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What is CNC Machining? The A-Z Guide to CNC Machines

You might already know that CNC stands for computer numerical control. CNC machines refer to the various machine tools guided by computer controls and computer-aided manufacturing software (CAM) executing the manufacturing of products and parts designed using CAD software.

However, you may not know that CNC machines have risen in importance over the last few decades, and by 2025 the global CNC machine market could reach over $100.9 billion, according to Zion Market Research. The precision, speed, and cost savings associated with CNC machining operations ensure that the sales growth of all types of CNC machines will continue unabated.

Fueled by the increasing demand for lower prices, faster production, and better quality, CNC machine tools appear on the shop floors of one-person machine shops and in the facilities of the industrial giants.

In case you aren’t familiar with these fantastic machine tools, here’s a short primer to get you up to speed:

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What is CNC Machining?

Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining is a manufacturing process during which manufacturing software directs the movements of cutting tools and CNC machines. The process can control numerous types of CNC machines, including lathes, milling machines, plasma cutters, CNC routers, water jet cutters, laser cutting, and electrical discharge machining (EDM). With any of these CNC machines, one set of prompts can create a three-dimensional tool path.

CNC machining allows the CNC machinist to program the cutting speeds, feed rates, and positioning of the machine tool functions and run them using computer-aided manufacturing software in predictable cycles. The automation process allows for holding tight tolerances and repeating the results of the CNC machining process as many times as needed—all without the involvement of human machinists.

In CNC machining, movement is done across X and Y axes. The two types of motors, stepper motors or a servo motor, each replicate exact movements as determined by the G-code. CNC machines have a diverse array of functions, including tapping, drilling, turning, and shoulder milling among others. CNC machining is often a process of removal, rather than an additive process. Layers of material are removed via the CNC machine to form the final product. Think of it like a knife carving a stick until a smoother shape is formed. Whereas other processes, like 3d printing, take raw materials and combine them together.

A 2D or 3D CAD drawing is designed and translated to G-code for the manufacturing process in the CNC machining process. After the CNC program is complete, the CNC machinist gives it a test run to ensure the correct G-code. The CNC machinist or CNC operator may hold a certification or license to use these machines.

The CNC machining process is used throughout the manufacturing sector, with two of the most common CNC manufacturing processes being in the aerospace and automotive industries. CNC machine tools are especially prevalent wherever metal and plastic are being machined.

What are Some of the Operations a CNC Machine can Perform?

CNC machining centers are found anywhere that companies are removing or reshaping metal. For example, CNC lathes can make shafts, gears, and pistons for the automotive industry. CNC milling machines are capable of face milling, drilling, slotting, engraving, and other machining work.

Electrical discharge machines (EDM) use electrodes to sink cavities into dies and core boxes. Multi-axis machine tools can create complex metal patterns for automated foundries. And 3D printers, which add rather than take away material, can create part designs that are limited only by the imagination.

cnc router woodworking
CNC router woodworking

Fabrication shops take relatively thin metal sheets and perform machining operations such as plasma cutting, punching, laser cutting, forming, and shearing. Getting these plates to their desired shape requires CNC laser cutting and CNC plasma cutters. Fabricators also employ CNC turret punch presses and CNC press brakes in their manufacturing processes.

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You can carry out almost any machining operation with a CNC machining center, and a CNC lathe can carry out every turning operation, including facing, boring, turning, grooving, knurling, and threading

It’s worth noting that CNC machines are also prevalent in the woodworking industries, where CNC routers (similar to most CNC mills) perform various CNC machining operations on plywood and solid woods.

What are the three primary advantages of a CNC machine?

1. Fast and Efficient Production: Whether you’re working with CNC milling machines, CNC lathes, or some other CNC machine tool, you can cut your raw materials at higher spindle speeds and feed rates, increasing your output, improving profits and customer relations. Remember, many CNC machines can operate unattended 24 hours a day and seven days a week without breaks, yet another significant advantage.

CNC machines quickly make up for their initial costs with a higher output and fewer mistakes. Advancements in automated equipment mean operators require less training to operate a CNC machine, learning what they need virtually and eliminating the need for training workpieces.

2. Greater Accuracy and Repeatability: Because CNC machine tools operate without human intervention, they avoid human errors and inconsistencies that can creep into the manufacturing process and lead to defects. With G-codes and computer-aided manufacturing software programs directing the manufacturing process, CNC machines deliver greater accuracy than manual machines.

