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G-Code, CAD, and CAM discussions / G code issues
« on: February 27, 2014, 12:23:48 PM »
Hello All.

I am trying to invoke a G41 radius compensation in conjunction with a G3 circular interpolation. The coordinates should cut a circle but instead I am getting a scroll.
If I turn off the G41 the circle cuts correctly but is oversize. I am trying to avoid center of tool programing for the particular program.
What a I doing wrong?

General Mach Discussion / Finish issue cutting round parts
« on: September 16, 2013, 08:57:40 PM »
After playing around with our new machine cutting simple profiles in plates I have graduated to cutting some 3D stuff. One issue I am having is the finish on circular cuts... it seems to be cutting "facets" almost
like its cutting straight point to point with no smoothing.

The program I am using spits out XY points (Catia NC) and for the most part I was using G1 for profiles... I tried using G2/3 depending on direction but it gave a IJ error and even substituted G12/13 but it did not make a bit of difference. I don't want to resort to using IJ mode unless I have to... I thought there would be a easier way to get a smooth finish without manually writing code.

Is there a way to smooth out the XY path I have?

So I have my new mill up and running... I wanted to cut some test plates out of wood and I noticed the program I wrote
was dwelling ever so slightly between points when following a arc in the set program - cutting wood so dwelling is not that critical
but it could lead to burning.

I notice this when testing the program in the air... I could here the dwell in the stepper motors.

My question is am I missing some G code that will smooth out the transitions between points on a arc?

Here is some background - I modeled the plates in Catia V5 and did the NC paths in Catia then edited them in a custom text clean
up program my son wrote for me.

