Operating and Maintaining your CNC Machine
If you currently own or use a CNC machine, you already know how important it is to be aware of its limitations to work within them. You will also understand that you need to keep it properly maintained and know how to set it up correctly to run a job.
If you don’t own a machine yet, then it’s important to spend time thinking about what you want your machine to be able to produce, this can help eliminate a lot of potential future frustration. Cost will always be an important factor, but that also needs to be balanced against its capabilities, because nothing can be more expensive than a machine that cannot do what you need. For example, if you want to cut large sheet goods then a smaller model will not be the best choice. However, if you have limited space then this may be your only option and you need to understand its limitations on how large a part it can cut. Only you can determine what this balance will be for your situation and budget.
Some important considerations when researching the purchase of a machine or when looking at building one yourself include size, speed and accuracy and the technical support offered both before and after the purchase. As with software, the importance of a company’s reputation, support, and an active website and/or forum cannot be understated.
Every CNC machine needs software to directly drive its movement; this is commonly referred to as the ‘Control Software’. This takes the instructions created in the Design and Machining program and turns it into physical movement with the machines motors. Some common generic third-party packages that do this include “Mach3” and “WINCNC”. Many manufacturers create and use their own proprietary systems as well. The control software may be installed on an external PC or be loaded onto a dedicated Control Box which is part of the machine. Our company CNC router mainly used control system are: Syntec control system from taiwan for auto tool changing machine, DSP control system for normal CNC router machines and also the NC studio control systems. Our laser machines mainly use Reader control system, Leetro control system.


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