The CNC programming remains unchanged during the entire CNC machining process unless a CNC programming change is necessary. The consistency in quality—cycle after cycle—is another benefit to CNC machining.

3. Reducing Manufacturing Costs: When computers control machines, manufacturers use fewer resources and labor, resulting in cost savings. When you save money on the manufacturing process, you can reinvest what you save into producing more parts or lower your prices to attract more customers.

When Would You Use a CNC Machine?

CNC machining is used in so many applications that it would be impossible to list all of them. As mentioned earlier, companies can choose from lathes, CNC milling machines, EDM, plasma cutters, and water jet cutters to cut metals, wood, composites, plastics, and other materials.

Because CNC machines make short work of the manufacturing process, machine shops turn to them for production runs. Maintaining accuracy and consistency over long runs is one of the hallmarks of CNC machine tools.

However, these machines are not limited to production work. For example, prototyping with a CNC machine is faster than producing them manually but making modifications to the prototype is merely a matter of tweaking a program. And fabricators find numerous uses for CNC machines, such as cutting and bending, when creating complex structures and fabrications.

A few industries take advantage of CNC machines in their manufacturing processes.

Aerospace Industry: Providing parts for the aerospace industry means that machine shops must adhere to regulatory and statutory requirements while producing complex customized parts. This requires machine tools ranging from a CNC knee milling machine to a 5-axis CNC machine where a computer controls cutting tools moving along five axes while creating a component. Although the finished product could be a huge piece or a small electronic part, a CNC machine tool is used to produce it.

Electronics Industry: Electronic components typically have delicate details and strange shapes requiring specific production methods. CNC machining may begin with a prototype and proceed to production CNC machining after approval. As with aerospace, the flexibility of the CNC machining process—machining large and small parts—adds to the value of CNC machine tools.

Medical Components: CNC machining makes creating customized medical devices and implants possible. With these components, accuracy is essential. Why? Because medical devices, artificial joints, implants, bone plates, and rods must work with each patient, fitting their bodies and lifestyles. The precision provided by a machine tool directed by a CNC controller allows for customization and accurate dimensions.

What Are the Different Types of CNC Machines?

CNC machines are available in numerous types and sizes. Some of them fit comfortably on the top of a bench, while others fill a large room. Machine tools will burn a cavity into a thick piece of raw material, use water pressure to cut intricate shapes into a metal plate, cut threads on the inside or outside of a round part, or machine ornate designs into a kitchen cabinet.

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The following list includes various types of CNC machines using G-code programming language to produce products, parts, and components faster and more accurately than their traditional manual counterparts:

CNC Milling Machines: CNC milling machines employ cutting tools manipulated by Computer Numerical Control (CNC) systems to remove materials from a workpiece. The finished product results from the collaboration of a CAD drawing and computer-aided manufacturing software. The end result of the machining process is a specific part or product that is created using Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software. Depending on the raw material and the complexity of the machined part, the CNC machinist will use various axes and adjust the cutting speeds and feed rates for optimal results.

CNC Lathes: Like the CNC milling machine, design and manufacturing work together to produce precision parts. The difference with the CNC

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CNC lathe machine or turning machine chucking the steel cone shape rod

lathe manufacturing process is the parts made are almost always round. Unlike CNC mills, where the cutting tool rotates and the workpiece is clamped to the machine, the workpiece spins, and the cutting tool is fixed on a CNC lathe. CNC lathes can drill and tap internal threads or “chase” external threads on round parts.

CNC Routers: Used primarily for wood, plastic, and softer metals like aluminum, CNC routers are 3-axis machines offering a safer and more accurate version of the hand-held router. Workpieces are typically mounted to a stationary work table while the spindle moves along the three axes. CNC routers are designed to operate at high speeds and feed rates, and their workpieces are often more extensive (think 4’ x 8’ plywood) than those machined on a CNC mill.

