Intellitek Mill: From Set up to Making Your First Part

So you have a new small cnc milling machine… what now???? From how to clamp a part to the table to making your first part, this is the video to watch. See the references section below for links to the other info in the video.

Video Time Stamps:

0:24 Vices
0:38 Drill press vice
1:25 Machine vice
2:30 Accuracy of a vice
4:30 Machinist squares
5:25 Strap clamps
8:42 Fixed corner/stock
9:00 Putting your stock in the vice
10:00 Laser cut parallels
10:50 other parallels
11:30 Magnetic parallels
13:00 Finding home
13:55 Finding PRZ
14:00 What’s a tool library?
15:00 What’s PLTW’s tool library
16:30 What tool can I use to cut wood?
17:30 CNCmotion: entering tools
19:50 Installing a tool in the spindle
20:30 Using the height offset gauge
22:05 testing your tool library
25:48 Setting a reference height
30:30 Preventing oxidation
33:30 Finding PRZ
34:10 Using an edge finder (video)
37:01 ILAR method
38:20 Match the tool in the machine to the one in the software.
39:59 Changing stock size CNCbase/motion
40:30 Verify the part
42:30 Run the part
49:30 Safe position



How do I use HSM to make parts in Inventor: http://chrisandjimcim.com/how-do-i-use-hsm-the-cam-tab-in-autodesk-inventor/
CNCmotion Solutions (answers to common questions when using CNCmotion): http://chrisandjimcim.com/solutions/cnc-cam/cncmotion-2/
How do I use an Edgefinder? http://chrisandjimcim.com/how-do-i-use-an-edge-finder/


 Tooling Basics PPT can be found on this site here: http://chrisandjimcim.com/the-basics-tooling-for-cnc-machines/
Step Clamps: http://www.mscdirect.com/product/details/04804571
Toolmaker’s Vise: http://www.mscdirect.com/product/details/42052761
Drill Press Vise: http://www.mscdirect.com/product/details/70037882
Parallel Clamp (Use with a neodymium magnet, you can buy them at Home Depot) https://www.dropbox.com/s/efp2crsef3pqzp5/ParallelHolder.ipt?dl=0  
Cyclone for your Shop Vac: https://www.amazon.com/Oneida-Molded-Dust-Deputy-Cyclone/dp/B002JP315K/ref=pd_lpo_469_bs_tr_t_2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=T213Z6E63NSMVXKTNYN5 Continue Reading

How do I get G&M Code Using Inventor HSM?

Question:

How do I get G&M code from Inventor HSM to make my actual part on the milling machine?

Answer:

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It’s really gotten very easy to do with HSM. Follow the directions below, and you should be all set!  Be sure to download the PLTW tool library, and watch video 0 at the link below so that when you verify it in CNCmotion, it will work. This link shows you how to install the post and tool store, and provides a link below Video 0 to download the toolstore and post for the Intellitek machines: HERE
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  Step 1   Click on the Post Process tool in the toolbar as shown above.
Step 2 Choose the type of machine you have. In this case I am using an Intellitek mill.
Step 3 Chose where you want it to save the NC file.
Step 4 Click on the Post button at the bottom. Your code will then open in a code editor, and be saved in the folder where you told it to be. You should now be able to open it in CNCmotion and simulate it or run the code on the machine of your choice!
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Making the Physical Container on the CNC Mill

Sometimes you just have to see it to understand it. I know because I am a visual learner. So here it is: How to make the container from start to finish….. Physically speaking! From a block of Renshape to final product. No code  or 3D modelling at all!
If your looking for the Inventor tutorials for the container, look here: http://chrisandjimcim.com/how-do-i-make-a-container-in-inventor/
Lets start with the fixture:

  Then we can machine the base:

And now for the lid. It gets machined on the back side of the base!

Next we use a bandsaw to split the top from the base:

Want to manually face the part?  Here is how:

Last but not least…. How to put a surface on your container:

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The Basics: Tooling For CNC Machines

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  • 2nonccendmill
  • 3Ballendmill
  • 6engravers
  • 10climbvsconventional
  • 10climbvsconventional
  • 5depthofcut
  • 4Stepover
There is so much to learn about tooling when it comes to CNC machines, that it can really be overwhelming. Here we present just the basics as it pertains to a “rookies” classroom. There are complete courses on these topics, but this should get you started! First of all, We have put together a short powerpoint which can be downloaded at the link below.

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Topics:

Types of cutters: Center Cutting End mills

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Types of cutters: Non-Center Cutting End Mills

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Types of Cutters: Roughing Mills

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Types of Cutters: Ball End Mills

3Ballendmill

Types of cutters: Engravers

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Types of cutters: Fly or Shell Mill

12flyshell Does Number of Teeth Matter? What are Flutes? 7numderteeth

What is Depth of Cut? How Deep can I Cut on a Single Pass?

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What is Stepover? How Much Should I make the Toolpaths Overlap?

4Stepover

What is Chip Load?

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What are Tools Made of?

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What’s the Difference Between Climb and Conventional Cutting?

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What Tool Should be Used for Which Operations?

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