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Gradual Cutting
« on: May 14, 2010, 02:35:05 AM »
I've read in the manual that there is a way to make the Z Axis take gradual cuts into harder materials, but it looks like that was for an earlier version. Is there a way to make this happen  in Mach 3? My machine and programs want to drill to the floor on the first cut! It's on page 6-12,  section 6.2.17, but nothing on my Mach 3 screen looks like that. Thanks for any help offered.

Richard

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Re: Gradual Cutting
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2010, 04:43:42 AM »
You can load your code and then go to the wizards and choose multi pass. Set the step and final depth and feeds etc and then convert button. Your code should now load and have steps down in the increments you chose.
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Re: Gradual Cutting
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2010, 09:33:30 AM »
And I have been always wondering what that Multi-Pass wizard was... :D Will know now. Thanks!

Daniel
Re: Gradual Cutting
« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2010, 01:20:32 PM »
Sir Hood,

I am in awe! In reviewing this forum I see you answer post after post and you are always spot on. You are a total genius. Thank you for your time and willingness to share your knowledge. Once again I thank you for your help me getting me through my problems.

Richard B.
Re: Gradual Cutting
« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2010, 10:38:50 PM »
Well it almost worked. I found the wizard and tried it out. The best I could do is to get the router to circle at the setting from the wizard. I set the step to .09, for the trial, the depth at .5, for the final cut and .2 for rapid height. The head just circled at .09 for 5 cuts. Fun to watch, but not too productive. I ran it on my laptop and the shop machine, same results. What did I do wrong?

Thanks,
Richard

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Re: Gradual Cutting
« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2010, 03:39:54 AM »
Not sure, only tested it once or twice myself and it seemed to work fine. Can you attach the code you are using and I can test things out.
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Re: Gradual Cutting
« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2010, 02:57:11 AM »
I've tried three times to load and send the file, but my computer just locks up. So I rebooted and will try again. Thanks for the help.

Richard
Re: Gradual Cutting
« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2010, 02:59:39 AM »
;D YAY ....... IT WORKED. I'm one for four.

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Re: Gradual Cutting
« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2010, 03:16:24 AM »
Not sure what you are wanting as that file already has multiple Z depths in it. I think the multipass wizard is meant for code with one z depth and you can then pass it through the wizard and get multiple passes at varying depths.
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