CNC Plasma Cutter
CNC plasma machine

CNC Plasma Cutter: CNC plasma cutters are designed to cut through metals using CNC controls to direct the path of an accelerated jet of hot plasma at a metal workpiece. CNC plasma cutters can cut through a wide range of materials, including steel, aluminum, brass, and copper, making them a mainstay in fabrication and welding shops. Their precise control moves molten metal further away from the cut area. CNC plasma cutters are accurate while slicing through metal at feed rates of up to 500 inches per minute.

cnc laser cutter
CNC laser cutter

CNC Laser Cutter: As the name suggests, CNC laser cutting is all about using a focused, high-powered laser beam to cut through or engrave materials to create custom shapes. It is very accurate when cutting complex designs and small holes. Like CNC routers and plasma cutters, laser cutting typically involves sheets of material.

 

CNC waterjet cutter machine
CNC high pressure waterjet machine cutting parts from a 2 inch thick steel plate.

CNC Waterjet Cutter: A CNC waterjet cutter uses a high-pressure water stream to cut through various materials. It uses the principle of abrasion since a high-speed water jet tends to be very abrasive, slicing through the toughest raw materials with relative ease. Many materials, including plastics and metal, are crafted using waterjet CNC machines.

 

 

Control panel of CNC electrical discharge machine
Control panel of a CNC electrical discharge machine (EDM)

CNC EDM: Electrical discharge machining comes in two basic types: wire EDM and die-sink EDM. A thin wire burns a path through metal with the former, creating a computer-aided design, while the latter sinks an electrode into the material to form a cavity.

What is the difference between a CNC machine and a manual machine?

CNC machines and manual machines have the same purpose: to produce an accurate part or product. However, they go about it quite differently. Take the milling machine, for instance. Although both the CNC and manual mill remove material using various cutting tools, there are striking differences in their machining operations. Consider these contrasts between the two:

• CNC milling machines are more versatile than manual milling machines. A CNC mill efficiently completes many jobs that are beyond the capabilities of the manual milling machine.

• The CNC milling machine’s movements are directed by a CNC controller, making the CNC machining process more precise. The manual milling machine is operated by manual operation, sometimes resulting in human error.

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• CNC milling machine can work long hours unattended after a CNC programmer gives the machine its instructions. A manual milling machine requires constant input from a machinist.

• CNC milling machines are considerably faster than manual machines, allowing for more finished products in less time.

old manual lathe machine
Manual lathe machine

• Some CNC milling machines automatically change tools, but all manual milling machines require manual tool changes.

• Spindle speeds and feed rates are programmed into the CNC milling machine, while the machinist or operator must determine them for the manual milling machine

• CNC mills are at least 3-axis machines, some expanding into four or five axes. Manual milling machines are strictly 2-axis machines.

• CNC milling machines can handle large-volume production runs, with each part meeting the tolerances and other quality requirements. Parts from a manual milling machine are susceptible to human error, so there can be no guaranteed repeatability.

• Since the CNC milling machine often runs without an operator, one machinist can manage multiple machines, while one operator per machine with manual milling machines.

• Because highly-skilled programmers and CNC machinists program and set up the CNC mills, unskilled workers can be assigned to change parts on production runs. Manual machines require one skilled machinist for each machine.

The things that differentiate CNC mills from manual mills also apply to other types of CNC machines. For example, CNC lathes are infinitely faster and more accurate than manual lathes. And any type of CNC machine can manufacture more complex parts than its manual counterpart. In other words, the versatility of CNC machines is unmatched by manual machines.

What is the Most Common CNC Machine Tool?

Whether a manual or CNC mill, the milling machine is arguably the most common machine tool on a typical machine shop floor. Milling machines remove material from a workpiece with various cutting tools, including face mills and end mills. They can drill, bore, tap, and create round parts almost like a lathe with the help of G-code programming language. Thanks to up to 5-axis machine configurations, they are the most versatile machine.

Our Choice: The CNC Max

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The CNC Max Milling Machine

CNC Masters presents the all-new CNC MAX to our line of CNC mills. It is specifically designed for the machinist considering the CNC Baron Mill, but who needs higher spindle speed and longer Y axis travel. The value and compact nature of the CNC Baron Mill are enhanced with the added features of the CNC MAX. The CNC MAX Milling Machine is turn-key, easy to learn, and even easier to operate. Like the CNC Baron, the CNC MAX also has a durable cast iron body.

The MAX is designed for more demanding users who are accustomed to machining on classic Bridgeport type vertical knee milling machines but cannot afford to take up floor space. The MAX provides larger travels for larger parts without taking up floor space.  It provides more advanced features that emphasize cutting precision and ease of use.

