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CNC Machining

CNC Machining Skills modules

Machining is a process of using a piece of equipment to shape and assemble a product. Each module in this competency group builds on the one before it, giving you confidence as you develop your knowledge in a way that is logical and intuitive.

Introduction

Introduction to Machining

Simply put, machining is the process of removing metal. This module is designed to teach you the different methods of removing and shaping metal, as well as common machining operations and the different classification of tools (Estimated completion time: 1.5 hours).

Machine Tools

There are thousands of tools available to perform machining operations. At the end of this module, you will be prepared to identify various classifications of machine tools; list different methods for controlling these tools; summarize the advantages of manual, automatic, and CNC controlled machine tools; and identify major areas of CNC control (Estimated completion time: 0.8 hours).

CNC Controllers

When you complete this module, you will understand the history of CNC machine tools, be able to identify the key components within a CNC controller, and list the common features of a CNC controller (Estimated completion time: 1 hour).

Machining Personnel

Each machine used within the manufacturing process is controlled by someone with a specific area of expertise. This module will prepare you to identify different classifications of machining personnel, the duties and requirements of various personnel classifications, and the various career paths for CNC operators (Estimated completion time: 0.9 hours).

Facility Layout

In this module you will study the various ways to arrange personnel and equipment to maximize efficiency (Estimated completion time: 1.5 hours).

Introduction to CNC Lathe

Components of a CNC Lathe

Computer numerical control (CNC) lathes allow you to produce machined, cylindrical parts. This module covers the lathe’s components and how the axis assemblies move the tool turret (Estimated completion time: 1.2 hours).

Movements of a CNC Lathe

You will learn how a CNC lathe moves in this module. From this you’ll be able to identify positions that will help you understand how the geometry of a part is defined and how the part is machined (Estimated completion time: 0.9 hours).

Workholding Devices and Tooling for a CNC Lathe

This module explores various types of workholding devices and options for mounting tools (Estimated completion time: 1 hour).

The CNC Controller for a CNC Lathe

This module covers the parts of a CNC controller, such as the operator controls, display screen, keyboard, shift keys, and side panel controls (Estimated completion time: 1.1 hours).

Auxiliary Systems for a CNC Lathe

Through this module, you will learn about the essentials systems that keep the CNC lathe lubricated and free from dirt and debris (Estimated completion time: 0.8 hours).

CNC Lathe Applications

Maintenance Tasks for a CNC Lathe

This module covers aspects of CNC lathe maintenance, such as how to check and fill coolant, air pressure, grease, and hydraulic oil (Estimated completion time: 0.8 hours).

Power on the CNC Lathe

This module covers how the power-on process turns on the lathe’s electrical power (Estimated completion time: 0.9 hours).

Move the Axes by Rotating the Jog Handle on a CNC Lathe

This module covers the proper way to move the axes manually by rotating the Jog Handle (Estimated completion time: 0.8 hours).

Home the Axes on a CNC Lathe

In this module you will learn how to home the axes, which sends the axes to the machine-home position (Estimated completion time: 0.7 hours).

Select a Part Program from Memory on a CNC Lathe

This module explores how to select a part program stored in the memory of a CNC controller (Estimated completion time: 0.7 hours).

Start the Part Program Safely on a CNC Lathe

In this module you will learn how to safely start a part program (Estimated completion time: 0.8 hours).

Interrupt Automatic Operation on a CNC Lathe

This module teaches you how interrupt the automated motion of the axes, rotation of the spindle, and flow of the coolant (Estimated completion time: 0.7 hours).

Adjust a Tool Wear Offset on a CNC Lathe

This module shows you how to adjust the position of a cutting tool to compensate for tool wear (Estimated completion time: 0.7 hours).

Power Off the CNC Lathe

This module explains the process for shutting down the power to the lathe (Estimated completion time: 0.7 hours).

Introduction to CNC Machining Center

Components of a CNC Machining Center

This module covers each component and its purpose in a CNC machining center, and how the axis assemblies move the spindle head assembly and the table (Estimated completion time: 1.2 hours).

