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Tool Change won't apply
« on: May 18, 2013, 09:17:26 AM »
Hi all,

I'm sure this is covered somewhere, but I couldn't find it...

I have an ATC, but sometimes I just want to manually release the old tool and insert the new tool by hand instead of running an actual tool change routine.  When I go to the MDI and input the new tool number (and press enter) it appears to know it has the new tool.  However, when I start running g-code it thinks it needs to do a tool change.  Example:

- Tool 1 is already loaded from previous g-code.
- Manually remove tool 1 and insert tool 2.
- in MDI, enter Tool Number: 2, press enter.
- Call up g-code, which has m6 t2 at the beginning.
- Machine jogs to change position to park t1 and then pickup t2.

What am I missing?

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Re: Tool Change won't apply
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2013, 02:24:46 PM »
You will really need to write something in your toolchange macro so that it just ignores the changer.
For example you could have something similar to
If GetSelectedTool =254 Then
.............. ETC


You would then only call tool 254 if you wish to change manually.
Hood