Having the ability to safely and successfully complete the machining process allows you to fabricate products and materials with ease. Machining requires the use of intricate tools and specialized machines, making the machining process a daunting task for those with little experience.
Here are three tips that you can use a beginner to help make the machining process a little easier in the future.
1. Watch your simulations.
Before you actually complete a machining process using a computerized system, the computer software will run a simulation of the machining process you have programmed in. You should always take the time to carefully watch these simulations to check for errors.
The simulation process allows you to see if you have made any mistakes in the programming and gives you time to correct these mistakes before you waste valuable time and materials completing an incorrect machining task. Beginners can really benefit from the safety net that simulations provide, so it's critical you carefully watch each simulation as you learn to machine using computerized systems.
2. Make sure your tools match your software.
In order to ensure that your computerized machining software is able to accurately generate a program that will machine a part of product, the exact specifications of your tools need to be entered into the program's database.
If your software thinks that your tools are a different size or shape than they actually are, your measurements will be off when it comes time to complete the actual machining process. Carefully check the specifications of each tool within your computerized database against the actual measurements of your tools, and you can eliminate a lot of errors from the machining process.
3. Manually program feeds and speeds.
Rather than relying on the default settings within a computerized machining program for each tool you will use in the machining process, you should take the time to manually program in the feed and speed settings for each tool.
Read the tool manufacturer's suggested use, and be sure that you understand how your tools work to determine the proper settings for the completion of your machining project.
Learning to machine can be challenging, but there are some simple things you can do to make the process easier. Be sure that you are taking the time to watch your simulations for mistakes, that you check the specifications for each tool you will use to ensure their accuracy, and that you manually enter feed and speed settings to improve the quality of your machining in the future.