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Forum topic by JMH23 posted 11-14-2012 01:20 AM 1055 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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11-14-2012 01:20 AM

Hello all,

I am very new to the woodworking scene and I am loving every minute of it. I was fortunate enough to find myself working on a ranch this summer with numerous woodworking tools. The basic foundation of the ranch is to maintain a healthy forest with tree removal and forestry control. The question then became what to do with the tree’s that are down. Rather than sell these tree’s to the county we are trying to re-purpose them. We are once again fortunate to have a Lathe and a 5-Axis CNC machine to play with. We are all relatively new to the woodworking scene and teaching ourselves as we go, a process that is daunting and yet very exciting. I have started teaching myself Aspire, turbo-Cad, and other programs with their tutorials but I was curious if there was a better way to learn these programs, like a training program for either these programs or better yet a CNC training program. I have had a hard time finding anything online. This is obviously a large undertaking and I don’t expect to learn this overnight, I would, however, like to speed up the beginning process so I have a strong base to build off of.

Thanks for any advice

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#1 posted 11-14-2012 02:54 AM

You should be able to find tutorials on Turbocad online. There are a lot of Turbocad help forums and tutorials on the net, just Google Turbocad help forums and Turbocad tutorials.

As far as learning a cnc, I think that would best be done by the manufacture of the cnc or someone proficient with a particular cnc. We were taught by the manufactures of our cncs, and then you need to know some programming. We do all of our own programming and it takes some math skills, programming skills and then knowing the software you have to write the programs in to send to the cnc machines to do the work.Everyone in our shop is trained to run the cnc’s but only three of us can write the programs.

Why don’t you visit a shop that has a cnc or cnc’s and talk to them and let them run you through the cnc process from start to finish on their particular machine or machines.

Some tech schools offer cnc training classes so check that out in your area.

-- Bruce Free Plans

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