Cnc Control Computer

Cnc Control Computer



CNC Control Computer
The Control Computer generally resides in​ the​ shop somewhere near the​ CNC machine it​ is​ controlling .​
Control Computers don’t have to​ be the​ top of​ the​ line,​ every bell and whistle type of​ computer .​
These are the​ workhorses .​
Save your money for a​ good design computer .​
You will save much more time having a​ fast computer for your designing.
A control computer doesn’t have to​ be that powerful for a​ few good reasons .​
It doesn’t have the​ workload .​
It takes G-Code and turns it​ into signals that it​ transmits to​ the​ Machine Controller .​
Turning G-Code into signals is​ not that labor intensive for a​ computer.
I have used multiple types of​ control computers .​
Everything from a​ 486 DOS running $30 special to​ a​ modern Dell with Windows XP .​
I​ have yet to​ try one with Vista .​
I​ will keep you posted .​
Generally I​ like to​ find a​ good used computer for a​ couple hundred bucks,​ wipe the​ hard drive and only load the​ control software onto the​ machine .​
That way you know what you have.
There is​ another good reason you don’t want to​ spend a​ lot of​ money here .​
This computer will usually be located in​ the​ shop .​
Dirt will be located in​ your shop .​
Using logic here,​ dirt will be located in​ your computer .​
If the​ computer does go belly up,​ you aren’t out your children’s college tuition.
Here is​ my strategy in​ a​ nutshell for Control Computers .​
The dirtier the​ job,​ the​ less money I​ spend on​ the​ computer .​
My plasma cutting computers are bought in​ the​ $40 range .​
They eat a​ lot of​ dust and dirt .​
I​ blow them out frequently .​
My wood routing computers are in​ the​ $100 dollar range .​
My milling machine computers usually are in​ the​ $200 range .​
Truth be told,​ they all last a​ very long time if​ you keep dirt,​ dust and plasma smoke out of​ them.
How is​ the​ CNC Control Computer used?
The control computer has the​ control software loaded on​ it .​
You start up the​ control software then load up the​ CNC Program you created .​
When you do this,​ the​ G-Code will be visible and ready to​ go .​
Once you prep your CNC Machine and zero it​ out,​ you can begin your cycle .​
a​ cycle is​ usually completing one CNC Program,​ which is​ a​ machining sequence .​
You will also hear the​ term Cycle Time on​ the​ professional side of​ CNC a​ lot more .​
The quicker you can get the​ cycle time,​ the​ more parts you can make .​
And yes,​ that translates to​ more money.
Back in​ the​ good old days of​ Home CNC,​ everything was transferred on​ a​ disk .​
Now I​ have seen people include their Control Computers on​ their home computer network and transfer the​ files needed wirelessly .​
At a​ very minimum,​ get a​ good jump drive and transfer things back and forth that way.
CNC has become a​ very popular hobby and more and more people are starting to​ hop on​ the​ band wagon of​ CNC .​
Its a​ fun hobby and easy to​ do from your very own home with just a​ little elbow grease and creative mind.




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