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Video of my setup and Mach3 lathe problem. Weird problem....
« on: December 17, 2011, 08:21:14 PM »
In this video I show my setup and a strange problem I am having with Mach3.


Anyone have any ideas how to fix the problem?
Re: Video of my setup and Mach3 lathe problem. Weird problem....
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2011, 12:27:56 AM »

Can you post your G Code so we can try to help?

Are you using Tool Tables and Tool Calls calls for each tool in the gang?  I have a gang tool setup & I do not use tool tables and tool calls.  I use G52 offsets to set the offset for each tool.

If you want, I can post or refer you to my typical G Code for Gang Tool setup.  Just let me know if you think it would help.

The fact that your simulated cut is on the far side of the stock looks to me like you have the turret set in Mach3 for the rear side.  I use a conventional turret setup from the near (front) side of the stock with my Mach3 setup.


Re: Video of my setup and Mach3 lathe problem. Weird problem....
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2011, 01:24:16 AM »
I actually had not gotten as far as to set up the offsets. Honestly, I dont even know how to do it!

I would love to see your code and see how you do it.

Also, any pointers you can provide would be very appriciated!

Additionally, I cant figure out if I have the tools set in the front or rear turret. I have the tool set to "orientation 1" and that is coming in from X+ toward X- and Z+ toward Z- so I think that this is correct.

I do agree, it does look like the tools are coming in from the front and rear toolposts.
Re: Video of my setup and Mach3 lathe problem. Weird problem....
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2011, 01:29:09 AM »
Also here is my code.

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(TIME - 05:55PM)
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Re: Video of my setup and Mach3 lathe problem. Weird problem....
« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2011, 03:15:19 AM »

I haven't had the opportunity to study your code in detail but here is a link to the method I use for Gang Tooling.  There is an example towards the end of the document that shows how G52 can be used.


Hope this is of use to you.



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Re: Video of my setup and Mach3 lathe problem. Weird problem....
« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2011, 07:14:43 AM »
Your issues are mostly your code, it could also be tool table as although the code is using the same tool, tool 0 (prob best to not use 0 really) you are using different offsets so you may have some set in your table.

BobCAD is putting out positive and negative X values, mainly negative and thats why you see the toolpath above but the parting tool is positive X values and thats why its below.
I put a scaling factor of X-2 in front of all the negative X moves and cancelled it for the part off and it looks better.
Really though you want to get Bob Cad sorted so it posts correctly.
One other thing, do all your tools cut from the same side?

Heres a pic of your code with all G50's removed except for one before the part off and a G51X-2 inserted at the start of the roughing cycles.

Re: Video of my setup and Mach3 lathe problem. Weird problem....
« Reply #6 on: December 18, 2011, 02:08:20 PM »
Ok, so G51 sets a scale factor and G50 cancels it. Ok.

So Bobcad was putting out code that was doubling the X values or something like that? Does that mean that it was generating code for Diameter mode but I was running it in Mach with Radius mode selected?

I did try switching Mach between these modes, but I got the famed crop circles...

Would getting BobCad to write me a stripped down post processor likley fix some of these issues?

Also, yes. all the tools do cut from the same side.

Here is the layout-

Closet to operator first on the Gang
1. center drill
2. through drill
3. profiling tool
4. blank space
5. Bar puller

I hope that helps explain my code.
Re: Video of my setup and Mach3 lathe problem. Weird problem....
« Reply #7 on: December 18, 2011, 02:13:04 PM »

Just noticed you created that PDF on my birthday last year...

Cant wait to finish reading/digesting it.


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Re: Video of my setup and Mach3 lathe problem. Weird problem....
« Reply #8 on: December 18, 2011, 02:17:57 PM »
No BOBCAD is putting out negative X values for your rough turn turn and grooving ops and positive X values for your parting. The G51 does indeed scale the axis but I was doing G51X-2  which ineffect reverses the axis so say a G0X-20 is in the Code, with a G51X-2 it would become G0X20.
The reason I needed X-2 is because you are in Dia mode, if it was in Rad mode it would just be G51X-1.

It may just be the way you are telling BobCAD your tools are set up, you may be saying they are approaching from the rear. Cant help with BobCAD setup though as I have never really used it, did have a look but there was no info at the time and BobCAD themselves were no help, all they wanted was to sell me the programme.

Re: Video of my setup and Mach3 lathe problem. Weird problem....
« Reply #9 on: December 18, 2011, 03:13:08 PM »
alright, I have been trying every post processor and setting I can find in bobcad, and it is not stopping the output of negative X values for the grooving tool. Actually, I am testing with the drills and the parting tool removed from Bobcad so I can just see what changes the grooving toolpath to positive x values.

I have now also tried all four tool orientation settings in Bobcad and they dont fix the problem. This makes no sense. They should change the front or rear toolpost positions at least, the way I look at it they should, but, its as if changing to the other three orientations does nothing (at least to the visual toolpath representation in mach)