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Topic 001

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"Introduction to Computer Numerical Control" course officially begins

on June 1. During the development of this course you will learn to:

 Select the right machine tool for the production process.

 Select the cutting tools according to the ISO standard.

 Develop a basic CNC code.

 Carry out the necessary pre-production adjustments.


The students attending the course should have knowledge of:

 Mathematics.

 Technical drawing and blueprint reading.

 Handling measuring instruments.

How is the course organized?

All the sections are published from June 1, 2017 at 13:00 UTC (Coordinated
Universal Time) so you should convert this to the time zone where you are.
All of the exercises and the final exam will be available for use until the end
of the course: June 1, 2018 at 13:00 UTC.

How much study time will I require?

With just 2 hours of study per week you should be able to do the necessary
exercises to complete the course during 4 weeks.

In the FAQ section you can find more information about the course.

We hope your learning experience on this course is satisfactory!

Topic 002
Evaluation criteria
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Evaluation criteria

The course consists of six sections that describe the stages of the project.
Each stage contains one chapter of the simulation activity with a total of six
exercises to solve, which represent 70% of the final grade. At the end
of the course, you will find published the final exam. This will consist of a
series of exercises that cover the whole course and it represents 30% of
the final grade. To pass the course and receive a certificate you must
obtain a grade of at least 60%.
Jorge Muract
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Professor Jorge Muract

Jorge is a member of Steel University, which belongs to the

World Steel Association, creating and managing courses, as
well as training events worldwide. He is a Mechanical
Engineer with a Master’s degree in Engineering Sciences.
Jorge is currently a professor at the University of Rio Cuarto
in the province of Cordoba, Argentina. He also works as a
consultant on issues such as mechanical engineering,
developing training courses and technical solutions for
process improvements. Jorge has worked in Tenaris as a
process specialist.
Carolina Giménez
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Carolina Gimenez

Carolina Gimenez is an Industrial Engineering and part of

TenarisUniversity. She worked in the Roberto Rocca Technical
School for the design and production of this course. Currently
she is working on research and development into new learning
methods based on online content

Rosario Azaro
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Rosario Azaro
Rosario Azaro is studying Industrial Engineering and is
part of TenarisUniversity. She worked in Quality
Assurance and currently she is working in the Learning
Experiences Team helping with development of new
learning methods.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the start date of the course?

The course begins on June 1.

Which topics will the course cover?

The content of Introduction to Computer Numerical Control is organized into six


1. Introduction, interpretation of plans and orders: develops the basic way to

analyze the plans of a piece and the differences between a conventional machine
tool and a CNC.

2. Process analysis and machines with CNC: presents the various components of
the CNC machines, their powertrains and the associated coordinate systems.

3. Selection of the cutting tool: based on the ISO standard, the concepts associated
with the correct selection of the cutting tool and the associated factors are

4. Code generation: explains the structure of a CNC code, the basic functions and
their implementation in the code. The aim is for the student to be able to develop a
simple code.

5. Code implementation in the machine: all of the adjustments and work required
before starting production.

6. Quality control and measurement of pieces: an introduction to the concept of

quality and the importance of process control.

What will I learn on this course?

• Operate a machine controlled by Computer Numerical Control (CNC).

• Understand the steps to follow in a manufacturing project using a CNC machine.

• Program the movement instructions of a CNC machine.

How long is the duration?

This is a self-paced course and it will be opened until June 1, 2018.

When will sections be published?

All the sections are published from June 1, 2017.

How much study time per week will I require?

With just 2 hours of study per week you should be able to do the necessary
exercises to complete the course.

Will I be able to write a CNC code?

Yes you will. Our goal is that by the end of this course you will be able to take a
simple piece and convert the specifications of the plan into a series of commands
that enable the CNC to produce the piece.

Will certificates be given?

Students who reach the pass grade (at least 60% of the points available) and
choose the "Pursue a Verified Certificate" option will receive a pass certificate.

Where can I check the dynamics of the course?

You are invited to the discussion: you can publish questions about the course and
its dynamics whenever you have any doubts.

Which browser should I use?

We recommend using Internet Explorer 9 or Google Chrome.

Is there any course to explain how the platform works?