Here is the program -

N1 G90
N2 G0
N3 X5.87059Y13.72017Z.5
N4 Z-.375
N5 X6.23805Y13.88958
N6 X6.61636Y14.03317
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N15 X10.19967Y14.09242
N16 X10.58252Y13.96142
N17 X10.95538Y13.80426
N18 X11.31648Y13.62167
N19 X11.66408Y13.41453
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N21 X12.31219Y12.93071
N22 X12.39367Y12.87234
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N25 X12.68070Y12.79400
N26 X14.15800Y12.79400
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N31 X14.78143Y13.12706
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N33 X14.89350Y13.39725
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N36 X14.96503Y13.82927
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N42 X15.65525Y14.29000
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N48 X16.34516Y13.82881
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N93 X9.19983Y2.69705
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N97 X7.51988Y2.73776
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N117 X3.16383Y5.05964
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N122 X3.32695Y5.74398
N123 X3.27469Y5.88081
N124 X3.10184Y6.25859
N125 X2.95627Y6.64769
N126 X2.83870Y7.04615
N127 X2.74973Y7.45195
N128 X2.68981Y7.86305
N129 X2.65924Y8.27737
N130 X2.65818Y8.69281
N131 X2.68663Y9.10727
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N133 X2.83135Y9.92493
N134 X2.94688Y10.32398
N135 X3.09047Y10.71382
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N138 X3.32000Y11.34307
N139 X3.32000Y12.95457
N140 X4.00543Y13.64000
N141 X5.57749Y13.64000
N142 X5.66628Y13.64702
N143 X5.75286Y13.66791
N144 X5.83509Y13.70214
N145 X5.87059Y13.72017
N146 Z-.770
N147 X6.23805Y13.88958
N148 X6.61636Y14.03317
N149 X7.00369Y14.15023
N150 X7.39820Y14.24021
N151 X7.79798Y14.30269
N152 X8.20113Y14.33735
N153 X8.60571Y14.34404
N154 X9.00978Y14.32273
N155 X9.41142Y14.27350
N156 X9.80868Y14.19661
N157 X10.19967Y14.09242
N158 X10.58252Y13.96142
N159 X10.95538Y13.80426
N160 X11.31648Y13.62167
N161 X11.66408Y13.41453
N162 X11.99652Y13.18385
N163 X12.31219Y12.93071
N164 X12.39367Y12.87234
N165 X12.48417Y12.82928
N166 X12.58086Y12.80289
N167 X12.68070Y12.79400
N168 X14.15800Y12.79400
N169 X14.30426Y12.80840
N170 X14.44490Y12.85104
N171 X14.57452Y12.92029
N172 X14.68815Y13.01349
N173 X14.78143Y13.12706
N174 X14.85077Y13.25664
N175 X14.89350Y13.39725
N176 X14.90800Y13.54350
N177 X14.92244Y13.68919
N178 X14.96503Y13.82927
N179 X15.03412Y13.95835
N180 X15.12706Y14.07147
N181 X15.24027Y14.16430
N182 X15.36942Y14.23326
N183 X15.50954Y14.27570
N184 X15.65525Y14.29000
N185 X15.80095Y14.27560
N186 X15.94104Y14.23307
N187 X16.07014Y14.16402
N188 X16.18330Y14.07112
N189 X16.27616Y13.95793
N190 X16.34516Y13.82881
N191 X16.38765Y13.68870
N192 X16.40200Y13.54300
N193 X16.40200Y3.81100
N194 X16.38697Y3.62962
N195 X16.34229Y3.45318
N196 X16.26918Y3.28651
N197 X16.16963Y3.13414
N198 X16.04636Y3.00023
N199 X15.90274Y2.88844
N200 X15.74267Y2.80182
N201 X15.57053Y2.74272
N202 X15.39100Y2.71276
N203 X15.20900Y2.71276
N204 X15.02947Y2.74272
N205 X14.85733Y2.80182
N206 X14.69726Y2.88844
N207 X14.55364Y3.00023
N208 X14.43037Y3.13414
N209 X14.33082Y3.28651
N210 X14.25771Y3.45318
N211 X14.21303Y3.62962
N212 X14.19800Y3.81100
N213 X14.19800Y4.13293
N214 X14.18498Y4.25024
N215 X14.14655Y4.36185
N216 X14.08459Y4.46231
N217 X13.71914Y4.93006
N218 X13.64982Y4.99830
N219 X13.56527Y5.04641
N220 X13.47119Y5.07116
N221 X13.37392Y5.07087
N222 X13.27999Y5.04558
N223 X13.19572Y4.99698
N224 X13.12679Y4.92833
N225 X12.85738Y4.60420
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N227 X12.25211Y4.01829
N228 X11.91939Y3.75956
N229 X11.56889Y3.52547
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N234 X9.61618Y2.76257
N235 X9.19983Y2.69705
N236 X8.77983Y2.66170
N237 X8.35839Y2.65672
N238 X7.93767Y2.68211
N239 X7.51988Y2.73776
N240 X7.10719Y2.82337
N241 X6.70174Y2.93850
N242 X6.30564Y3.08255
N243 X5.92095Y3.25476
N244 X5.80524Y3.29735
N245 X5.68322Y3.31504
N246 X5.56018Y3.30708
N247 X5.44146Y3.27380
N248 X5.33221Y3.21665
N249 X5.23717Y3.13811
N250 X5.16045Y3.04159
N251 X4.93512Y2.68789
N252 X4.58574Y2.91761
N253 X4.25112Y3.16833
N254 X3.93252Y3.43912
N255 X3.63113Y3.72895
N256 X3.34810Y4.03674
N257 X3.08450Y4.36131
N258 X2.84131Y4.70144
N259 X3.16383Y5.05964
N260 X3.25050Y5.17771
N261 X3.31204Y5.31063
N262 X3.34601Y5.45311
N263 X3.35104Y5.59950
N264 X3.32695Y5.74398
N265 X3.27469Y5.88081
N266 X3.10184Y6.25859
N267 X2.95627Y6.64769
N268 X2.83870Y7.04615
N269 X2.74973Y7.45195
N270 X2.68981Y7.86305
N271 X2.65924Y8.27737
N272 X2.65818Y8.69281
N273 X2.68663Y9.10727
N274 X2.74445Y9.51867
N275 X2.83135Y9.92493
N276 X2.94688Y10.32398
N277 X3.09047Y10.71382
N278 X3.26138Y11.09248
N279 X3.30515Y11.21439
N280 X3.32000Y11.34307
N281 X3.32000Y12.95457
N282 X4.00543Y13.64000
N283 X5.57749Y13.64000
N284 X5.66628Y13.64702
N285 X5.75286Y13.66791
N286 X5.83509Y13.70214
N287 X5.87059Y13.72017
N288 Z.5
N289 X0.0Y0.0
N290 M30

The test plate is 3/4" thick... the program is in inches and there are 2 steps down.
This rough cut drops out a big slab in the middle. Speeds and feeds are set on the fly.

