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One of the greatest challenges facing the United States today is in the area of manufacturing. To a large extent the computer has revolutionized this technology. It has virtually transformed the process of product design, analysis, and manufacture. Industries are finding that the new manufacturing technology demands well-trained personnel. Education is now being viewed as a continuous and long-term investment.
The third edition of Introduction to Computer Numerical Control (CNC) has been expanded and improved. The blueprint reading material has been separated as follows: Chapter 5Review of Basic Blueprint Reading for CNC Programmers and Chapter 6Review of Basic Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing for CNC Programmers.
Chapter 18 now includes a presentation on creating and simulating a complete part program using Mastercam CNC software. The third edition introduces the use of CNC software for writing, verifying, and simulating the milling word address programs in this text. To this end, a new Chapter 20, titled Verifying Part Programs, has been added.
The software displays real-time solid model animation of the machining that results from a part program. Additionally, it has an inspection mode that enables students to section as well as verify the dimensions of the machined part.
The milling part programs in the text have been edited so they will work properly with the verification and simulation software.
Introduction to Computer Numerical Control (CNC), Third Edition, can be used as an entry-level text for many different types of training applications. These include:
This textbook is designed to be used in many types of educational institutions:
This work is the result of several years of experience in running CNC courses for both industrial personnel and the students at Queensborough Community College. We found that many existing texts were either too general or too advanced for direct application. As a result, we drafted supplementary notes containing step-by-step information. The notes were enhanced and tested extensively in the classroom. Several colleagues, both in industry as well as in education, were called upon for their input. A thorough market survey also influenced the final content. It should be noted that all the programs presented have been thoroughly tested. The student is advised to take the appropriate safety precautions when running them on a CNC machine.
This third edition of an award-winning classic in the field marks a breakthrough in technology-aided learning. Introduction to Computer Numerical Control (CNC), Third Edition, continues with its major goal of clearly presenting the fundamentals of CNC operations and programming. Also, with the addition of the Predator simulation software, readers will have an opportunity to apply their knowledge to real-world applications.
Key features of this new edition include: