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New CNC Machines, Explore the Old One First

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New CNC Machines? Make Use of What You Already Have

New CNC Machines

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Before you buy any new CNC machines or computer systems checkout what you already have you might be surprised at what you can do. Breath life into the old beast.

Before buying New CNC Machines is there more you can do with the old one.
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Investment

About 10 years ago my big gripe with companies when looking at increasing productivity and improving production methods, was that there was little investment in new technologies.

New CNC Machines represent a massive investment
Mazak Integrex Lathe

Now You Have New Machines

I think that now things are a bit different companies have invested in New CNC Machines and computer systems, although there is still room for improvement. Being the grumpy old ageing failed rock star that I am, my moan now is that the technologies that people have invested in are not being used to their maximum capabilities.

New CNC Machines


Bright Ideas

These are some of my suggestions and your MD will love the fact that they all cost little or no money:

  • Read the manuals on your CNC machine just the first few pages (not the boring health and safety shit, the next bit) bet you will learn something you didn’t know.

  • Now, about that probe in the carousel (covered in swarf, shit and coolant) that no one knows how to use. Learn to use it. Come on now there are loads of idiots like me posting free videos on this stuff. Once you use one I will guarantee your life will never be the same.

  • Check out the settings on your Haas machine (I can always get people excited about what these can do) look at the Haas tips n tricks page on their website. You will learn loads of stuff to impress your mates, not at the pub though please.

  • Make sure you are using the latest version of Edgecam (or your chosen CAM system). Edgecam and all software is evolving rapidly and you could be really missing out. If you have a software maintenance contract then you’re pouring money down the drain by not using the support.

  • Try to make a point of learning something new every day. (I am 86 and I still do) write them all in a book so you can look back and use your ideas.

That’s Not All

Check out the options on your machine. Maybe you have some really cool options you didn’t even know about. Might even be worth shelling out a few quid to buy some extras.

  • Rigid tapping.
  • Through spindle coolant.
  • Higher RPM.
  • Macro B.
  • Peck Tapping.
  • Extended work offsets.
  • Extra editing functions.

Watch These Videos

Copy a program on a Fanuc 18i

Copy and paste on Fanuc 18i

 

Oh and There’s More

If you really want to spend money I can help you with this I spent nearly all of mine. .

  1. Consider buying a touch probe, they save hours in setting time.
  2. Auto tool measurement probes can be used to set tools automatically. You will also be able to do in program checks for tool breakage etc.
  3. Add Macro B to your Haas or Fanuc control for loads of extra features.
  4. Add a speeder unit to increase maximum RPM.
  5. Consider adding a 4th axis to your vertical machining centre this will give loads of extra capacity and flexibility. Not cheap but well worth it.

But Most Of All Get Us To Train You

Please let me know how this goes, enter your comments below.

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Please contact me if you require:

  • CNC programming training.
  • Want to learn CNC programming.
  • Fanuc control training.
  • Yasnac programming training.
  • Any type of CNC course.
  • Fanuc training courses
  • CNC lathe training
  • Siemens Sinumerik
  • CNC Vertical Machining Centre training

Services offered at CNC Training Centre

Edgecam training.

Classroom programmer training.

Onsite CNC Machine Training.

CNC Training on all controls and machines.

Mazak Training Fanuc Training

Don’t forget we offer training on all types of Mazak Machines and all Fanuc Controls 6m to 31i Oi old to young.


Edgecam Version Update Now

Category : Edgecam

Edgecam Version

Make sure you are using the latest version of Edgecam. This software is rapidly evolving. You can spend a small fortune on tooling and CNC machines. Your CAD CAM system can make you fire on all cylinders.

Edgecam Version
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Edgecam Training from the CNC Training Centre.

Edgecam maintenance contracts represent very good value for money and they entitle you to Edgecam support.

Edgecam support is the best.

Edgecam Version

Contact us if your interested in buying Edgecam

Other Edgecam Stuff

Edgecam Instruction Simulation

Edgecam Associativity How it Works

Layers in Edgecam

Roughing Edgecam (Centre Cutting Tool)

Edgecam Tutorial Assemblies and Filters

Please contact me if you require:

  • CNC programming training.
  • Want to learn CNC programming.
  • Fanuc control training.
  • Yasnac programming training.
  • Any type of CNC course.
  • Fanuc training courses
  • CNC lathe training
  • CNC Vertical Machining Centre training

Services offered at CNC Training Centre

Edgecam training.

