Instructional DVDs

Course DVDs

The Mastering CNC Lathes program is divided into 5 courses. Each course includes between 4 to 5 lessons with an instructional video for each, for a total of 22 lessons.


To receive a sample of this course, please fill out the Free Samples Request form and one will be sent out to you. You may also view the samples taken from the online version of this course.

You may also view samples taken from the instruction of this course by clicking on one of the following lessons. To reduce bandwidth requirements, the following samples are reduced in size and quality.

Lesson Format:

On average, a lesson is 25 minutes in length. It is divided into parts based on the topics covered. A topic would cover information or a task that must be mastered by the trainee. For example, the mounting of chuck jaws. For a topic such as this, since there are very few differences between machines, the instruction shows the procedure on a typical CNC lathe.

However, for a topic such as the entering of tool geometry data, procedures vary between control types. In this case, the lesson begins by explaining what offsets are and when, and why, they must be entered in the CNC control. The lesson then shows the actual entry procedure on a model of CNC control that most closely matches the majority of controls. If there are significant differences in the procedures on other models of control, they are then shown. Where appropriate, any variation between G&M code and conversational programming methods are also explained.

Job-Driven Instruction:

Many machinists have attempted to use the operator manual provided by the machine manufacturer during their learning experience. However, these manuals are typically not designed as teaching devices. For example, many manuals begin with a listing of all the switches on the control panel and a brief explanation of their function. Since it does not explain in what context each control is used, it is only useful as a reference document after training has occurred. Within the MasterTask system, your trainees will eventually learn all those same switches, but each one is taught only when it is required within the job task being taught. Trainees find it much easier to remember what a control does if they learn it within the context of the job task they must perform.

Real-World Examples:

The videos are of broadcast quality and use professional narration. Most scenes were recorded in manufacturing shops and show actual production environments and work pieces. Computer animations and graphics are used to explain some concepts, such as the coordinate grid.

To order a sample for this course, see the Free Samples Request section. The DVD or VHS tape you receive will include segments taken from a number of lessons throughout the course. The sample CD-ROM that accompanies the instructional sample includes the questions that correspond to the lesson segments provided.