CNC07003 2015 Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM/CNC) 302

General Details

Full Title
Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM/CNC) 302
Transcript Title
75 %
Subject Area
CNC - CNC Machining
MENG - Mech. and Electronic Eng.
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2015 - Full Academic Year 2015-16
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Stephen Reid, Brian Hanrahan
Programme Membership
SG_EPREC_B07 201500 Bachelor of Engineering in Precision Engineering and Design SG_EPREC_B07 201500 Bachelor of Engineering in Precision Engineering and Design SG_EPREC_J07 201700 Bachelor of Engineering in Precision Engineering and Design SG_EPREC_B07 201800 Bachelor of Engineering in Precision Engineering and Design SG_EPREC_B07 201900 Bachelor of Engineering in Precision Engineering and Design SG_EPREC_J07 201900 Bachelor of Engineering in Precision Engineering and Design

This module is designed to  further enhance a students skills in the area of Computer aided manufacture (CAM) and CNC machining. The aim of this module is to give the student the skills to manufacture complex precision components using CAD/CAM software and be able to preform complex setups and operate CNC machining centres. The main focus of this module is 3D and muti-axis machining. It also introduces basic CNC Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM).


Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Create 3D solids and surfaces using CAD/CAM software.


Select appropiate tooling and be able to preform tooling setup.


Select relevant machine type using CAM software and select appropiate toolpaths and machining operations and create CNC program.


Preform setup of machine upload CNC progam and operate machine.


Demonstrate an understanding of basic  CAD/CAM programming as applied to Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM) technologies.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Practical delivery and learning

Module Assessment Strategies

Practical evaluation of assignments

Repeat Assessments

Failure of this module require to repeat attend

Indicative Syllabus

Health & Safety

Health and safety standards and regulations, Safety signs & signals, CNC Workshop health & safety precautions, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

CNC Machines

CNC mill, CNC lathe, CNC turning centre, CNC EDM, CNC Wire EDM, CNC machine selection, Machine capacity, Machine accuracy and repeatability, Tooling Capabilities, Coolant application, Workholding, Importation of machining code files using Floppy Disk/ USB Drive and DNC Link System. Operation of machines, CNC Controller, Programme Input/Editing, Machine Initialisation, Tool geometry Offsets, Work Origin Setting, Speeds/Feeds setting, Upload/Download functions, Work and Tool holding. Manual Operation of CNC machines.


Tool type selection; eletrode, wire, turning tools groving tools, face mill, end mill, slot drill, drill, tap etc. Tool material selection; HSS, carbide etc. Tool holders; driven tooling, collet, weldon, heat shrink etc. Tool geometry; length, diameter, number of flutes, flute length etc.

Geometry creation & 3D  Solid/surface creation

Define geometry using lines, circles, arcs, fillets, chamfers etc. Use of geometry modifiers, trim, break, join, explode etc. Use of geometry translations, offsets, mirror image, rotations etc. Ceate 3D solid/surface creation; extrude, extrude cut, revolve, sweep, shell etc. Import solid models IGES and DXF files from other CAD applications.


Creation of tool paths for contours, pockets, islands, drilling, tapping, roughing and finishing, facing, thread, grove, part off, 3D surface rough & finish, C-axis machining, Post Processing to produce CNC programmes, Graphical Simulation of machining files. Create set up sheets.


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Practical Evaluation of Assignments Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 100 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Laboratory Practical Engineering Laboratory CAM 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources





Barry Leatham-Jones

Introduction to Computer Numerical Control



CAM Software Writers

Programming and Instruction Manuals



CNC Machine Suppliers

Programming and Operation Manuals







Other Resources


Additional Information