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Offline sn96

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Why is the tool length important to mach3?
« on: March 25, 2011, 08:55:29 AM »
Why is the tool length important to mach3? When you jog down to the work piece and Zero the Z axis it knows were the tip of the tool is. The only thing I can think of is that when you are using multiple tools, you don't have to re-zero after each change. Am I right?
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Sherline 5400 with Sherline steppers
Visual Mill 6.0 Standard
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Re: Why is the tool length important to mach3?
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2011, 09:57:48 AM »
Yes thats correct. On the Bridgeport I never set an offset but on the beaver mill I do. I have a tool setter for the Beaver and load all the tools ready for a job and the setter enters the offsets in the table for me. The Bridgeport I just zero each tool as I put it in so no need for offsets..

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