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Machining Center Programming, Setup, and Operation

Key Concepts and Lessons

Programming:

Key Concept 1: Know your machine from a programmer's viewpoint

  • 1.1: Machine configurations

  • 1.2: CNC job flow

  • 1.3: Visualizing program execution

  • 1.4: Understanding the workpiece coordinate system

  • 1.5: Determining workpiece coordinate system offsets

  • 1.6: Entering workpiece coordinate system offsets

  • 1.7: Introduction to programming words

 

Key Concept 2: You must prepare to write programs

  • 2.1: Preparation steps for programming

 

Key Concept 3: Understand the motion types

  • 3.1: Programming motion

Key Concept 4: Know the compensation types

  • 4.1: Introduction to compensation

  • 4.2: Tool length compensation

  • 4.3: Cutter radius compensation

  • 4.4: Workpiece coordinate system offsets  

Key Concept 5: You must provide structure to your CNC programs

  • 5.1: Introduction to program structure

  • 5.2: Structured program format

Key Concept 6: Special features that help with programming

  • 6.1: Canned cycles for drilling

  • 6.2: Sub-programming techniques

  • 6.3: Other special programming features

  • 6.4: Programming rotary devices

Setup and Operation

Key Concept 7: Know your machine from an operator's viewpoint

  • 7.1: Tasks related to setting up and completing a production run

  • 7.2: Operation panels

Key Concept 8: Know the operation modes

  • 8.1: Modes of operation

Key Concept 9: Know how to perform often-used procedures

  • 9.1: Operation procedures

Key Concept 10: Know how to safely verify CNC programs

  • 10.1: Running and verifying programs

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