How to install a cnc machine

How to install a cnc machine

Clean off the area where you will install the CNC machine. Sweep thoroughly and mop the area in order to remove any dirt, dust or debris that will prevent the machine from sitting flat on the ground. Make sure the floor doesn't have any dips or cracks that will force the machine to sit off-balance.

Install power near the machine. If the CNC machine is close to a wall, make sure there is enough of a gap between the wall and the machine and install a power outlet and box on the wall within a close distance of the machine. If it is out in the middle of the floor or away from a wall, install a hanging power outlet from the ceiling to prevent people from tripping over the power cord.
Place the machine in the area where it will sit permanently by gently lowering it to the ground using a large fork truck capable of lifting thousands of pounds. The CNC machine will be difficult to move after the initial installation, so be sure to drop it as close to the final spot as possible and use the truck to slide it around into position if necessary.

Unwrap the machine and disengage the spindle lock. Most CNC machines have locked spindles when they are moved, so you will need to unlock the spindle, a shaft that rotates in the middle of a disk drive, before you can use it. This prevents the spindle from moving and breaking the internal parts during shipment. Both lathes and mills have certain key parts that must be secured before moving them.

Plug the machine into the power source and set up the main air flow to the machine. Make sure the main power breaker is off before plugging the machine into the power socket. Turn the breaker on and set the machine up for its first use. This will entail setting the machine at zero, adding oil to the reservoirs and starting the spindle or chuck to distribute the oil for lubrication. The air is essential as it is used to keep the tools in the spindle.