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Modbus / Re: WJ200 low and high range hex frequency data
« on: August 27, 2013, 09:05:27 PM »
Just to follow up and clarify my posts... I ended up controlling my spindle via the breakout board and never used the MOD bus.

General Mach Discussion / Re: Not getting how to use tool length offsets
« on: August 07, 2013, 10:54:13 PM »
I edited my Mach screen set to add a set tool change location button as well.

All I do is jog to the desired tool change location, hit the "set tool change location" button on the screen and go.

I use tool #1 as my tool setting spot

General Mach Discussion / Re: Not getting how to use tool length offsets
« on: August 07, 2013, 10:51:24 PM »
I did a tool change script in Mach 3

The tread is here: http://www.cambam.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=2044.0

A poster on the CNCZone helped me refine the script for the M6start file.
This will get the Tool Change Postions in the Mach3 settings and move to
that position for the tool change then move back.

I have not fully tested it but it seems to work great.

SetVar(1, GetOEMDRO(800))
SetVar(2, GetOEMDRO(801))
SetVar(3, GetOEMDRO(802))

Code "G53 G0 Z " & TCZ
While IsMoving
Code "G53 G0 X" & TCX & "Y" & TCY
While IsMoving
Code "M99999"
While IsMoving

Code "G0 X" & GetVar(1) & " Y" & GetVar(2) ' Move to Previous XY Position prior to M6 being called

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General Mach Discussion / Re: 3d 2 1/2d cam program
« on: January 10, 2013, 10:02:32 PM »
CamBam is a great program for the money. 

General Mach Discussion / Re: viacad and cambam
« on: September 01, 2012, 06:55:29 PM »
I use Autocad and CamBam.

Autocad has 3d and isn't all that difficult to use.

General Mach Discussion / Re: Mill as Lathe tool offest question
« on: August 26, 2012, 08:04:11 PM »
I installed the demo and while it is nice I wasn't fond of it.  In the tools screen the numbers were pretty small/hard to read.  The numbers overlapped into the border of the window at the bottom and right side of some of the boxes making it hard to read.

The demo also overwrote my tool table, and messed up my m6start scripts.  Maybe I did something wrong but after playing with it for 2 days I uninstalled it and spent a good amount of time resetting my machine.  I still have to redo all my tools in the tool table.

So after thinking about this and realizing I already had a quick change tool post on my manual lathe I decided to build a fixture to hold that tool post on the mill.  I can adapt the tool change script I have set up for the mill for the lathe ops. and the QC tool holders will handle the Y axis alignment.

Here is the QC tool post holder for the mill.

General Mach Discussion / Mill as Lathe tool offest question
« on: August 25, 2012, 09:17:27 PM »
I have my mill working as a lathe. I copied my milling screen and renamed it as a .lset file so I could get the Y axis DRO.

I want to set up 6 tools and need to figure out if I can use the tool table by some how adding in the Y axis offset or if I have to
program the tool offsets in each gcode file I make?

Thank you for the help.


Hmmm....  What I did last night to get thai all working was copy my mill xls file (mdoo1) and renamed it to md001 lathe.  Then I edited the xls file and changed the .set to .lset so I could load lathe screens. 

I will try to simple copy and rename the file extension as you explained. 

Presume you are talking about the xml? The easy way to load a screenset is from the View menu in Mach, editing the xml and changing the .set to .lset will not work unless you have previously made a .lset file,  unless of course you entered the full name of the screenset rather than just changing the extension name?


Thank you Hood,
I figured out what I was doing wrong.  Your right I didn't need to edit the XML file. 

May want to have a look at using MSM by Calypso Ventures, Inc as Dave has it all setup for doing lathe work on the Mill.

Watched the video's and that is a nice setup. 

Installed the demo and while it has a lot of nice features my first impression is that is may be
over complicated for what I want or need.

I will say the 70.00 for the pro version seems fair for the amount of effort the has gone into it.

I already have a tool change macro/script, and I added in my own button to set the tool change
location.  And if I purchase MSM I would need a probe next!  ;)

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