Numerical Control Part Programming
While it is possible to accumulate the necessary knowledge required for part programming without formal guidanve, the most efficient means is by attending a formal training course or by undertaking a careful and sequential review of academic information, such as that ocntained in this book. The text has, therefore, been designed primarily for use in the classroom and includes a goodly number of exercised and quetions. The "self learner" will also find the text beneficial since special consideration has been given to a gradual build-up of the technology, with practice exercises and answers helping the student to put his knowledge to a test. In addition to a detailed study manual part programming, the text covers the role of the computer in part programming, an important consideration since approximately 55% of all numerical control machine tools are being programmed with the aid of a computer; and this percentage is expected to rise significantly. The particular computer part programming language selected for illustration is the APT, or Automatically Programmed Tool, language, as it is the most widely used. It is incumbent upon anyone connected with a numerical control operation to become familiar with the principles of part programming. This book not only offers the groundwork for suture part programmers, but also serves as a highly useful guide to anyone connected with numerical control operation, including shop supervisors, managers, methods engineers, design engineers, computer programmers, and machine tool operators.