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  2. I'll get back at it tomorrow. Had some other issues to deal with today. I'll post my findings
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  4. I've got to get the latest version installed. If I have time to kill later today I might try and brave it.
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  6. The machining cloud uses my Novo name and password to log in.
  7. When he showed us some 5 axis stuff he said that shortening it would make a less precise calculation, but it would make the screen cleaner during backplot. I never mess with it
  8. 3+2 Flowline it and call it a day.
  9. Set #19696 bit 5 to a 0 and 19746 bit 4 to 1. That will put it in table coordinate system. Previously with 19746 bit 4 set to 0, changing 19696 bit 5 won't do anything, it will remain in workpeice coordinate system. I would just try this and see if the behavior changes to something favorable.
  10. Thanks for the replies guys. really appreciate it. I'm trying to put a .3mm chamfer on two 4mm open holes at the end of a slot which is on a convex surface. My problem is that it's digging in a little on the edge of the hole towards the end of the path of when the surface changes angles. I was messing around with the curve 5 axis paths trying to correct it. I was playing around with the vector lengths to see if would control the tool angle better but I couldn't figure it out. I made the vector lengths the same as my tool stickout (15.5mm) Then I started playing around with the project tool path and got a little closer symmetrical, constant path but still digging in a little. The machine is a robodrill with a Lehmans 5 axis on the table. I'm thinking the problem may lie with the 5 axis on the machine. The paths look good in mastercam and when I dry run it on the machine. Thinking it could be backlash in the rotarys. I attached a couple of pictures (sorry about the poor quality).
  11. I have Coroplus working here, seems to be fine once you get over the initial sloooow install download.
  12. 19746 bit 4 is 0 but I am not using 3D cutter comp. And yes, the table surface is technically the center of rotation, but .12MM below.
  13. Sandvik isn't (AFAIK). I read, or was told somewhere, that it was being looked at, but nothing seems to have transpired.
  14. Well, made a few calls today and just cannot seem to find out the real ability of the 16mb control. I talked to Fanuc trying to learn what the block processing speed might look like. I realize that can be a moving target but some bearing would be helpful. I guess I may be missing a complete manual explaining how the look ahead features work, if any can be simply turned on, or what hardware might be needed for an upgrade. It think it is just a large hassle to move a machine in only to find out it won't do what we need. Fanuc did say the 16 was the hotter of the control series in the 16/18/21. Guess that is good news, but realize there is a big difference in back then and now.
  15. If you fire G43.4 and motion on activation is set to on it will try to move the linear axes to keep the tool tip in the same place. If it is off, it will rotate the machine without moving the linear axes. Same as plain old G43 with or without motion. I always set mine to no motion on activation and cancel as it can cause some booboos if you're not careful.
  16. Agreed, Ron. Our Horizontals used dedicated tools (134 per machine), so our libraries for each machine reflect only those resident tools. We also use libraries for kitted jobs, and special cribs. Then, we attach those to our machine defs that reside in our templates. Our templates contain all fixturing used on that machine. Makes things soo much easier. I just showed the Mill_inch, because I just opened MCX to a default vertical that we don't use libraries for (only 16 tools).
  17. I think he is referring to 5006 bit 6, which if you read under 5000 bit 1, refers to G43, G43.1, G43.4/5 as tool length compensation mode.
  18. I missed that when commenting about what JLW put up. Yeah, seems to me something else is funky other than that. Based on these is the rotary platten close to being on the c/l of the A axis (.12mm below)? Also check 19746 bit 4.
  19. The first example at the beginning was given to me as a sample program from another tech that swears that works for him. Never heard of that but I admit I am learning. I would rather not use the G68.2. It does seem odd, 2 different uses and purposes. I have used G68.2 extensively in the past. It seems to me that even though the control takes G43.4 and TCP flashes on the screen, it is actually not working because it will not track the rotating part. What is this "activate/deactivate" G43.4 disable motion parameter you speak of. And why would you need that? Paul
  20. Well based on the code he isn't... He's canceling the TWP before activating the TCP. Which IIRC TWP cannot be activated before TCP and vise versa. Looking at the yellow bible g43 is allowed in g68.2, but not specifically g43.4, and g69 needs to be modal to call g43.4.
  21. Yeah, I've never been in a position where I couldn't get the motion I wanted with 1" vectors, but then I've never made parts as big as Ron does.....
  22. Thanks guys, per my second example in the first post, that is how my post spits out code, if I read this correctly. T1 M06 (6MM TAPERED ENDMILL) G54 G17 G90 G00 A-73.856 C103.189 G43.4 H1 X-2.7717 Y-.7499 Z-.3781 S11750 M03 Paul
  23. A quick test to verify that would be to put the first position after the g43.4 on the g43.4 line. That would tell you real quick if that is the issue or not.
  24. Thanks for the help. Assigning tool library will save lots of time and ( in my case ) memory lapses. I went the first way of assigning a tool library since I'm lathing most of the day.
  25. I thought so, but it never hurts to check. Thanks again John.
  26. I was told by a co-worker(Service 4 Automation co-owner and tech guru Steve Biehl) not to mess with the number, especially shortening it.....the thing being that it is used in the calculation and and changing it "could" affect toolpath generation.... I never did mess with it too much and left it alone... My thinking was, "if it can affect a path, why even allow access to it then?"
  27. Check out Mikron, and Sphinx (distributed by Big Kaiser), the latter do 80D and longer small diameter drills. We use both makes 12D in Inconel (.047 - .075 diameter), turned a nightmare into a breeze. When I saw the really long ones my first thought was "I would hate to be in a position to have to use one of those!!" Both have could technical support, with Mikron a bit ahead here, but I don't think they go as long....
  28. You're on the right path...... Think boring head....same principle
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