Industry Resources

CNC Machining Definition – Wikipedia 
The abbreviation CNC stands for computer numerical control, and refers specifically to a computer “controller” that reads G-code instructions and drives a machine tool, a powered mechanical device typically used to fabricate components by the selective removal of material. CNC does numerically directed interpolation of a cutting tool in the work envelope of a machine. The operating parameters of the CNC can be altered via software load program.

Information Sources:

Engineers Edge – Solutions By Design
An information source for engineers and manufacturers, includes engineering calculators, material information, design analysis, etc..

The Manufacturing Forum – CNC Machining     
A good source for information on various topics related to machining and manufacturing. Post your problems and get feedback from others in the industry.

CNC Zone – CNC Forum
Discuss CNC machining, Cad/cam software, home machining, and provides a large photo gallery, and product reviews.

Metal Weight Calculator – OnlineMetals.com
Input your workpiece dimensions and find your weight by volume.

Quality and Manufacturing Systems:

ASQ – American Society for Quality
ASQ is the world’s leading membership organization devoted to quality.

Lean Manufacturing – Wikipedia Definition 
Lean manufacturing is the production of goods using less of everything compared to mass production: less human effort, less manufacturing space, less investment in tools, and less engineering time to develop a new product. Lean manufacturing is a generic process management philosophy derived mostly from the Toyota Production System and other sources.

Six Sigma – Wikipedia Definition          
Six Sigma is a set of practices originally developed by Motorola to systematically improve processes by eliminating defects. A defect is defined as nonconformity of a product or service to its specifications.

ISO – International Organization For Standardization
“International Standards for Business, Government and Society” ISO is a network of the national standards institutes of 157 countries, on the basis of one member per country, with a Central Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland, that coordinates the system.

Zeiss Metrology – Carl Zeiss Industrial Metrology Shop 
A source for ordering high quality Carl Zeiss CMM tooling and accessories online.

CNC Machinery Links:

DOOSAN Machine Tools:
Doosan Infracore is one of the world’s largest machine tool builders. Doosan builds a complete range of high precision, high quality turning and machining centers, bridge mills, horizontal and vertical boring mills.

HAAS Automation – http://www.haascnc.com
The largest CNC machine tool builder in the World, Haas Automation manufactures a full line of CNC vertical and horizontal machining centers, CNC lathes, rotary tables and 5C indexers. Haas machine tools and rotary products are built to deliver higher accuracy, repeatability and durability than any other machine tools on the market.

Computer Automated Manufacturing

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) is the premier source for manufacturing knowledge, education and networking.

BCIT – Mechanical Engineering – Mechanical Manufacturing
A program that teaches students knowledge of production technologies, process automation, and material properties as well as modern manufacturing management strategies such as Material Resource Planning (MRP).

Mastercam – Computer Aided Manufacturing Software
Mastercam is the most widely used CAM software worldwide* and remains the program of choice among CNC programmers. At Ktech we use Mastercam to program our CNC lathes, CNC mills, and our CNC Mill / Turn machines.