Pier 9 Resource: CNC Shop Introduction

About: Autodesk Technology Center San Francisco is a hub for research, development, and demonstration of new manufacturing technologies and workflows relating to configurable microfactories.

This Instructable is for anyone interested in Pier 9's CNC Shop.

Welcome to the Pier 9 CNC Shop! This shop is a great resource and this Instructable will show you how to successfully use it. We look forward to working with you!

Step 1: CAM Software for Haas CNC Mill

The site cam.autodesk.com is your resource center for Autodesk CAM software.

There are two fully integrated CAD/CAM options:

  • Inventor HSM Pro 2016
  • Fusion 360 CAM

Both are great for beginners.

Additional CAM options:

  • Delcam (to install the latest versions of DelCAM products, contact the CNC Lead Instructor)
    • good for advanced users and 5-axis operation
    • FeatureCAM
      • Powerful and widely used
    • ArtCAM
      • popular for engraving, signage, and coin making
      • see this Artist in Residence Moon Carving Project

Post-Processors

Step 2: How to Learn the Haas CNC Mill

Why should you follow these steps and what you will learn?

  • You'll be able to make 90% of the parts designed for a CNC milling machine.
  • You'll learn CAM software and best practices.
  • You'll learn High Speed Machining techniques that are normally only taught to advanced users.

Step 1 - Learn the Software and Milling Tools

Step 2 - Learn the Machine

Step 3 - Use the Machine and Software

Step 3: CAM Software for Haas CNC Lathe

cam.autodesk.com

  • Inventor HSM Pro 2016
    • Turning functionality is embedded

Step 4: How to Learn the Haas CNC Lathe

Step 1

Step 2

  • Take the Haas CNC Lathe Course

Step 3

  • Cut example part (pictured above)

Step 5: CAM Software for DMS Router

cam.autodesk.com is your resource center for Autodesk CAM software

There are two fully integrated CAD/CAM options:

  • Inventor HSM Pro 2016
  • Fusion 360 CAM
  • Both are great for beginners

Delcam

  • FeatureCAM
    • Powerful and widely used
  • ArtCAM Engraving, signage, and coin making

Post-Processors

Copy from network drive from folder 'CNC Data'

Step 6: How to Learn the DMS Router

Step 1

Step 2

  • Take ShopBot class

Step 3

  • Cut example part. Spoon!

Step 7: How to Use the CNC Shop

Be AWESOME.

Be prepared:

  • Watch videos
  • Take notes
  • Take the class
  • Generate tool paths at your desk
  • Handout for CNC machine (you are required to use it at all times)

Report broken tools to any Shop Staff member.

Don't interrupt others while setting up and operating a CNC machine.

Machine (Haas CNC lathe and mill) must always be in 5% rapid.

Get a lot of rest.

Enjoy the process and take your time. Thanks for joining us.

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