CNC Machine Training

If you’re like me, you’ve often taken some of your free time pandering around the internet for CNC machine related topics and information.  Maybe you own your own shop and are searching for CNC replacement parts or used CNC machines?  Maybe you’re looking for a quick tip on some g code, or even some help on a troublesome alarm?  No matter what it is you are looking for, if you start Google-ing around you’ll eventually encounter links for CNC crash videos.

About once a week I’ll find myself watching a CNC crash video while getting the sleep out of my eyes and slurping down a couple cups of coffee.  These video’s make it easy for one to sit behind their screen, laugh and shake their head, and mumble to themselves about all the morons in the world.  I’m guilty of it myself.  But I’ve been thinking about these video’s a little different lately.

CNC Crash Video’s: What Are They Really Showing Us?

We’ve all had our bad days, am I right?  Made some rookie mistake and cost ourselves, or the company we work for, time and money.  Replacement parts add up fast, and while it’s a fact of life that things are going to break from time to time, it always hurts when it’s the outcome of a preventable mistake.   

So, when you see one of these crash video’s, do you see yourself at some distant point in the past?  If not, count yourself lucky.  

What I’ve started thinking when watch these crash videos is the importance of training.  Yeah, like we all need another CNC Machine and safety training meeting, right?

Yes, we do.

The Importance of CNC Machine Training

Periodic training sessions carry a number of positives.  First and foremost it puts information at the forefront of our minds.  Yes, a session may cover a topic most of the shop already knows, but it may just brush the dust off of it as well.  We carry a lot of knowledge in our heads, and it’s often that some of that is used only on rare occasions.  Nothing wrong with brushing it up, giving it a nice new mental veneer.  It’s simple refreshment that can often save yourself time and money.  It’s easy to forget the small things…and often that is where refreshment training saves us time and money.

Also, sessions like these often lead to related topics and discussion that open the door for the whole shop to learn and benefit.  


Let us not forget the newbies  in our shops.  No matter how industrious and sharp and driven, he/she is going to make some blunders.  Hopefully of the less expensive kind.  Added training and mentorship is where my thinking lay when it comes to the young-in’s in our industry.  By taking the time (and yes, short-tern expense) to aid and mentor them in their learning, we all benefit.  Not only do we save ourselves money in the long term, we help craft better CNC machinists and operators.  

That benefits everyone in the CNC manufacturing industry.

Whether you’re clocking hours in a Haas CNC machine shop or a DIY CNC enthusiast experimenting in your garage, periodic training and discussion pay’s dividends in the long-term.  

Your Turn:

Do you believe that periodic training sessions, say, once per month, are a benefit to your shop?  Let me know in the comments!






CNC Machine Safety

I was over at The CNC Report earlier today and a video  posted on the front page caught my eye.  Basically  a couple of kids messing around with a lathe and one of them literally gets thrown over and his foot caught in the chuck.  Big laughs all around.  I know the saying, boy’s will be boy’s, but this is no laughing matter.  That  kid was  lucky it was in low gear or he could have lost his foot.  You can see the idiocy below:



Okay, so do I sound like your old shop teacher yet?

Hey, I was young once.  I’d watch safety video’s like this one and crack jokes with the rest of the guys.  Outside joking in the classroom I took this stuff seriously.  Getting lackadaisical around these machines can cost you an appendage or even your life.  Whether you’re working on a CNC machine or lathe in a large shop or just pursuing a CNC hobby, we all have to be mindful of what we are doing and to never treat our machines as play toys.

CNC Machine Safety Pointers


Since I’m harping on safety you can find a pdf with general safety do’s and don’ts here: SAFETY.  While many of these are common sense I’d like to emphasize one of them that some people, particularly some of the newer guys out there, don’t seem to get.

Never Wear Gloves.

Your Turn:

How about you?  Do you have a recommended CNC Machine safety pointer you’d like to share?  If so, let me know in the comments!