CNC (Computer Numerical Control) programming software creates program codes and instructions to run machines and tools that are computer controlled. These machines use CNC codes and instructions to form, shape, refine, and finish parts in many different materials. If you want to learn CNC programming, you can study online or in a facility that offers computer-aided design and manufacturing. With advanced study and the completion of required courses, you can earn a certificate in many areas of CNC Design and Engineering. With one of these certificates, you can work as a CNC programmer, a machinist/operator, a tool and die maker, a mill, lathe, and/or turning operator, and/or other CNC designing and manufacturing positions. Here are some of the CNC courses that you can take to get a certificate in CNC Design and Engineering:
GCode Programming: GCode is the control language that directs all CNC machines. You can learn to read and write GCode to direct CNC machines to create specific parts for many industries. Many of these parts must be created in a progressive series of CNC machines. With a thorough understanding of GCode, you can program these machines to create any shape that is needed in different materials such as surgical stainless steel, titanium, aluminum, wood, foam, fiberglass, polypropylene, and other materials.
CAD/CAM Engineering: Computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing courses will teach you how to design and create products in two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) processes. You will learn to create precise 2D drawings and technical illustrations, as well as create functional 3D models. The end products that you create can be used in aerospace, architecture, the automotive industry, civil engineering, dentistry, fashion design, interior design, landscaping, mapping, medical prosthesis design, and many other industries.
CNC Mill and Lathe Machine Operations: These hands-on courses will teach you how to operate mills and lathes to create products. These courses are extensive and encompass the operations of many different machines. You will begin by learning the key concepts of design, proceed to the techniques of machining and finishing, and end with the final assembly of produced parts. Primary courses will teach you to operate these machines yourself and advanced courses will teach you how to design computer programs that can program these machines to operate without human intervention.
You can study CNC programs online and also in a college, university, or trade school. If you are interested in these programs and working as a designer or engineer in the CNC manufacturing industry, contact a facility that offers these courses to get information about entrance requirements, prerequisite courses, fees, and courses in their curriculum to receive a Certificate in CNC Design and Engineering. With this knowledge, you can design and create products that will directly advance the processes of many industries and make the world faster, better, and safer.