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Offline Aegir

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How to set tool height with face mill on auto tool setter
« on: September 05, 2017, 10:42:18 PM »
I asked this question on Google without much success, so thought one of you will surely know on here.
I have a tool height setter on my machine, which I use every time.  I have just bought a 100mm diameter face mill to speed up some operations, but now that I have taken it out of the box, I realize that it will not set the height of the tool as I normally use it, because the center of the tool is not the bottom.
So in order to measure of the cutters, how would I do that?

This will be the first tool of 4, so if I manually set this tool off the part, I am concerned the following tool will be slightly out coming of the tool setter and then again maybe not, but I would prefer to use it, as I have it.

Anyone?
Re: How to set tool height with face mill on auto tool setter
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2017, 12:15:20 AM »
Aegir - had the same problem.  In the m6 macro I just check the tool diameter in the tool table immediately before probing, and if its greater than 20 mm move the Y-axis by half the tool diameter from its normal position before probing.  As the move is separate to the initial axis moves over the tool setter, and made immediately before probing its easy to pick up errors.  It will also error if the tool diameter comes back zero.  I only need to make sure that a cutter tooth is on the side nearest the tool setter.  Pretty crude but works for me.

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Re: How to set tool height with face mill on auto tool setter
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2017, 12:18:47 AM »
Thanks, I will try that out today.