Welcome to LEI’s
The Resource Center provides information regarding the machines we manufacture and other related matters.
— HX Series II Product Line —
Do I need a special power supply or wiring to operate HX Series I/II machines?
A: No. All of our products are designed to operate within U.S. standard, single-phase, 120VAC, 60HZ, and pull less than 15 Amps.
Why won't my machine connect to my computer?
A: If your computer does not detect the machine upon plugging in the USB, you will need to download a VCP (Virtual COM Port) driver. This driver is essential for allowing USB devices to appear as COM ports on your computer. Download the driver that corresponds to your computer’s operating system and install the driver. The link to the driver can be found here: FTDI Virtual COM Port Drivers
What comes with the machine?
A: Please see the packing list for a complete list of tools, found on the product pages of our machines and within the User Manual.
What kind of warranty comes with the machine?
A: We offer a 1-year, limited parts replacement warranty. This warranty does not include damage caused by the user. More detailed information can be found in our user manuals.
Can we get longer USB cables?
A: Certainly! The USB cable provided with your purchase of the machine is a standard USB-A to USB-B cable and can be purchased at almost any store. Because of each installation, classroom, and/or shop floor layout is different for all of our customers, we only stock 6-foot USB cables. With that said, we have successfully used a 20-foot cable to control our machines in a previous shop floor layout.
I use Fusion 360 for CAD/CAM. Can I output from Fusion 360 directly to your machines?
A: Yes, we have post processors available for download on the product page of our machines.
What software controller is used with the CNC machines?
A: Our LEAD Controller software build is currently Windows-based. We are developing a Java-based build of the LEAD Controller that will work on Linux and Mac, in addition to Windows. For those customers who are currently running Linux or Mac operating systems on their computers, Universal G-Code Sender (UGS) v1.0.6 may be used as a machine controller. UGS v1.0.6 can be downloaded directly from the machine product pages.
What is the footprint of the machine?
A: Please see the specification sheets for sizing information, found on the product page and within the User Manual.
Do I need to buy a tool cart?
A: The Waterloo tool cart is an optional add-on and is not required to operate the machines. We offer this product for convenience, movability, and a better user experience.
— HX8610 VMC —
Can I seal the sheet metal enclosure with silicone for use with my coolant system?
A: Yes, you can use a silicone sealant if you wish. It is not a service we offer, but it could be easily implemented if you find it necessary.
Can I install a coolant drain line through the sheet metal enclosure?
A: Our cases were not designed to be used with flood coolant. Any modifications to the machine for such purpose would be up to the customer. Leading Edge Industrial’s limited warranty on parts does not cover any after-market modifications made to the sheet metal enclosure, nor does it cover any damage caused by a leaking case. The machines are designed for use with mist coolant only, and when properly set-up will not accumulate large amounts of coolant at any time. If a large amount of coolant is collecting inside the case, then a coolant feed adjustment is necessary.
— HX710 TC —
What is maximum turning diameter, and what’s the maximum stock I can chuck in it?
A: The pre-installed 3″, 3-jaw chuck will hold a maximum of 3-inch diameter stock. The chuck has 0.625 inch thru holes. The HX710 Turning Center has a work capacity of 7″ x 10″; however, we recommend working within the 3-inch diameter limits.
Can I install a bigger chuck?
A: Yes, the 3″ 3-jaw chuck, that comes pre-installed on the machine, is removable, and can be replaced with a larger chuck. The user manual for the HX710 Turning Center has the steps listed within it to walk you through proper removal and installation of a new chuck. We only carry 3″, 3-jaw chucks in inventory.
How does machine cope with cutting stainless steel?
A: We currently do not have experience running stainless steel on the HX710 Turning Center. We will be cutting a variety of metals in the coming weeks, stainless steel included. The HX710 Turning Center can cut wood, plastic, steel, aluminum, and titanium.
Are there any coolant ports on the HX710 Turning Center?
A: The HX710 turning center currently does not have ports for coolant. We recommend a mist coolant system with a magnetic base. Installation of a coolant system is up to the purchaser.
Manuals & Operators Information
HX Series I Software Controller
- Universal G-Code Sender V1.0.6 [GitHub External File Download]
Autodesk Fusion 360 CAM Post Processors
Autodesk Fusion 360 CAD/CAM Educational Textbook
Pay close attention to the machine type and series version prior to downloading and running the programs below.
- HX Series I Break-In Programs
- HX Series II Break-In Programs
Best Practices & Expert LEI Tutorials
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