G76 Threading Cycle How Many Passes
G76 Threading Cycle you must agree that it’s not easy to use.
Read this article, no more sleepless nights worrying about G76 Threading Cycle. Myth busting information that simplifies and demystified. Applies to Haas, Fanuc and Mazak ISO
Be sure to read the end of this article to see a simple way to calculate the number of passes needed.
I noticed quite a few people posting problems on Machining forums etc and as usual loads of misinformation. I decided to do a search on this and frankly there is “Bugger All”. So here we are.
What Exactly is a G76 Threading Cycle?
To cut a thread with a long hand G code program would take ages. Just one thread could need 30 lines of code. So to me that means loads of opportunities to screw up and it’s complicated.
Oh and It Gets Worse.
If you want to change something it is a nightmare. You will have to reprogram it just to change the depth of cut.
And not to mention all that boring maths that you will have to do. You remember that teacher with the beard that kept banging on about ratios and differentiation? Well, maybe you should have paid attention.
Just One or Two Lines and It’s Done.
Read on, it’s simple and it’s complicated.
Sounds daft I know but you can miss out a lot of the complicated stuff in the cycle as a lot of the values have defaults (meaning you can miss them out).
G76 X16.93 Z-25. K1.534 D.485 F2.5 (Simple as this)
Multi Repetitive Cycles do you know what they are?
Really, you don’t need to know, it’s just me trying to impress. Most of the cycles on a CNC Lathe are wrongly call Canned Cycles. The correct name for a cycle like G76 Threading Cycle and G71 Roughing Cycle is a Multi Repetitive Cycle. No that’s not an illness it’s the correct name.
Canned cycles repeat each time a position is given. Multi Repetitive Cycles do what the title suggests, they repeat moves within a process. In threading, the cycle creates all the repeated moves needed for the thread to be produced.
G76 Threading Cycle. So How Does It Work?
On a Fanuc control this is either a one line cycle or a two line cycle depending on age of control and parameter setting. Haas is a one line cycle.
You tell the cycle the depth, pitch, core diameter, length and maybe a few more “bits n bobs”. Then at the push of a button your thread appears.
Haas and Some Fanucs
G76 X16.93 Z-25. K1.534 D.485 A60 Q0 P2 F2.5
X = Core diameter of thread
Z = Thread end point
K = Depth of thread (as a radius)
D = Depth of first cut
A = Insert angle (Assumed A0 if not entered)
Q = The thread start angle this is used for multi start threads and can be omitted.
P = Cutting method (see later explanation, can be omitted)
F = Pitch of thread
Note on the Fanuc control you would have to enter the D value with no decimal point (D485)
So G76 Threading Cycle in it’s simplest form
You could write:
G76 X16.93 Z-25. K1.534 D.485 F2.5
G76 P010060 Q20 R.02
G76 X16.93 Z-25. P1534 Q485 F2.5
G76 Threading Cycle First Line
P01 One spring pass 00 Chamfer 60 Thread angle
Q Minimum depth of cut
R Finishing allowance
G76 Threading Cycle Second line
X Core diameter of thread
Z Thread end point
P Depth of thread (as a radius no decimal point)
Q Depth of first cut no decimal point.
F Pitch of thread
On the Fanuc control it uses a two line display the P010060 is split into three sets of two digits.
First two being the number of spring passes.
Second two are chamfer. (More Details)
Third two are the tool angle.
So G76 Threading Cycle (Two Line) in it’s simplest form
Sorry there ain’t one, it’s complicated!
What on Earth are Spring Passes?
When you cut a thread you get push off on the last cut so you can go over this a few times to get the correct size. These extra cuts are called spring passes. It depends on the material as to how many you will need.
Oh and by the way don’t go looking up the thread depth in some Zeus Book or some such thing. Just multiply the pitch by .614
Lets Cut an M20 x 2.5 Thread Using The G76 Threading Cycle
Thread Depth =.614 x Pitch
.614 x 2.5 = 1.535
X Minor Diameter to cut = 20 – (1.535 x 2)
X Minor Diameter to cut = 16.93
G76 X16.93 Z-25. K1.535 D.485 F2.5
Have You Have Been Doing it Wrong for Years?
As I said above when I started googling G76, it’s not a pretty sight. For one there’s not that much information and not least of all some of it is wrong.
It is literally where the tool plunges into the thread and the cut gets wider and therefore is more prone to chatter as it deepens. It is going straight down the centre of the thread vee.
If you put in A60 then the cycle will flank cut.
Help is At Hand
Ways to cut a thread
(1) Plunge: cut straight down the middle of the thread programme. A0 or simply miss it out.
(2) Flank cut: Cuts down the flank of the thread. A60 on a 60 degree thread form.
