This curriculum uses our proven key concepts
approach, the same approach that has helped thousands of students learn CNC from
our CD-rom and video courses. The Key Concepts are broken further into concise
lessons. There are six Key Concepts and sixteen lessons in the machining center
Key Concept 1: Know your machine
from a programmer's viewpoint
1: Machine configurations
2: Visualizing program execution
3: Program zero and the rectangular coordinate system
4: Introduction to programming words
Key Concept 2: You must prepare to
5: Preparation steps for programming
Key Concept 3: Understand the
6: Programming the three most basic motion types
Key Concept 5: You must
provide structure to your CNC programs
11: Introduction to program structure
12: Four types of program format
Key Concept 6: Special
features that help with programming
13: Hole-machining canned cycles
14: Working with subprograms
15: Other special programming features
16: Programming rotary devices
Instructor materials for this curriculum are FREE with your initial
Not only will you be teaching with the best state-of-the-art CNC curriculums
in the industry, youll be doing so free of charge! All we ask is that
your school bookstore buys the student manuals from us! With an initial order
of just 20 manuals, well ship the instructors materials free of
charge! All instructor materials come on the cd-rom disk (slide shows, PowerPoint Viewer, instructors
manual, lessons plans manual, and Adobe Acrobat Reader to view/print the
manual). Our net price to your school (or bookstore) for student manuals is $50.00 each. Future orders can be in any quantity. This cost will be recovered, of
course, as students enroll in your classes and buy the manuals. In essence,
your first 20 students will be paying for the curriculum!
What's the difference among the various
machining center curriculums?
You may have noticed that we have three different
machining center curriculums - and they do overlap in
the topics they cover.
Are your students newcomers to the shop
If your students have no previous shop experience
(including other classes your school may offer, we
recommend starting with the
Machining Center Setup and Operation curriculum.
In this curriculum, we include presentations about many
basic machining practice topics (shop safety, shop math,
blueprint reading, tolerance interpretation, and
measuring devices). Once this curriculum is
completed, then use the
Machining center programming curriculum.
Do students have shop experience?
It is possible that your students already have some
shop experience (they understand shop safety, shop math,
blueprint reading, tolerance interpretation, and
measuring devices). They may have learned these
topics in other classes from your school.
We include one hard copy of this manual with the curriculum and it is also
included on disk one in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format so you can print additional
copies. This manual includes:
Getting started An introduction to the curriculum,
including factors that contribute to a good learning environment, the key
concepts approach, lesson structure, a description of the student and
instructor materials, and a list of things you still need to use this
Putting it all together a set of recommendations for
teaching with this curriculum.
Hard copy of review slide show Helps you prepare to
review information as you get deeper into the course. It also provides and
excellent outline for the course
Answers to exercises Answers to the exercises in the
PowerPoint Viewer Allows you to view/display the slide
shows, but we strongly recommend that you have the actual PowerPoint software
(not just the viewer) so you can edit the slide shows.
About the PowerPoint slide presentations
PowerPoint is the presentation software of choice for most
presenters. Presentations in this curriculum total over
1,800 slides, providing the visuals for the course. Every step along
the way, there's a highly colorful graphic or animation to help you make your
points! Every lesson (16 total) includes a slide show to provide the visuals you need to
teach. They are all computer generated graphics and animations that really help
you make your points during the class.
Lesson topics slide - Weve made each lesson very
interactive. We have included - in each lesson - a special links slide.
This lets you start/continue your presentation at the start of any major topic
in the lesson. Each underlined topic on the presentation links slide is a text link
that, if clicked, will send the presentation to the chosen topic within the
lesson. To get back to the presentation links page, simply click the return
button in the lower left corner of any slide. The lesson topics slide is
always the very first slide for the lesson, making it easy to spot. If you want to present the lesson in its
entirety, simply skip this slide (use the slide advance key). If class time
ends before you finish a lesson, this slide should make it easy to continue in
your next session.
Or, as youre preparing to teach, you may decide not to
include certain topics in your presentation. Perhaps you want to skip them for
now and come back to them later. In this case, when you get to the topic you
wish to skip, simply click on the return button to get back to the lesson topics
slide. Then click on the topic after the one you wish to skip. Note that
when you click on a topic, PowerPoint will jump to the slide beginning the
topic youve chosen and continues from there. It will not return to the
lesson topics slide unless you click the return button. This slide will
also make it much easier to review. It makes a great set of bullet points,
helping you remember the topics that must be reviewed. If students are having
problems with a topic during the review, you can simply click on the topic and
present the material again. In fact, presentation links slides are identical to
the slides in the review.ppt slide presentation.
