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501  Mach Discussion / Works in progress / Re: THE LATHE PROJECT - 2011 on: March 20, 2011, 11:56:28 AM
Sounds good Scott!

Dan
502  Mach Discussion / Works in progress / Re: THE LATHE PROJECT - 2011 on: March 19, 2011, 02:24:00 PM
Hi Russ,

No. Was not meaning this. When you program a tool change in Turn, something like T0101, this will be tool #1 with offset #1 from the tool table. If you then program T0120, this will be the same tool #1, but with offset #20 from the tool table. Now it is desired to have a DRO both for the current tool number and the current offset number. That as well as the above mentioned LED to show if the offset is active. There is a DRO for the tool number but non for the tool offset.

Dan
503  Mach Discussion / Works in progress / Re: THE LATHE PROJECT - 2011 on: March 19, 2011, 10:41:26 AM
How about adding just another Run screen that will be simplified. Calling them something like Run Pro and Run Standard? Should make everybody happy.

Dan
504  Mach Discussion / Works in progress / Re: THE LATHE PROJECT - 2011 on: March 19, 2011, 10:04:47 AM
Scott,

The LED Tool Offset 'ON' is 28.

As for the Tool Offset DRO, I think there is no OEM DRO for that. At least I haven't found one. Got to be a trick to do that though.

Dan
505  Mach Discussion / Works in progress / Re: THE LATHE PROJECT - 2011 on: March 19, 2011, 09:56:29 AM
Agree with you, Graham. Although having everything possible on the run page may sound more convenient, it may not be the most safe and fool-proof thing. The current MachTurn OEM screen has serious problems though. Main issue with it is the way the navigation between screens is done (you can't just go from any page to a particular one) and having too many of them. Another serious drawback in my opinion is the lack of an MDI on the Run page and Offsets page.

Too bad you posted to late, but if others agree, and most importantly, if Scott agrees, may be the prototype screen he's done can be still changed to have less unneeded stuff.

Dan
506  Mach Discussion / Works in progress / Re: THE LATHE PROJECT - 2011 on: March 18, 2011, 10:22:01 AM
The green background looks awful in my opinion. The blue is fine.

Also, what about these two things I mentioned in reply #54:

Add a tool offset number DRO.
Add an LED showing if the tool offset is active.

Are you going to consider this?

Dan
507  Mach Discussion / Works in progress / Re: THE LATHE PROJECT - 2011 on: March 16, 2011, 03:25:45 PM
Looks good, Scott.

A few things I'd change:

1. I think the "reverse run" button is not needed in Turn.
2. The axes DROs are too small in my opinion.
3. Add a tool offset number DRO.
4. Add an LED showing if the tool offset is active.
5. Spindle CW and CCW arrows look like "Undo" "Redo" ;-).
6. Don't understand some of the buttons (or are they LEDs...): Ind., Thr., Timg., W4T

Dan
508  Mach Discussion / Works in progress / Re: THE LATHE PROJECT - 2011 on: March 04, 2011, 10:41:57 AM
Hi Scott,

I for one, would like to see a normal FRO, like in mill. A one that works on a percentage basis and not a one that adds increments of feedrate.

Also, on the main screen I would like to see the current tool number and offset and an LED showing if the offset is enabled. You mentioned the tool number DRO, so only add the offset DRO and the LED.

I also liked the G94/G95 buttons and LEDs on the boave Ozzie's screen.

Dan
509  Third party software and hardware support forums. / LazyTurn / Re: Toolpath between Z limits on: January 25, 2011, 12:38:26 PM
Hmm... but here LT loads the file fine after it's been exported from D2nc.

By the way, Rich, it's worth checking D2nc. It's another great piece of software for us "lazy" Smiley

Dan
510  Third party software and hardware support forums. / LazyTurn / Re: Toolpath between Z limits on: January 25, 2011, 01:26:47 AM
Thank you Rich and Russ. Will try to figure my way along.

Rich, I cannot create proper 2D DXF files so I asked a friend to do it for me in AutoCAD. I think he then saved it as 2004 version (I didn't know that version 12 was needed). But then the coordinate system was wrongly placed, so I opened it in D2nc and rearranged it and deleted the unneeded lines.

Dan
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