Matsuura 5-Axis Mill Class
Lesson 1: Getting Started With the Matsuura
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Introduction: Getting Started With the Matsuura


Our most important safety callouts are highlighted in yellow throughout this course.

Allowed Materials for Matsuura CNC Mill

Allowed Materials

  • Metal
  • Plastic

Banned Materials

  • Wood
  • Carbon ber and composites

If at Pier 9, see Shop Staff first before using these materials:

  • All other materials

If you are working from another studio or workshop, refer to the tool's instruction manual to see if your desired material is suitable for tool use.

Control Panel and Display


You run the mill with the controller.

  1. USB insert
  2. Reset button
  3. Job Select key switch
  4. Power On & Power Off buttons
  5. E-stop
  6. Touch screen display
  7. Keyboard
  8. Control panel keys
  9. Edit key switch
  10. Feed Hold & Cycle Start
  11. Light switch


The mill uses a touch screen that changes based on the category you’ve selected.

  1. Status bar
    • Displays alarms, lights, and overdue maintenance items.
  2. Category display area
    • The three categories are Running, Setup, and Maintenance.
  3. Sub-category icons
    • The icons that appear under each category are sub-categories.
    • Example: Program Manager is a sub- category of Running.
  4. Category commands
  5. Sub-category commands
  6. Main screen

Control Panel and Keys


The control panel for the mill is laid out in groups of keys that have related functions.

  1. E-stop
  2. Power On and Power Off
  3. Coolant on/off
  4. Door unlock
  5. Tool clamp/unclamp
  6. Jog Increments
  7. Jog handle
  8. Function key switch
  9. Mode buttons
  10. Axis selector
  11. Rapid & Feed Rate Override Dials 12. Feed Hold & Cycle Start


The Function key switch is a safety measure.

  • Select Set Up when changing tools or jogging.
  • Select Auto when pressing Cycle Start to execute MDI commands or starting a program.

Machine Specifiactions

The Matsuura MX-330 CNC mill is a large, powerful mill with the following specifications:

  • Five axes (X, Y, Z, A, and C)
  • 20,000 RPM maximum spindle speed
  • High pressure through-spindle coolant
  • Traverse (rapid relocation) speed up to 1,570 inches per minute
    • On Pier 9 you must not use higher than 10% rapid for an unproven program so you have time to react if something goes wrong.
    • A reduced rapid speed will not change the cutting speed.
  • Maximum work envelope of 13” diameter by 10” tall
  • Tool carousel can hold up to 60 tools

Required for Use

Before you start your work, make sure you have the following materials:

  • An .nc file from CAMplete with no simulation errors
  • A thumb drive or Filezilla Client software to load the .nc file onto the mill
  • A copy of this Quick Start Guide

Steps for Successful Use

To make a part, you need to complete each step in order.

  1. Verify file in CAMplete.
  2. Start up the mill.
  3. Load stock.
  4. Check Work Coordinate System.
  5. Set the Tool Length Offsets.
  6. Load the program.
  7. Run the program.
  8. Clean up.