STAR CNC TRAINING

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Based on input from our customers, as well as our own experience, we have decided to restructure our training program. We now offer CNC training courses as a part of our 4 weeks long STAR CNC training program. During this four-week program, students will learn the simple basics of machining, Swiss Concepts, proper set up techniques, basic programming, complex macro programming and many other topics that will increase their productivity. Courses include both classroom activities and hands-on experience on our STAR machines.

Program consists of 4 courses. Each course is 1 week (5 days long). We require each student to have four weeks of practical hands-on experience between each course taken.

Courses can be taken individually, or as a part of the program. Price per course is $1,500 ($300 per day).

Courses are taught at our facility located at 161 Sanrico Dr, Manchester CT 06042.

Please check with your state government if there are any available grants for employee training.

“I wish that all the other training I have been trough with other manufacturers would have taught as thorough and open-minded as you have.” 

John Nixon, Aesculap

LIST OF COURSES

COURSE OUTLINE

Level 1 covers basic concept of CNC machining with emphasis on tooling and offset adjustment. It also introduces basic measuring instrument reading and adjustment of offsets to match blueprint tolerance.

Course outline and lesson plan:

  • Introduction to CNC Swiss style machining
  • Various tooling and geometries for Swiss machines
  • Measuring instruments
  • Understanding blueprint tolerances
  • Familiarization with Fanuc CNC control
  • Axis configuration and machine layout
  • Machine start-up and program activation
  • Proper offset adjustment (Wear and Geometry)

Level 2 covers setting of tools associated with the majority of STAR machines. Tooling geometries and basics of tool-making are also discussed. Hands-on machine set-up form Guide Bushing and collets to tool setting.

Course outline and lesson plan:

  • Tooling geometry and basics of tool making
  • Reading and understanding of tooling layout
  • Program upload/download
  • Proper collet and guide bushing setting and adjustment
  • Turing tools setting
  • Milling tools setting
  • ID tools setting
  • Stepping through the program (proof running)
  • First part cutting techniques
  • Feeds/Speeds adjustment (metal cutting troubleshooting)
  • Understanding Wear and Geometry Offsets

Level 3 covers reading and understanding blueprints, projections and GD&T. M and G code understanding. Part processing and tooling layout. Generating and testing of basic program sections.

Course outline and lesson plan:

  • Blueprint tolerance understanding and common tolerances
  • Coordinate system configuration and explanation
  • M code definitions and understanding
  • G code definitions and understanding
  • Understanding use of wait codes
  • Set-up sheet design and part processing
  • Skeleton program design
  • Proper tooling selection
  • Generating basic program sections (turning, milling, drilling, etc.)
  • Introduction to Polar Milling, Thread Milling/Whirling, Polygon Turning, Cylindrical Interpolation, Angular Drilling/Milling

Level 4 covers use of variables, sub programs, Macro programs, Custom G codes, Programming of Polar, cylindrical and helical cuts. Programming family of parts using macros and variables.

Course outline and lesson plan:

  • Use of sub programs
  • Auto tool setting using sub program
  • Macro programming
  • Creation of Custom G codes to simplify programming
  • Variable handling using G code program call
  • Family of parts programming
  • Program using -Polar Interpolation, Cylindrical Interpolation, Helical Interpolation
  • Concept of Optimization (motion control)
  • Tool life monitoring systems
  • CAD/CAM Software use and benefits

LIST OF COURSES

Level 1: Entry Level Operator

Level 1 covers basic concept of CNC machining with emphasis on tooling and offset adjustment. It also introduces basic measuring instrument reading and adjustment of offsets to match blueprint tolerance.

Course outline and lesson plan:

  • Introduction to CNC Swiss style machining
  • Various tooling and geometries for Swiss machines
  • Measuring instruments
  • Understanding blueprint tolerances
  • Familiarization with Fanuc CNC control
  • Axis configuration and machine layout
  • Machine start-up and program activation
  • Proper offset adjustment (Wear and Geometry)
Level 2: Mid Level Operator/Basic Setup

Level 2 covers setting of tools associated with the majority of STAR machines. Tooling geometries and basics of tool-making are also discussed. Hands-on machine set-up form Guide Bushing and collets to tool setting.

Course outline and lesson plan:

  • Tooling geometry and basics of tool making
  • Reading and understanding of tooling layout
  • Program upload/download
  • Proper collet and guide bushing setting and adjustment
  • Turing tools setting
  • Milling tools setting
  • ID tools setting
  • Stepping through the program (proof running)
  • First part cutting techniques
  • Feeds/Speeds adjustment (metal cutting troubleshooting)
  • Understanding Wear and Geometry Offsets
Level 3: Entry/Mid Level Programming

Level 3 covers reading and understanding blueprints, projections and GD&T. M and G code understanding. Part processing and tooling layout. Generating and testing of basic program sections.

Course outline and lesson plan:

  • Blueprint tolerance understanding and common tolerances
  • Coordinate system configuration and explanation
  • M code definitions and understanding
  • G code definitions and understanding
  • Understanding use of wait codes
  • Set-up sheet design and part processing
  • Skeleton program design
  • Proper tooling selection
  • Generating basic program sections (turning, milling, drilling, etc.)
  • Introduction to Polar Milling, Thread Milling/Whirling, Polygon Turning, Cylindrical Interpolation, Angular Drilling/Milling
Level 4: Advanced Programming

Level 4 covers use of variables, sub programs, Macro programs, Custom G codes, Programming of Polar, cylindrical and helical cuts. Programming family of parts using macros and variables.

Course outline and lesson plan:

  • Use of sub programs
  • Auto tool setting using sub program
  • Macro programming
  • Creation of Custom G codes to simplify programming
  • Variable handling using G code program call
  • Family of parts programming
  • Program using -Polar Interpolation, Cylindrical Interpolation, Helical Interpolation
  • Concept of Optimization (motion control)
  • Tool life monitoring systems
  • CAD/CAM Software use and benefits

COURSE SCHEDULE

Course Dates Status
Level 1: Entry Level Operator TBD Open
Level 2: Mid Level Operator/Basic Setup TBD Open
Level 3: Entry/Mid Level Programming TBD Open
Level 4: Advanced Programming TBD Open