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Hey guys been slamming mastercam for a while on 4 axis stuff no drama's. We have just got a new to us okuma 5 axis vmc. It has 360 deg table turn © and pivot head (B). I have been playing with this part without any luck could one of you 5 axis guru's give me a bit of an in sight on how I might program the slot's on  this part ? one of the most confusing issues is that my X and Y moves seem to be around the wrong way when I post ( this may be a post issue )? I am putting the heat on my boss to get the multi axis training from mastercam, Dose anyone have any feed back on that also?   Any information would be great thanks guys

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Your plane looks correct to me and you have a Postability Post. I would email those guys and let them know what you are running into. Very straight forward part and really a 3+2 process you are trying to accomplish not a full 5 Axis and from my viewpoint you are approaching it correctly. Send a sample file to Postability and explain to them in detail what you are seeing on the machine and they should help you get it sorted.


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Yea nice thanks, I thought as much.
So for that stuff would you just set up a plane as I have and just for arguments sake do a peel mill and set wcs top, T & C set to plane XXX ?

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To answer your question on WCS and T &C planes, yes.



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What about dialing up tool paths do I have to use multi axis or can I use regular toolpaths? Do you have to use the "convert to 5axis".

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What about dialing up tool paths do I have to use multi axis or can I use regular toolpaths? Do you have to use the "convert to 5axis".

Generally I use standard 2 & 3 axis paths whenever possible. I only use 5-axis when it's required, unless the part will be significantly easier or faster with multiaxis.



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What about dialing up tool paths do I have to use multi axis or can I use regular toolpaths? Do you have to use the "convert to 5axis".

 

You don't need multiaxis in order to do 5 axis work. If all you are doing is indexing work then the basic 2d toolpaths will do what you need. Learn how to use the plane manager and you will be set.


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Sweet guys I'll see how I get on :-)

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We ran into axes inverted with postability's okuma 5x post. We turned off tcp in the post which is for head head machines and that corrected the problem. I was disappointed with documentation that came with that post.

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We ran into axes inverted with postability's okuma 5x post. We turned off tcp in the post which is for head head machines and that corrected the problem. I was disappointed with documentation that came with that post.

I to have been really underwhelmed by our service too. we pay top dollar and get bugger all and made to feel that we are lucky to get what that. 

e-mailed prosoft (our rep) friday morning about the issue got a reply late Tues. 

The reply didn't even relate to the post question! i only got a hard sell on some mastercam-u papers. so frustrated :horse: 

 

is any one here versed in FIDIA code ? 



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We ran into axes inverted with postability's okuma 5x post. We turned off tcp in the post which is for head head machines and that corrected the problem. I was disappointed with documentation that came with that post.

 

I to have been really underwhelmed by our service too. we pay top dollar and get bugger all and made to feel that we are lucky to get what that. 

e-mailed prosoft (our rep) friday morning about the issue got a reply late Tues. 

The reply didn't even relate to the post question! i only got a hard sell on some mastercam-u papers. so frustrated :horse:

 

is any one here versed in FIDIA code ? 

 

Posts aren't something just anyone should take on. Honestly if you need further documentation than what is provided you shouldn't try modifying them yourself. Too many things can go wrong. If you need specific help this is a good place to come, if you have questions ask away. Many of us can make post mods without an issue or we can point you in the right direction so you can start learning how to make the edits yourself.