Fly-in text boxes- Regardless of how much preparation you do, it will
be impossible to memorize every presentation included in this lengthy
curriculum. Again, there are over 1,800 slides. It can be especially difficult
during transition points, when the presentation is shifting gears. If you don’t
know what’s coming up (as you’re teaching), you can look ill-prepared in front
of your students. For this reason, transition slides include fly-in text boxes
to help you stay on track. Each fly-in text box will automatically fly in as
soon as this slide is displayed. Sometimes the
fly-in text box will keep you from forgetting to make a key point. Other times
it will help at a transition point to remind you about where the presentation
is going. In many cases, what is in the text box can be used as your first
sentence for the slide, helping you quickly dig into the material.
"Review" slide presentation - We cannot stress enough the importance of
reviewing information you have presented earlier in the class. In the review
slide presentation, we begin each key concept with the key concept name and a
list of lessons related to the key concept. This lets you re-stress the
importance of each key concept. We then include a slide for each lesson in the
key concept with bullet points to help you remember the topics that need
reviewing. Actually, these bullet point slides are identical to the
lesson topics slide (discussed earlier) in each lesson, except they are
all together in one handy presentation. If students are having problems with a
topic, you can quickly call up the lessons presentation and go to the
presentation links page. Then click on the topic to present it again. A hard
copy of the this presentation is included in the Instructor manual.
Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer - Though we highly recommend that you
have the actual PowerPoint software, we do include the PowerPoint Viewer. It
does allow you to display the slide shows, but youll have no way to
modify them. Additionally, the slide shows are quite long (most over 100
slides). PowerPoint Viewer does not allow you to move around in the slide show
nearly as easily as the actual PowerPoint software does.
Free phone assistance
Admittedly, theres a lot of information in this curriculum. If you
have questions about any topic while your preparing to teach the course, we
welcome your phone calls (847-639-8847). Or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be sure to download this sample for
this curriculum. It includes the first page page of each lesson of the student manual. We can also supply a checking copy of the
student manual to instructors teaching for technical schools. The samples also
include the table of contents, preface, a quiz example, an exercise example, and
the first page of the answers.
This comprehensive (360 page) Machining Center
Programming manual follows the slide
presentations to the letter (in fact each lesson plan slide includes the page
number in the manual that the lesson begins), and will make excellent reading
material during the class - possibly homework reading assignments. It will also
make a great reference book for students long after the class is over. It is
extremely tutorial and very easy to understand.
Quizzes, exercises, and programming activities are included right in the
student manual. Answers to quizzes are shown right
after the quiz. Answers to the exercises and
programming activities are
provided at the end of the text. If you want to
grade students' work (you don't want them to have access
to the answers), you can simply ask them to remove the
answers on the first day of class.
What you'll still need
In order to show the PowerPoint slide presentations to a group of people,
you need the following items.
A Windows computer - Any current model
Windows computer will work. If using a desktop computer, you can easily watch the
monitor of the computer (facing your audience) to see the slide show as slides
are displayed behind you by the projection system. Since the left mouse button
advances the slides, you even have a remote slide advance button (as is
commonly used with a 35 mm slide projector). If portability is an issue, keep
in mind that many of the notebooks and sub-notebooks have ample power to run
the presentation software. However, be careful in your selection. Many
notebooks do not allow you to send data out through the VGA port and see the
slide show on the LCD screen of the notebook at the same time. Without this
ability, you may have to turn around to see your slides, which can be
distracting to your audience.
Microsoft PowerPoint Software (PowerPoint 2000 was used to create
the slide show) - Though you can display all presentations with PowerPoint
Viewer (included with this curriculum), you will need Microsoft PowerPoint if
you intend to modify the slide shows given in this curriculum. We highly
recommend that you have this ability. This software can be found in any
computer store for a price of about $250.00 (it also comes with Microsoft
Office). You will find this to be a very powerful presentation generating
program; one you can use to develop your own slide shows for other courses (or
of course, modify those in this course curriculum).
A way of displaying the slide shows - You have several alternatives
in this regard. All involve using a device that takes data from the VGA port of
your personal computer. First, many schools already have a projection system
that can display information from a personal computer. Basically, anything that
can be shown on the computer screen can be displayed through the projection
system. Second, you can use a device that sits on top of an overhead projector
to display your screen shows. In essence, this device makes a transparency of
what ever is on the display screen of the computer. Third, and especially if
price is a concern, you can use a simple scan converter (about $200.00 -
$300.00) and display your screen show on any television that has a video in
connector (as most do). If you must use the RF connector of the television
(where an antenna plugs in), an RF converter must be purchased. Since there are
so many alternatives for displaying your slide shows, we welcome phone calls
(847) 639-8847 if you have questions about your alternatives.
Pricing: (Remember, buy just twenty sets to receive all instructor's
materials free of charge!)