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LazyCam (Beta) / Re: I cannot figure out what LCam is doing?
« on: August 10, 2009, 10:55:53 PM »
I'm learning more all the time, I did a PCB today and the signs turned out ok. I have to play with the feed rate so the inside of the letters stay put!.

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LazyCam (Beta) / Re: I cannot figure out what LCam is doing?
« on: August 10, 2009, 10:47:45 PM »
Thanks for the help guys, for now the demo version is doing all I need.

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LazyCam (Beta) / Re: I cannot figure out what LCam is doing?
« on: August 10, 2009, 01:57:42 PM »
I have been playing with Lcam and a 3 layer dxf. It works pretty well but I have not used the "Set All Layers" button anymore.
One thing I did notice and I hope someone will try it and confirm. In the setting mentioned in the previous post Setup-->Posting Options "Plunge Clearance" (PC) try setting it to something different to what is set in the Layers-->Rapid Height (RH) textbox.  Have a look at the resulting gcode for a reference to this Z PC and a reference to the RH you should see both. The PC will not have a rapid code (G0) but rather a reference to the Z height like this Nxx Z0.1234. The RH reference will have a rapid code G0 like this Nxx G0 Z0.2500 . Now go back to Lcam and make the PC the same as the RH value and export to Mach3, no more do we have a line with a reference to PC all we see are the rapids Nxx G0 <RH>. If I'm correct the code is checking both settings and if different adding both and if the same, dropping the PC value.
If someone has a chance to verify please do, thanks.

BC

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LazyCam (Beta) / Re: I cannot figure out what LCam is doing?
« on: August 08, 2009, 08:58:58 PM »
Thank you Rich, I was playing with the "Set Layer" and "Set All Layers" buttons when we were talking and that is when I noticed that they both did different things. The "Set Layer" worked while the "Set All Layers" did not. Of course all I was trying before was the "Set All Layers" button.
The one last item is the "Plunge Clearance" this parameter is set from the Setup-->Posting Options menu. Since I can setup the Rapid Height, Cut Start and Cut Depth in the Layers tab it would be nice to have this turned off if we do not need it.
In the PDF Manual version 8/5/2009 REV:0 I could not find a reference to this setting. I have googled it and not really much of an answer to exactly what it is and why we need it. I'm sure it will be handy at some point but right now I would like to turn it off.
Thanks again for your help and it was nice talking to you.

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LazyCam (Beta) / Re: I cannot figure out what LCam is doing?
« on: August 08, 2009, 01:12:53 PM »
In the screen shots I posted, did I not fill in the correct text boxes?

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LazyCam (Beta) / Re: I cannot figure out what LCam is doing?
« on: August 08, 2009, 10:58:24 AM »
Rich, there must be something wrong with my installation of Lcam.  I have done the steps you mentioned over and over again with the same results.
Lets just drop it, I will just keep using notepad to search and replace all occurances where Lcam places Z0.1000 in the code.

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LazyCam (Beta) / Re: I cannot figure out what LCam is doing?
« on: August 07, 2009, 11:38:43 PM »
Sorry to be such a PITA, I guess one of my main problems is the teminology used in places, I'm just not familar with it and what it means sometimes.
I figured out I have my Z-axis configured wrong but that is another matter.
Here is what I'm working on, I already posted my LC xml settings.
I included screen shots of my LC screen, I circled the areas I mentioned above in red.

If you can save me some steps I will be grateful, I'm taking the LC manual to bed for night-time reading. I would like to download the tutorial movies.

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LazyCam (Beta) / Re: I cannot figure out what LCam is doing?
« on: August 07, 2009, 04:12:04 PM »
Are the video tutorials available for download? My router PC is not connected to the Inet I have to load all my files from thumb drive. It would be nice to run the videos from my router.

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LazyCam (Beta) / Re: I cannot figure out what LCam is doing?
« on: August 07, 2009, 03:43:58 PM »
Here is a question, does Lcam look at any of the Mach3 settings before generating its g-code? Are these 2 apps totally independant?

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LazyCam (Beta) / Re: I cannot figure out what LCam is doing?
« on: August 07, 2009, 03:42:38 PM »
In the tab at the bottom Layers, there is a section called "Cut" none of the settings I entered in the textboxes ended up in the output gcode. I do not want the setting for "plunge clearance" in the resulting gcode but its there. Where did line N20 line come from, I do not have anything telling my z-axis to travel 1"...
I have the manual and I watched a bit of the video.

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