CNC Workflow for DATRON neo High Speed Mill

DATRON neo was specifically designed and purpose-built to provide an easy and affordable introduction to high-speed milling. It’s a Plug-and-Play system that features the new DATRON next software which gives you full control of 3-axis milling without requiring years of experience as a machinist. That said, customers ask me all the time about the CNC workflow for this machine and whether it is actually as easy to use as we say it is. Well, I’m not a machinist, I’m a salesman, but in detailing the CNC workflow below, I operated the machine myself (as evidenced by my reflection in the touchscreen). Keep in mind, that I’ve included instruction on many optional functions and features and the actual CNC workflow for DATRON neo can be as short as 4 simple steps. Anyway, here goes:

CNC Workflow for DATRON neo

Once the CAM’d part or “G” code is done, simply load onto a flash drive or send to DATRON neo if networked.

DATRON neo CNC Workflow 1 – Load Job Program (CAM or G-code).

Once loaded, DATRON neo will take the operator through the steps to run the part.

DATRON neo CNC Workflow 2: CAM Assistant

After loading the “G” code into the DATRON neo, the operator can pick the saved file to run.

DATRON neo CNC Workflow 3: Pick Program from Menu

As the operator moves through the process, DATRON neo will check the tools already loaded vs tools the file calls for. If a is tool is missing, DATRON neo can suggest a tool that is already loaded.

DATRON neo CNC Workflow 4: Tool Selection with Assistance from DATRON next software.

Next, the operator can drag their finger across the screen and use the integrated camera system to locate the part for probing.

DATRON neo CNC Workflow 5: Part Location

Once the part is visually located, the operator can simply draw on the screen to start probing with the integrated probe on the DATRON neo.

DATRON neo CNC Workflow 6: Probing

DATRON neo will automatically place probing points based on the operator’s drawing. These points can be easily moved as the operator sees fit.

DATRON neo CNC Workflow 7: Probe Field Adjustment

Another option that the DATRON neo operator has, is to move the probe points individually and manually set the parameters to avoid any special features, all by touch.

DATRON neo CNC Workflow 8: Options for Input of Milling Parameters

Once the probe points are to the operators liking, they just hit go.

DATRON neo CNC Workflow 9: Hit Go!

The next screen will bring the part into a simulation so the operator can see the tool paths they created and make sure the part is ready to run correctly.

DATRON neo CNC Workflow 10: Simulation

The DATRON neo operator has options on how to view the part to ensure the correct machining file was chosen.

DATRON neo CNC Workflow 11: Simulation Options

After the simulation, the DATRON neo is ready to execute the program.

DATRON neo CNC Workflow 12: Execute Program

Other options can be done on a DATRON neo for quick and simple milling. Macros are pre-set on the neo to run pockets, drilling, face milling,  and contours. For quick prototyping, these operations can be done right on the machine without the need to CAM a part.

DATRON neo CNC Workflow 13: Set Pocket Mill Parameters

Chip disposal could not be easier, because the DATRON neo features a removable drawer allowing clean dry aluminum chips to be vacuumed out. The neo also uses a Minimum Quantity Lubricant (MQL) system instead of a traditional flood coolant system.

DATRON neo CNC Workflow 14: Chip Disposal

With DATRON neo tools can be hand loaded into the machine very easily.

DATRON neo CNC Workflow 15: Replace Tools

After the tool is placed, the operator can simply tell the neo which space and tool were used.

DATRON CNC Workflow 16: Tool Assignment

The DATRON neo can track tools inside the tool changer, as well as tools in the shop inventory, and has DATRON’s full tool library installed. This makes it a breeze to load tool information.

DATRON neo CNC Workflow 17: Tool Tracking/Inventory

The DATRON neo can accommodate two vacuum tables and each can be operated independently. DATRON can also provide a sacrificial card that is air-permeable. This allows for parts to be cookie cut without milling into the table.

DATRON neo CNC Workholding 18: Vacuum Table

DATRON neo has vacuum port controls at the front of the machine to easily turn the vacuum tables on and off. This type of workholding is a great option for flat parts. When using the vacuum table, parts do not need to be perfectly aligned because you can use the probe to locate parts and their rotation will be compensated for automatically.

There are a host of other accessories available for DATRON neo including a dust extraction head and pneumatic clamping. Please let us know if you would like further information on these items.