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Stopping Gcode during cycle
« on: December 14, 2013, 12:27:09 AM »
Hi guys,

I'm totally new here and recently got the G0704 running with Mach3 and MasterCAM V9.

In the MC 9,  I devided the tool path into sections hoping that I can stop at the end of the each cycle to change the end mill (2 flutes to 4 flutes, etc) or re-clamp certain area. How do I do this when the machine is running in Mach3? I tried using pause, but couldn't pause it at certain location.

MasterCAM Tool path.



Thanks
Re: Stopping Gcode during cycle
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2013, 04:06:56 AM »
The tool is the same for each step.
Program in a tool change for each step. Mach3 will stop and ask for a new tool  each time
Re: Stopping Gcode during cycle
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2013, 04:10:31 AM »
Thanks! That makes sense. That would stop the cycle and prompt for "cycle start" even though I plan to use the same tool.

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Re: Stopping Gcode during cycle
« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2013, 05:09:10 AM »
The way that do things is to generate separate GCode file for each operation.
The machine that I'm sunning at the moment is a Chinese one with a pendant controller (Ti DSP inside) which is dumb enough, i.e. not interpreting all G codes well (broke some drills during G8x canned cycles) and at the moment I'm designing a BOB to dump the existing controller and to connect it to 'puter and drive it with Mach3.
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