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Macro For Over 18 (Using Alias In a Macro)

    Macro programming can use a G code to access a 9000 series program. Read this article if you don’t know about this.   In this example macro we are going to set G181 to access program 9010.   We will create a new drilling cycle that can take into account the point of…

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G Code Alias M Code Alias (How to use them)

G Code Alias. What is an alias Wikipedia? Alias, it’s not just about James Bond Alias, in the case of CNC Programming means you are using a G code or an M code to call a program. For example you could set up G181 to call program O9010 G181 would be an alias for program O9010…

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CNC Beginner Where To Start

CNC Beginner, at the CNC Training Centre we get emails every day from people trying to get into CNC Machining and programming. All our courses are still only £240 per day (no hidden costs, no VAT) They ask how to start as a CNC Beginner. The idea of the beginners courses at the CNC Training…

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Adding a Fourth Axis or Indexer to your CNC

Fourth Axis or Indexer? When we talk about a fourth axis it means that we have four simultaneous axis X Y Z plus one other. That means you can move them all together (the moves are simultaneous) and they are all timed together. It’s a bit like trying to pick your nose and scratch your…

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Memory Card on a Fanuc Control PCMCIA

Memory Card on a Fanuc control, today I’m being totally selfish so please don’t read this article, it’s just for me. I had this idea a while back. Every time I find something on a machine that I might forget, I would write a post about it. Easy, when I google something it’s me. In…

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Fanuc OT More Fun Than You Think

CNC Lathe with very old Fanuc OT control. I sometimes think I have the best job in the world apart from a few people like rock stars, pornstars and people who work in chocolate, and beer making facilities. Everyday I get to work with interesting friendly people (apart from that bloke who knocked me out…

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Programme Restart Haas

Programme Restart Haas Best feature by far on a Haas Machine is it’s programme restart. Guess what, loads of people don’t use it. In fact they don’t even have it switched on. First thing to do is switch it on on the setting screen. If you are used to using a Fanuc control then you…

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Programme Copy Fanuc Oi

Before we start, Programme Copy Fanuc. I have decided to stop moaning, I’m just sick of the sound of my own voice constantly complaining about just about everything. These days there just seems so much shit going on at any one time that theres always something skulking in the background waiting to piss me off.…

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Productivity Improvements

Help with CNC Productivity Improvements, to achieve massive reductions in set-up times and implement methods that will save you money year on year. A few years back I worked for a company that supplied pressure control systems to the oil and gas industry. It all started off with some very expensive Inconel components that were getting scrapped…

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G76 Chamfer End of Thread

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G76 Chamfer, this is another myth exploding article about the G76 threading cycle. It’s so easy to use cycles like G76 day in day out and never really fully understand how they work. I certainly did and then one day I thought “Fuck this I need to know more”  That’s when I sorted out the…

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Mazak Programming Tutorial

Mazatrol Training Onsite/Offsite CNC Training Centre offers training on all Mazak Machines this article includes Mazak programming tutorial (VFC and TPS) Mazak, How It All began Saddakichi Yamazaki  started making pots and pans in 1919 in a place called Nagoya in Japan. He went on to mat-making and then woodwork machines. During the 1920’s they…

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Modal and non modal G codes

Modal and non modal G codes Let Me explain We all know that programming can be complicated. So let me explain to you how it all works. This article explains the real meaning of Modal and non modal G codes. Modal means that once a command is issued it stays in the control. How Can…

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Rigid Tapping G84 Canned Cycle

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Rigid Tapping G84 Canned Cycle. Let’s face it tapping on a CNC Machine can be a “right pain in the arse” as we say in the Midlands. But help is at hand. All you need is a bit of knowledge and the right equipment and it’s a dream, an absolute pleasure. What is Rigid Tapping?…

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CNC Applications Engineer

When I was younger the job I really aspired to  was a CNC Applications Engineer. Actually it’s not really true because being a part time rock singer I obviously wanted success from that but let me describe that as more of a dream. Oh and I don’t think you can describe being permanently pissed, incredibly…

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Siemens 810d REPOS, are You Repositioning?

This article is about the Siemens 810d REPOS key. I am so lucky that I get to meet so many fascinating people. Recently I worked at The National Oceanography Centre. These guys do all sorts of scientific research shit. Most of it I don’t really understand but I do know they have their own ship…

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How do you become a CNC Operator

A rabbit can’t be a CNC Operator. Every career has to start somewhere. In the world of CNC Machining it’s sometimes difficult to know where to start as a cnc machine operator. So Where Do You Start? “Where shall I begin, please your Majesty?” asked the White Rabbit. “Begin at the beginning,” the King said gravely, “and go…

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