Machines featuring the ProtoTRAK CNC

ProtoTRAK SLX

High-end CNC for one-off and small lot work

  • Available on most TRAK lathes
  • Powerful but easy to learn and use 2-axis CNC, 3-axis DRO
  • Run in manual or CNC mode
  • Runs ProtoTRAK conversational language, G-code, CAM, DXF converter and Verify Machining  Simulation software
  • Indexer compatibility for high-mix, low volume work

The Cycle feature allows you to generate the tool path by simply defining the part geometry and stock dimensions.

Just Program the Part Geometry and Leave
the Tool Path to Cycle.

With most CNCs you must define your part in terms
of tool path. But with the powerful cycle capability of
ProtoTRAK lathe CNCs, you simply define your part
geometry and the dimensions of your stock. The tool
path is generated automatically.

Just a few simple inputs into the Cycle event…

…and the hard work of defining the tool path is done for you automatically.

DXF 2D conversion software reduces programming time and helps eliminate errors (optional)

Powerful software that imports DXF file information and provides the user interface to add the data necessary to complete the part program. Same user friendly format as the ProtoTRAK programming.

Easy, Convenient Lathe Tool Setting

Accurate tool setting is easy. Tool data may be saved for use on different programs and even applied to manual work in the DRO mode.

Specifications for ProtoTRAK SLX

Control Hardware
Two-axis CNC, Two-axis DRO
Electronic handwheels for manual operation
10.4" color active-matrix screen
Industrial-grade Pentium® processor
512 MB Ram
4 USB connectors
RJ45 port and Ethernet card (O)
Override of program feedrate
Override of program spindle speed
LED status lights built into display
Gasket-sealed enclosures
Jogstick for convenient jog
USB thumb drive flash memory 512 MB or more
Uncluttered front panel with few hard keys

Software Features – General Operation
Clear, uncluttered screen display
Prompted data inputs
English language – no codes
Soft keys - change within context
Windows® operating system
Color graphics with adjustable views
Inch/mm selectable
Convenient modes of operation (see below)

DRO Mode Features for Manual Machining
Incremental and absolute dimensions
Powerfeed X or Z
Tapers of any angle
Radius
Fillet
Go To dimensions (O)
Servo motor return to Home
Spindle speed setting with override
Tool offsets from library
Fine/Course handwheel resolution
Thread repair (O)

Set Up Mode Features
Program diagnostics
Advanced tool library
Tool library file save
Icon-prompted tool setting
Tool offsets with modifiers
Single tool set-up
Gang tool set-up (O)
Indexer tool set-up (O)
Advanced diagnostic routines
Software travel limits
Tool path graphics with adjustable views

Model tool path verification (O)
Program run time estimation clock (O)

Run Mode Features
CAM file program run
Automatic coolant on/off
Real time run graphics with tool icon
Countdown clock to next pause or tool change (O)
TRAKing of programs during program run (O)
Automatic indexing for tool change (O)
Gang Tool Operation (O)

Program In/Out Mode Features
Simple program storage to floppy
CAM IN program converter
CAM OUT converter to run ProtoTRAK programs on different controls (O)
Converter for prior-generation ProtoTRAKprograms
DXF / DWG Converter (O)
Selection of file storage locations
Automatic file back up routine
Preview Graphics for unopened files
Networking via RJ45 port (O)

Program Mode Features
Geometry-based programming
Event comments (O)
Incremental and absolute dimensions
Automatic tool nose radius compensation
Circular interpolation
Linear interpolation
Look –graphics with a single button push
List step – graphics with programmed events
displayed
Alphanumeric program names

Canned cycles:

  • Position
  • Drill
  • Bore
  • Turn
  • Arc
  • Cycle
  • Thread
  • Groove
  • Custom thread (O)
  • Tap (O)

Conrad – one input for automatic corner radius programming
Chamfer – one input for automatic chamfer programming
Math Helps with graphical interface
Auto load of math solutions
Subroutine repeat of programmed events
Nesting
Programmable spindle speeds
CSS (Constant Surface Speed) (O)
IPR (Inch per Revolution) programming (O)
Gang Tooling (O)

Edit Mode Features
Clipboard to copy events to another
program (O)
Spreadsheet editing (O)
Global data change (O)

(O) - Option

Options See All

Advanced Features with Verify incorporates 3D solid model machining simulation software that allows you to quickly and easily proof your ProtoTRAK mill and lathe programs prior to cutting chips.

Not available for EMX / ELX products.

Powerful software that imports DXF file information and provides the user interface to add the data necessary to complete the part program. Same user friendly format as the ProtoTRAK programming

Not available for EMX / ELX CNC model machines.

The powerful Parasolid Converter makes it easy for you to generate ProtoTRAK mill programs from Parasolid 3D CAD files.

Not available for model EMX / ELX machines or retrofits.

The Networking Option lets you connect your ProtoTRAK to a network of other ProtoTRAKs or offline computers.

Not available for EMX / ELX CNC model machines and model EMX retrofits.

The power of TRAKing is that you no longer have to choose between the efficiency of CNC and the security of manual control - TRAKing gives you both. With TRAKing, you don't have to go through the process of proving out the CNC program before you press the Go button. You can run the CNC program at the speed you desire by turning the handwheel. Go fast, go slow, stop and take a measurement, go backwards, whatever. You are in complete control as the machine moves the saddle and cross slide through the programmed coordinates.

Not available for the 1440EX Lathes.

The USB Thumb Drive option is an industrial grade 512MB thumb drive. It serves the following purposes:

  • Save program files for backing up or additional storage
  • Load program files
  • Share program files between ProtoTRAKs or computers
  • Save system configuration files, including backlash and calibration values