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Engraving, need to center work and don't understand.
« on: February 25, 2007, 05:52:08 PM »
I'm planning on engraving some parts that I make. All these parts are exactly the same size and shape.
I worked all day trying to figure out how to center some text on my flat workpiece. I put my work on the bed and fasten, then zero the x and y and z but then I'm lost. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Geo

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Re: Engraving, need to center work and don't understand.
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2007, 06:59:53 PM »
Not really sure what you are asking but you can zero your axis at any point you want, the left lower of your workpiece is a common place to have your zero position, but it could be any point you wish in relation to your workpiece. As an example if you had a 4inch by 2 inch piece you could set the X and Y zero to the lower left corner, you would then know that the centre of the piece is X2 Y1.
 If this is not what you mean please shout back as someone cleverer than me may understand .
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Re: Engraving, need to center work and don't understand.
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2007, 08:59:23 PM »
Thanks for the reply Hood, I will keep trying.
I think I need to set the machine coordinates to zero at the x/y, then move to where I want my text to start and zero everything there.

Geo

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Re: Engraving, need to center work and don't understand.
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2007, 09:13:52 PM »
Geo, where are you at? What are you creating your g-code in?

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Re: Engraving, need to center work and don't understand.
« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2007, 09:36:28 PM »
Hi Brett,

   I"m in Pa, I use Mach 3 to create the g code.

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Re: Engraving, need to center work and don't understand.
« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2007, 09:39:32 PM »
Hey Geo, I sent you a personal message.

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