What else do we need to teach CIM?


What else do we need to really teach CIM? Are there any “extras” that you recommend?


We get this question weekly. So here’s what we are going to do. Give you a preview to a Google doc that is live so we can update it on the fly. You will see it right below this paragraph. Be sure to scroll left and right and up and down to see all of the content! Links are live too!

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How do I use an edge finder?

Tired of using the I.L.A.R method of finding the corner of your stock (It Looks About Right…). Then here’s the video for you! This video was made by Tormach, and it shows you how to utilize two different types of edge finders. Thanks Tormach!

This video demonstrates the use of a mechanical edge finder and an electronic edge finder. Essentially, an edge finder is a dynamic indicator of the location of a workpiece edge with reference to the centerline of the spindle to which it is attached. Both versions of the edge finder are used in a similar fashion. The edge finder is put in the rotating chuck and the edge of the workpiece is moved towards the chuck. As the lower cylinder of the edge finder touches the edge, that lower cylinder “kicks” to the left (assuming a clockwise rotation as seen from above). When the kick is observed, the axis of the spindle and the edge of the workpiece are located to 1/2 the diameter of the edge finder. Continue Reading

Where do I get Robocell and CNCmotion for CTI 2016?


Where do I get the software for Robocell and CNCmotion before I go to CTI?  


In the “CIM Readiness Training LMS.  Just log into MyPLTW and find the course titles Computer Integrated Manufacturing Readiness training, and follow these directions:
Once you are in the course, scroll down and click on the link circled below: 2software


Then scroll down again, and viola! It’s right there! 2 soft3                  

Just click on those two links and it will take you to a PDF with directions on how to download and install! Continue Reading



Every time I verify my code in CNCMotion, a little snipe appears as if the tool is ramping into the part. It doesn’t do this when I run the program… What’s up?


Well that’s an easy fix! Watch below!

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I get a Bad Arc error when I try to verify a program in CNCmotion. What gives?

One of two problems: You have the endpoint or arc center incorrect, OR you need to change the run settings. See the video below.

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