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General Mach Discussion / Re: Help with tool change in mach3 turn.
« on: June 18, 2007, 02:00:05 PM »
 ;D Thanks Mark,

 That worked after some trial and error.


General Mach Discussion / Help with tool change in mach3 turn.
« on: June 17, 2007, 09:52:47 PM »
Hi All
I am looking for help getting the tool change to work on my lathe.  I have a tool turret but it has to be programmed to a linear position to make it rotate.. ( Won't use degrees)  I can make it rotate to a specified position but I can't get the tool offsets to work.  Here is a code I wrote to position the tool tip at a specified point.

 ( THIS PART sets up tool 1 and tool 3)

G0 x3 z6

G0 A0 (rotate tool turret to pos 1)
T1 (Load tool 1)
G43 H1  (load tool 1 offsets all set to 0)

G0 x2 z0 (Touch corner of setup stock)

G0 x3 z4 ( Move Away from stock)

G0 A-7.2 (Rotate tool turret to tool 3)
T3 (Change to tool 3)
G43 H3 (Load tool 3 offsets)

G0 x2 z0  (Touch corner of tool to setup stock)


Screen shots of the tool table and the tool setup screens are attached.


Can you save your file as a .SLDDRW file first.  It has to be in the Solidworks Drawing format before I can save it as a .DXF or .DWG file.  I can try to convert it if you want to send it to me..


Competitions / Re: ******Guess and win a G100 Grex******
« on: May 23, 2007, 06:06:31 PM »
Based on the volume of the material left (ML) and making an assumption of the size of the material at start (MS).  Then applying the formula.....    WTF = MS-ML... and facturing in what appears to be a single flute spiral upcut end mill (EM) and the speed of the mill (RPM) factured be the feed of the tool (FR)  WTF = MS-ML/EM X RPM/FR  The final answer is WTF = 2,363,673 ???

Hi All,

 I have a small hobby shop where I do wood parts for a couple of manufacturers.  I am using mach3 turn with a chinese lathe that was converted to CNC by Industrial Hobbies.
 I need help with generating code for my parts.   I have solidworks and can create drawings but I don't have a way to generate code.  Can someone help me generate code for my lathe???
You can check out my shop here  www.woodworks.us.com

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