Yes there is. EdX has developed a course specifically designed for this. The course
link is: EdX101

If you need technical help to use the edX platform, first click on the "Help"
tab (top left-hand corner of the browser screen). If you cannot find the
answer you are looking for, please post your question related to the edX
platform in the discussion topic Technical Issues.

If you need help with some content of the course, post your doubts in
the discussion forum so other learners can help you. We encourage you to help
each other as the professor and course staff won't be able to answer to all
the questions but the most voted or difficult ones. If you need an answer
from a staff member or, please write [STAFF] in the title of your post (e.g.
[STAFF] Exercise 1 -Well Construction).
Evaluation Criteria

The course consists of six sections that describe the stages of the project.
Each stage contains one chapter of the simulation activity with a total of six
exercises to solve, which represent 70% of the final grade. When we
are approaching the end of the course, you will find the final exam. This will
consist of a series of exercises that cover the whole course and it
represents 30% of the final grade. To pass the course and receive a
certificate you must obtain a grade of at least 60%.

You can check your progress by selecting the "Progress" tab located in the top
navigation bar.
Discussion Forum Guidelines
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Discussion Forum Guidelines

The discussion forum is the main means by which you communicate with the course
team and other students. We hope to help create a sense of community and serve
as a useful resource for your learning. The discussion forum will be moderated by
the professor and the course team on a daily basis.

Observe the honor code

We encourage collaboration and help, but please avoid posting questions and
blatant answers. Please follow these collaboration guidelines. The staff will be
proactive to delete posts and answers in the forum that cross the line, and accounts
can also be disabled and the progress of those found cheating can be deleted.

Given a problem, you can discuss the general way to approach it or give/receive
tips to help someone reach the correct answer. However, you should find detailed
solutions yourself.

You are not allowed to take someone else's solution and simply copy the answers to
your solution, or take someone else’s formula or code and run it yourself to obtain
the final answer.

It is not allowed to publish the answers of the task before the deadline.

Be friendly

We have students from all over the world and with different profiles. Some things
that may be very easy for you, can be more challenging for someone else. Our aim
is to build a proactive community.

Rate publications that you consider to be good positively

This applies to questions and answers. Click on the green positive sign so that good
posts can be found more easily.

Search before asking

The forum can become difficult to use if there are too many conversation
threads, and the best discussions occur when everybody participates in the
same conversation. Before asking, use the search function by clicking on the
magnifying glass on the left-hand side.

Notify staff

If you want a staff member to look at your post, write [Staff] at the beginning of
your title.

Be specific

Choose a descriptive title, and provide as much information as possible: Which part
of a problem or video? Why don’t you understand the question? What have you
tried to do?

Write clearly

We know that the language may be a second language for many of you but correct
grammar helps others to answer. Avoid CAPITAL LETTERS, abbreviations of words
and excessive punctuation!!!!

Use the discussions while working with the material

On many of the pages of the educational and task sequences, there is a link
below that says "Show Discussion". A click on this link displays all the
threads in the forum associated with this particular study material.
Plan Analysis
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The Plan
Below the plan of one of the pieces to be produced is presented for analysis.


Choose the piece to analyze and solve the questions based on the order made by the customer:

Piece to be analyzed:
Multiple Choice
7/7 points (graded)

Based on the documentation provided by the customer:

What is the tolerance of the base of the piece?


0.025 correct

Which material has the greatest hardness?

Steel 1010 correct

Aluminum ASTM 6060

What is the length of the pawn?



40 correct


What is the radius of the piece head?

4 correct



Which unit are the dimensions of the plan expressed in?



mm correct

Which piece is longer?

Bishop correct


Establish the roughness values of the plan: (use point "." in the answer)


You have used 1 of 3 attemptsSome problems have options such as save, reset, hints, or show
answer. These options follow the Submit button.
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Correct (7/7 points)



If you have any doubts about this exercise, we suggest you ask in the
forum: Exercise 01 - The Plan
NEW: From this section, you can share your notes with the group through
discussions. Other resources or comments that enrich the course are also welcome!

Topic: Why a CNC Machine / Class Notes - CNC Machine
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Devices and Systems of the MHCN

Topic: CNC Machine Elements / CNC Machine Elements -Class Notes