DMS CNC Router Class


6 Lessons

81 Enrolled


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This class covers the safe operation of the DMS 5-Axis Enclosed Router Model: 5O5-5-5-36S found at the Pier 9 Workshop. The DMS is an advanced CNC manufacturing tool capable of milling complex 3 dimensional parts in a variety of materials.

This basic operations class is part of the CNC Learning Path at Pier 9, and is suitable for students with CNC experience. Each class is a building block to the next. Wood Shop experience, Shopbot CNC router experience, and CNC 2 and CNC 3 are required before taking this class. After students complete this course at Pier 9, they are encouraged to practice their new skills with a hands-on exercise, the DMS Certification Part.

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Lesson 1: Getting Started With the DMS CNC Router

Get started with the DMS, learn where all the panels are located, and go over key safety features.

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Lesson 2: DMS Controller and Display Panel

The controller and display panel help you program the DMS as well as control it during the machine's operation.

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Lesson 3: Tools and Tool Holders

There is an 8-position tool rack in the DMS. This lesson goes over how to select and install tools, as well as callibrate them.

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Lesson 4: Workholding and Offsets

Stabilizing your material's position in the work bed is key to a high quality and safe cut job. Learn how to offset your material to ensure proper machine calibration.

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Lesson 5: Running Programs on the DMS

By installing and running programs on the DMS, you are able to machine your dimensional material into it's desired form.

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Lesson 6: Operating the DMS Router

Recap for how to run the machine and a few more tips and tricks to get you the best results on the DMS. This lesson also includes a free PDF download of this class to use in your shop.

Operating the DMS Router Started

Now that you have the skills, what are you waiting for?
Get out there and make something!