How to Do Routine Maintenance on Your CNC Machine

Machine maintenance can make all the difference in the world inside your shop. Whether you’re talking about HVAC, hand tools, or machine tools, keeping your shop clean and maintained will not only make things last longer, but it will also help you become/stay efficient.

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6 small things that make a big difference to your CNC machining

Sometimes, there can be a lot to CNC machining – everything from computer programming to materials science is involved – but paying attention to a few things can make a big difference in the parts that you make. Here are six little things that can make a big difference with your CNC machining.

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The Hidden Benefits of Squaring Your Vise

When you’re dealing with CNC, keeping things square is vital to the entire process. While you can get away with a crooked vise, it will eventually come back to bite you.

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The Importance of a Clean Machine

This week, as I bore the responsibility of preparing a PCNC 1100 for an upcoming trade show, I made the realization of how much I dislike cleaning. Making chips is fantastic entertainment, but picking up those chips makes me cringe. While I’m sure many agree with my distaste for cleaning, it can’t be denied that keeping your machine tidy is vital for many reasons. Maintenance is a key reason to keep your machine clear of chips from previous projects. As the machine moves on the X, Y, and Z axes, the bellows (covering vital mechanical elements of your machine) expand and contract. If chips are lodged into the many shifting crevices of these guards, they can wear quicker. If chips start slipping through holes in the bellows, they become a catalyst for worn out mechanical components. Another advantage to keeping chips from piling up is precision. Having chips stuck in the table ways or wedged between vise mechanisms can affect precision. Components may be squared up, but if things are resting on chips (or even a single chip) they can shift and throw everything off on your part. Lastly, chips can be sharp, especially the tiny ones. If every tightening of a vise or touch of the table is accompanied with a microscopic metal sliver, it can make for a painful project.

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4th Axis Maintenance, Upkeep, and Accessories

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Adjusting the Backlash on a 4th Axis

[youtube]FpF1tQqrx5I[/youtube] Tormach machinist, Jeff Hamre, walks through backlash adjustment on a 4th axis with a cut-away model. Backlash can be thrown off during shipment, so it can't be set at the factory, or through normal wear-and-tear, which makes adjustment necessary throughout the life of the machine. Learn more about Tormach's 4th Axis options here.

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