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Re: Make a pipe bender die
« Reply #10 on: October 29, 2017, 06:53:41 PM »
Hi Dave,
I posted Gcode, even the original CAM program can no longer recognise it. A Gcode viewer should.

Break it into parts so that one tool creates one path. The order of ops is Facing, OD roughing, then the
all important grooving op that produces the semicircular recess, the the parting op. My guess is that Mach3
cannot follow the tool changes and cannot therefore draw a toolpath.

When I get home i will post the grooving toolpath.

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Re: Make a pipe bender die
« Reply #11 on: October 29, 2017, 07:00:05 PM »
Thanks Craig, all I really need is the grooving tool path ( I think) This area is one that I have meant for years to learn properly, but there always seems to be another way, usually a compromise though. I don't have my tools setup in Mach, so I just manually change tools etc. I perform the various operations separately. Not the fastest way, but.....
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David

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Re: Make a pipe bender die
« Reply #12 on: October 29, 2017, 07:01:04 PM »
Can you suggest a Gcode viewer?
Please
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David
Re: Make a pipe bender die
« Reply #13 on: October 29, 2017, 07:30:51 PM »
Hi Dave,
I use NCViewer and sometimes Camotics.

Just had a thought the file I posted had a .nc extension. Try renaming it to something that Mach3 is more likely
to recognise .tap

Craig
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Re: Make a pipe bender die
« Reply #14 on: October 29, 2017, 07:39:11 PM »
you mean a tubing like this?
I've been working on this cnc bender for my needs.
But, I'm sure not following that code for what my vision is.
good luck

Re: Make a pipe bender die
« Reply #15 on: October 30, 2017, 01:54:18 AM »
Hi,
that bender of Ya-Nvr-No looks great.

the code I posted works OK with Mach4 but jumbles it in Mach3. Haven't worked out all the options yet. For instance have set feed/rev when posting
the code but not familiar enough with MachTurn to set the appropriate mode...yet.

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Re: Make a pipe bender die
« Reply #16 on: October 30, 2017, 05:39:35 PM »
:) Craig, Ya-Nvr-No's pipe bender looks a bit industrial for me, but a great machine nonetheless. Mach3 seems to be happy with the *.nc extension, but as you say gets a bit confused about the other things that you have in there. In the interim, I have built a pulley based bender, which worked well, then broke, I sourced another heavier duty pulley, so I'll make another. A quote from the movie Babe springs to mind "that'll do pig".
Cheers

David