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CNC Programming Handbook, Third Edition Hardcover – November 26, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0831133474 ISBN-10: 0831133473 Edition: 3rd

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  • Hardcover: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Industrial Press, Inc.; 3 edition (November 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0831133473
  • ISBN-13: 978-0831133474
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 7.9 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is by far the best CNC book I have read to date.
Robert Salasidis
This book is great for CNC Programmers and CNC Machine operators.
Dustin J. Meckley
It is well prepared, very thorough, and clearly written.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Doug Robinson on August 11, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I have read close to 20 books on CNC programming and can honestly say that this is the only one that has covered both basic and advanced programming techniques for both mills and lathes. Mr. Smid obviously spent a lot of time in developing, writing, and completing this work. It is the best reference available today for Fanuc and EIA/ISO type programming standards. Well worth the price!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Robert Salasidis on August 17, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Excellent review of CNC machining. Talks about both mills and lathes. Very thorough description of all G-codes / M-codes as well as some less frequently covered items (sub programs etc). Deals primarily with Fanuc based controls, but info easily applicable to other CNC control as well. This is by far the best CNC book I have read to date.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Peter Eigler on October 29, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I am often in need of CNC reference material because I program CNC mills and lathes and also as my role as an instructor at college. Most machine manuals are confusing or written in Jinglish. Many CNC books on the market are out-dated, inaccurate, or too simplistic. This work by Peter Smid fills the void for the intelligent reader who craves to go beyond the simplistic concepts regurgitated in so many other books.
There is insightful discussion on all major CNC programming topics, with hundreds of examples and drawings to keep the reader informed and interested.
I use only this book in my CNC mill and lathe classes, though CNC texts by Mike Lynch or Valentino and Goldenberg are also quite good.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Chiu on May 12, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I run machine shop in Surrey B.C. We purchase 3 copys of this Book for staff. Very good book, full of knowledge, great for student or machinist. Best book I see in years for cnc.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brad Fullerton on October 22, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is loaded with knowledge and great advice. It helped me much in understanding programming and I like the book's layout and style.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ken daley on October 27, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I began CNC programming more than 15 years ago and until recently felt that I knew enough. Our company bought some modern CNC equipment and I have to upgrade. I bought some other CNC books and this one is the best and most logical one on the market.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Norman L. Bleier on April 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I bought "CNC Programming Handbook" and found it useful. It does a credible job of explaining Fanuc tape code. It might be the best of its genre of CNC programming books but like most of its kind the only thing contemporary about it is its date of publication. Otherwise, it is a throw back to the late 1970's and early 1980's when CNC could get along with a dearth of explanations and explanations that were hardly rigorous. For example: 1) Mr. Smid brings forward a 50 year definition of Numerical Control that is just as useless today as it was in its time. 2) He doesn't define interpolation; the word does not even appear in the book's appendix. 3) There is no discussion of servo and associated topics like proportional negative feedback control and following error. 4) Mr. Smid keys his explanation of CNC Cartesian systems with reference to "Home" as if this word has meaning. Words like reference return and machine zero have meanings established by CNC configuration functions but the word "Home" has meaning only in context. Operators will call "Home" a variety of machine positions such as tool change positions and load stations. (Even in the assumed meaning of "Home" as synonymous with machine reference how would a programmer or operator clarify the "Home" position on an axis with distance coded scales?) 5) The book does not dissociate machine reference (a landmark position) from the machine zero position (associated with the machine coordinate system which is the "ground" system of the coordinate system hierarchy). Even in the early 1980's Fanuc CNC had machine setup parameters to specify the reference return point as a point in the machine coordinate system. 6) The idea of a hierarchy of Cartesian systems (frames) is beyond the books comprehension.Read more ›
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Larry on February 25, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Please ignore the childish comments about minor typo errors. They come from someone who feels that Evidences is a word.....
I enjoyed this book, and made it suggested reading at my class. Technical books are to be judged on content and merit, areas where Mr. Smid has excelled with his CNC Programming Handbook.
Larry Marcantonio, Professor, Advanced Mechanical Studies
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