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Does the System M3X support g-codes?
Yes
What g-codes are supported?
What post-processor does my CAM system need?
The System M3X supports g-codes very similar to the Fanuc 6-18 M (mill) controls. G-code from these post-processors will run with little or no modification.
Does the System M3X have conversational programming?
System M3X Frequently asked questions Does the System M3X support g-codes? Yes What g-codes are supported? G-CODE LIST What post-processor does my CAM system need? The System M3X supports g-codes very similar to the Fanuc 6-18 M (mill) controls. G-code from these post-processors will run with little or no modification. Does the System M3X have conversational programming? Yes. The System M3X comes with CPS, our conversational programming software. CPS generates a g-code file from a list of events, which you create. The events can be added, edited, re-ordered, or deleted as you require. A graphical display is available to show the tool path, scaled to fit the screen , at all times. CPS is designed to generate g-code files for simple parts easier and faster than a CAM system, or writing code by hand. MORE INFO ON CPS
What are the advantages of a System M3X knee mill?
Can the System M3X run on single phase power?
All System M3X controls with spindle speed control can be run on single or 3 phase power, 208-220 volts.
Does the System M3X support DNC?
Yes. The System M3X comes with utilities to send and receive files via the RS-232 (serial) port. “Drip-feeding” is not necessary, because the System M3X can load files up to 2 GB. Directly.
What I/O does the System M3X have?
The System M3X comes with 2 RS-232 (serial) ports, 1 parallel (printer) port, and a 1.44 Mb. 3 ½” floppy drive. A network card can be added as an option.
Does the System M3X have a DRO (digital readout) mode? How does it work?
Yes. The DRO mode can be selected from the jog menu. Once in the DRO mode, the position of each axis is displayed in large characters. The servo motors for the x and y axes can be turned on and off to permit hand-cranking the table. The DRO can be set to display any number (i.e.: zero, .375, 1.0000, etc.) and then, is updated when you turn the hand cranks. When you finish your manual machining, press escape to return to the jog menu. The servo motors are automatically re-engaged, and the display is returned to the automatic part position.
How fast can the System M3X rapid/machine?
The System M3X is normally capable of X and Y travels up to 240 inches per minute, and 100 inches per minute in Z. Higher speed OR higher torque/lower speed options can be special ordered.
What kind of tooling is available?
Because the System M3X runs the knee for the z axis, the quill is “free”, and there are many tooling options. Tooling systems can be selected which use quill movement up and down to change tools (i.e.: Snap Change, Mach-1, etc.), or require the quill to be in a fixed position (i.e.: power drawbar), or can be changed in any position (i.e.: Erickson Quick-Change, Universal, Easy Change, etc.).
Why should I buy a three axis machine instead of a 2 axis machine?
To be a fully automatic CNC machine, you must control all three axes. As you automate a manual machine to CNC, you add accuracy, repeatability, and speed. If you do not fully automate all three axes, your speed and accuracy capabilities remain that of a manual mill.
What does 3 or 4 synchronous axes mean?
The System M3X can make an interpolated move in 3 or 4 (with 4th axis rotary option) axes at the same time. This allows you to mill complex surfaces, like molds. Many of our competitors claim to support 3 axes, but they can only move in 2 axes at the same time.
Why do you drive the knee for the Z axis?
Can I add a 4th axis rotary table at a later date?
Yes. All of the System M3X front panel controls are wired for 4 axis operation. If you have a definite interest in 4 axis operation at a later date, you can order the 4th axis pre-wire option, which makes the 4th axis easily field installed.
How long have you been in business?
CNC Automation, Inc. has been in business, under the same ownership, since 1986.