[Have you got a CAD program and learned how to use it? That's the usual starting place. After that, you need to learn how to operate MasterCAM, or whatever other CAM program you decide on. Actually running the machines is the easy part...]Hello all!! First I want to say this forum is just awesome and I am happy to be a member.
Well I finally bought my first mill and lathe and jumped in with bolth feet and now its sink or swim. I want to show you my setup and see what you guys think and ask you a couple questions about it.
Taig 2019CR-ER Cnc Mill
er16 spindle option
Gecko g540 stepper driver running at 48volts/Gecko 4 axis control box
Low inductance Nema 23 270oz bipolar stepper motors for x, y, z
4th Axis Trunion Table with 280oz steeper motor and a 3.25 chuck
I also purchased a Sherline CNC lathe from IMservice.
I plan on using these machines on aluminum, some wood and a small amount of steel.
So my questions are these
What end mills do I need or what end mill kit should I get that will include everything I might need (To get started)?
[That really depends on what you plan to do with all this machinery. Each different kind of material needs somewhat different cutters, although there's some overlap. And while contour carving is done with ball-end tools, 2.5d machining is mostly done with flat-end tools, and engraving uses pointy tools. If you're doing rough work, you'll want bigger tools, but for fine work smaller ones. ]
Will I need to do flood cooling? If so where can I buy a flood cooling kit at and enclosure?
[You don't need to, but it can be helpful for some things. It makes a big mess, so you'll need to shield your electrics. You can't use regular water, because all the steel parts will rust; you need a soluble oil of some sort. I don't know of any all-in-one flood cooling and enclosure kits for the Taig; that's something most people cobble together for themselves.]
I have access to a copy of mastercam, is this good cam software to use and is there any other recomendations on cam software?
[It's certainly good software, but it definitely has a learning curve to it. Again, the software you use is dictated by what you're trying to do. I have some other recommendations on my site.]
What is the best resource to learn about CNC (Besides this forum of coarse)?
[Most CNC books try to teach you how to write G-code by hand. If you want to learn MasterCAM, you need a book or other instructional materials specific to that program.]
Can you recommend a good kit for my CNC lathe too?
[Kit? For flood cooling or what?]
Anything I need to do or upgrade to these machines to make them reliable and compatent?
[The machines themselves should be fairly reliable, but it's you who need to become competent in whatever it is you're trying to do. What do the people who sold you all this stuff have to say? Where did you get a trunion table for the Taig?]
Sorry for the long post and all the questions. Just really excited to get into the world of CNC and need to know where to start.
Thanks in advance!