01 T&P Robot Axis & Movement

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Jointed arm robots are useful for many different tasks because of its range of motion and degrees of freedom. In this activity you will learn how to move a robotic arm in many different ways and write a program to make the robot write the word “CIM” with accuracy and repeatability. CIM stands for Computer Integrated Manufacturing.

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2017 PLTW EOC CIM Final Exam

It’s that time of year again! I am now receiving at least 20 requests per week that sound something like this: ” Can you give/share/sell me your final exam questions, resources, study guides?”. The short answer is NO. District policy prevents me from sharing any assessment resources that I utilize in the teaching of any and all courses including CIM.

I have two suggestions:


As you teach each section of the course, develop 5 or so multiple choice questions from the powerpoints and the key terms given, then give them as quizzes throughout the year. This is a pain the first year, but makes every year after that much easier. This is what I do, and every year I add a few to my bank of questions.  I then choose 50-75 questions from this bank at the end of the year, and call this my final exam.  Again, due to disitrict policy, I cannot share.



2. Check the content map on the Assessment course of the PLTW LMS. this will tell you approximately how many questions there are on the final exam from each unit. This will help tremendously when your students study for the final exam. I put a picture of the one for CIM below from 2017. For the latest greatest version check the PLTW Assessment LMS often.

CIM Content map

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The Basics: Tooling For CNC Machines

There is so much to learn about tooling when it comes to cnc machining equipment, 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.

reddownloadCnJ CNC Tooling Basics


Types of cutters: Center Cutting End mills


Types of cutters: Non-Center Cutting End Mills


Types of Cutters: Roughing Mills


Types of Cutters: Ball End Mills


Types of cutters: Engravers


Types of cutters: Fly or Shell Mill


Does Number of Teeth Matter? What are Flutes?


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


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


What is Chip Load?


What are Tools Made of?


What’s the Difference Between Climb and Conventional Cutting?


What Tool Should be Used for Which Operations?



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