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How should I manage tool change?
« on: April 25, 2010, 03:42:35 PM »

Im doing some modifications to my screenset in order to share it with the community.
For anyone to be able to use it, I need to remove behaviors that are specific to my configuration.
One of them is tool change.

I dont like to keep my tool information inside mach, because I have my tool library in my CAM.
When I generate gcode, the tool information is included this way:

(TDESC;ID:14;DESC:1/4" End Mill Straight;TYPE:END_MILL;TOTLEN:80mm;OHL:50mm;SL:30mm;CL:20mm;SD:15mm;TD:6.35mm;CR:0mm;AN:0mm;FLUTES:2;MSG:In drawer 3)M810
M6 T1
S2000 M3

I use M810 to signal a function that parses the tool information and displays it in a tool change windows so the operator can do the manual change:

Of couse some users wont be able to make their postprocessor output this information, and also some others use auto tool change.

What tool change behaviors do you think I should include in the screenset tso most users can use it?


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Re: How should I manage tool change?
« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2010, 01:21:43 AM »
If it's intended for any user, then may be leave the same 'behaviour' as with the standard Mach screen set...?