Department Overview
Department Name: CNC Department
Number of Classes: 17
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Department Description
CNC TrainingCNC stands for computer numerical control. It is a versatile system that allows you to control the motion of tools and parts through computer programs that use numeric data. CNC can be used with nearly any traditional machine. The most common CNC machines found in the machine shop include machining centers (mills) and turning centers (lathes). These classes will explain operations performed with the help of CNC. The content is for individuals who need to understand what CNC is and how it works. Content covers the basic machines as well as programming for the more experienced user.

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300100 History and Definition of CNC 100
This class outlines the origin of today's CNC machines and explains how modern CNC evolved from its original designs.
None 13Beginner CNC Department
300110 Mechanics of CNC 110
This class describes the mechanical systems involved in CNC axis movement, as well as how feedback is used for tool location.
None 17Beginner CNC Department
300120 Basics of the CNC Turning Center 120
This class describes the basic components of the turning center as well as the devices used on this machine. Includes an Interactive Lab.
None 15Beginner CNC Department
300130 Basics of the CNC Machining Center 130
This class describes the basic components of the machining center as well as the devices used on this machine. Includes an Interactive Lab.
None 16Beginner CNC Department
300135 Basics of the CNC Swiss-Type Lathe 135
This class describes the basic components of the Swiss-type lathe, as well as common tooling and machining operations.
None 19Beginner CNC Department
300140 CNC Coordinates 140
This class explains the arrangement and orientation of the basic axes on a common CNC lathe and both a vertical and horizontal CNC mill. Includes an Interactive Lab.
None 16Beginner CNC Department
300150 Part Program 150
This class introduces the major code groups used in a CNC part program. Includes an Interactive Lab.
None 14Beginner CNC Department
300160 CAD/CAM Overview 160
This class describes the general process of using computers to design and manufacture parts and identifies common features available in CAD/CAM software.
None 20Beginner CNC Department
300200 CNC Manual Operations 200
This class describes the control features that allow a CNC operator to execute tasks manually. Includes an Interactive Lab.
300110
300140
15Intermediate CNC Department
300210 CNC Offsets 210
This class identifies the various offsets used on both the lathe and the mill to properly reference each cutting tool in relationship to the workpiece. Includes an Interactive Lab.
300120
300130
300200
18Intermediate CNC Department
300220 CNC Specs for the Mill 220
This class identifies common specifications of CNC mills and describes the various features and options available on different machines.
300110
300130
300140
17Intermediate CNC Department
300225 CNC Specs for the Lathe 225
This class identifies common specifications of CNC lathes and describes the various features and options available on different machines.
300110
300120
300140
18Intermediate CNC Department
300280 Creating a Turning Program 280
This class explains the key components in the creation and execution of a simple turning program. Includes an Interactive Lab.
300150
300210
17Intermediate CNC Department
300285 Turning Calculations 285
This class explains the common calculations necessary to plot the toolpaths for a basic turning program.
800210
300120
300140
19Intermediate CNC Department
300290 Creating a Milling Program 290
This class explains the key components in the creation and execution of a simple milling program. Includes an Interactive Lab.
300150
300210
19Intermediate CNC Department
300295 Milling Calculations 295
This class explains the common calculations necessary to plot the toolpaths for a basic milling program.
300130
300140
800210
17Intermediate CNC Department
300310 Canned Cycles 310
This class describes the operation of common canned cycles that appear on machining and turning centers. Includes an Interactive Lab.
200140
300280
17Advanced CNC Department