Haas VF-3 CNC Mill

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HAAS VF-3

A vertical CNC machining center with 40" travel.

Basic Info

  • Ownership: i3Detroit (100%)
  • Location: In the back corner of the shop - You can't miss it. It is practically the only thing in that corner of the space.
  • What it looks like:

I3 HAAS.jpg

Manufacturer Information

  • Make/Model: HAAS VF-3
  • Part Number: not specified

Documentation

not specified

Rules

Must be on the list of operators to actually run the machine, but anyone can request a part to be cut.

Instructions

Users can follow this flowchart on the overall process.

Torq Cut Process Flowchart

Other References

Travels - 40" x 20" x 25"

Spindle Motor - 15 HP

Spindle RPM - 7500 RPM

Tool type - CAT40

Number of Positions on Tool Changer: 20

Max. Cutting Feed Rates: 200 IPM

Rapid Feed Rate: 450 IPM

Machine Weight

   - Mill Approx 12000 Lbs. 
   - Pallet Changer 4000 Lbs.

Maintenance

Maintenance is performed by the operators

Things that Need to be Done

  1. A pricing structure needs to be established. This is to cover consumables used in making parts for members.

FAQs

See below for a growing list of questions and answers.

Operators

Operator Name Trained By
Brian Wennberg *
John Anderson *
James Kemp *
Paul Kerchen *
Allen Majorovic *
  • Operators of the Torq-cut are also operators of the Haas and vice versa.

References for Operators

------- Work in Procress -------

FAQ

What types of files does the CNC support?

The CNC itself only takes G-Code from a generic text file. These need to be transferred to the machine via a serial link.

How can I transfer my G-Code file to the HAAS?

  1. Use TeraTerm (a free open-source serial program) to send / receive your G-Code text file(s).
    • Find the USB-to-Serial converter hanging inside the HAAS rolling tool cabinet.
    • Plug the USB-to-Serial converter onto the end of the grey DB-9 cable.
      • Verify the other end of the cable is plugged into the back of the HAAS on Comm-1.
    • Set TeraTerm to 38,400 baud, 8 bits, no parity. This is the max speed the HAAS can handle.
    • Use TeraTerm's ability to handle XMODEM to either send or receive text files to your computer.
      • Note, the XMODEM protocol will ensure the transfer is error free.
  2. Setup your G-Code text file.
    • On the HAAS, press "List Prog" to bring up a listing of all programs. Make sure your "O1234" program is not listed on the HAAS or you will overwrite someone's existing program.
    • The G-Code text file's first and last line must be a single '%' character. This is just a requirement of the Fanuc G-Code dialect the HAAS (and most CNC machines) use.
    • The second line of your text file must be in the form of "O1234 (Some Comment)" where "O" in "O1234" is the capital letter 'O' (Not a Zero) followed by a four digit number.
    • The comment, which is the text inside the parenthesis, will appear next to your "O1234" program on the HAAS so pick something informative.
  3. Transfer the File
    • Using TeraTerm, select the menu option "File > Transfer > XMODEM > Send". Use the TeraTerm pop-up dialog box to select your text file on your PC.
      • TeraTerm will open the file and then, using the XMODEM protocol, wait for the HAAS to respond.
    • On the HAAS, after pressing "List Prog", scroll/page-down to the bottom and get the cursor highlighting the word "All".
    • Press the HAAS button "RS-232 Recv.". The bottom of the HAAS display will show messages indicating percent complete as the transfer takes place.
      • The HAAS message might just be a flash if the program is short.
  4. Verify the transfer.
    • After the transfer is complete the HAAS places an "*" in front of the new "O1234" program name indicating it is the selected active program.
    • Press "Edit" to open the file on the HAAS for inspection.

A couple of notes, TeraTerm is already loaded on the Design Workstation near the HAAS. Using a thumb drive, you can use copy your G-Code file to the Design Workstation for xfer to the HAAS. The Design Workstation is also connected to the internet so you can use some internet cloud storage (think Dropbox) instead of a thumb drive.

How do I generate G-Code for the CNC?

There are a couple of different ways.

  1. Create a text file with the appropriate G & M Codes.
    • There is a program reference guide on the shelves back by the machine.
  2. Use a wizard to create the g-code for you.
    • There are a couple of g-code generators listed in the useful links on the main page for the CNC Shop.
  3. Use CAM software to create g-code from a 3D model.

What tips would you give in designing a part?

Design your part with the knowledge that you will need to hold in some fashion while it is being cut. Without proper hold downs it will be very hard to cut you part accurately.