Classroom programmer training.

Onsite CNC Machine Training.

Siemens Sinumerik Training

CNC Training on all controls and machines.

Mazak Training Fanuc Training

Don’t forget we offer training on all types of Mazak Machines and all Fanuc Controls 6m to 31i Oi old to young.

 


CNC Macro Programming Course

Category : Macro

 CNC Macro Programming Course

Duration:          2 days.
Date:                  See Dates
Times:               Start 9.30am Finish 4.00pm
Location:          Barwell Leicestershire England

Includes lunch, coffee and tea, oh and biscuits too.

£600 for two days

CNC Macro Programming Training Courses

If you want to learn how to use

  • Macro CNC Programming Fanuc
  • Macro CNC Programming Haas
  • Macro CNC Programming Mazak

Most ISO type controls that have Macro use a very similar system.

This course covers Lathes and Machining Centres with on-machine practical examples .

Follow the link to learn some more about Macro.

Heidenhain Q parameter programming is very similar to Macro CNC Programming for Haas and Fanuc.

Once you have grasped the concept of parametric programming you will find Heidenhain Q parameter programming easy to figure out.

Siemens uses R parameters instead of #


Haas, Fanuc or similar controls (ISO Mazak).

CNC Macro Programming Course   fanuc cnc custom macrosCNC Macro Programming Course

Make sure you have the Macro option on your control, its a real disappointment when you get all excited about this only to find you don’t have the option. Remember if you have a touch probe you will almost definitely have Macro installed on your machine.

Go into MDI key in #100=10. or something similar. Press cycle start.

If you have it you will get no alarm.

Good news is you can buy the option, it don’t come cheap so sit the boss down and make him a cup of tea before you ask.


CNC Macro Training Course

What Use Will it Be?

This is where CNC Programming gets really exciting, welcome to the turbo charged world of Macro Programming for Haas and Fanuc type controls. There is so much exciting shit you can do with this I really don’t know where to start.

Write your own canned cycle

Yes you can create your own fanuc cnc custom macros.

Yes you always dreamed of having your own personal G code, you can’t call it like Bill’s G code or something but you may have G271 or something which is personal to you.

Say you wanted a drilling cycle that changed speed half way down a hole or some daft thing well now you can do it.

Make A Set of Similar Parts

Imagine you had a bunch of parts that were similar, maybe the same holes but in different positions or a similar shape maybe.

Create fanuc cnc custom macros to make families of parts.

fanuc cnc custom macros

You could write a parametric (Macro) program that would be completely adjustable and would make them all instead of having to keep writing similar programs.

You can build these programs and add to them as you get better and better and your ideas flood in.

I always say to students to start simple and build on your experience. Just using Macro in it’s simplest form will inspire you to go on to do greater things.

Interrogate Your CNC Machine

You can get almost any information you want from the machine.

  • Spindle Speed
  • Position
  • Datum
  • Tool Length
  • What tool is in the spindle
  • Put the machine into an alarm state when things go wrong like wrong data is input
  • And loads more

You can even modify this information and send it back.

Do Calculations

  • Simple trigonometry
  • Calculate feeds and speeds
  • Simple maths
  • Input formula and get answers

I’m getting really excited just telling you this. It means you can add all sorts of functionality to your machine that you didn’t have before.


What Skills Will I Learn

  • Basic use of variables
  • Creating simple Macro programs
  • How system variables work
  • How to write probing Macros
  • Creating your own G Codes
  • Create alarms to make sure your Macro users behave
  • Practical use of Macro
  • Creative use of Macro
  • and more, loads more

Other Macro Information

Macro Training

Macro

More**Free**Macro**Stuff

Haas spindle warm up.

Mazak Spindle warm up.

Contact me if you are interested in Classroom Training 07834 858 407

Don’t forget to watch my Tutorial Videos on YouTube

Edgecam call 07834 858 407

We offer training on all types of CNC Machines and controls check em out.

Services offered at CNC Training Centre

Classroom programmer training.

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CNC Programming and Training on all controls and machines.

