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using taig mill as lathe with mach3
« on: June 22, 2011, 09:19:08 AM »
Does anyone know how to do this?: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S34fe7JHkSo

I have a taig mill and this is exactly what I've been wanting to do.

I have no idea how the software "knows" where the tooling is and how this will tie into lathe toolpath software.

John

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Re: using taig mill as lathe with mach3
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2011, 09:28:21 AM »
The software doest really need to know where the tools are its your code that is telling the machine to move to a position. Having said that you can open a Turn profile and set up the tool offsets for each tool in the tool table and when you call a tool it will automatically offset by the amount of X and Z that you have in the table. Y however would be programmed if there were differences between tools.
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Re: using taig mill as lathe with mach3
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2011, 09:59:48 AM »
Hi Hood.
So somewhere within the output software it will have to know where the material comes in contact with the tip of the tool. That is the offset you are referring to?
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Re: using taig mill as lathe with mach3
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2011, 10:59:32 AM »
Either the offsets will be set up for the different tools in the Lathe Tooltable or you will use your G Code to command the different positions. The lathe Tooltable can only offset for X and Z so your Y offset would need to be via G Code even if using the Tooltable for the other axis offsets.

If you think of it purely as a mill then think of drilling holes at specific points (where your tools would be) then you will see that commanding different X Y and Z positions would do exactly as the  video shows.

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Re: using taig mill as lathe with mach3
« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2011, 04:42:02 PM »
The drilling holes explanation makes sense. Alot easier for me to visualize :)
thanks Hood,
Jiohn

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Re: using taig mill as lathe with mach3
« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2011, 04:53:13 PM »
Yes getting the idea in your head and suddenly it all makes sense, been there, done that and often takes a while  ;D
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