I just wondered how this sounded on other mills and if anybody can see any glaring mistakes.
Maybe if somebody has some time they can load it up and run it in the air and tell me if I am crazy or not!

Thanks, Alex.

Hello All,

It's been a while since my last post... My business partner is looking at building a CNC Mill (see picture) and the only hold up for him is if we can easily use
LazyCam to import DXF files to do 2D profiles and holes. I imported a simple DXF of a profiled plate with some drilled holes but that's about as far as I got.

He seems unconvinced that it is going to be easy to learn, I have a demo version linked to our licenced version of Mach 3 but find it to be not so user friendly and in demo mode unable to post results to show him.

If I can't convince him to use Mach 3 with LazyCam is there an easier to use software with a built in post processor that can be cheaply purchased? Some input from LazyCam user would be helpful or if you are using something different I would like to here about that also.

Our budget for the machine is around $10K (includes a 6K package for controls/motors/boards etc) the table is 3'x4' with a custom 110V spindle.

He says he does not want to waste too much time at a terminal to fix up files to get them to run properly or else it would be easier to use a conventional mill...

Any input on the learning curve with LazyCam would be appreciated.

General Mach Discussion / Homing Softlimit Issues
« on: October 28, 2010, 09:36:09 AM »
I have a slight problem... I have a static head dummy Z axis and I can set my zero position relative to it and reference home position which ends up being X-2.0 Y-3.0... I try to set my softlimits but it does not like that negative value of the home position. I can't understand why there is no change if I try to set my softlimits with a negative number? I jog back and forth - the limits work but I can't get it within the proper range I need to run my programs with the softlimits button activated, it comes up with an error message that I am out of the softlimit range.

I can run my programs without any issues from my zero position by pressing GOTO zero without the softlimits activated but I don't want to run without limits set as there is a possibility of jogging off and crashing into the proxy switches... this happened when I tried to run a test program by mistake from the home position and not from my zero position.

At one time I did have my home setup with positive numbers and I was easily able to set the softlimits correctly... I have since lost that setup and need to get it back... Why is this so critical?

It's a bit confusing why it does not seem to work with home values being negative relative to my Zero work position (which all my programs are written from)

General Mach Discussion / custom application
« on: October 11, 2010, 01:45:13 PM »
Hi, I was wondering if I could get some insight into a specific Mach3 application that is not controlling a milling machine or lathe.

The machine I have Mach3 loaded to is a automated stapling machine... it has a fixed staple head (from another machine) using a custom built and designed table (my work) I got asked to load the software and get this machine running correctly.

My steppers, proxy's, and controller were bought as a kit along with the software. I have 2 sliding tables (X,Y) on top of one another and my working head is fixed. The machine acts like a giant sewing machine. My path generation comes from my designs and I can edit on the fly in the software as needed.

I read the instruction manual, which I found to be a bit lacking and on top of that the guy who sold me the equipment is being a bit vague with his "support" because he will make extra $$ if he has to make a service call to sort me out.

I found it strange there would be no troubleshooting guide in the manual - or did I miss that section?

My main issue is my machine head is actuated with an air cylinder running off a solid state relay... I tried to activate it with M3 M5 code but it was extremely slow and did not fire (hooked up to a test light for safety reasons) I tried several variations and when I took the M codes out it fly's!

I was thinking about trying coolant ON/OFF to see if that works... if that does not work is my only other recourse writing a custom macro?

Again, I just hooked this stuff up and only have a few hours running it... mostly head scratching.


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