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641  Mach Discussion / General Mach Discussion / Re: How do you center your rotary table? on: March 28, 2011, 09:00:56 AM
Hood,

There is a wizard that does just that. You touch off 3 points on a circumference of a circle (or 4 if you like) and it automatically calculates the centre. You probably knew it, but just in case Wink

And while on the topic I will add another method I use to centre a chuck on the mill's table. Hold a round bar in the mill, lower the head and chuck the other end of the bar in the chuck. Now it's perfectly centred, zero the DRO's and use clamp the chuck to the table. Fast and easy.

Dan
642  Mach Discussion / Works in progress / Re: THE LATHE PROJECT - 2011 on: March 25, 2011, 12:06:14 PM
Hi Scott,

I don't see a functional difference between the two options you mentioned. Either way it addresses the two camps. Probably go with the easiest way to make. Two separate screens sounds easier to me...?

About the tool offset number, I only want the offset number to be shown, not the actual offset.

Dan
643  Mach Discussion / Works in progress / Re: THE LATHE PROJECT - 2011 on: March 21, 2011, 10:24:43 AM
Scott,

I want the last 2 digits of the Txxyy word to be displayed as the offset number. The first 2 digits of is are already displayed as the tool number.

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

Dan
645  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
646  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
647  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
648  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
649  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
650  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
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