Be sure to check out our full listing of vertical milling machines.

Conclusion

Whether you are a small business owner or a hobbyist, there’s a CNC milling machine or lathe to meet your needs at a price you can afford. Talk to the knowledgeable professionals at CNC Masters, and find out what you’ve been missing by not having a CNC machine for your machining work.

If you have any other questions or concerns about this topic or any other marketing or technology topic, please contact us at CNC Masters.

About Peter Jacobs

Peter Jacobs is the Senior Director of Marketing at CNC Masters, a leading supplier of CNC mills, milling machines, and CNC lathes. He is actively involved in manufacturing processes and regularly contributes his insights for various blogs in CNC machining, 3D printing, rapid tooling, injection molding, metal casting, and manufacturing in general. You can connect with him on his LinkedIn.

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MX Software – Easy to Use, Easy to Learn – Included with your machine purchase
The MX software is designed to work seamlessly with your CNC Masters machine. It is made to work with Windows PC – desktop, laptop, or an all in one – on standard USB. Use it on Windows 8 or 10 64-bit operating systems.
No internal conversion printer/serial port to USB software or additional conversion hardware is used with the MX.

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2. Clutter Free Interface
The MX is engineered for the CNC MASTERS machine so you do not have to fiddle with a detailed complicated configuration that can be overwhelming. Just load in the MX and start machining!2. Clutter Free Interface
The MX is engineered for the CNC MASTERS machine so you do not have to fiddle with a detailed complicated configuration that can be overwhelming. Just load in the MX and start machining!

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3. Features Tour and Tutorials Included
The Features Tour will give you a quick run-down on all the features the MX can do for you. The Tutorials are easy to follow even for the first time CNC machinist.
Feel free to download the MX on any of your computers. We recommend downloading the MX along with your CAD and CAM software there at the comfort of your office computer to generate your tool path programs. You don’t need to be hooked up to the machine either to test your program in simulation mode.

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4. Navigate and Edit Your Program through the MX interface with Ease
With a few clicks of the mouse or using touch screen technology, you can easily navigate through the MX interface importing saved programs into the Editor from the File drop down menu. Using standard windows features to edit your program you can then lock the Editor Screen to avoid accidental editing, and if you need to insert a line in the middle of a program, just click on [ReNum] to re-number your tool path list.
You can create a program or import CAM generated G-code tool paths into the Editor
The X Y and Z W arrow jog buttons are displayed from the point of view of the cutter to avoid confusion when the table and saddle are moving. You can also adjust your spindle speed and coolant control while jogging each axis.

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5. Feed Hold – Pause in the Middle of your Program
Feed Hold lets you pause in the middle of a program. From there you can step through your program one line at time while opting to shut the spindle off and then resume your program.
You can also write PAUSE in the middle of your program and jog each axis independently while your program is in pause mode.

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6. Hot Keys
Hot Keys is an alternative method to easily control your machine using your hard or touch screen keyboard. One can press P to pause a program, press S to turn Spindle On, G to run a program, Space Bar to Stop, J to record your individual movements one line at a time to create a program in teach mode.

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7. Pick Menu – for conversational mode programming
Write FANUC style G-codes directly into the Editor or select commands off the [Pick] menu and write your tool path program in conversational mode such as what is written in the Editor box. You can even mix between conversation commands and G-codes in the same program.

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8. Pick Menu List of Options
Use commands such as MOVE, SPINDLE ON/OFF, COOLANT ON/OFF, PAUSE, DELAY, GO HOME…. to write your tool path programs in conversational mode.

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9. Draw the Tool Path to verify it before pressing Go
Hit Draw to view your tool path program drawing, check out its run time, or even simulate the tool path in 3D mode. This can be helpful to quickly verify your program before running it. You can also slow down or speed up the drawing or simulation process.
You can also hit Go within the Draw Window itself to verify the cutter’s position on the machine. The current tool path will be highlighted and simultaneously draw out the next path so you can verify what the cutter will be doing next on the program.

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10. Run each tool path independently to study its movement
1. Run the machine on Trace mode. You can run each tool path independently, one line at a time to study the tool path movement on the machine to verify the position of the application and if any fixture/vise is in the way of the cutter’s path.

2. You can also verify your program by clicking on the Trace and Draw buttons together. This will allow you to view each tool path independently one line at a time in the Draw Window.

