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CNC Newby - Biesse rover 322 - XNC Controller2/1
Unfortunately the owner of my company made a cardinal sin when purchasing all older CNC with having no idea how to run and not having any software.
I have a ton of stuff to ask and learn, we brought in a tech from Biesse out of vancouver to make sure everything is set and runs well and apparently all is good.
Now where do i begin?
Software, what type am i looking for that can talk to the XNC Controller?
How do i get it to the machine? It has 3-1/2" floppy
Can you programme simple things on the machine?
Where is the wood door industry and are looking to start with MDF cut outs and such.
Any info is greatly appreciated.
Hi Daniel, the XNC is the first generation of Pc front end machines from Biesse, I program at machine with my NC1000 but it is a lot like my old CNI 481 on Rover 18. You should not need any additional software to get started we use controller and VCarve Pro. for all odd routing shapes etc. I do believe I have a file of XNC manual in one of my computers, I can send you. Was the tech able to teach you basic programming on machine?
Thanks Paul R for your response, I have all the thick paper manuals on hand to go through. The tech was not very personable at all when he came in and was very pricey, so he just made sure all was up and running . We were going to bring a tech back in to show the basics and just haven't done so just yet. Any advice on where to start playing around with it?
I have not looked through the XNC manual for many years but most of the Biesse controllers that I have used are more similar to each other than different. I assume the tech did a full install on the machine leveling, calibrating origins that sort of thing, run test programs?
If you have had the machine booted up there should be an editor window to start writing programs. you need to name program and start by filling in the blanks on conversational windows starting with X,Y,Z part size this should all be outlined in manuals though you should really go through that first at least the writing programs and tooling machine + run environment.
Seams the XNC owners manual was adamant about shutting down the XNC before turning off power so keep that in mind.
I would need to look at the manual myself to make recommendations. You probably do not want to try to run any programs before making sure tooling is correct and of course you will need to home the machine before running. These are real basic things the tech should have shown you in just a few minutes.
After booting the running screen should have a global homing button. I know my NC1000 takes quite a while to fully boot and show ready to run or home.
Like I said though I will need to look at that manual to see what screen should look like.
Hey Daniel, shoot me an email! We have an older rover 20 running xnc in Vancouver! I'd be happy to help. Sam@dukemillwork.com
The machine you purchased was designed to be able to be programed in the native environment or accept posted code from a CAM package.
Thanks everyone for all the input here this is great. Once i settle in a bit here and have some time to fire up and play around i will contact you for some help.
You can replace the floppy with a usb emulator and some of those are networkable.
Don't know them, but could work.
I have recently got this machine up and running 1998 dinosaur. I am in a dilemma as I do not know how to programme anything and would need training. Is it worth the gamble to put the investment into a couple days of training and get the proper tooling? My biggest concern is the computer failing or loosing the bios not long after getting into using it. Any thoughts or input would be greatly appreciated.