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Tool Width Setting
« on: December 19, 2012, 09:09:05 PM »
Newbie to Mach3Turn.
I'm a mill guy. They say lathes are easier than mills but I'm not feeling it.
The problem I am having is with tool width.
I have a groove on a part that is .160 wide. My tool is .060 wide.
My program will move to point x, plunge in x amount of distance and then move .160 along the z axis.
That gives me .160 + .060 for .220
Is there a way to tell Mach3 that my grooving tool is .06 wide and then the software compensates for it?

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Re: Tool Width Setting
« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2012, 03:14:44 AM »
You have your code written so as to groove the width you want. Mach follows what your G Code tells it to do.
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Re: Tool Width Setting
« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2012, 05:59:08 AM »
You may want to try Lazyturn. The generated gcode will give you a flavor of the created pathing depending on what your
trying to do. There is a manual for it along with appendix's worth looking at.

RICH
Re: Tool Width Setting
« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2012, 06:10:03 AM »
Hood: I was inaccurate. I imported the dxf and the code was created for me. I wrote my description wrong. I edited my posted serveral times before posting and just mixed it all together.

Rich: I'll try LazyTurn

Thanks for the responses.

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Re: Tool Width Setting
« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2012, 06:27:35 AM »
If you are importing a DXF into Mach then you must have a very old version.
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Re: Tool Width Setting
« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2012, 06:29:48 AM »
New Fangled Solutions has created a wizard for lathe use and you need to purchase a license to use it.
There are wizards in Mach that can do specific tasks.
Lazyturn is free and documented  but limited as it is more for just doing external profile work.
LazyCam has a lathe module and requires a license to use the module but Lazyturn was a replacement for LazyCam lathe
and suggest you not use LazyCam lathe as it is not totaly functional.
There is not much available for lathe use.
Dolphin Lathe is a good program which I would recommend evaluating.

From one who prefers to make chips than manualy write gcode, :)
RICH