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Haas Macro Programming An Introduction

Category : Haas Macro

Haas Macro Programming

Haas Macro Programming

CNC Macro Programming Training Courses

Duration:          2 days.
Date:                  Click for Dates
Times:               Start 9.30am Finish 4.00pm
Location:          Barwell Leicestershire England UK

£600 for the two days

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Call David on 07834 858 407

 

If you can’t wait here are a couple of free macros……..

Oh and you could come to us for a macro training course.

Haas spindle warm up.

Mazak Spindle warm up.

 

Please contact me if you require:

  • CNC programming training.
  • Want to learn CNC programming.
  • Fanuc control training.
  • Yasnac programming training.
  • Any type of CNC course.
  • Fanuc training courses
  • CNC lathe training
  • CNC Vertical Machining Centre training

Contact: 07834 858 407

Services offered at CNC Training Centre

Edgecam training.

Classroom programmer training.

Onsite CNC Machine Training.

CNC Programming and Training on all controls and machines.

Mazak Training Fanuc Training

Don’t forget we offer training on all types of Mazak Machines and all Fanuc Controls 6m to 31i Oi old to young.


How to use G50 on a CNC lathe

CNC Turning Basics G50 Speed Clamp

How to use G50 on a CNC lathe

How to use G50 on a CNC lathe

How to use G50 on a CNC lathe.

G50 in a turning program is a speed clamp. The machine accelerates up to the speed you set (G50 S2000) and will not go any faster.

Now before I get arrested by the “Correct Word and Grammar Police” I know it’s not actually a clamp. The truth is it’s just what everybody calls it, so get off my fuckin case.

Black dog his name is Boris

Anyway if I start to call it something else all my CNC mates (and I do have some) will be confused.

Just check me out on LinkedIn. Anyway as I was saying my mates wouldn’t know what the fuck I was on about.

You must program a G50 before each tool and at the beginning of the program for safety reasons which I will explain later.

It’s Modal

G50 is a modal G code (it stays active). If you have a program where you do not want to clamp the speed you must still put the G50 at the beginning of the program (set the clamp to the machines maximum RPM).

Otherwise it may pick up the G50 from the last program and you may not get the RPM you want. It can have the effect of slowing down production because the speed is being restricted and you didn’t realize.

Don’t use someone else’s G50 get your own.

You wouldn’t wear someone else’s dirty pants. (Americans call underpants underwear I think)

 

These are mine (sorry I din’t get time to wash them).

Modal G code explanation here.

Now Here Is Something You May Not Know

Historically G50 was used to set the machine datum. This still works so do not put any X or Z figures on this line. You will get some weird shit happening if you do. Oh and you will probably trash your 100 grand machine.

Anyway how to use G50 on a CNC lathe

G50 S2000 (SPEED CLAMP 2000 RPM)

Some G code systems, or depending on parameters, may use G92 instead of G50. This is not very common but it works exactly the same way.

On a Fanuc control they are called A type and B type G codes and depends on machine tool builder. Most of the G codes remain the same but proceed with caution.

It is particularly useful when you are facing a part using G96 (constant surface speed). When the tool reaches the centre of the part the machine will be running at maximum RPM. This could be very dangerous on large or out of balance components. When you set a G50 speed clamp, once the machine reaches the clamped speed it will go no further.

Here is a tutorial video about G96 and G97

RULES

  1. Use a G50 at every tool-change
  2. Use a G50 at the beginning of a program (even if you think it’s not needed)
  3. G50 S2000 (Only G50 and speed on one line, nothing else)
  4. There is no rule 4
  5. Never eat yellow snow.

Toshiba VTL CNC

This is a Toshiba VTL (Vertical Turning Lathe).

If you want to buy one or fix one go to Leader CNC

Now imagine this revolving too fast you would soon need their services oh and a good trauma team.

More CNC Turning Help (G70 and G71)

Please contact me if you require:

  • CNC programming training.
  • Want to learn CNC programming.
  • Fanuc control training.
  • Yasnac programming training.
  • Any type of CNC course.
  • Fanuc training courses
  • CNC lathe training
  • CNC Vertical Machining Centre training

Services offered at CNC Training Centre

Edgecam Training.

Classroom programmer training.

Onsite CNC Machine Training.

CNC Training on all controls and machines.

Mazak Training Fanuc Training

Don’t forget we offer training on all types of Mazak Machines and all Fanuc Controls 6m to 31i Oi old to young.


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