Torqcut Start-up procedure
Bridgeport CNC Mill
Oh, please, some merge this into Torqcut.
Obligatory but sincere warning
This is a computer-controlled milling machine. That means it has the potential to be dangerous since it won't differentiate between a chunk of aluminum and a chunk of flesh. Improperly used you can hurt yourself, the machine and the tools used in the machine. For that reason, along with the fact that the people who actually own the machine have made it available to I3Detroit, the machine demands respect.
If you've never used a CNC machine don't even try. If you've used a CNC machine then have the deference to prove your knowledge and sense of responsibility.
The CNC mill requires compressed air so the shop air compressor has to be running.
If no one else needs compressed air, don't forget to turn off the compressor after you're done. There's a leak somewhere in the system.
- Power up the CNC mill with the power switch on the back panel. Clockwise is "on", counterclockwise is "off".
Main power switch in the "on" position.
Main power switch in the "off" position.
- Valve to shop compressed air at CNC mill.
Compressed air valve closed.
- Lift red air valve on CNC
You'll find the machine's air valve on the left side of the mill. Just raise it.
Machine air valve in the closed - down - position
Machine air valve in the open - up - position
Next thing you want to do before you start using the mill is check that its fluid levels are where they're supposed to be. The first thing to check is the lubricant level.
There's a level marked on the duct tape.
If the lubricant level's where it's supposed to be then check the coolant level.
There are filter screens on both sides of the coolant tank that can be removed to check coolant level.
The screens have handles but they tend to be pretty grimy so be warned.
To recap, power on, air on - shop compressor on if it's off - raise air valve, check lubricant level, check coolant level.