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Modal Subroutines
« on: June 17, 2013, 10:10:18 PM »
On the fadals I programmed they had a Modal Subroutine.  You write a subroutine, make it modal, then it functions like a canned cycle.  After each move the subroutine executes until you cancel it with a G80.  It was great for making a number of odd shaped pockets, creating a mill/bore type routine, holes with O-ring grooves etc.  Is there any way to do this in Mach3?

Gary H. Lucas

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Re: Modal Subroutines
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2013, 12:05:12 AM »
Nothing like that in Mach3, The closest thing in Mach3 is a regular Subroutine with repeats .

(;-) TP

Re: Modal Subroutines
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2013, 07:42:00 AM »
Bummer,
I used to use that a lot. I guess I'll add it to the request page.

Which reminds me I don't see a canned mill/bore cycle. That cycle works like a drill routine but plunges an end mill on center, spirals out to the specified diameter and back to center then repeats until the specified depth is reached. The Fadal cycle didn't spiral and was very rough. But the old Bandit controls did this really well. On a knee mill I used it all the time to make round holes of many sizes without tool changes. Took a little longer but I had time to do other work while it ran.

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Re: Modal Subroutines
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2013, 02:46:10 PM »
Mach3 is at the end of developmental cycle. Hopefully Mach4 will be better.

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