2016 Contest Overview
2016 Automated Manufacturing Technology Plotting is not a scored event, however the contestants must
be able to generate a plot file that will be used to send their data to the plotter. A team contest
for three students. The contest evaluates teams for employment in integrated manufacturing technology
fields of computer aided drafting/design (CAD), computer aided manufacturing (CAM), and computer numerical controlled machining (CNC). CAD operators construct the part geometry; the CAM operator generates the tool paths; and the CNC operator sets up and machines the part.
Click below to download CNC Motion for BenchMill 6000 (download should start automatically)
Download CNC Motion
The CNC machine that will be used at the 2016 National Skills Contest will be the BenchMill 6000.
By using the BenchMill 6000, it will eliminate the need to insert a PCI interface card into the computer that
will operate the CNC machine. Teams will still need to supply two computers, but now laptop computers are acceptable to run the CNC machine.
The first computer will need to have a licensed copy of CAD (computer aided drafting) software installed
and fully operational. The second computer no longer needs to be a full size tower style computer. The
second computer will need to have a licensed copy of CAM (computer aided manufacturing) software
installed and fully functional. In addition, to the CAM software, the control software for the BenchMill 6000
will be installed by the technical committee, on our practice day, at the event. The BenchMill 6000 does
require to be connected to the computers primary LAN port.
We will need to configure the control software for the BenchMill 6000, and establish an Ethernet
connection between the computer and the CNC machine. It is required to have full administrator
privileges on both computers, in case issues arise.
Computer System Requirements for the BenchMill 6000 (not considering the CAM software needs)
Intel / AMD Single Core 1.6GHz
300MB Available Disk Space
Windows XP SP3 / Vista / 7 – 32 or 64bit
1 available LAN port*
Please visit http://www.intelitekdownloads.com/skills/ for practice materials. On the download page of this link you will see a software link to download the control software for the BenchMill 6000. Please make sure to install “CNC Motion & Fanuc for the BenchMill 6000”. This software will provide you with a full 3-D simulation of the machine and control software so that you can familiarize yourself with it.