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Save Time When Mounting Jaws on Three-Jaw Chucks

Precisely placing jaws on three-jaw chucks for CNC turning machines is difficult, but a laser pointer and clever programming can ease the issue.

CNC & Machine Controls

T Codes Simplify Tool Length Confirmation Process

CNC users can program custom macros and T codes to ensure cutting tools are the proper length for tool length compensation in machining centers.

CNC & Machine Controls

5 Common Mistakes When Using CNC Machines

Spend enough time on the shop floor and you will see some of the same mistakes time and again. 

CNC & Machine Controls

Understanding CNC Machine Accuracy and Repeatability

Properly evaluating machine tool capability requires understanding how the both user and the builder can influence precision.

CAD/CAM

Spreadsheets Enable Calculations Similar to CAM Software

Spreadsheet software can behave like a CAM system.

CNC & Machine Controls

7 CNC Parameters You Should Know

Parameters tell the CNC every little detail about the specific machine tool being used, and how all CNC features and functions are to be utilized.

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5 Tips for Selecting the Optimal Spindle Range

Learn how to select the appropriate spindle range and ensure that your CNC machining center or turning center is running an optimized cycle. 

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3 Ways to Improve CNC Utilization Without Sacrificing Safety

Operator safety is the most important consideration when improving CNC machine utilization. 

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How To Reference Custom Macro Variables by Name

FANUC now enables CNC users to reference custom macro system variables by names in addition to hard-to-remember numbers. Here’s how.

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5 Mistakes We Find in Most CNC Programs

While the mistakes listed here will not sound an alarm or cause a program to fail, they will cause confusion, wasted time and scrap parts.

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G Code To Include in Your CNC Program After It Ends

There are some G-code commands you might want your operators to occasionally execute but not for every cycle. Consider these examples.

CNC & Machine Controls

4 CNC Data Transfer Methods You Should Know

Modern CNCs enable transfer and backup of more than just machining programs. 

CNC Programming: Dealing with Spindle Probe Results in Real Time

There are several situations in which a CNC programmer must work with spindle probe results in the G-code program itself. Here are some strategies to consider.

CNC & Machine Controls

Which Kind of "More So" Are You?

The coronavirus pandemic has brought many people, businesses and industries to a standstill. How are you reacting? 

CNC & Machine Controls

6 Steps to Take Before Creating a CNC Program

Any time saved by skipping preparation for programming can be easily lost when the program makes it to the machine. Follow these steps to ensure success.

CNC & Machine Controls

4 Things to Incorporate in CAM-System-Generated CNC Programs

Streamline G-code programs created by CAM systems.

CNC & Machine Controls

G31 Isn't Just for Probing Anymore

Here are two lesser-known ways to trigger the skip signal.

Helping New Engineers Understand Manufacturing

Priorities, processes and personnel are three things new engineers must understand about the shop floor.

CNC & Machine Controls

5 Things New CNC Operators Must Know

These subjects are the building blocks of training newcomers on a specific CNC machine tool.

CNC & Machine Controls

Improving Peck Drilling Canned Cycles

Most CNCs don’t have a canned cycle for machining deep holes into malleable materials. Here’s what you do.

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Training CNC Machine Operators

A blended-learning approach uses external resources to teach the basics, saving in-house training for company-specific issues.

CNC & Machine Controls

5 Ways the External Work Offset Can Help You

External work offsets can be valuable because they let you shift the point of reference for fixture offset entries from the machine’s home position to a more logical one.

Develop Your Company Playbook

Like a sports team, your company can also benefit from a written plan.

CNC & Machine Controls

Monitoring Time for Preventive Maintenance Tasks

Not all maintenance tasks should be performed based on a calendar date. You can use a custom macro to monitor your machines.

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