CNC Programming Handbook, 3rd Edition, has earned the title of de facto standard for training as well as reference content at all levels of computer numerical control programming. Hundreds of educational institutions around the world use the handbook as the primary text for CNC courses. And thousands of programmers and machine operators employ it on the shop floor.
This is the book that literally defines CNC programming. Noteworthy for the author’s careful, uncompromising attention to detail, the new 600-page 3rd Edition incorporates comments and suggestions from hundreds of professionals in the field. The comprehensive result is an extraordinary volume. The 3rd Edition is packed with over one thousand illustrations, tables, formulas, tips, shorcuts and pragmatic examples.
Detailed section on CNC lathes with live tooling, including examples
Image files of many actual parts, used as examples
More programming examples (both in printed text and on the CD-ROM or in the direct download files*)
Optimized for the latest Fanuc and related control systems
Additional formulas, calculations and handy reference material
Fourth axis programming (indexing and rotary)
Example projects, including several as interactive PDF forms (accessible on CD or by direct download)*
Improved index for better topic search
*For purchasers of the latest printing of this title: As fewer new computers come with CD-ROM drives, this book now is sold without the CD. Instead, the same material is now available by clicking here to download a zip file.
This book previously was sold with an included CD-ROM. For those who purchase an older copy with this CD, the following information applies: The CD contains a fully functional 15-day trial shareware version of CNC tool path editor/simulator, NCPlot™. This powerful, easy-to-learn program includes an amazing array of features, many not found in competitive products. NCPlot offers an unmatched combination of simplicity of use and richness of features. Support for many advanced control options is standard, including an interpreter that simulates Fanuc and similar macro programs. (2021 Update: The included 14-day trial version may have expired. For information on NCPlot v2, a link to download the latest 15-day trial, a printable help file, and other information, please visit: https://www.ncplot.com.)
Here are some other benefits:
Featured on the CD-ROM are numerous training exercises keyed to individual chapters*
These accompany solutions and detailed explanations
Special programming and machining examples are provided in the form of complete machine files useful as actual programming resources
Virtually all files employ the ubiquitous Adobe PDF format, enabling high resolution printing
*Note: While this text is a complete teaching and learning aid, the CD-ROM provided with this book includes information in the book, as well as supplementary materials. In 2008, this CD was designed for use on Windows 98 or higher operating systems (98SE, ME, NT/2000, XP, and Vista) with an Adobe Reader v8.1.0 or higher; some files require Microsoft Excel 2007 or later. We cannot guarantee that it will run on newer machines and with newer operating systems and programs. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any further questions regarding this digital add-on.
Peter Smid is a professional consultant, educator and speaker, with many years of practical, hands-on experience, in the industrial and educational fields. During his career, he has gathered an extensive experience with CNC and CAD/CAM applications on all levels. He consults to manufacturing industry and educational institutions on practical use of Computerized Numerical Control technology, part programming, Autocad®, Mastercam® and other CAD/CAM software, as well as advanced machining, tooling, setup, and many other related fields. His comprehensive industrial background in CNC programming, machining and company-oriented training has assisted several hundred companies to benefit from his wide-ranging knowledge.
Mr. Smid’s long time association with advanced manufacturing companies and CNC machinery vendors, as well as his affiliation with a number of Community and Technical College industrial technology programs and machine shop skills training, have enabled him to broaden his professional and consulting skills in the areas of CNC and CAD/CAM training, computer applications and needs analysis, software evaluation, system benchmarking, programming, hardware selection, software customizing, and operations management.
Over the years, Mr. Smid has developed and delivered hundreds of customized educational programs to thousands of instructors and students at colleges and universities across United States, Canada and Europe, as well as to a large number of manufacturing companies and private sector organizations and individuals. He has actively participated in many industrial trade shows, conferences, workshops and various seminars, including submission of papers, delivering presentations and a number of speaking engagements to professional organizations. He is also the author of articles and many in-house publications on the subject of CNC and CAD/CAM. For six years he had a monthly column in the ShopTalk Magazine related to CNC programming. During his many years as a highly respected professional in the CNC industrial and educational field, he has developed tens of thousands of pages of high quality training materials.