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Questions about Gcode and A-Axis
« on: April 25, 2008, 03:41:17 PM »
Hey folks.  I'm still very new to hand writing my own gcode, so please bear with me.  I'm writing a program to cut a multi-lead thread (I'm using a 60 degree cutter and my A axis.)  Since I have to take very shallow cuts on each pass, I have to make 22 passes at each of the 4 leads I am cutting.  I'm using G91 to increment A by the number of degrees I need to cut for each pass.  To save time I do not return A back to 0 after each pass.  After a while the value for A tends to get a little out of hand (not sure if there is an actual limit on what a DRO value can be.)  This makes it tough to see where problems might have been introduced.  Is there a way to have the gcode zero the A axis as if I pressed the zero button manually?

Here's a sample of what I'm doing (I'm using a subroutine to handle each pass, but this is the general idea.)

G0 X0 A0
G1 Z-0.001
G91
G1 X-1 A3600
G90
G0 Z0.2
G0 X0
G1 Z-0.002
G91
G1 X-1 A3600
G90
G0 Z0.2
G0 X0
...And so on for 88 passes.

Thanks
~Chris