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Does it really work in metric?
« on: May 19, 2019, 06:54:25 AM »
Hi,

I'm looking at Mill Wizard,  I have tried the demo version and it appears to offer the sort of simple versatility I want.
BUT when set to metric the drill rectangle pattern feature only converts the first hole to metric, the remaining ones appear to be 25.4x deeper!  (see screen shot)

Anyone else found this bug?
Does it only affect the tool path display or will it get the GCode wrong?

I'm looking for a simple reliable system to use and I won't have the patience to put up with buggy software.
If it doesn't work properly in Metric do you have any alternative software suggestions?

Any thoughts from your combined wisdom gratefully received.

Re: Does it really work in metric?
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2019, 02:09:19 PM »
Hi,
I use MillWizard (licensed) in metric and don't have that problem.

This is the code produced by MillWizard:

Code: [Select]
G00 Z20.0000
G81 X 0.0000  Y 0.0000  Z -5.0000  R 2.0000  F 1200.0000
X 35.0000  Y 0.0000
X 70.0000  Y 0.0000
X 105.0000  Y 0.0000
X 140.0000  Y 0.0000
X 140.0000  Y 8.3333
X 140.0000  Y 16.6667
X 140.0000  Y 25.0000
X 105.0000  Y 25.0000
X 70.0000  Y 25.0000
X 35.0000  Y 25.0000
X 0.0000  Y 25.0000
X 0.0000  Y 16.6667
X 0.0000  Y 8.3333
G80
M09
M05
M30 (end of file)

Note that it only produces one line of drill code:
G81 X 0.0000  Y 0.0000  Z -5.0000  R 2.0000  F 1200.0000
but because G81 is modal successive lines of X,Y coordinates drill another hole but with the same depth and peck
parameters as the first.

I rather think your machine or installation is misinterpreting the repeats.

Can you post your faulty code?

Craig
My wife left with my best friend...
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Re: Does it really work in metric?
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2019, 02:06:50 PM »

Thanks for that, as I'm only looking at the moment I don't have a licensed copy and the demo mode doesn't produce Gcode.  I was reluctant to go too far down the rabbit hole with software that I found an apparent bug on the first attempt to use it.  That said it does look like it is just the level of simplicity I need.

It would seem the bug is probably confined to the tool path display since as you point out the Gcode will just repeat the first Z parameters.  The excessive Z depths do appear to be 25.4 times the first hole and when I swap to Imperial it all works fine. 

My mill conversion is nearing completion so I need to finalise my software choices soon.




Re: Does it really work in metric?
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2019, 02:11:17 PM »
Hi,
I use MillWizard because its so simple, its the closest Mach gets to conversational programming.
I have not found any bugs with it and I use exclusively metric units.

Craig
My wife left with my best friend...
     and I miss him!