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I have been setting up a new 5 axis machine.
Along with determining Tool Length Offset and such, I need to determine the Fixture Offset Z Value for my rotating A Head.
(The Center Point of Rotation for the A Head)
This document explains the procedure clearly.
But I cannot figure out where in Mach3 to enter this date once I obtain the measurements.

Thank you in advance

General Mach Discussion / Re: Tool path selection A Rotation
« on: September 27, 2018, 12:04:27 PM »
Thank you Gerry

General Mach Discussion / Re: Tool path selection A Rotation
« on: September 27, 2018, 09:58:22 AM »

My previous question was directed to Customer Support as it is a User Interface question.
Is there anybody from Mach3 Customer Support on this forum?
Or do I need to use the email route for this kind of question?

Thank you

This is an old post and I am a new user.

Is this still an issue with the Tool Path Display.

I have been having problems interpreting the Tool Path Display.
So I loaded this stupid simple hand written g-code to test movement directions and orientation.

The g-code results for XYZ movement result in a path that is what I expected, and is what I see the machine perform.
The g-code results of A and C rotations result in a path that is unexpected, yet the machine performs as expected.

If the Mach3 Tool Path Display is not adequate to display 5 axis movement, what viewer do you use?

(RS3 Basic code test of the PilotPro Orientation)
(No Spindle Test for Direction and Orientation of XYZAC)

(Test of XY, 2 stair steps, 1 diagonal, return to x-1, y-1)
G0 Z2.0 A0. C0.
G0 X-1.0 Y0.0
G0 Y-1.0
G0 X-2.0
G0 Y-2.0
G0 X-3.0 Y-3.0
G0 X-1.0
G0 Y-1.0

(Test of XYZ, XY box with Z stepping upward)
G0 X-3.0 Y-1.0 Z3.0
G0 X-3.0 Y-3.0 Z4.0
G0 X-1.0 Y-3.0 Z5.0
G0 X-1.0 Y-1.0 Z6.0

(Test of A HEAD, CW)
G0 A5.0
G0 A0.0
G0 A15.0
G0 A0.0

(Test of XYZA)
G0 A15.0
G0 X-3.0 Y-1.0 Z5.0 A45.0
G0 X-3.0 Y-3.0 Z4.0 A90.0
G0 X-1.0 Y-3.0 Z5.0 A45.0
G0 X-1.0 Y-1.0 Z6.0 A15.0
G0 A0.0

(Test of C TABLE, CCW)
G0 C15.0
G0 C-15.0
G0 C90.0
G0 C-90.0
G0 C0.0

(Test of XYZAC, XY moves to center of table, A points to C @90, C rotates 360)
G0 X-4.0 Y-4.0
G0 Z3.0 A90.0
G0 C360.0
G0 X-1.0 Y-1.0 Z6.0 A0.0

General Mach Discussion / Tool path selection A Rotation
« on: September 22, 2018, 06:16:55 PM »

I'm trying to understand the Tool Path display.

My machine setup is B Head C Table.
In the Mach3 Toolpath setting, there is a check box for A axis and orientation choice.
Do I want A Rotation Enabled Checked (On) and Z axis checked (On)?
That seems like the obvious, but I cant see any difference in the toolpath display when I have G-Code loaded with C Table paths.
What does this setting get me? Show me?
The manual states little;
"The A-axis values let you specify the position and orientation of the A-axis if it is configured as rotary
and the display is enabled by the A Rotations checkbox."

I'm using Fusion360 and the 5axisMaker Post Processor for Mach3.

General Mach Discussion / Re: Limiting 5th axis rotation, new setup
« on: September 16, 2018, 01:31:41 PM »

Thank you for all your help from down under.

I was talking to a friend and he pointed out that there are options to limit rotation for B within the Postprocessor.
I'm using Fusion360.

I'm going to explore that for the time being as I dont have the inputs for a proper setup like you suggest.
I may return to my diagram (not mine, found online), but either way, it looks like I am just gonna have to think smart(er) when my toy is operational.

General Mach Discussion / Re: Limiting 5th axis rotation, new setup
« on: September 15, 2018, 08:15:01 PM »
Is this what you just said? 

General Mach Discussion / Re: Edit Button Script Window MIA
« on: September 15, 2018, 06:26:39 PM »
Thank you

General Mach Discussion / Re: Edit Button Script Window MIA
« on: September 15, 2018, 02:30:40 PM »

Do you mean a button in the main User Interface window, or the Close/exit/whatever button on the Edit Button Script Screen?
As I recall, I opened the Edit Button window, looked it over while talking to my machine maker on the phone,  and then closed by clicking the X at upper Right.

General Mach Discussion / Edit Button Script Window MIA
« on: September 15, 2018, 01:41:16 PM »
New to Mach3

I opened the Operator > Edit Button Script yesterday, just to look at it for the possibility of editing later if needed, then closed it.
Today I clicked on the drop down menu Operator > Edit Button Script, and while parts of the User Interface started flashing (as is apparently normal) the window itself was not visible.
It is also not moved off screen, as Winbloz is apt to do on occation. (as far as I can tell, I'm a Mac guy and here I am using Winbloz7 32bit)
Meanwhile, the VB Script Editor does open on screen.

Any ideas as how I might find my Lost Script Window would be appreciated.
Thank you

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