How to Operate the CNC Machine i5 M4 for Beginners

The manufacturing process involves the creation of products, initially using conventional machines. However, as time progresses, production has shifted towards automated machinery, one of which is the CNC i5 M4 machine.

In the manufacturing industry, CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machines employ inputted programs to determine the movement of cutting tools.

An automated CNC machine, primarily used for milling processes, is the CNC i5 M4 machine. It serves the purpose of creating products with specific shapes, utilizing cutting tools known as cutters.

Typically, these machines find application in various industries such as automotive, spare parts, and others. Their popularity stems from their ability to craft products with complex shapes while minimizing defects.

So, how do you operate it, and what preparations are necessary? Here’s a comprehensive overview.

Things to Prepare

To begin with, operators need to pay attention to several factors before starting to operate the CNC i5 M4 machine. These include the dimensions of the workpiece, the type of workpiece material, and the basic G-CODE commands. Let’s take a closer look at each of these:

1.Workpiece Dimensions

If you want to start using the CNC i5 M4 machine, it’s essential to first consider the dimensions of the raw material or the stock material that will be processed. The dimensions to be noted are related to the length (L), width (W), thickness (T), and the weight of the material.

Why is it necessary to pay attention to these factors? Basically, all machines have a maximum size capacity that they can handle, and the CNC i5 M4 machine is no exception.

Here is the data regarding the dimensions that the CNC i5 M4 machine can accommodate.

Spesificationi5 M4.5i5 M4.8
X/Y/Z Axis Travel1000/610/650 mm1300/700/700 mm
Table Size1200×500 mm1400×700 mm
Max. Load600 Kg1000 Kg

By ensuring that the workpiece material is within the machine’s capacity, the production process will be more efficient and effective.

2. Types of Workpiece Material

Before we use the machine to create a product, it’s important to know the type of material our workpiece is made of.

We need to determine whether the material is metal, wood, nylon, or something else because the choice of cutting tools depends on the workpiece material.

For an efficient machining process, the type of cutting tools should match the type of workpiece material because certain cutting tool materials may not be suitable for certain workpiece materials.

3. Basic G-CODE Commands

Once we have an understanding of the machine specifications and the type of workpiece material, it’s also essential to be familiar with basic G-CODE commands. Why is it necessary for us, as operators, to have basic knowledge of G-CODE?

G-Code is a set of commands used to control the system within the machine, such as moving the cutting tool and other functions. Basic commands that operators need to know include zero return (returning to the initial position), turning on the spindle, and more.

Setting Up and Operating the CNC Machine

After operators have learned what needs to be prepared before starting the CNC i5 M4 machine, the next step is to operate the machine.

There are various steps to be followed when using the CNC i5 M4 machine. Here are the necessary steps:

1. Pre-Start

The first step is to power on the machine. In this process, the control panel system, pneumatic system, and machine lights need to be turned on.

2. Set Home

The next step is to set the home position on the machine. Setting the home position aims to return the cutting tool to its initial position, which can be set according to specific requirements or follow the machine’s default settings.

3. Check Cutting Tools

Inspect the condition of the cutting tools on the machine. Ensure they are in good condition for the machining process to proceed smoothly. Poor tool conditions can lead to workpiece damage and workplace accidents.

4. Install Workpiece on the Machine

Next, install the workpiece on the fixture within the machine. Make sure the workpiece is securely fastened.

5. Perform Calibration

Once the workpiece is installed, perform calibration on the machine using calibration tools, such as centrofix. Calibration is crucial to prevent errors during the machining process.

6. Set the Origin Point

One of the most important steps is to set the origin point of the cutting tool on the workpiece. This involves adjusting the gap between the cutting tool and the workpiece.

It’s essential as it determines the final dimensions of the desired product. Incorrect settings may result in errors.

7. Input Program

After all the above steps, input the pre-designed program into the machine, typically generated through design software like CAM.

8. Run the Program

Click “start” to execute the program. Pay close attention to the machine’s movements, observing every detail. Stay vigilant near the emergency button in case of abnormal movements.

9. Check Workpiece Condition

Once the program stops, inspect the overall condition of the workpiece. Ensure that dimensions, appearance, and smoothness meet the specified criteria.

Solo Abadi as a Manufacturing Company

One of the companies operating in the field of manufacturing industry is Solo Abadi. Solo Abadi is a manufacturing company that has been established since 2005 and has produced a wide range of products that have reached international markets.

The first successful product marketed by Solo Abadi was under the brand “Light,” which is a tool used in cigarette production. This brand is capable of assigning production codes to cigarette packaging, separating tobacco, and separating paper.

As a manufacturing company, Solo Abadi possesses several advanced machines to support its production activities. These include machines like the CNC i5 M4 machine, as well as other CNC machines like laser cutting, lathe, and bending machines. All these machines are utilized to enhance production capabilities at Solo Abadi, ensuring the production of high-quality products.

Currently, Solo Abadi’s focus is on the production of healthcare equipment such as anthropometric chairs, metrisis tools, and stunting kits. These products are part of Solo Abadi’s initiative to address the issue of stunting in Indonesia. For more information about our products, you can visit our website at Solo Abadi or contact us via WhatsApp.

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