viewer does not allow you to move around in the slide show
nearly as easily as the actual PowerPoint software does.
Free phone assistance
Admittedly, theres a lot of information in this curriculum. If you
have questions about any topic while your preparing to teach the course, we
welcome your phone calls (847-639-8847). Or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be sure to download samples for
this curriculum. Samples include the first five pages of the first six
chapters of the student manual. We can also supply a checking copy of the
student manual to instructors teaching for technical schools. The samples also
include examples from the answer book, which is the workbook with answers
This comprehensive (358 page) Machining Center
Programming, Setup, and Operation manual is the same manual we supply with
our machining center CD-rom course and video course. It follows the slide
presentations to the letter (in fact each lesson plan slide includes the page
number in the manual that the lesson begins), and will make excellent reading
material during the class - possibly homework reading assignments. It will also
make a great reference book for students long after the class is over. It is
extremely tutorial and very easy to understand.
Though you may elect to develop your own practice activities, this
ready-made workbook includes twenty-four exercises, one for each lesson in the
course. Exercises include true/false, multiple choice, and fill-in-the-blanks
questions and make great quizzes or homework assignments. About half of the
exercises also include realistic programming activities.
Download samples of the written materials
for this curriculum to see examples of the answer book (the workbook with
filled in answers).
What you'll still need
In order to show the PowerPoint slide presentations to a group of people,
you need the following items.
A computer with Windows 95 (or higher) - Any current model
Windows computer will work. If using a desktop computer, you can easily watch the
monitor of the computer (facing your audience) to see the slide show as slides
are displayed behind you by the projection system. Since the left mouse button
advances the slides, you even have a remote slide advance button (as is
commonly used with a 35 mm slide projector). If portability is an issue, keep
in mind that many of the notebooks and sub-notebooks have ample power to run
the presentation software. However, be careful in your selection. Many
notebooks do not allow you to send data out through the VGA port and see the
slide show on the LCD screen of the notebook at the same time. Without this
ability, you may have to turn around to see your slides, which can be
distracting to your audience.
Microsoft PowerPoint Software (PowerPoint 2000 was used to create
the slide show) - Though you can display all presentations with PowerPoint
Viewer (included with this curriculum), you will need Microsoft PowerPoint if
you intend to modify the slide shows given in this curriculum. We highly
recommend that you have this ability. This software can be found in any
computer store for a price of about $250.00 (it also comes with Microsoft
Office). You will find this to be a very powerful presentation generating
program; one you can use to develop your own slide shows for other courses (or
of course, modify those in this course curriculum).
A way of displaying the screen show - You have several alternatives
in this regard. All involve using a device that takes data from the VGA port of
your personal computer. First, many schools already have a projection system
that can display information from a personal computer. Basically, anything that
can be shown on the computer screen can be displayed through the projection
system. Second, you can use a device that sits on top of an overhead projector
to display your screen shows. In essence, this device makes a transparency of
what ever is on the display screen of the computer. Third, and especially if
price is a concern, you can use a simple scan converter (about $200.00 -
$300.00) and display your screen show on any television that has a video in
connector (as most do). If you must use the RF connector of the television
(where an antenna plugs in), an RF converter must be purchased. Since there are
so many alternatives for displaying your slide shows, we welcome phone calls
(847) 639-8847 if you have questions about your alternatives.
Pricing: (Remember, buy just twenty sets to receive all instructor's
materials free of charge!)