Industry Product: Online Class
Machining Center Programming, Setup, and Operation
This on-line course will help you master what it takes to program, setup, and run a FANUC-controlled CNC machining center. We begin in a basic manner - assuming you have no previous CNC experience. We do, however, assume you understand basic machining practices as they apply to machining centers. You must understand milling and hole-machining operations and the cutting tools that perform them. While we begin in a basic manner, we will continue to build upon previously presented information. By the time you’re finished, you’ll know what it takes to utilize a machining center, and you will have worked on eleven practice programs.
Pre-Requisites We Recommend
Prior to taking these CNC classes, students should understand several basic machining practice topics, including:
Machining operations (related to the machine of study)
Cutting tools (related to machining operations performed)
Note: we include a short introduction to these topics in the eLearning system.
Scope of Our Content
The content is comprehensive. We cover all three tasks a person must master in order to become fully proficient, including programming, setup, and operation. Upon successful completion, students will be able to write programs at G-code level (manual programming). They will know how to get a machine ready to run production (setup). And they will know how to operate the machine and complete production runs (operation).
Estimated time to completion
We estimate that students will average approximately 30 hours to complete each class, including time to study the materials, to take the tests, and to do the exercises. Actual time will vary, of course, based upon the student's aptitude.
The Key Concepts Approach
We use our proven Key Concepts approach, which allows us to stress the reasons why things are done as importantly as how they're done. We constantly build on previously presented information, providing a logical and highly tutorial method for instruction.
There are ten key concepts. Six are programming-related and four are setup and operation related. If a student can understand ten basic principles, they are well on their way to becoming proficient CNC users.
Though we begin with programming, any time we come to a topic that is related to setting up or running a CNC machine, we cover it during programming presentations. These kinds of topics (for the machining center class) include assigning program zero with work piece coordinate system offsets, using tool length compensation & cutter radius compensation, and issues related to sizing in the first work piece and making sizing adjustments during a production run.
When the student gets to the setup and operation part of the class (Key Concept 7), they will already possess a good understanding of what it takes to get a machine up and running production.
Key Concepts and Lessons
The ten Key Concepts are further divided into lessons. While the same ten Key Concepts apply to both milling and turning machines, the lessons vary from one machine type to the other.
When you complete this class, you'll know what it takes to program a CNC machining center at G code level (programming). You will also know what is involved with getting a machine ready to run production (setup). And you will know what is required to operate a CNC machining center and complete a production run (operation). While you will still need hands-on practice with an actual machine (practice you must get from your school or employer), you will understand the concepts needed to utilize a machine.
Our on-line system provides a robust eLearning environment.
The content of this course is also available with a hard-copy self-study manual, workbook, answer book, and CD-rom disk. See the Industry and Individuals page for more information.
Possible Post-Requisites We Suggest
After completing these classes, students will be ready for classes on advanced manufacturing topics, like computer aided manufacturing (CAM) systems and computer integrated manufacturing systems.
Consider Using NCGuide
NCGuide is FANUC CNC software running on a personal computer. Though not a requirement for taking this class, NCGuide is an optional learning tool will help you master the operation of a FANUC CNC during your training. Lab exercises (included in the on-line class learning materials) will provide you with hands-on practice using a FANUC CNC. And you can use NCGuide to test run programs and view tool paths you create during class.
Need More Information?
Contact us by phone (847-639-8847) or email () if you have any questions about our FANUC Certified Education on-line CNC classes.