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11. Counters display in Inches or Millimeters – Continuous Feed
1. When running a program, the counters will display a “real-time” readout while the machine is in CNC operation without counting ahead of the movement.
2. The current tool path is highlighted while the machine is in operation without causing slight interruptions/pauses as the software feeds the tool path to the machine. The MX internally interprets a program ten lines ahead to allow for “continuous machining” avoiding slight interruptions as the machine waits for its next tool path command.
3. “Run Time” tells you how long it takes to run your tool path program.

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12. Use the “Go From Line” command to start in the middle of your program
If you ever need to begin your program from somewhere in the middle of it, use [Go From Line] which you can find under Tools. The Help guide will walk you through how to position the cutter without losing its position on the machine.

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13. Exact Motion Distance without over-stepping on an axis while jogging
Use “Relative ON” to enter a specific coordinate to jog any of your axes to an exact location without having to write a program. It’s like using “power feed” but easier. You can jog an exact distance on any of the axes without needing to keep the key pressed down and mistakenly over-step the movement releasing your finger too slowly off the jog button.
Let’s say you need to drill a hole exactly 0.525” using the Z. So you enter 0.525 in the Z box. Next, adjust the JOG FEED RATE slider for the desired feed rate. Then “click once” on the +Z or -Z button to activate the travel. In this case you click once the -Z button first to drill the hole exactly 0.525”. Then click once on the +Z button to drive the axis back up 0.525”.

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14. Teach Mode – Jog Input
You can create a tool path program by storing each point-to-point movement by simply jogging an axis one at a time. Click on either of the Jog Input buttons to store each movement on the Editor Screen. You can then add Spindle ON, feed commands, and press GO to run the new program as needed. This is a great feature to help you learn to create a program by the movements you make on the machine without necessarily writing out an entire program first.

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15. Override on the fly to adjust the Jog Feed to Rapid or the Spindle Speed during the middle of a program
1. Jog Feed and Rapid with Override: You can adjust feeds using the slider from slow minimum 0.1″ per minute to a rapid of 100″ per minute of travel. You can even micro-step your jog as low as 0.01”/min. The [-][+] buttons allow you to fine tune feeds in 5% increments while the program is in motion.
2. Spindle Speed with Override: You can adjust speeds using the slider from a slow minimum RPM to the max RPM according to the machine setup. The [-][+] buttons allow you to fine tune feeds in 5% increments while the program is in motion.

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16. Adjust Counters using Pre-Set if you cannot begin the program from 0.00
In a situation where you cannot begin your cutter at it’s 0.00 location, you can “Pre-Set” directly into the counters by typing in your beginning coordinate. You can press Go from here to run your program. You can also “zero all” or “zero” your counters independently. With one click of the [Return to 0.0] button, all axes will travel back to its respective 0.0 on the machine.

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17. Set and Save your 0.00 position for future runs
Set and save your 0.00 position on the machine. These coordinates will be recorded as the first line of the program in the Editor Screen. Should you desire to return to this program at a later date, you only have to click on the Set Zero Return button. This will command the machine to automatically jog each axis to its saved “set” 0.00 position according to the recorded coordinates at the first line of the program.

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18. Create a “Home” position to clear your application and run multiple times
Let’s say you need to machine one application times 100 pieces. This usually requires a jig to retain that physical 0.00 position. But in this case, you want the program to end with a clearance of the axes to easily switch out the next piece of stock and start again. With Save Home, you have the ability to save this offset (home) position while still retaining your Set Zero position where the machine will mill your part out. Pressing [Save Home] will record this new position under the Set Zero line in your program.
Pressing [Go Home] will jog your axes back to your “saved home” position where you originally pressed the Save Home command. You can also input GO_HOME from the Pick Menu as its own tool path in your program. At the completion of your program the axes will end at your Home position. Replace your part, then press [Return to 0.0] button to allow the axes to return to its zero position, and press Go to start your next run.

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19. Disable the axis motors to manually hand crank each axis into place
Easily de-energize the axis motors by clicking [Disable Motors] to crank each axis by hand, and then press [Reset Control] to re-energize the axis motors.

