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Make: Getting Started with CNC By Edward Ford

O'Reilly.com

The definitive introduction to working with affordable desktop and benchtop CNCs.

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The CNC Cookbook: An Introduction to the Creation and Operation of Computer Controlled Mills, Router Tables, Lathes, and More

Amazon.com

This is a really good introduction to CNC. It's well written and understandable. It will help you understand some of the vocabulary and gives a good introduction to CNC.

A tutorial sample is available on the website Feeds and Speeds Tutorial for CNC.

The NIST RS274/NGC Interpreter

Hobbyist CNC Machining --- Wikibook (nascent)

CNC router evaluation procedures by Edward L. Adams

G codes for the specification of Pythagorean-hodograph tool paths --- Academic paper discussing how curves, arcs and circles are handled and the consequences of representing them as polygons or polylines.

Curve fitting with arc splines for NC toolpath generation --- Yeung, Millan K; Walton, Desmond J, Computer Aided Design. Vol. 26, no. 11, pp. 845-849. 1994

CNC Handbook --- HSMWorks (Solidworks) on-line help file covering CNC basics

Setup Reduction Through Effective Workholding by Edward G Hoffman

Complete EDM Handbook

Low-Cost Micromachining Development and Application for Engineering and Technology Education --- Paper on the development of a micro-machining tool with a 2" x 2" x 2" work area

http://engineersedge.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/28

CNC Programming Handbook by Peter Smid

Japanese gitbook: https://www.gitbook.com/book/fablabsendai/how-to-use-shapeoko/details

References

File Formats

SVG

http://www.oreilly.com/web-platform/free/modern-svg.csp?download=yes&order=1534866

Journals

http://www.journals.elsevier.com/computer-aided-design

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/08906955

https://a-e-mag.com/ --- Awards & Engraving industry magazine --- mostly focused on laser engraving, but covers other topics.

CAD

History

http://www.cadhistory.net/ originally published as The Engineering Design Revolution https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17203585-the-engineering-design-revolution-cad-history

Digital Fabrication

makers by Chris Anderson --- discusses “the next manufacturing revolution as home fabrication and talks about desktop CNC machines, 3D printers, &c.”[1]

Fab: The Coming Revolution on Your Desktop--from Personal Computers to Personal Fabrication by Neil Gershenfeld --- examines history of the implications of affordable fabrication, including the origin of pyCAM.

Future

Can Emerging Technologies Make a Difference in Development? By Rachel A. Parker (Editor), Richard P. Appelbaum (Editor)

Machining

American Machinists’ Handbook and Dictionary of Shop Terms: A Reference Book of Machine Shop and Drawing Room Data, Methods and Definitions by Fred H. Colvin and Frank A. Stanley Second Edition (last version which has entered the public domain and become freely distributable) https://www.reddit.com/r/CNC/comments/43qbv1/best_edition_of_machinerys_handbook/ --- not the Industrial Press’s Machinery’s Handbook now in the 29th edition, see below.

Machinery’s Handbook 29th edition --- a 2800 page book full of useful information from Trigonometry to Speeds and Feeds and much more. Earlier editions can be picked up used on eBay for reasonable prices.

Modern Machine Shop's Handbook for the Metalworking Industries by Woodrow W. Chapman --- often suggested as a suitable up-date for the 21st century shop.

Use of air cooling and its effectiveness in dry machining processes

Text-book of advanced machine work --- Written by an M.I.T. professor at the turn of the previous century. Includes many tips on machining.

Metalsmithing for the Artist-Craftsman

Setup Reduction Through Effective Workholding by Edward G Hoffman

A number of U.S. Army manuals on metal-working have been written, and since published by the U.S. Government are in the public domain. One place which they are available at is opensourcemachine.org:

http://www.reddit.com/r/CNC/comments/36kdq2/history_of_machiningcnc/crwu5kf

Mechanical Practice by United States. Radio matériel school, Washington, D.C. United States. Bureau of Naval Personnel.

Metal Cutting Theory and Practice (Manufacturing Engineering and Materials Processing) 2nd Edition by David A. Stephenson (Author), John S. Agapiou (Author)

Home Machinist's Handbook by Doug Briney

Metal Lathe for Home Machinists by Harold Hall

Metalworking: Doing it Better and Metalworking Sink or Swim by Tom Lipton

Machine Shop Trade Secrets by James A. Harvey

Casting

The Flowerpot Crucible Furnace

Interesting Reddit thread about melting 6061 aluminum cans, dross and other issues: https://www.reddit.com/r/Machinists/comments/3606n6/anyone_know_what_type_of_aluminum_soda_cans_are/cra2a3n

Woodworking

(Please see Wood under Materials below)

Lathes

http://www.sawg.org.nz/tipsnjigs/

Joinery

(Please also see the section below on CNC Joinery)

V-carving References

http://www.vectric.org/video/aspire4-vcp7/2d-25d-techniques/D07/VCarve_Inlay_Description_and_Procedure.pdf [2]

Finishing

  • _Understanding Wood Finishing_ by Bob Flexner[3]
  • _ Wood Finishing 101_ --- free on KindleUnlimited[4]

Materials

Plastics

Wood

Similarly, the U.S. Forestry Service has many publications on wood. One especially useful example is, Wood Handbook: Wood as an Engineering Material (Centennial Edition).

UK take on it here:http://www.laver.co.uk/content/timber-pdf-downloads (Timber%20properties.pdf seems to no longer be available)

http://www.wood-database.com/book/

Furniture Designs

https://books.google.com/books/about/Mission_furniture.html?id=SdMXAAAAYAAJ

Lasercutting

_Laser-Beam Interactions with Materials_ by Martin von Allman [5]

CNC Joinery

digital joints --- booklet describing joints cut using a CNC and their usage.

That is also linked at: Fabrication Techniques & Hardware: Joinery, q.v.

Motion

Handbook of Timing Belts and Pulleys PDF

507 Mechanical Movements: Mechanisms and Devices by Henry T. Brown --- the diagrams from this book are now available on-line in an animated form: http://507movements.com/

Appleton's dictionary of machines, mechanics, engine-work, and engineering : Illustrated with four thousand engravings on wood. Google Books

http://www.ohio.edu/people/williar4/html/PDF/MechanismAtlas.pdf

Collection of .pdfs: http://www.derekhugger.com/tools.html

Design

http://char.txa.cornell.edu/ Art, Design, and Visual Thinking

Graphics

Signs and letter-forms

  • Creative Lettering Today by Michael Harvey --- Republication of several classic works, Calligraphy in the Graphic Arts, Creative Lettering and Carving Letters in Stone & Wood with additional new information on digital letterforms. The computer information is specific to the Macintosh program FontStudio (no longer available), with occasional references to Fontographer, but includes mentionings of concepts simply not addressed anywhere else.
  • http://www.operina.com/

Leatherworking