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referencing the tool table
« on: March 10, 2012, 02:38:52 AM »
Hello chaps- sorry to harp on a subject that has probably been asked dozens of times

If possible point me to topic replies that might be useful on the subject of
basic tool table referencing in Mach3

I am trying to get my mind around the following newbie issues

Scenario

My machine is a lathe and I dont have home switches as yet

i set the tool table up as follows

tool 000  Empty
Tool 101 general purpose turning tool
tool 202 parting tool
tool 303 boring bar
All are replaceable tip tools

on close down at the end of a days work I click "save fixtures" for fixtures

next morning when I start up i want to pick up where I left off

I want to use the same tools and i am not sure which tool to
use when I reference x and y axis when i switch on .

I presume that it is not nessessary to re- reference all the tool offsets again
and it will be nessessary only to reference one tool?
Is my assumption correct ? If so which tool

all remarks,hints ,suggestion and banter will be accepted gratefully
and in good humour!!

regards
Fred From South africa





think of the trees-- use both sides of the computer paper

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Re: referencing the tool table
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2012, 05:32:36 AM »
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i set the tool table up as follows

tool 000  Empty
Tool 101 general purpose turning tool
tool 202 parting tool
tool 303 boring bar
All are replaceable tip tools
You are making it a little hard for yourself, although it is possible to do it that way.
I start with the GP tool in Tool0, and reference all the others to it for both X & Z.
When I restart the machine, all I need to do is to rezero Tool0.  Because you saved the tool table, all the others will still be synced to tool0.
If you change the tool tip in tool 0, it may be easiest to redo the lot.

Cheers

Re: referencing the tool table
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2012, 07:50:00 AM »
thanks ,I will run that way from now-

Much easier

does the homing of the toolpost affect the other settings??
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Re: referencing the tool table
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2012, 04:26:55 PM »
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does the homing of the toolpost affect the other settings??
Not to the best of my knowledge or experience.

cheers