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Re: Solidcam 2006 Rev10 to mach2-mach3 post pro
« Reply #30 on: January 11, 2012, 04:40:36 PM »
I have had a quick look at the mill-turn but as you say no post is available that I think would suit.  There are users using a 4th axis rotary table but I guess they use other cam software:(  Ive seen on cnc zone one guy who says he has a 4th axis which I did ask him for and had had no reply.  Its such a shame that one of the leading cam packages doesnt provide more clear examples and I also kinda whish the mach3 developers would at least ask the solidcam software makers to push for one as it would increase sales for both products..thats just my opinion though..I have also looked at the example multi side machining and I will at least give it a try when I get to my friends machine again.  Anyway I wish the whole thing was more open..Perhaps other users using such mills as the grizzly or bf20l with a rotary table can tell us what works for them.
Re: Solidcam 2006 Rev10 to mach2-mach3 post pro
« Reply #31 on: January 22, 2012, 09:21:51 AM »
Is there a solution for these messages?

I use SW2010 and Solidcam 2011. The postprocessor is from cncbasher above.
It is not possible to generate a G-code so the SC is in fact useless for me.

thanks.

Thanks Dave for the post processor. I am using Solidworks 2011 and Solidcam 2010 to Mach 3 to my new Taig mill. I am having trouble with the most recent version of this post processor. I am working in imperial units.

 I am getting error codes as follows:

"Line 430: invalid GENERATE statement"
"Line 430: unrecognized statement"

Re: Solidcam 2006 Rev10 to mach2-mach3 post pro
« Reply #32 on: February 09, 2012, 02:43:02 PM »
Hey everyone,

I just downloaded the postprocessors for solidcam, but when I load the toolpath in mach3, I get the tollpath inside of erratic G2 and G3 movements that shouldn't be there. I've tried other postprocessors but any of them gave me the exact toolpath as it's shown on solidcam screen.
Can anyone help me? I don't know if it has something to do with solidcam itself and can't be modified or if it has something to do with the postprocessor.
I even tried different machining strategies to see if it was something related to that, but the results are the same.
I've attached the gcode, so you can understand me easier. The blue lines (toolpath in mach3) are the correct code and the pink are the wrong movements that shouldn't be there.

Please, any expert, give some help!
Re: Solidcam 2006 Rev10 to mach2-mach3 post pro
« Reply #33 on: February 09, 2012, 03:09:19 PM »
No expert by any means, but :
Gen. Config.
Select Inc. IJ Mode.
See if that helps
Re: Solidcam 2006 Rev10 to mach2-mach3 post pro
« Reply #34 on: February 09, 2012, 03:26:10 PM »
To be clearer,

On the Mach screen, top menu, left.
Config. / Gen. Config / IJ Mode - Inc.
 :)
Re: Solidcam 2006 Rev10 to mach2-mach3 post pro
« Reply #35 on: February 09, 2012, 03:38:07 PM »
then click REGEN. to regenerate the toolpath and the magenta circles/arcs should go away.
Re: Solidcam 2006 Rev10 to mach2-mach3 post pro
« Reply #36 on: February 09, 2012, 03:56:21 PM »
THANK YOU SO MUCH, MAN!!!

You are an expert for sure!
If you donĀ“t mind to help me with something more, I have a question about the scaling factor.
Everytime I run a gcode, my X axis goes automaticaly to scale factor of -1.000. Do you know if this is related to the gcode? Is there any configuration in Mach3 that I could disable it?

In fact, what is it for? I couldn't notice any difference...

Thank you
Re: Solidcam 2006 Rev10 to mach2-mach3 post pro
« Reply #37 on: February 09, 2012, 04:03:25 PM »
-1.000 would produce a mirror image on that axis. If the part was symmetrical, it would make no difference. Your cam must not be putting that in the code cause I dont see it in the code you sent. It might be in your config, initialization string ? ? ?
You can use G50 to cancel all scaling, in the beginning of your code.
Post your XML (copy to desktop and rename first) if you wish, might see something there.
Re: Solidcam 2006 Rev10 to mach2-mach3 post pro
« Reply #38 on: February 09, 2012, 04:09:37 PM »
From the manual:

6.2.2.4 Scale
Scale factors for any axes can be set by G51 and can be cleared by G50. If a scale factor
(other than 1.0) is set then it is applied to coordinates when they appear in G-code (e.g. as X
words, Y words etc.) . The Scale LED will flash as a reminder that a scale is set for an axis.
The value defined by G51 will appear, and can be set, in the Scale DRO. Negative values
mirror the coordinates about the relevant axis.
The G50 button executes a G50 command to set all scales to 1.0
Re: Solidcam 2006 Rev10 to mach2-mach3 post pro
« Reply #39 on: February 09, 2012, 04:30:35 PM »
 :)
Did you build this machine yourself ? Is it factory built ?
Reason I ask, there could be macros or plug-ins involved with the scaling.
Also, this, for your reading pleasure.
Cheers,
Russ (novice) ;)