Who works in manufacturing. programming or machining


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  • I do it all, program, setup and run a CNC machine daily.

    908 66.37%
  • I setup & run a machine, but I dont do much/any programming.

    94 6.87%
  • All I do is program CNC machines.

    140 10.23%
  • Im into CNC as hobby right now. It is not how I earn a living.

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    Default Who works in manufacturing. programming or machining

    I started out as a cnc operator/trainee. Did that for about 6 years, and have been programming cnc's full time for the last 7 years. Just wondering who else on cnczone works in manufacturing.

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    Been in the trade since 1975. Started on the burr bench. Started programming about 10 years ago. Been a full time programmer using MasterCam for last 7 years

    Insanity "doing the same thing and expecting a different result"
    Mark

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    15 years machining 5years programming one yearmanufacturing technician



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    6 years in shipping/recieving.
    5 years of set up, and operating. I also handled all tools for the shop, ordering, organizing, and stocking.
    It was real nice always haveing the exact tool I wanted for the job.
    3 of those years I was the assistant programer.
    I am currently the inspector.
    I still program every now and then, maybe two or three times a week.
    Mostly I inspect and make the process sheets to go along with our jobs.



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    took machining in HS since i was 16, made stuff for freinds in garage (Hotrods!) for about 10yrs, became auto mechanic 10yrs, then machinist/cnc operator for 2years, opened business its been about 7 years and now have lots of toys (10 machines!). ITs been a rollercoaster ride though! We are currently going up hill waiting for the next down turn saving our penny's.

    wouldn't trade it for anything!

    thanks
    Michael T.
    "If you don't stand for something, chances are, you'll fall for anything!"


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    worked weekends and summers sweepin chips n drilling holes at age 12 in my fathers shop quit school at gr 10 and worked at the shop conventional machining and taking the crap load for the shop machinists and welders.went out west and took on a shop foreman job at a fab shop machining came home and managed his shop for three years or so then bought it and have had it for 3 yrs now and still machining i love the job. I just bought my first cnc mill last week and this is how i found this site i think its great to share help and learn thanks a lot



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    I do all 3. Wouldn't accept anything else ! In our shop most operators don't



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    1 year at the machine shop, a few years in my own shop. I am the only one there who knows how to run cam programs
    other than that its a sweet shop.

    Jon



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    Hi Guys
    I started as an fitter and turner on a 4 year Apprentiship. 2nd year i was programming c.n.c. lathes. 4 years running them. Then went into production planning for 2 years only (could'nt handle sitting on my butt for that long ).
    Back out onto the floor as a programmer and planner with 7 c.n.c. lathes and 1 Vertical machining centre. Spent the next 8 years in that postion.
    My company them brought out their main compediter and i spent 1 year getting their machines up to speed, before they brought them over to our main factory and sold off the old one. Stayed for another year and then left to the place where i are currently working.
    I now run a Okuma MB56va machining centre, Fanuc wire cutter and Surface grinder and have got back onto the tools. Small toolroom in a company that has started to make their own press tools. Got out of the production side of things and now know i should of done it years ago.
    Now programme with Mastercam and love it.

    Cheers Darren



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    My machining career started 20 years ago on conventional mills & lathes and I still machine with the same Tree tool & die mill and Cadillac engine lathe. I started programming, setting up and running CNC machines 10 years ago when I started my own shop. In addition to machining and programming I do a lot of cad work. And I'm also the master broom pusher.



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    Hey darren,
    Welcome to the zone!!
    Good to see you here.


    PEACE



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    Most of my work involves program, setup and running of the cnc. Sometimes i need to design/redesign first then do progamming, setup and running of the cnc. I build my own jigs (i hate other people's jigs & fixtures, LOL!). Then sometimes i have to do project management on the stuff i source out.....

    *** KloX ***
    I'm lazy, I'm only "sparking" when the EDM is running....


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