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Published: 3/1/2018

3D Printers: CNC Machines by Any Definition
By thinking of 3D printers like any other CNC machine, users can find it easier to adapt to the technology.

Published: 9/1/2017

CNC Software Is the Sensor
Recent developments in CNC technology enable the use of add-on software for monitoring cutting conditions in the machine tool.

Published: 7/13/2015

Index Provides another Approach to Machine Control
Now available on all Index machines, this control is designed to put all necessary production information at the operator's fingertips.

Published: 4/1/2002

Is Manual Programming Really Important?
I am often questioned about the scope of this column. The most common question is: "Why do you continue to discuss manual programming techniques when almost all companies are using CAM systems?" Aside from the fact that other columnists are address...

Published: 9/1/2001

Finding The Current States Of Your Control
You probably know that most current CNC controls will display all currently instated modes (commonly set by G codes). With one popular control, this is part of the program check display screen function.

Published: 4/1/2001

How Should Your Operators Handle Sizing Changes?
All current model CNC controls allow offsets to be changed during the execution of the CNC program. That is, operators can change an offset during a production run while the machine is running.

Published: 1/3/2000

Shifting Program Zero On Machining Centers
It is common to machine several identical workpiece attributes from within a single program. Consider the four identical circular counter-bored holes that must be milled in the workpiece shown in Figure 1.

Published: 12/1/1999

Inventing Wear Offset Compensation
You know that machining centers have tool length compensation, cutter radius compensation and fixture offsets. Turning centers have geometry offsets, wear offsets and tool nose radius compensation.

Published: 10/1/1999

A Flexible Turret Index Position
The cutting tools in your turning centers change on a regular basis. To minimize tool change time during setups, many setup people will simply load the tools required for the new job and leave tools in the turret from the last job as long as they d...

Published: 9/1/1999

Combining Absolute And Incremental Motions
While we agree that the absolute mode should be your positioning mode of choice for most applications, there are times when incremental mode can be quite helpful. Repeating motions within a subprogram, for example, is one excellent example.

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