- Paperback: 500 pages
- Publisher: Industrial Press, Inc.; 3 edition (April 30, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0831133163
- ISBN-13: 978-0831133160
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.2 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
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Currently, Ken Evans is the lead Machine Tool Technology instructor at the Davis Applied Technology College in Kaysville, Utah. He has been employed there as full-time faculty for more than fifteen years. He teaches foundational through advanced machining curriculum including Mastercam CAD/CAM classes for regular students, other educators and private industry. He is certified to teach the Project Lead the Way course, Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM). Ken was the Training and Applications Specialist for a local machine tool distributor in Salt Lake City for 6 years where he taught Mazatrol Conversational programming classes for their customers. He was one of the nations first Mazatrol Programming instructors to work with a distributor and is certified by MAZAK. In addition, Ken trains other educators, from around the region how to set-up, program and operate their CNC Machines.
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It then presents a chapter on the control panel and it's functions. Again, very brief on many of the features and it describes a control panel I have personally never seen so to find invaluable. It has many of the common features of a regular panel but arranged in a manner I have yet to see in my line of work as a CNC machinist. For this particular knowledge I would recommend Peter Smid's CNC control set-up which contains hundreds of pages dedicated solely to the function of the panel.
The next chapter is on lathes. As I am a mill machinist, i have not read or am able to comment on it's quality in any manner.
Naturally, milling is the next chapter and here I am disappointed with the quality of information here. Peculiarly, it often uses g92 as it's work coordinate setting in its programs. This is not what a machinist will usually see in the trade and is a bad way to approach the subject of work offsets. G54 is what is most common and should have been addressed before G92. For a good portion of the G-code explanations, there is decent knowledge being put in the readers head, but as a machinist I find them to be only the bare bones examples with few concrete examples to really push some concepts into the readers head. It lacks a lot of real world familiarity within the examples and comes off as almost entirely theoretical at times. Cutter compensation is given only 2 pages of text where it could stand to use almost an entire chapter on its own due to the widespread use of cutter-comp in machine shops. The diagrams it displays often do not have text complimenting what the pictures are attempting to show. It's as if the book wanted to be much longer but what was cut short to save pages. There is a very obvious an unfortunate reason for this as well and it becomes clear in the subsequent chapters.
What follows is what I consider arbitrary chapters on CAM systems and Mazatrol panels. These are subjects deserving nothing more than a reference in a book that attempts to focus on manual programming of machines. Instead, it consumes 90 pages (or almost 25% o the entire text) of the book. It attempts to show you within these 90 pages how to program parts by utilizing CAM softwares and Mazatrol (a programming approach that does not use necessarily use G-codes, a different language in essence). In no way is this possible by dedicating less than 45 pages to each. These subjects are deserving of their own books entirely and if the author is as educated as the book claims him to be, then that is what should have been done. Instead, this book attempts to be an encyclopedia on CNC machining knowledge in some sort of way and falls hard and short of that attempt.
My motivation of purchase was to read the section on the Mazatrol programming language and unfortunately even after reading it in its entirety, I feel almost no more educated about the subject than I was when I first picked it up.
The two stars in this review are merited based on a quantitative review of the content rather than a qualitative analysis. In short, if you want a poor quality basket of CNC knowledge and have limited to no prior knowledge then this can be a good yet begrudging read. Otherwise this book serves no purpose being reprinted a fourth time if not to correct its shortcomings it presents in the third.