Apps for CNC Machining
Thursday, May 12, 2016
The whole world loves automation, and we’re no different. That’s why we’re big fans of CNC machining, in which the goal is to automate as much as possible. The beauty of automating certain aspects of machining is that when things are remote, hands-free, and interchangeable, your shop can run as safely and efficiently as possible.
Technology is advancing so fast that now you can find free or inexpensive apps for your smartphone that work with CNC Lathing tools. Because these apps don’t put much (or, in a lot of cases, any) pressure on your budget, you can experiment to find one that works best for your situation. Also, machinists and shop owners are often the designers behind these apps, so you can be pretty sure that they’ll perform the way they should.
Check out these apps that we’ve found. You might find one or more of them useful:
Feeds and Speeds for Milling
What It Does: Saves your machine’s max RPM, max IPM and max HP. With this information stored, simply plug in some details about your cutter and the type of material you want to cut and the app figures out your starting figures for RPM, feed rate, radial and axial DoC and required HP.
Speeds and Feeds Calculator
Developer: Workman Apps
What It Does: It’s basic but contains all the necessary calculations for machining. Nothing fancy, but the rough interface still gets the job done, and it's nice to have something for your pocket.
Developer: Trades Math Calculator
What It Does: Solves common trigonometry in an easy to use format. It even provides X-Y coordinates for bolt hole circles.
CNC Code Maker
Developer: CNC Code Maker
What It Does: A very simple 2D CAD/CAM software with tool path generation and user-editable post-processors. Suitable for most CNC machines on the market. A simple, cut-throat CAD program, for those who don't need anything too complicated.
If you are working with CNC machines, we carry a full line of lathe accessories, spindle stops, draw tubes, and spindle liners to further optimize and streamline your operation.
Contact us today or fill out our Easy Quote Form, to find out if we carry liners for your CNC lathe, or what J.F. Berns can do to heighten your productivity.
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