Is there a "generic" NC programming language, or does each brand of machine have its own? How hard is it to learn from scratch? Are there any resources on-line?
Where I sit, they have a Fadal VMC 45, model #903-1, that just sits there because the only guy who knew how to program it quit. If I can find something on-line, I'd like to learn how to program the thing so that we can get some use out of it. What I normally do, when there's work, is draw pretty 3D pictures of parts with Autocad Mechanical Desktop; from that, if I understand the system, it shouldn't be too hard to make a script or whatever it's called to control the machine. I know I'd need to know about tool speeds and paths and stuff, but we have two real machinists whose brains I could pick for little details like that, and I've got nothing but time on my hands - nowadays I sweep the floors and take out the trash and clean the sinks and toilets, and they let me hang around until there's actual work.
So, is there any kind of on-line tuturial or anything where I could get started?