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Safety Overview About CNC Machines


Please use the machine safely by following the User Manual, safety decals, and instructions. All CNC milling machines present hazards from rotating cutting tools, moving parts, electricity, and noise. Therefore, when you use CNC machines, you must always follow basic safety precautions to reduce the risk of personal injury and mechanical damage.

Do not modify the Spyder CNC. If you do, it is at your own risk and it voids warranty. 

Electrical Safety

The machine must be connected to a dedicated 110V power circuit.

Do not abuse the power cord. Do not twist, bend, scrape, pull, pinch.

Never service the machine with the power connected.  

The electrical panel covers should be in place and fastened to the machine at all times, except when the machine is being serviced. There is high voltage throughout the electrical cabinet (including the circuit boards and logic circuits). In addition, some components operate at high temperatures; therefore, extreme caution is required.

Personal Safety

Use appropriate eye protection while operating the machine. ANSI-approved impact safety goggles are recommended to reduce the risks of eye damage.

When machining a workpiece, the noise level may be > 80 dB(A). So wear suitable hearing protection.

When cleaning the machine and when in contact with milling scrap, wear protective gloves and goggles.

Operation Safety

Check for damaged parts and tools before operating the machine. Any part or tool that is damaged should be properly repaired or replaced. Likewise, do not operate the machine if any component does not appear to be functioning correctly.

Do not operate the machine unless all body parts and clothing are clear of the work area. Rotating cutting tools can cause severe injury. When a program runs, the mill table and spindle head can move rapidly at any time and in any direction.

Keep your hands away from the tool in the spindle when the machine is in operation.

Workpieces tend to vibrate during machining and must be clamped securely.

[e-STOP] is the red switch located on the front of the control panel. When you press the [e-STOP], the axis motors, spindle motor all stop. Use [e-STOP] in case of an emergency. Turn the e-STOP clockwise a quarter turn to release back to power on mode.

Do not touch moving parts after use. They may be hot.

Moving and Storing The Machine

When moving the machine, always lift by the base. Never lift by movable components.

Disconnect the main power plug from the outlet and store the milling machine when not in use.

Store the APSX SPYDER CNC in a dry location, protect the wires from excessive UV exposure and avoid operating the machine immediately after significant temperature changes that could cause condensation buildup inside the machine. If possible, store the APSX SPYDER CNC in a watertight container or a plastic bag and use desiccant to prevent moisture buildup.

During the Operation

Normal operation – Keep clear of the work area of the machine while the machine operates.

Part loading and unloading – An operator ensures the machine is not in operation, completes a task, and clears the machine's work area.

Tool loading and unloading – A machinist enters the machining area to load or unload tools. Then, exit the area completely before automatic movement is commanded.

Do not operate the CNC machine with damaged or dull end mills. Do not operate the machine with the table loaded with oversize material than the suggested milling envelope.

If using material larger than the work volume of the machine, ensure that the movements in the program will not cause a crash.

As with any power tool, do not use the CNC machine if you are tired, distracted, or impaired.   



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