This course is available either online or hardcopy
and will help students master what it takes to program,
setup, and run a FANUC-controlled CNC machining center.
We begin in a basic manner - assuming students have no
previous CNC experience. We do, however, assume they
understand basic machining practices as they apply to
machining centers. Students must understand milling and
hole-machining operations and the cutting tools that
While we begin in a basic manner, we will
continue to build upon previously presented information.
When students finish this course, they will know what it takes
to utilize a machining center, and will have worked
on eleven practice programs.
Pre-Requisites We Recommend
Prior to taking these CNC classes, students should
understand several basic machining practice topics,
- Shop safety
- Shop math
- Blueprint reading
- Tolerance interpretation
- Measuring devices
- Machining operations (related to the machine of
- Cutting tools (related to machining operations
These topics are commonly presented in programs
before students are allowed to take any CNC classes.
Scope of Our Content
This content is comprehensive. We cover all three
tasks a person must master in order to become fully
proficient, including programming, setup, and operation.
Upon successful completion, students will be able to
write programs at G-code level (manual programming).
They will know how to get a machine ready to run
production (setup). And they will know how to operate
the machine and complete production runs (operation). While students will still need hands-on practice
with an actual machine (practice they must get from your
school), they will understand the concepts
needed to utilize a machine.
Estimated time to completion
We estimate that students will average approximately
30 hours to complete each class, including time to study
the materials, to take the tests, and to do the
exercises. Actual time will vary, of course, based upon
the student's aptitude.
The Key Concepts Approach
We use our proven Key Concepts approach, which allows
us to stress the reasons why things are done as
importantly as how they're done. We constantly build on
previously presented information, providing a logical
and highly tutorial method for instruction.
There are ten key concepts. Six are programming-related
and four are setup and operation related. If a student
can understand ten basic principles, they are well on
their way to becoming proficient CNC users.
Though we begin with programming, any time we come to
a topic that is related to setting up or running a CNC
machine, we cover it during programming presentations.
These kinds of topics (for the machining center class)
include assigning program zero with work piece
coordinate system offsets, using tool length
compensation & cutter radius compensation, and issues
related to sizing in the first work piece and making
sizing adjustments during a production run.
When the student gets to the setup and operation part
of the class (Key Concept 7), they will already possess
a good understanding of what it takes to get a machine
up and running production.
Key Concepts and Lessons
The ten Key Concepts are further
divided into lessons. While the same ten Key Concepts
apply to both milling and turning machines, the lessons
vary from one machine type to the other.
We provide two ways to deliver curriculum content.
Depending upon the way you would like your students to
learn, you can have students study either on-line or
with hard-copy textbooks.
Instructors using on-line content will have
access to on-line curriculum content. They will
additionally have the ability to monitor student
progress. Instructors using hard-copy manuals receive a
set of manuals.
All instructors receive a set of instructor
materials, including instructions for getting started,
lesson plans, and answers to coordinate sheet exercises and
Possible Post-Requisites We Suggest
After completing these classes, students will be
ready for classes on advanced manufacturing topics, like
computer aided manufacturing (CAM) systems and computer
integrated manufacturing systems.
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FANUC Certified Education CNC Curriculum. We can provide
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get a first-hand understanding of how the system works.
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