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Here is a a simple way for anyone to add tool length to their tool table. 

Do all the steps below after how establish a z home .

1. Using a 1,2,3 block or any thing that you know the exact size bring the head of your machine down to the top of the block ( can be on the vise or on the table it doesn't matter ) 
Be sure the to be able to slide the block in between the spindle face and the surface your using . Once you establish that zero out your Z.number .

2. Install tool of choice in your spindle . Pick up your cutter on top of that block . And record your Z.number in your tool offsets and APPLY and SAVE.

3.take that tool and pick it up on the block and set your z 3"(76.2mm)( or what ever height your block you are using is )

4. From here on out the set up will be the same . 

Change cutters and Tool # bring that tool down to the pick up block and go to your tool offsets. Change your tool off set length to zero 0.0 now if you look at your Z in you DRO it will be larger than your pick up block. You need to take that number and subtract your pick up block and then enter that into your offset length . APPLY AND SAVE. 
IF you did this correctly you will have the DRO Z.number the same as your pick up block .


change tool # and repeat.



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General Mach Discussion / Re: Another tool table Question
« on: February 15, 2015, 12:30:16 PM »
The default M6Start macro is this:

tool = GetSelectedTool()
SetCurrentTool( tool )

If you want to move to machine zero, change it to this:

tool = GetSelectedTool()
SetCurrentTool( tool )
Code "G53 G0 Z0"
While IsMoving
Wend
Code "G53 G0 X0 Y0"
While IsMoving
Wend


Make sure that Z zero in machine coordinates is the top of your travel, or at least some distance up that is safe to move at.

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General Mach Discussion / Re: Another tool table Question
« on: February 15, 2015, 10:09:52 AM »
Thanks I was able to find a basic tool change macro IL will post but up just so there's later on that are searching can possibly use it

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General Mach Discussion / Re: Another tool table Question
« on: February 14, 2015, 07:33:42 PM »
Also looking for a basic MANUAL m6 tool change macro

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General Mach Discussion / Re: Another tool table Question
« on: February 13, 2015, 07:23:44 AM »
ok at least you know where I am coming from now .

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General Mach Discussion / Re: Another tool table Question
« on: February 13, 2015, 04:30:50 AM »
I know but the coresponding h#
Example
T 2
H2 187.21
It does change the number but like a price of mind that it is grabbing the correct holder. It's not that I remember all the numbers to double check. And hat to ASSUME it's the correct holder length .


I know I can just switch the tool numbers and the h value changes . That's with out a g43H# involved that's what's bothering to me

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General Mach Discussion / Re: Another tool table Question
« on: February 12, 2015, 08:06:07 PM »
Never mind .

I guess instead if a T it should have an H that's all. But would like it to display both

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Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: adding a ne button to my page
« on: February 11, 2015, 11:43:32 AM »
please explain

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Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: adding a ne button to my page
« on: February 11, 2015, 04:35:26 AM »
Yes I know it has to have the G43 h#  along with M6 #
I've been programming and running mills since 1999 but only been active with my personal mill since April last year. I have been trying to get used to not having a tool changer and trying to be as efficient as I can now with my IH CNC .  I've been cutting injection mold inserts and it can be quite a few programs and tool changes so if I can get this running smooth with my manual tool change and my m6 macro it would save time .

As far as the g41 or g42  I don't have to do much manual milling . I'll  cad it up and use my cam software I haven't had to do much g code in a good 15 years

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Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: adding a ne button to my page
« on: February 10, 2015, 07:43:45 PM »
I guess as long as the T # is there ( like it is ) and the values are correct I guess I don't need to see it . Just like to see that the T and The H are changing .


thanks .

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