CNC Machine Documentation

English: An example of a 5-Axis waterjet cutti...

English: An example of a 5-Axis waterjet cutting head used to cut complex 3-Dimensional parts on a CNC waterjet cutting machine. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m sure most of the more seasoned CNC machinists and operators out there have their go to places when looking for CNC machine manuals and the like.  We’ve all encountered a situation where we needed a quick reference after the shop brings in a used CNC, or that “new guy” misplaced the manual.  Though if you’re relatively new to the field, just starting out, or simply doing some investigating after being inspired by a DIY CNC project, you may not yet know where to go.

You’d think these companies, especially in this day and age, would make their manuals readily available on-line, but they seem to be few and far between.  Sure, there are plenty of shady looking websites where you can pay but we know we don’t want to do that.  Really, what good is a manual if you don’t own the machine.  Here are two places that are a sure fire bet  that’ll give you up to date information, specs, manuals, you name it.

CNC Machine Manuals and More

Just as the name say’s, I’m a Haas guy even though this site has a broad reach.  So naturally I’ll often drop into Haas Automation’s site.  You’ve got to be impressed with a company that has this much coverage.  YouTube channels, manuals, News, Facebook pages, etc.  More than I care to parse myself but I’m sure it’s all very useful.  What I wanted to specifically point out are the : Haas Automation Manual Updates. Great resource for our Haas folks out there.

Keeping with the broad reach of this site:  FadalCNC.com has a huge collection of Fadal manuals on line for your convenience   Fadal CNC machine parts manuals, operator and quick reference manuals, maintanence manuals, and more.  Hey, for our CNC brothers in Mexico they have manuals available in Spanish as well.

Forums.  Don’t forget to check the CNC forums.  There are a lot of persons looking for and sharing manuals on just about all of the CNC machine and DIY CNC hobby forums.

Your Turn

How about yourself, do have a favorite place to locate CNC machine manuals?  Let us know in the comments below!  To all my stateside brothers and sisters, have a great Memorial Weekend and remember to take some time to observe those that have made the ultimate sacrifice for our well-being.

 

Update:  From the G+ CNC Machining and Manufacturing Community I’ve an addition to the list:  CNC Alarms.com where you can look up  CNC Machine Alarms and error Codes for Fanuc, Mitsubishi, Yasnac and more.

Haas Machine Faq’s for those who DIY CNC

If you’re like me, when it comes to your Haas CNC machine maintenance and replacement you want to do it yourself. There is nothing more satisfying than knowing the in’s and outs of your machine. When you repair and maintain your own CNC machines you not only save yourself some real money, but you gain a better understanding of your CNC machines personality. Yes, as any operator worth his salt can tell you, each  machine is an entity in and of itself.

Haas CNC DIY maintenance

image via ToneAudio.com

image via ToneAudio.com

Haas Automation has a faq column called The Answer Man  that pulls questions from their CNC Machining Magazine.  According to the site description these are legitimate questions posted by  machinists and answered by their application engineers.

Now granted some of the questions are pretty basic, but if you’re just starting out in diy CNC, then you may be able to find some worthwhile information here.  The site also has Haas CNC video’s, CNC tutorials, and links to other CNC machine related information and documentation.