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How do I repeat the cut of the same part?
« on: March 13, 2011, 05:52:56 PM »
On my prior controller software it had a screen for "mass production" where you could tell it to repeat the code a given number of times with offsets for X and Y axis.  No nesting or checking for overlap of parts.

How can I accomplish this with Mach3?  What do I need to read up on?  Is this what a macro is good for?

I did search, but didn't find anything which could be due to the search words I used. 

Links or references to the manual are welcome.  (an example would be great)

Steve.

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Re: How do I repeat the cut of the same part?
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2011, 06:18:18 PM »
  No nesting or checking for overlap of parts.

Not sure what you mean by that?

Have a look at the nesting wizard and see if thats what you want, but with what you said above I am not sure.
Hood
Re: How do I repeat the cut of the same part?
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2011, 06:29:53 PM »
I want to draw a part, create g-code for the single part and then cut multiples of it out of a piece of flat stock. 

My quantity can vary depending on the size of flat stock or order size, so I don't want to draw and create g-code for the multiple quantity.

Images attached are an example.

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Re: How do I repeat the cut of the same part?
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2011, 06:33:15 PM »
Nesting wizard should be what you want then :) Check it out and see.
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Re: How do I repeat the cut of the same part?
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2011, 10:28:29 AM »
I must be dense.  The nesting wizard is excactly what I want to use, but I cannot get it to work.

My Mach3 is licensed.  I have Version R3.043.022 installed.

When I select the wizard it comes up with my part on the screen.  If I change a value, such as number or repeats on X, and then click anywhere else the value goes back to 1.

In trying the "multipass" wizard I get the same problem.

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Re: How do I repeat the cut of the same part?
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2011, 10:31:36 AM »
Have you replaced the M30 with a M99 at the end of your original code? You need to do that for the nesting wizard.
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Re: How do I repeat the cut of the same part?
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2011, 10:37:34 AM »
Be sure to hit the ENTER key after each DRO change.
Re: How do I repeat the cut of the same part?
« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2011, 10:46:12 AM »
Be sure to hit the ENTER key after each DRO change.

Simple is as simple does!!!   Now it works.

Thanks,
Steve.
Re: How do I repeat the cut of the same part?
« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2011, 10:47:21 AM »
That one gets many of us early on.
I'm guilty too.
Russ
Re: How do I repeat the cut of the same part?
« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2011, 10:48:26 AM »
Have you replaced the M30 with a M99 at the end of your original code? You need to do that for the nesting wizard.
Hood

I did that, at first there was an M30.  It was the blasted ENTER key that was my final problem.

Steve.