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  • BuffcoBuffco Posts: 6,244 Senior Member
    THERE you are. Was just wondering the other day if you died or was in prison. Glad to see you back, stick around for a while.

    (Can't help you with the CNC books, but I have some excellent coloring books)
  • Big ChiefBig Chief Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    I thought he went off and joined the Navy (or was looking into it) or something????
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  • Big Al1Big Al1 Posts: 8,820 Senior Member
    Welcome back!!
  • SirGeorgeKillianSirGeorgeKillian Posts: 5,463 Senior Member
    Holy crap! Its great to hear from you!
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  • LinefinderLinefinder Posts: 7,856 Senior Member
    I don't know where in Colorado you're located right now, but about the best machine technology school going in this state is the University of Colorado in Pueblo. You might check their online curriculum and/or check out their bookstore.

    I've been doing a fair amount of machining work in the tool room of the company where I work (we manufacture medical devices), and both of our real toolmakers are graduates of UC at Pueblo. In fact, one of the toolmakers gave me three of his old textbooks a couple weeks ago, but they are from the mid-80's and don't provide much CNC programming info. I suspect the newer textbooks are heavy into CNC programming.

    Glad to see you back.

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  • LinefinderLinefinder Posts: 7,856 Senior Member
    Oh....any books that place a heavy emphasis on Master CAM would be the ones to look for. That program seems to be, by far, the prevalent CNC program used by most companies.

    "Walking away seems to be a lost art form."
  • TSchubTSchub Posts: 783 Senior Member
    The most basic cnc controls are x and y axis. Think a general lathe. The basic G and M codes will do everything you want it to do. Where it gets really interesting is when you add in multiple axis machining. Also, some of the different machines will need things to be done differently. We had Fanuc controlled lathes and once you got the basics down, you could operate most of them. The Haas mills were on a different program and therefore needed different programing. What all this rambling boils down to is to first learn G and M coding, which you should be able to research on the internet. After that, get into specific types of controls and learn those. It's also not a bad idea to knock on some doors and explain what you are up too and find out what companies in your area are using. You can make some really good connections that way. Hope some of this helps.
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