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Calling Custom Macros Through Modal Commands

While G65 does not enable users to simply and easily carry out Custom Macros in multiple locations, G66 and G66.1 provide modal solutions for doing so.
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Unlock Your Capacity with Automation

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Juggling Mismatches in Resolution and Least Input Increment

While CNC machining and turning systems of the past only had resolutions and least input increments equal to the displayed decimal places, new systems support more precise inputs.
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Custom Macros Can Skip Holes After Replacing Broken Tools

Using “vacant” local variables enables CNC machinists to create custom macros that can target multiple types of machining work.
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Adjusting Feed Rate in Circular Motion Commands with G-Codes

While it is possible to calculate by hand adjustments to feed rate for circular milling operations, cutter radius compensation CNC programs streamline this process.      
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Modifying Feed Rate for Circular Motion Commands

Maintaining a constant feed rate between linear and circular milling easily leads to chatter — for most applications, increase feed rate on external arcs and decrease it for internal.    
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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.
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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.
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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. 
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Spreadsheets Enable Calculations Similar to CAM Software

Spreadsheet software can behave like a CAM system.
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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.
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4 CNC Data Transfer Methods You Should Know

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