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20. Change up to 30 tools with compensation, and store your tool offsets for other programs
The MX supports…

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21. Use the optional ATC rack up to 8 tools for milling, drilling, and rigid tapping applications
The CNC Masters Automatic Tool Changer Rack and Tools (US Patent 9,827,640B2) can be added to any CNC Masters Milling Machine built with the rigid tapping encoder option. The tutorial will guide you through the set-up procedure using the ATC tools.

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22. Use the optional Rigid Tapping Wizard without the need for tapping head attachments
When you order your CNC Masters machine, have it built with the optional rigid tapping encoder. You can take any drill cycle program and replace the top line with a tapping code created by the wizard to tap your series of holes up to 1/2” in diameter.

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23. Use the optional Digital Probe to scan the profile and/or pockets of your fun/hobby type designs to write your tool path program and machine out a duplicate of your original design To “surface” scan an object, you can program the probe along the X or Y plane. The stylus will travel over the part starting on the left side front corner of the object and work its way to the end of the part on the right side. Depending on how the stylus moves, it will record linear and interpolated movements along the X, Y, and Z planes directly on the MX Editor.
To “pocket” scan an object containing a closed pocket such as circles or squares, the scan will start from the top front, work its way inside of the pocket, and scan the entire perimeter of the pocket.
Under the Setup of the MX software you will find the Probe Tab which will allow you to calibrate and program your probe. Your “Probe Step”, “Feed”, and “Data Filter” can also be changed on the fly while the probe is in the middle of scanning your object.

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24. Use work offsets G54-G59 for nesting applications
The work offsets offer you a way to program up to six different machining locations. It’s like having multiple 0.0 locations for different parts. This is very useful especially when using sub-routines/nesting applications.

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25. Create a Rectangular Pocket / Slot with our selection of Wizards to help you build a tool path program
The Cycle Wizards for the mill or lathe makes it easy to create a simple tool path without needing to use a CAD and CAM software.
On this Wizard, the Rectangular Pocket / Slots, can be used to form a deep rectangular pocket into your material or machine a slot duplicating as many passes needed to its total depth.

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26. Create a Circular Pocket Wizard
Input the total diameter, the step down, and total depth and the code will be generated.

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27. Do Thread Milling using a single point cutter Wizard

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28. Cut a gear out using the Cut Gear Wizard with the optional Fourth Axis

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29. Create a Peck Drilling Program in Circular or Rectangular Patterns
Using the Circular or Rectangular Drilling Wizards, you can program the machine to drill an un-limited series of holes along the X and Y planes. Program it to drill straight through to your total depth, use a high-speed pecking cycle, or deep hole pecking cycle. You can program the cut-in depth and return point for a controlled peck drill application to maximize chip clearance.

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30. The MX interface can easily be interchanged from Mill Mode to Lathe Mode
Use this interface for your CNC Masters Lathe. It contains all the same user-friendly features and functions that comes in Mill Mode. Simply go to the Setup page and change the interface.

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31. Use Tool Change Compensation or the optional Auto Tool Changer Turret if your application requires more than one tool in a single program
You can offset the length and angle of each tool and record it under Tools in your Setup. The program will automatically pause the lathe’s movement and spindle allowing you to change out your tool, or allowing the optional ATC Turret to quickly turn to its next tool and continue machining.
On the MX interface, you also have four Tool Position buttons. Select your desired T position, and the auto tool post will quickly turn and lock itself to that position.

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32. Use the Lathe Wizard Threading Cycle to help you program your lathe’s internal or external threads in inches or metric

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33. Use the Lathe Wizard Turning / Boring Cycle to help you program simple turning and boring cycles without having to go through a CAM or writing a long program with multiple passes

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34. Use the Lathe Wizard Peck Drilling Cycle to help you program your drill applications or for face grooving

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35. Facing / Grooving / Part Off Cycle Wizards – with Constant Surface Speed
These cycles can be used with Constant Surface Speed allowing the spindle speed to increase automatically as the diameter of the part decreases giving your application a consistent workpiece finish. With CSS built into the wizard, there is no need to break down the cycle into multiple paths and multiple spindle speed changes.

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36. This is our list of supported G and M codes which can be found under Tools > G Code/ M Code List in the MX
If you plan to use a third-party CAM software to generate your tool path program, use a generic FANUC post processor and edit it to match our list of codes. As an option, we also sell Visual mill/turn CAM software which comes with a guaranteed post processor for our machines to easily generate your tool path programs based on your CAD drawings.

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