First of all,purchase CNC machining books or visit your local library to check out books related to machining. These books cover everything you need to know about CNC machining including common terminology and how to program CNC machines. The CNC Machining Handbook is an important reference that every machinist should own and can help you get started in your CNC machining career.
How to Start with Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines
CNC machines are widely used in the fabrication business. Common CNC machine include welders, drills, mills, grinders, routers and lathes. Plasma and water jet cutters, along with other types of cutters are all popular uses for CNC machining. Home uses of CNC machines include electronic paper cutters for scrap booking, quilting and embroidery machines for elaborate designs and DVD title etching programs. The most common use of a CNC machine in the home is the computer printer which operates on the X axis only.

The CNC machine is started and the code program is loaded. The machine operator presses the start button and monitors that the machine is following the design laid out in the code. If a problem occurs, the operator will either stop the machine after the cycle, or if it is serious enough, will hit the “e-stop,” or emergency stop button to stop the machine.

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