(3) Alternate flank Cut: Switched from side to side cutting down the flank of the thread. A60 P2 if you have the option.
So Which One Is Best.
The last one number (3) is the best and number (1) is worst.
Sorry to you geeks but I am going to over simplify it.
With method three you get a nice even cut with less chatter and less tool wear. It’s also kinder to your insert.
If you don’t believe me then talk to your tooling guy. He knows more than me anyway.
G76 has a P value of 1 to 4 (P1 P2 etc). This determines the four different methods you can use. My advice is just ignore them all and use P2. This means the tool cuts by alternating between the two sides of the thread as above. You will also need to input A60 for the angle of the tread.
G76 D.485 K1.534 X16.93 Z-25. A60 P2 F2.5
Yes and as Always There’s a Catch
You will only have alternate flank cutting on a newer machine if you have an old banger then you’re stuffed.
Not to worry just use method (2) flank cutting it’s fine.
Providing you input the insert angle A60 on a 60 degree thread form then you will get flank cutting.
Cut Depth (The Elephant in The Room)
How do you work out the number of cuts?
Be honest I know what you do, you guess. Well you are not alone actually I think loads of people do this. They guess a depth for the first cut then they just run the cycle and see how many passes they get.
Is this you?
Come on now this is not good.
For years I had seen that formula in the big yellow Fanuc Manual.
To be honest it just looked way too complicated. Then one day when my counselling sessions had finished I gingerly opened the big yellow book and decided once and for all to conquer it.
Wooppee It’s Easy
It’s just the depth of the thread divided by the square root of the number of passes. Bit of a mouthful.
So on your calculator:
(1) Press keys for depth of the thread eg 1.534
(2) Press divide key (÷)
then press the √ key
(3)Enter the number then press 10 then press =
1.534 ÷ √10 = 0.4854
This is the value to enter for K
So Easy You Can Do it Backwards
So your cycle reads
G76 D.485 K1.534 X16.93 Z-25. A60 P2 F2.5
So how many passes will I get from this?
- Enter the depth of thread (K Value).
- Press ÷
- Enter depth of first cut (D value)
- Press =
- Press the squared key (²)
The answer is:
10.01689871 that’s 10 to you.
So next time you cut a thread don’t guess the number of passes uses this formula it’s dead easy.
As I Said You Can Do it Backwards
Depth of thread divided by the depth of first pass squared.
As in the example above.
I know my depth of thread is 1.534 and I have
(1.534 / .4854)²
1.534/.4854 = 3.1602
3.1602 x 3.1602 = 9.98737 (10 to you)
Read on To See How to Get Every pass.
So you can use this formula to calculate the depth of every pass.
1.534 ÷√1 = 1.534 Cut = .000
1.534 ÷√2 = 1.084 Cut = .450
1.534 ÷√3 = 0.885 Cut = .199
1.534 ÷√4 = 0.767 Cut = .118
1.534 ÷√5 = 0.686 Cut = .081
1.534 ÷√6 = 0.626 Cut = .060
1.534 ÷√7 = 0.579 Cut = .047
1.534 ÷√8 = 0.542 Cut = .037
1.534 ÷√9 = 0.511 Cut = .031
1.534 ÷√10 = 0.485 Cut = .026
Notice how as the thread gets deeper the cuts become smaller. This is because the width of the cut gets bigger.
So making the depth less levels out the load on the tool.
Some friendly Advice
Keep it simple on your first attempt. That means missing out as much as possible. Cut your thread in fresh air (no component in the chuck). Then you can play around with all the little adjustments and watch what they do. This engineering business is so much fun. Oh and slow the speed down when you are testing it so you can see exactly what is happening. You can get ready with the E Stop.
Oh Yea Here Is Another Tip
Run your spindle really slow (like 100 rpm) that way you can stop the machine with the E Stop if it looks like it’s going to collide with a shoulder.
You only need run one pass like this. It may just scratch the first pass. Put your speed back up and you won’t see it. (It can be our secret)
Single Block, What about that?
When using G76 you can’t use feedhold.
Why? ……. Come on think about it.
You also can’t use spindle override. These are both blocked by the cycle to stop you messing up your precious thread.
In “Single Block” each press of the cycle start will give you one complete pass.
A Few Rules
Rules rules always stupid dumb ass rules.
- Always use G97 speed in RPM you can’t use G96.
- Don’t move the Z start position unless it’s by a multiple of the pitch.
- Don’t change the speed.
- Machine has to accelerate into the thread so start at Z5. depending on the speed and pitch this may need to be more.
- Watch out for that Z and point. That’s the one that will make it hit the chuck if you get it wrong.
- Come and train with us.
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