How to troubleshoot CNC power supply issues

Start at the source It’s funny, but when most technicians start diagnosing a machine problem, the first place they look is to see if it’s plugged in. That may seem elementary, but it’s the sign of a professional. It’s troubleshooting 101. It follows that if the power isn’t right, nothing downstream will be either and… Continue reading How to troubleshoot CNC power supply issues

How to troubleshoot a CNC machine e-stop

What to do when things go wrong There are two ways to stop a CNC machine, use the shut-down protocol, or hit the Emergency Stop button. When an emergency presents itself, it’s the big red button on the control panel that needs activation. This should stop all machine functions and activity instantly. If it doesn’t,… Continue reading How to troubleshoot a CNC machine e-stop

Troubleshooting your CNC machine

CNC Repair You may have noticed a burnt edge on a CNC machine tool. Or perhaps an area on a production workpiece that’s not as smooth as it should be. Either of these problems will likely result in either an adjustment or a repair. Problems rarely occur with CNC machines due to their advanced engineering… Continue reading Troubleshooting your CNC machine

Common issues with CNC machines

Know where the issues start Considering what a CNC machine does, it’s a pretty amazing thing. The ability to cut, shape, and form all kinds of raw materials into precise, functional, and unique products is a truly amazing accomplishment of modern engineering. But all the capability comes with a downside. Due to the extreme accuracy… Continue reading Common issues with CNC machines

How to Clean a CNC Machine

Big output means big messes It’s probably not one of your favorite jobs…I know it’s certainly not my favorite job! But a CNC machine is a lot like an automatic mess-making bonanza. Lubricants, emulsions, cuttings, dirt, dust, and every other conceivable form of grit on the planet end up embedded in the cracks and crevices… Continue reading How to Clean a CNC Machine

Best Practices for CNC Preventative Maintenance

Maintaining your CNC machines When you consider all the work a Computer Numerical Control or CNC machine accomplishes in a working day, it’s pretty amazing. It’s also extremely complex and in many cases, can create a lot of work cleaning, setting up, and maintaining the device. It’s important to keep the CNC machines working because… Continue reading Best Practices for CNC Preventative Maintenance

Comparing Horizontal mills vs. vertical mills

The most common differences between horizontal mills vs. vertical mills Milling machines come in two main designs with either vertical and horizontal spindle location. In the vertical milling machine, the tool spindle is located above the working table. A horizontal mill has its spindle located beside the work table, normally opposite the machine operator. The… Continue reading Comparing Horizontal mills vs. vertical mills

What to know when buying a used CNC machine

Things to consider when buying a used CNC machine The advantages that a CNC machine can bring to a machine shop or production floor are well-known and undeniable. Faster, more precise machining coupled with reduced waste and more efficient use of manpower. Ever since the first CNC machines showed up in the 1960s, the productivity… Continue reading What to know when buying a used CNC machine

How to stop breaking end mills

How to become a CNC machinist

If you asked the average person what they thought the best training for becoming a Computer Numeric Control (CNC) machinist would be, they would most likely say working in a machine shop. If you asked the average CNC machinist what they thought the best training they received before becoming a CNC machinist, they would most… Continue reading How to become a CNC machinist