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Tool change how does it work
« on: October 19, 2018, 06:39:17 PM »
I would like to put a tool changer on my router But when a M06 is called how does the machine know where to go to change the tool do I have to put G code in for the tool drop off and pick positions or it there some way to  pre program the positions of each of the tools

Aslo I normally pick the centre of my Job then zero the axis  how would  the program then know where the tools where to change them should I from now on use say use  home position as the zero start point
I have not got a tool change type spindle as yet but are trying to get clear what I would need to do
any help greatly appreciated
Regards Ray
Re: Tool change how does it work
« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2018, 09:12:02 PM »
you have to write your own M6 macro. There are some examples that ship with Mach that can often be used as is or with
a little modification. Take a look at Daz-the-Gaz's video:


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Re: Tool change how does it work
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2018, 07:34:44 PM »
Hi Thanks Graig 
I have CNC a milling machine and used it for around 10 years but I wrote my own "G" code interpreter program  and used a PCI card in the PC  to drive it 
 It does work well but thought I would convert a CNC a router and use Mack4  and still investigating how it will work 
My mill I reset the counters to a Zero point in the job and work on from there with a tool changer I am going to have to have a machine zero and a work place zero but have not found how that would work in Mach4 as yet
Regards Ray