ProtoTRAK SLX CNC

High-end CNC for one-off and small lot work
ProtoTRAK SLX CNC
  • Always easy to use
  • Outstanding precision and repeatability
  • Advanced technology adapted to small lot applications
  • Easy transition between manual and CNC turning

Programming is always easy with the ProtoTRAK SLX

  • Few keys to memorize and use
  • No Codes – always plain shop language
  • Prompted inputs – tell the SLX what you want and then fill in the prompted data
  • LOOK graphics to see a picture of what you've programmed as you go
  • Powerful canned cycles to easily program complex profiles
  • Connecting chamfers and radii are programmed with a single data input

Thread programming in a few simple inputs

Programming on the ProtoTRAK SLX CNC

Combine Turn and Arc events to make complex profiles

Combine Turn and Arc events to make complex profiles - ProtoTRAK SLX CNC

Just a few simple inputs in the powerful Cycle event...

Cycle Event - ProtoTRAK SLX CNC

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

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

Tool Path - ProtoTRAK SLX CNC

DRO Mode for manual operation

  • Big, bright position readouts show selectable Absolute or Incremental dimensions
  • Power Feed for controlled feed of each axis for the exact distance you specify
  • Do One to move simultaneously in both axis to machine precise chamfer or radius
  • Manual GoTo where you set a dimension in X, Z or both. Once you reach that dimension, the motion stops
  • Fingertip control of axis feed and spindle speed overrides
  • Tool# loads in the tool offsets from your tool library so you don't have to touch off tools every time you make a change
  • Thread Repair to pick up and remachine threads in a quick, easy process
DRO - ProtoTRAK SLX CNC

Electronic Handwheels transform manual turning

  • CNC integration with the Electronic Handwheel gives you useful CNC functionality without the programming and setup.
  • Fine/Course Resolution is selectable so that you may choose between rapid positioning and precise motion.
  • Jog Stick for convenient rapid traverse
Electronic Handwheels - ProtoTRAK SLX CNC

Advanced Graphics to identify mistakes and keep you working fast

Advanced Graphics - ProtoTRAK SLX CNC
Advanced Graphics - ProtoTRAK SLX CNC

Tool Path Graphics

  • See where the control plans to move the tool prior to machining
  • Easily catch mistakes with error messages, colors, and selectable views
Tool Path Graphics - ProtoTRAK SLX CNC

List-Step Graphics

  • See a full screen view of your programming progress with the push of a button
  • Use the list step graphics to easily isolate program problems
List-Step Graphics - ProtoTRAK SLX CNC

Verify Machining Simulation

  • Verifies Prototrak or G-Code generated programs for errors
  • Watch tools machine and display the finished part
List-Step Graphics - ProtoTRAK SLX CNC

Tool Setting - ProtoTRAK SLX CNC

Easy, Convenient Lathe Tool Setting

Save tool data for use on different programs or even apply to manual work in DRO mode.

Advanced File Management - ProtoTRAK SLX CNC

Advanced File Management

Access different drives, copy and rename files and look at part graphics before opening a file. Back up programs easily with the automatic back up routine.


Math Help - ProtoTRAK SLX CNC

Math Help

Easily calculate missing print data. Auto load puts the solution into the event you are programming.

Advanced File Management - ProtoTRAK SLX CNC

Spreadsheet Editing

View data for your whole program at once. Sort and make changes to a group of events with the press of a button.

DXF Converter - A Simple Process You Control

Easily convert dimensions from a DXF or DWG file into a ProtoTRAK program. The DXF Converter works with ProtoTRAK SLX CNCs on the shop floor or with the ProtoTRAK Offline system. It's an easy process that ProtoTRAK machinists can learn in minutes.

DXF Layer Selection - ProtoTRAK SLX CNC

Layer Selection

View the entire file and select the layers you want to machine.

DXF: Prompted Selection of Geometry - ProtoTRAK SLX CNC

Interactive, Prompted Selection of Geometry

Program events in the order you choose. Once the event type and dimensions are loaded, it’s easy to fill in the prompts.


DXF Layer Selection - ProtoTRAK SLX CNC

Chaining

Program the entire geometry of Pocket or Profile peripheries with just two clicks. Tell ProtoTRAK where to start then tell it which direction to go. The rest of the connected events are loaded automatically.

Advanced DXF Line Editing - ProtoTRAK SLX CNC

Line Editing

If lines drawn in a DXF file can’t be machined as drawn, the DXF converter enables you to insert or hide lines to get past these problems. No need to go back to the CAD department.

ProtoTRAK SLX CNC Specifications (O = Option)

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 with context
  • Windows® operating system
  • Color graphics with adjustable views
  • Inch/mm selectable
  • Convenient modes of operation (see below)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Edit Mode Features

  • Clipboard to copy events between programs (O)
  • Spreadsheet editing (O)
  • Global data change (O)
  • G-Code editor (O)