CNC Turning Course #2 – Hands on turning BASIC LEVEL Operator to Setter


Organisation profile

IMR is Ireland's leading independent research and technology organisation, RTO. All Irish Manufacturing Research’s projects focus on translational innovation projects, in collaboration with industry, to demystify, de-risk and deliver emerging concepts, processes and technologies.

Training aim

This course is designed for operators/programmers currently operating CNC lathes at an operator level i.e. part loading, basic tool changing, wear adjustments etc.   

Learning objectives

Day 1 Module 1 Machine types and turning basics

1. Machine health and Safety – PPE, interlocks, emergency stops

2. Standard machining configurations – single turret, twin turret, sub spindle etc

3. Machine interface. Programme start, stop, wear/off set pages. Edit/Auto pages, Programme call up

4. Clearance areas – what to watch out for. 

5. Types of work holding – 3 jaw, soft jaws, hard jaws, precision chucks - preparation for machining

6. Basic tools and how to identify –turning , boring, grooving, part off, drills, threading, taps. Typical parameters for each – what to/ not to do. 

7. Live tooling – configurations and set up.

Day 2 Module 2 Tool Management and Part inspection

1. Changing of tools and tips, proper placement, cleaning, care of tool and screws 

2. Setting of tools – measurement

3. Feeds and Speeds – calculation of

4. How to recognise when a tool is worn. How to identify wear patterns.

5. Changing of wear offsets. How to, why to, what happens when you don’t

6. Cutting conditions – swarf control, sound of proper cutting/ boring, drilling, chip breaking.

7. Cutting conditions – coolant management, importance of coolant in the proper position and how swarf can impact.

8. Part inspection and proper use of inspection equipment – verniers, micro-meter, slips.

Day 3 Module 3 Part Setting and Prove out

1. Datums – what are they, how to set, how to check through MDI or auto run so as not to crash into part

2. Probing systems

3. Proving out of programmes – approach to, interferences, live tooling considerations. 

4. Optimisation of programmes – reduced rapid movements, tool station configurations

5. Each to develop check sheet for part setting

6. Scenarios and test cuts on parts. 

Course outline

This presentation goes into detail about the various regulations and directives involved in the design or installation of a manual or powered gate. It also focuses on the various safety features necessary to ensure the gate is approved for purpose in the EU.  Finally the presentation involves in depth discussion on how to implement safety edges and the various weights and forces that a gate can safely withstand safely without affecting the automation and speed.

Trainer's profile

Mr. Jeff Hart is Manager of Mills Training Academy for 16 years, 

Started career as an apprentice Toolmaker in 1972 ~ 1976, and with quite high qualifications achieved was asked at the age of 21 to start part time teaching in a college YOPS (Youth Opportunity Scheme) for 5 years while simultaneously working in a Company as a Toolmaker with Plastic Injection Moulds. 

While at the Company, took the opportunity to learn Programming in Heidenhain and Fanuc. Several years later in 1985 the chance to join Fanuc came up and was employed as the Training Manager. Travelled all over Europe training Machine Tool Builders, Agents and Fanuc Employees in Programming, Service Issues and New products from Fanuc. 

After 10 years Mills CNC joined them as their Training Manager and create a training centre in the Midlands which was ultimate ambition. 

Since Mills started the Training Academy we have had over 8,000 students come through the system, not just from the UK but many from Ireland, Egypt, India & Poland etc. 

Qualifications include: 

City & Guilds in Production Engineering Full Cert. 

D32 & D34 level qualified for NVQ’s (Non Vocational Qualifications) 

Fanuc Controlled Lathes up to 9 Axes 

Fanuc Controlled Machining Centres up to 5 Axes 

Heidenhain 5 Axes Machining Centres.    

Siemens ShopMill & Shopturn  

FeatureCam, Cimco & FAPT Software trained. 

Mr. Chris Judge is the Machining Applications Specialist for subtractive manufacturing at Irish Manufacturing research. His expertise lies in his experience growing an advanced technology and modern precision engineering company in a fast-paced environment. Chris has extensive experience within the precision engineering sector working with technologies from CNC machining, abrasive waterjet cutting to EDM. Researched and implemented new and emerging technologies to ensure Prodieco always stayed competitive in their market sector. Chris is currently leading other research programmes and involved in EU funded research programmes within the Irish precision engineering space. 

Course duration

3 Days

Assessment & certification

Written course evaluation. 21 hours CPD

Who should attend

This course is designed for operators/programmers currently operating CNC lathes at an operator level i.e. part loading, basic tool changing, wear adjustments etc.