Module ICL-3014:
Apps of CNC Machines

Module Facts

Run by School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits

Semester 2

Overall aims and purpose

This module aims to give students an opportunity to apply the taught theory on Computer Aided Manufacture.

Course content

Indicative content includes:

CNC Machines and Nomenclature

  • Definitions of numerical control and advantages over traditional methods & the role of the personnel required to operate the machines.
  • Types of CNC Machine Tools- Mills and Machining centres, Lathes and Turning centres, Drilling Machines.
  • Health and safety related to the safe use of CNC Tools.
  • Machine parts and maintenance procedures.

CNC Program Planning and the mathematics involved

  • Coordinate Geometry, algebra, trigonometric functions, tangents.
  • Use of Preparatory codes; description and purpose, applications for milling and turning.
  • Miscellaneous Codes; description and purpose, functions for milling and turning.
  • Tool function, tool offsets, speeds and feeds.
  • Writing CNC programs from given drawings

CNC Machining

  • Program verification; software simulation, dry run, single block run.
  • Interfacing; post processing software, data setting, connecting cables.
  • Machining; setup integrity, program integrity, diagnosis, tool setup, correct tool offsets, program changes on panel if required.
  • Machine maintenance after use.

Assessment Criteria


Equivalent to the range 70%+. Assemble critically evaluated, relevent areas of knowledge and theory to constuct professional-level solutions to tasks and questions presented. Is able to cross-link themes and aspects to draw considered conclusions. Presents outputs in a cohesive, accurate, and efficient manner.


Equivalent to 40%. Uses key areas of theory or knowledge to meet the Learning Outcomes of the module. Is able to formulate an appropriate solution to accurately solve tasks and questions. Can identify individual aspects, but lacks an awareness of links between them and the wider contexts. Outputs can be understood, but lack structure and/or coherence.


Equivalent to the range 60%-69%. Is able to analyse a task or problem to decide which aspects of theory and knowledge to apply. Solutions are of a workable quality, demonstrating understanding of underlying principles. Major themes can be linked appropriately but may not be able to extend this to individual aspects. Outputs are readily understood, with an appropriate structure but may lack sophistication.

Learning outcomes

  1. Explain and discuss CNC Machines and nomenclature

  2. Execute programs on the CNC Machines to gain the desired result.

  3. Develop CNC programs with considered planning using the correct mathematical approaches.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
LOGBOOK OR PORTFOLIO Individual product portfolio

By record of an individual product portfolio, design and make using CNC machines a series of work pieces.


Exam exploring the details of the CNC environments - including practical aspect.


Teaching and Learning Strategy


The module will be delivered through a series of interactive lectures, seminars, workshops, web-based learning, problem solving exercises, individual and group activities and linked tutorials.

Private study 70

Transferable skills

  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.

Subject specific skills

  • Apply an understanding and appreciation of continuous improvement techniques
  • Formulate and analyse requirements and practical constraints of products, processes and services, place them in an engineering context and manage their implementation;
  • Solve problems logically and systematically;
  • Assess and choose optimal methods and approaches for the specification, design, implementation and evaluation of engineering solutions.
  • Systematically review factors affecting the implementation of a project, including safety and sustainability;
  • Appreciate the importance of designing products with due regard to good laboratory practice, health and safety considerations and ethical issues.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with relevant subject specific and general computer software packages.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the need to work safely and comply within relevant legislative and regulatory frameworks;
  • Use of such knowledge in modelling and design

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