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My company is looking at getting a vertical milling machine in the next 4 to 6months. We are to cheap to hire an actual programmer or journeyman, so I see this a golden opprotunity. I will probably go to local tech center for convienience, but would like to know if someone could point me in the right direction to get familiar with terminology, techinque etc. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
 

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sounds like a place I use to work at, talk the owner into buying mastercam or possibly gibbs or worknc software and send you to a class. good luck
 

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sounds like a place I use to work at, talk the owner into buying mastercam or possibly gibbs or worknc software and send you to a class. good luck
Thanks for the info. :thumbsup:
 

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I was trained on mastercam back in college seven years ago. I don't really remember how hard it was to learn, but I've recently started programming on Gibbs cam. Very easy. Hopefully you have some kind of background in the field before you jump in head first. Talk to the machine teghnology instructors at any schools around there. They could be a big help. What brand mill are you looking at buying? Be carefull with it. We have a mori-seiki that'll rapid at 1400 IPM, it's so fast it makes your head spin. Good luck.
 

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Well, if your company is cheap. Don't consider Mastercam(several thousand dollars just for basic functionality, tens of thousands for the better parts of it).

3-Axis is not hard at all. If you want to go cheap, get Rhino for CAD with a CAM add on.

Heck I remember programming 3-axis milling in a text editor about 10 years ago(I do 5-Axis Simaltaneous milling for turbomachinery components now). It all depends on how much money you want to spend, how much time you have to program parts, how much time you want them to be on the mill, how many copies of the part... etc...

If your boss is cheap and you want powerful intuitive software with support, go to rhino3d.com. Get their Rhino CAD software for about $900, and add on a CAM modul. It will be more than enough. I've been a machinist and a CNC programmer for over 10 years now, this is my oppinion. You will have to come to your own conclusion.

Good luck!
 

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I used to use Metalsoft and G_Coder professional, but the best way to learn is to master your G ,M , I ,J, P codes , this will give you better knowledge of what exactly the programme is doing.
 
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