Canned Cycles for the Lathe

Provided by: ToolingU

“Canned Cycles for the Lathe” provides an overview of standard canned cycles used on CNC lathes where a canned cycle is a repeatable section of a part program that acts as a programming shortcut for common cutting operations. Canned cycles reduce errors and decrease programming time. CNC controls typically offer standard canned cycles, manufacturer cycles, and customized cycles. CNC lathe and turning center canned cycles include holemaking cycles, simple turning and facing cycles, and the more complex multiple repetitive cycles. Canned cycles are used in a vast majority of part programs. To create, edit, or monitor part programs, programmers and operators must know how canned cycles work and how to program them. After taking this class, users should be able to describe the standard canned cycles available on common CNC lathes and turning centers.

Course Objectives:

  • Describe canned cycles
  • Describe general tool movements for holemaking canned cycles
  • Describe a drilling canned cycle
  • Describe a drilling canned cycle with dwell
  • Describe peck drilling canned cycles
  • Describe tapping canned cycles
  • Describe boring and reaming canned cycles
  • Describe basic turning and facing canned cycles
  • Describe multiple repetitive contour turning and facing canned cycles
  • Describe a multiple repetitive profile turning canned cycle
  • Describe how a finishing canned cycle is used with multiple repetitive cycles
  • Describe a multiple repetitive threading canned cycle.

Recommended Background

  • Recommended for all manufacturing personnel operating CNC machines.

Course ID







Communication, Critical Thinking, Personal Effectiveness, CNC Machining, Canned Cycles for the Lathe

Method of Delivery


Estimated Effort

2.5 hrs



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