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4-Axis Foam Cutter Controls / Tool paths
« on: May 29, 2008, 01:36:28 PM »
Not sure if this is a feature request, but haven't been able to find a solution, so I think it is.

I'm trying to run a large 4-axis hot-wire foam cutter using Mach. To cut a tapered part --  e.g., a conical column, with a circular base and a square top, or a tapered airplane wing -- you need to set up two profiles and have each end of the wire cut a different path. I have a couple of tools that will create G-Code to do this, such as Profili (an airfoil program).  They use X as the left path and A as the right path. However, I can't find a way to make Mach3  display the A axis toolpath seperately from the X axis, so it's impossible to preview if it's going to cut this path properly.

Anybody have a solution or workaround for this?

How are you generating and validating tool paths?

Re: 4-Axis Foam Cutter Controls / Tool paths
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2008, 12:35:06 AM »
Mach3 ill run the code but the display can not display the path :( The problem is that it is a very specilized application that we didn't code the display for ..

Fixing problems one post at a time ;)