Maintenance shops, tool rooms, and CNC training programs can use the CNC to minimize the need for G-code part programming while teaching axis movement though X and Z planes. Manual guidance also can assist operators who are familiar with manual lathes, but don't have adequate CNC experience, especially in shops that are changing over from manual operations to CNCs.
The program also can be used to check programs by displaying animated toolpaths over a solid model with workpiece rotation and zoom functions.
As users become more comfortable with CNC operation, they can progress from manual and guidance cutting to single cuttings and then full cycle cutting. Canned cycles can also be used for common tasks, and the CNC automatically generates the G-codes from the movements to create a part program.
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