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Ramdom Tool Change In Mach3
« on: December 04, 2010, 07:57:12 AM »
Hi All,

Pradeep Here. I Am using Mach3 With SmoothStepper Plugin for pcb Drilling.Drilling program is having muptiple no. of tools. How to make Random tool change. Suppose i have completed 1 st tool drilling now i want to drill 3 rd tool. One more thing how to do repeat machining tool using single command.

Pradeep

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Re: Ramdom Tool Change In Mach3
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2010, 08:34:10 AM »
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How to make Random tool change. Suppose i have completed 1 st tool drilling now i want to drill 3 rd tool

You need to do this in your g-code, usually with an M6 T3.
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Re: Ramdom Tool Change In Mach3
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2010, 10:12:21 AM »
My understanding is a true random tool changer uses a swap method.

You would have to have a Tool change arm to swap tools and then a master log file to keep track of the tool pockets and which tool was in what pocket.

not worth it, unless you have lots of tools and tool holders, and want a rotary delivery system. I think I seen Peter Homann has a rotary carousel on his mill, but I believe it puts back the tool used and indexes to the next needed tool.
Re: Ramdom Tool Change In Mach3
« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2010, 12:19:12 AM »
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How to make Random tool change. Suppose i have completed 1 st tool drilling now i want to drill 3 rd tool

You need to do this in your g-code, usually with an M6 T3.
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Hi Gerry,

I mean if you have 10 tools in your program. 1 st tool is completed. suddenly you want do machining with tool no10. then how you will slect tool no.10 with single command.?

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Re: Ramdom Tool Change In Mach3
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2010, 03:01:54 PM »
I gave an example of doing a "Hot Swap" or Random tool change M6 script in the VB section, do a search and look at it.

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