MTT-148: Advanced CNC Probing

Machine Tool-Do Not Use
Academic Level
Course Subject
Machine Tool Technology
Course Number
Course Title
Advanced CNC Probing
Cross-Referenced Course
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
16.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
16.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
MTT-145, MTT-146, MTT-147
Catalog Course Description

Coursework further explores the use and application of the electronic probe on CNC machine tools. Examines how to write cycles to use the probe in such activities as vector measuring, 4th axis applications, stock allowance, and angle measurement along with work coordinate offset measurement. Also covers how to prove work on the CNC vertical machining center. Laboratory activities.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Probe mechanics, software, calibration, and outputs
  2. Vector measuring cycles
  3. Pitch circle diameter cycles
  4. 4th axis cycles
  5. Stock allowance cycles
  6. Optimizing probe
  7. Multiple stylus variable loading
  8. SPC offset cycles
  9. Feature-to-feature cycles
  10. Angle measuring cycles
  11. Probe output (Renishaw)
  12. Probe output (DPRNT)
  13. Ballbar theory, plot reading, programming
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Install probe software and make the initial settings necessary for operation.
  2. Identify the different types of calibration and their purpose.
  3. Identify variable outputs and their storage locations.
  4. Apply 4th axis measuring cycles.
  5. Apply pitch circle diameter cycles.
  6. Apply stock allowance cycles.
  7. Apply macro for multiple stylus data loading.
  8. Apply feature-to-feature data cycles.
  9. Apply SPC tool offset update cycles.
  10. Apply angle-measuring cycles.
  11. Apply the probe output features.
  12. Optimize a probing cycle.*
  13. Write a program to inspect multiple features on a part and output results.*

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Other Details

Student Interview and Portfolio Review

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Summer 2014
ILT Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date