CNC Machining Center Movements

This module is designed to teach you the movements of a CNC machining center, the geometry of each part, and how it is machined (Estimated completion time: 0.9 hours).

Workpiece and Tool Holding Devices for a CNC Machining Center

This module shows you how these devices add versatility to a CNC machining center (Estimated completion time: 0.9 hours).

The CNC Controller for a CNC Machining Center

Learn how the CNC device directs the motions of a machining tool (Estimated completion time: 1.1 hours).

Auxiliary Systems for a CNC Machining Center

This module covers the systems that remove chip debris, lubricates, and free it from dirt (Estimated completion time: 0.8 hours).

CNC Machining Center Applications

Maintenance Tasks for a CNC Machining Center

This module is designed to teach you how to maintain machine tools by checking and filling coolant, air pressure, grease, and lubricating oil (Estimated completion time: 0.7 hours).

Power on the CNC Machining Center

This module covers how to turn on the CNC machining center’s electrical power (Estimated completion time: 0.9 hours).

Move the Axes by Rotating the Jog Handle on a CNC Machining Center

This module shows you how to move the axes manually by rotating the Jog Handle (Estimated completion time: 0.8 hours).

Home the Axes on a CNC Machining Center

This module covers how to move the axes to the machine-home position (Estimated completion time: 0.7 hours).

Select a Part Program from Memory on a CNC Machining Center

This module shows you how to select a part program and make it active to machine parts (Estimated completion time: 0.7 hours).

Start the Part Program Safely on a CNC Machining Center

In this module, you will learn how to start the part program in a safe manner (Estimated completion time: 0.8 hours).

Interrupt Automatic Operation on a CNC Machining Center

This module teaches you how to stop the motion of the axes, rotation of the spindle, and flow of coolant (Estimated completion time: 0.7 hours).

Adjust a Tool Wear Offset on a CNC Machining Center

This module teaches you how to adjust the tool wear offset in the CNC controller (Estimated completion time: 0.7 hours).

Power Off the CNC Machining Center

This module teaches you how to prepare a CNC machining center to be shut down (Estimated completion time: 0.7 hours).

CNC Lathe Programs

CNC Programming Procedure for a CNC Lathe

This module covers the steps of CNC programming and defines program zero, while distinguishing it from machine zero (Estimated completion time: 1.2 hours).

CNC Program Structure for a CNC Lathe

This module covers the specific codes and symbols for lathe programs (Estimated completion time: 1 hour).

CNC Addresses for a CNC Lathe

This module is designed to help you understand the codes, addresses of words, and numeric formats used in CNC programs (Estimated completion time: 2.1 hours).

CNC Lathe Commands

In this module you will learn how to use G code programming to write instructions to command the lathe (Estimated completion time: 1 hour).

Organizing a CNC Program for a CNC Lathe

This module is designed to teach you how to organize sections into a proper order when building a CNC lathe program (Estimated completion time: 0.8 hours).

CNC Machining Center Programs

CNC Programming Procedure for a CNC Machining Center

This module defines the steps in CNC programming and explains the relationship between work offsets, machine zero, and program zero (Estimated completion time: 1.2 hours).

CNC Program Structure for a CNC Machining Center

This module covers the specific codes and symbols for machining center programs (Estimated completion time: 1 hour).

CNC Addresses for a CNC Machining Center

This module teaches how codes, addresses of words, and numeric formats are used in CNC machining center programs (Estimated completion time: 2.2 hours).

CNC Machining Center Commands

In this module you will learn how to use G code programming to write instructions to produce actions by a vertical CNC machining center (Estimated completion time: 1.7 hours).

Organizing a CNC Program for a CNC Machining Center

module is designed to teach you how to organize sections into a proper order when building a program for a CNC machining center (Estimated completion time: 0.8 hours).

CNC Machine Lubricants

This module covers the uses and purposes of various types of lubricants used in the CNC machining process (Estimated completion time: 1.1 hours).

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