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Turning Center Programming, Setup, and Operation


The Course

This CNC curriculum is available either online or in hard-copy and will help students master what it takes to program, setup, and run a FANUC-controlled CNC turning center. We begin in a basic manner - assuming students have no previous CNC experience. We do, however, assume they understand basic machining practices as they apply to turning centers. Students must understand machining operations like rough and finish turning and boring, rough and finish facing, drilling, threading and necking, as well as the cutting tools that perform these operations.

While we begin in a basic manner, we will continue to build upon previously presented information. When students finish this course, they will know what it takes to utilize a turning center, and will have worked on twelve practice programs.

Pre-Requisites We Recommend

Prior to taking these CNC classes, students should understand several basic machining practice topics, including:

  • Shop safety

  • Shop math

  • Blueprint reading

  • Tolerance interpretation

  • Measuring devices

  • Machining operations (related to the machine of study)

  • Cutting tools (related to machining operations performed)


These topics are commonly presented in programs before students are allowed to take any CNC classes.

Scope of Our Content

This 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). While students will still need hands-on practice with an actual machine (practice they must get from your school), they will understand the concepts needed to utilize a machine.


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 turning center class) include assigning program zero with geometry offsets, using wear offsets & tool nose 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.



Using hard-copy textbooks and presentations discs


Instructor materials

Instructors using on-line content will have access to on-line curriculum content. They will additionally have the ability to monitor student progress. Instructors using hard-copy manuals receive a set of manuals.

All instructors receive a set of instructor materials, including instructions for getting started, lesson plans, and answers to coordinate sheet exercises and programming activities.


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.


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