Product: Online Class

Machining Center Programming

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  • Learn how to program the most popular type of metal-cutting CNC equipment!

  • Uses our proven key concepts approach

  • Sixteen activity-packed lessons

  • Narrated presentations - navigate with an easy-to-use media player

  • Mobile-device friendly

  • Printable reading material (over 200 pages)

  • Save-able reading material for for future reference

  • A test to take after each lesson - grading is automatic and immediate

  • Many lessons include a programming activity

  • On-going, self-paced course - enroll and begin at any time!

  • Take up to 60 days to finish

  • Personal assistance from your instructor, Mike Lynch

  • Silent version available for hearing impaired (or if your computer has no audio)

  • Includes certificate upon successful completion!

  • A great training value! Enroll today!

This course will help you master what it takes to program a CNC machining center at G code level.  We begin in a basic manner - assuming you have no previous CNC programming experience.  We do, however, assume you understand basic machining practices as they apply to machining centers.  (At the very least, you should have completed the Machining Center Setup and Operation on-line class.)  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 program a machining center, and you will have worked on several practice programs.

There are six Key Concepts which are further divided into sixteen lessons:

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

  • 1: Machine configurations

  • 2: Visualizing program execution

  • 3: Program zero and the rectangular coordinate system

  • 4: Introduction to programming words


Key Concept 2: You must prepare to write programs

  • 5: Preparation steps for programming


Key Concept 3: Understand the motion types

  • 6: Programming the three most basic motion types


Key Concept 4: Know the compensation types

  • 7: Introduction to compensation

  • 8: Tool length compensation

  • 9: Cutter radius compensation

  • 10: Fixture offsets  


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

  • 11: Introduction to program structure

  • 12: Four types of program format


Key Concept 6: Special features that help with programming

  • 13: Hole-machining canned cycles

  • 14: Working with subprograms

  • 15: Other special programming features

  • 16: Programming rotary devices


Each lesson includes a presentation, reading material (a portion of the manual), and a test that will be graded.  Many lessons include other assignments as well (coordinate sheet exercises and programming activites, for example).  If you have questions during a lesson, answers are just an email away.

When you complete this class, you'll know what it takes to program a CNC machining center at G code level.  While you will still need hands-on practice with an actual machine (practice you'll get from your employer), you will understand the concepts needed to program a machine.

Qualify for the student price for NCPlot

NCPlot is a great tool path verification tool.  I use it to grade the programming activities done in this class.  If you register for this class, you'll be eligible to purchase NCPlot for the student price ($99.00). 

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Though it is not a requirement for taking this class, NCPlot is a very helpful programmer's tool.  With NCPlot, you will be able to see the tool path for programs you work on during this class.


OLC-MCP ~ Machining Center Programming On-Line Class ~ $179.00