On-line learning content includes presentations,
reading materials, tests, coordinate sheet exercises and
The Welcome Page shows the available class/es.
Here is the startup page for the machining center
Here are the lessons for Key Concept
Here are the activities for lesson
Every lesson contains a presentation,
reading materials, and a test. Programming related
lessons additionally include a coordinate sheet exercise
or a programming activity. The first thirteen lessons
include an NCGuide lab exercise.
Here is the web-based media
player for presentations.
Presentations are narrated and highly
animated. They contain an easy-to-use navigation pane,
and students can view spoken words in text format,
should they desire (helpful for the hearing impaired).
Presentations can be viewed from just about any device
that has on-line access, including desktop and notebook
computers, iPads, iPhones, Android tablets, and Android
Reading materials for each lesson are
provided in .pdf files, so students can view them on
their electronic devices, print them should they wish
to, and save them for future use. Here is an example
After studying the presentation and
reading materials for a lesson, students take an
on-line test. Here is an example.
Tests are automatically graded and
students will immediately see their results. The results
will also be sent to the instructor. He will record your grade and reply
with comments, if necessary.
Coordinate sheet exercises
Some programming-related lessons
additionally include a coordinate sheet exercise
to be completed and submitted. Here is an example.
Coordinate sheet exercises are
provided in form-style .pdf (Adobe Acrobat) files in
which you can type answers. You can then save the
file and submit it to your instructor via email.
Other programming-related lessons include programming
activities. Here is an example.
The first six programming activities
require you to fill in the blanks to an existing
program. These are also form-field .pdf files. Once the
activity is completed, you can click a button and the .pdf
file will merge the program structure with their
answers, creating a complete program. This keeps you
from having to type it from scratch if it is to be
tested with a CNC machine or with NCGuide (or with any
tool path plotter).
As you progress, programming activities
have more and more blanks to fill in. Eventually
you will be writing programs on your own.
NCGuide lab exercises
NCGuide Academic Package for Homework (sold
separately) is a great learning tool that allows
you to practice what you learn in this class with FANUC
control software running on a personal computer. While
having NCGuide is not a requirement for this class, the
first thirteen lessons include NCGuide lab exercises for
those students that do have NCGuide.
Early lab exercises help you find
your way around a FANUC control. Eventually, you
will learn to enter offsets, load programs, edit
programs, run programs, and graph programs (showing a
tool path display) - and much more.
If you have NCGuide, you can use it to test run
programs written during the class (for the programming
activities). With NCGuide,
you can run programs and see tool paths for
programmed motions, which helps them verify that a
program is correct. And, you will get plenty of
practice working with programs on an actual FANUC
control. Here is a screen shot of NCGuide after plotting
a practice program:
NCGuide lab exercises for the machining center
- Lesson 1.1: Initial setup
- Lesson 1.2: Machine panel mode buttons
- Lesson 1.3: Display screen mode buttons
- Lesson 1.4: Cursor control
- Lesson 1.5: Relative position display usage
- Lesson 1.6: Work offset register entry
- Lesson 1.7: Explore with display screen soft
- Lesson 2.1: Create, load, and run a program
- Lesson 3.1: Modify CNC programs
- Lesson 4.1: Tool path plotting with the GRAPH
display screen mode
- Lesson 4.2: Practice with tool length
- Lesson 4.3: Practice with cutter radius
- Lesson 4.4: Working with workpiece coordinate