CNC for basic turning


  • 2-axis CNC and DRO


  • Inexpensive to own and operate– ideal for very small lots and simple second operations
  • Available on the TRAK 1440EX lathe
  • 2-axis CNC, 3-axis DRO
  • Runs ProtoTRAK conversational language and CAM
  • Run in manual or CNC mode

ProtoTRAK ELX is used on
the TRAK TRL 1440EX Lathe


Best for these situations:


  • From “manual” work to parts with some contouring or angles
  • Basic productivity is a key objective
  • Users are not highly proficient in CNC
  • Equipment budgets are very tight
  • Shared machines – any given person may go days or weeks without using it
  • Limited machining required for the overall job (fabrication support)
  • Very small lot production or simple second operation

Prototrak EMX Graph

ProtoTRAK ELX - when simplicity is the advantage


DRO Routines
The most useful features of a DRO are available in a crystal clear color display. While working manually in the DRO mode, let the servo motors do the most of the work by pressing the Power Feed and Jog buttons. When you need manual control, ball screws provide smooth, positive control while hand cranking.

Program the ProtoTRAK EMX by making simple selections and answering prompts in plain English. Unlike conventional CNCs, you define only the part geometry; the ProtoTRAK EMX defines the tool path for you.


Program Storage
Handling programs is easy with the simple, clear choices of the ProtoTRAK. An internal flash drive lets you save hundreds of typical programs. A USB port is available to plug in a storage device for backing up programs and moving programs between ProtoTRAKs and computers. The optional USB thumb drive is convenient to use and comes configured to work with the ProtoTRAK.

Part Graphics
While programming, simply press the LOOK key for color graphics of what you have programmed so far.

Learning the ProtoTRAK
Even if your people have never used a CNC before, they will be able to learn the ProtoTRAK in just a few hours. From the first day you own it, your people will discover that it is easier to make parts with a ProtoTRAK than it is to use manual machining methods. They’ll quickly find, like thousands of machinists before them, that the effort to learn the ProtoTRAK will pay off in job satisfaction.

Tool Setting
Tools are easy to set with the prompted, graphical interface. Tool data is applied to CNC and manual machining.

Control Hardware
Digital Servo Amplifiers – custom designed for ProtoTRAK operation
D.C. Servo Motors – rated at 280 in-oz. continuous torque
Precision Ball Screws
Modular Design – simplifies service and maximizes uptime
10 amps
Feedrate Override of programmed feedrate and rapid
Polycarbonate Sealed Membrane Keypad to lock out contamination
7.0" Color LCD with adjustable contrast
On board IDE flash memory storage for part programs
2 USB ports for interface with a storage device
Rugged Industrial PC
Electronic Handwheels for manual operation
Fine/coarse selectable manual movement
Jog button in DRO

Software Features – General Operation
Diameter Cutter Compensation
Circular interpolation
Linear Interpolation
Conrad – provides automatic corner radius programming
Incremental and Absolute dimensioning
Error Messages – to identify programming mistakes
Fault Messages – for system self-diagnostics
Parts graphics display
Look – a single button press to view part graphics
Machine Tool Error Compensation
Backlash Compensation
Selectable Inch/mm measurement readout
Jog from 1 to 100 inches per minute
Continue Turn to eliminate repetitive data inputs while programming
Context help information
CAM file run
Cycle event to automatically program roughing passes
Tool table and tool offsets for CNC and manual operation
Free offline programming available for download from our website

Programming Canned Cycles