The “information superhighway” is a fantastic resource for information on computer numerical control (CNC). But there are still some great CNC books on the market that are worth reading and following to expand your knowledge of CNC and make you an expert in terms of using CNC machines. Consider reading these books:
1. CNC Trade Secrets by James Harvey
In this thorough guide to proven CNC machine practices, you’ll be producing machine parts faster, with minimal errors, and with much less manual work involved. With more than 100 color images throughout the text, it is very easy to follow steps for going from print to part utilizing CAD and CAM equipment. It explores useful techniques to create parts, G code methodologies, basics on 3D CNC milling, and challenges to improve your skills,
2. CNC Programming Handbook (3rd edition) by Peter Smid
This book is part of a series that has become a cornerstone of CNC machining and training. It is used by many CNC manufacturing professionals and is part of the curriculum in many CNC training programs at educational institutions worldwide. With more than 1,000 illustrations, tables, formulas, tips, shortcuts, and practical examples, this book is the perfect guide for all things CNC. From CNC mills to water jet cutters to plasma cutters, this text delves into all CNC production strategies.
3. Computer Numerical Control Simplified by Steve Krar and Arthur Gill
This CNC book is constructed with simple language that everyone can understand, even though the concept of CNC can be quite mind-boggling at times. This reference guide covers everything from CNC programming basics to bench-top teaching machines to industrial machining to milling and turning programming to a basic introduction to CAM and CAD programming. In fact, the book is originally packaged with computer software that allows the user to put CNC to practical use.
4. CNC Control Setup for Milling and Turning by Peter Smid
This text covers CNC technologies in practical detail. It features most of the common activities a typical CNC operator performs on a daily basis. It describes working with all types of offsets for milling and turning applications, interpretation of part programs, applying trial cuts, making program changes, and so much more. It also puts emphasis on troubleshooting many common problems that occur in CNC productions, by presenting methods to correct and prevent such issues.
5. CNC Programming Techniques by Peter Smid
This practical and informative resource guide covers several programming subjects, including how to program CAMs and tapered end mills. Other topics like cutter radius offset and thread milling are covered in great detail. The book presents detailed part programming suggestions for a variety of machining techniques and operations, numerous illustrations, charts, tables, and practical examples, and includes methods that can be applied to both CNC and CAM manufacturing processes.