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The Resource Center provides information regarding the machines we manufacture and other related matters.
Frequently Asked Questions
— HX Series II Product Line —
Is an additional power supply or circuit rewiring required to operate the HX Series II benchtop CNC machinery?
Why won't my HX Series II Benchtop CNC machine connect to my computer?
A: If your computer does not detect the machine upon plugging in the USB A-B cable, you will need to download a VCP (Virtual COM Port) driver. This driver is essential for allowing USB devices to appear as communication (COM) ports on your computer. Download the driver that corresponds to your computer’s operating system and follow the installation instructions for the driver. The link to the FTDI VCOM driver can be found here: FTDI Virtual COM Port Drivers
What is included with purchase of the HX Series II Benchtop CNC machines?
A: Please see the packing list for a current list of tools and accessories, located on the product pages of our HX Series II Benchtop CNC machines and within the User Manuals.
What kind of factory warranty is included with purchase of the HX Series II Benchtop CNC machines?
Can we use 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.
How do the HX Series II CNC machines work?
A: The HX Series II Benchtop CNC product line has been designed to operate on industry standard G- & M-codes generated from post-processors built into CAD/CAM software packages like Autodesk Fusion 360, SolidWorks – MasterCAM, CAMWorks, and more! Simply connect your HX Series II Benchtop CNC machines to a computer using our LEAD Controller software, via the provided USB A-B serial communications cable, and you are ready to machine!
What controller is used to operate the HX Series II Benchtop CNC machines?
A: Our LEAD Controller – This software controller is a Java-based, cross-platform controller, designed for use with Leading Edge Industrial’s HX Series II Benchtop CNC machine product line.
What are the machine footprints?
A: Please see the specification sheets for the most up-to-date sizing information, located on the product pages and within the User Manuals.
Do I need to buy a tool cart?
A: The Waterloo tool cart is a Made-in-the-USA add-on, and is not required to operate the machines. We offer this product for convenience, movability, and a better user-experience for our customers.
— 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?
Can I install a bigger chuck?
How does the 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?
Manuals & Operators Information
HX Series I Software Controller
- Universal G-Code Sender V1.0.6 [GitHub External File Download]
HX Series II Software Controller
Autodesk Fusion 360 CAM Post Processors
[100% compatibility with the HX8610 Vertical Machining Center]
[100% compatibility with the HX Series I/II Turning Center]
Autodesk Fusion 360 CAD/CAM Educational Textbook
MasterCAM Post Processors
- Available today within MasterCAM via the machine’s respective FANUC-generic [Mill / Lathe] post processor. Leading Edge Industrial’s machine-specific, MasterCAM post processor is under development.
Pay close attention to the machine type and series version prior to downloading and running the programs below.
***WARNING: Do not run the routine machine break-in programs with machine tooling, tool holders, workholding fixtures, and/or other accessories affixed. Doing so may cause a collision – check your clearances.***
- HX Series I Benchtop CNC Machine Break-In Programs:
- HX Series II Benchtop CNC Machine Break-In Programs:
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