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  3. DanGilbert

    ROTARY 4TH AXIS TOOLPATH PROBLEM

    Thank you to 5th Axis CGI, and to everyone for your help and patience. We figured it out, we needed to reverse the rotary direction setup: https://www.haascnc.com/service/troubleshooting-and-how-to/how-to/reverse-rotary-direction-setup---ngc.html This solved the problem!!! I am also looking at your solution-5th Axis CGI!!! Best, Dan
  4. Thad

    Mastercam 2020 Mask on Arc bug

    Does the old issue of using Combine Views first, before Mask on Arc, help the situation?
  5. Tinyfxds

    CNC Scheduling Software

    We are looking into replacing our scheduling software for our cnc mills. We use robots to load and unload pallets from a rack into the machine. Our cnc programs are ran through the scheduling software to prioritize which pallets run first, takes the nc programs and adds our tool groups and pallet change commands into it. I'm just curious if anyone is using anything similar to what I have described above. I believe the one we are using has been modified heavily in house and we'd like to purchase something that can be supported in case of problems. Thanks in advance.
  6. JB7280

    EMPTY FILE!!!!

    Yes, I'm guessing that you're probably right. The backup is now set-up. Thank you! 282KB
  7. Colin Gilchrist

    EMPTY FILE!!!!

    Here is what likely happened: You were in a hurry, and had your file (with fixture geometry) open. You saved the file (or thought you did), and go to open a different Mastercam file. As you go to open the new file, Mastercam prompts you to tell you "your current file has changed, do you want to save it", and opens a 'save as' dialog box, in the middle of you selecting a different file to open. You basically end up overwriting your existing file, with a different file you are opening. The solution is to get in the habit of always 'saving your current file', then pressing 'File > New'. Always use File New, before File Open. This will save you aggravation in the long run. It won't, however, fix your current situation. Sounds like you should follow G-code's advice about the separate backup directory as well.
  8. Colin Gilchrist

    EMPTY FILE!!!!

    Here is what likely happened: You were in a hurry, and had your file (with fixture geometry) open. You saved the file (or thought you did), and go to open a different Mastercam file. As you go to open the new file, Mastercam prompts you to tell you "your current file has changed, do you want to save it", and opens a 'save as' dialog box, in the middle of you selecting a different file to open. You basically end up overwriting your existing file, with a different file you are opening. The solution is to get in the habit of always 'saving your current file', then pressing 'File > New'. Always use File New, before File Open. This will save you aggravation in the long run. It won't, however, fix your current situation. Sounds like you should follow G-code's advice about the separate backup directory as well.
  9. its sad you think like that , if you do a good job you will never run out of work and wouldn't have to worry about anyone else stealing your job , i guess this is not the case
  10. Leon82

    TAPPING

    Older matsuura and the Siemens ones use g93 to tap also. On fanuc you can pack tap by adding a q Siemens is g184 with a q
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  12. My guys literally scrapped a set of inserts for a mold today because they were trying to pre mill some areas out before burning. I told them not too, our new fangled sinker with a rougher and finisher electrode would blow through those features faster than milling them - they didn't believe me... They do now, but I'm the one that has to pay for it The new high speed Z style flushing on the higher EDM's is pretty slick for rib features.
  13. Colin Gilchrist

    Machining a slot in inconel

    This is basically what I was going to say before Sticky beat me to it. Rough/Finish electrodes, and be done with it. And yes, drilling Inconel, especially 718, is terrible.
  14. Edm will definitely go faster with less material to remove. But it is faster and easier to make two electrodes, and you likely would want to make two electrodes anyways, so removing material via drilling ahead of time would be of little practical benefit. Besides, drilling inconel sucks.
  15. curious a little on your idea here. I'd guess the EDM speed wouldn't be terribly effected if it burnt from solid or had it pre drilled. I'm assuming you know more than me.
  16. Use High Speed Area Roughing instead? MUCH better on all fronts for surface roughing Sorry...can't help with the quick mask (
  17. jeff

    EMPTY FILE!!!!

    When you go to open that file, what is the file size?
  18. bigprody

    Buffer help, I think?

    Thanks Jeff, everything worked well. I matched up your stuff to my MP documentation and it is making some sense to me. I owe you a beer. If you are ever in the Chicagoland area I would be happy to buy you one.
  19. Peter Evans

    Mastercam 2020 Mask on Arc bug

    If these issues continue I would personally recommend to develop your own function using a CHOOK or NETHOOK it wouldn't be a lot of work.
  20. jeff

    Getting a new computer!

    Looks fine with 1 exception. GET FASTER RAM! This is the main issue I have with Dell computers, they don't tell you what motherboard you have. Get the fastest ram they offer, you won't regret it because 2666Mhz ram is dog slow these days. You want 3300 or faster if they offer it. 32 gigs is fine unless your models are massive.
  21. #Rekd™

    Mastercam for machine

    I assume you have a working Mastercam post processor for your machine? This is the key to generating proper code for your machine. Contact your re-seller to purchase one if you don't have one.
  22. Well, I need some help to understand something about MC, it's the first time I use the program. I am currently trying to test MC for some machine in our workshop, but when I transfer the NC file to the machine, it can be checked but it cannot be run or the machine freezes. In this case is a Charmille Robofill 310. What I need or what can I do???
  23. Just updated to Mastercam 2020 and am now experiencing a toolpath error resulting in a system crash when using the Quick Mask function "Select all Surfaces" in the Rough Pocket toolpath. I have ways to get around this problem, but wanted to see if anyone was having any problems like this after updating to 2020 version.
  24. 5th Axis CGI

    Getting a new computer!

    I would go with the 64 gb or even 128 gb for memory. Better to go ahead and get it and have it verses need it and not have it. .
  25. jeff.D

    Buffer help, I think?

    I learned how to do the above from the MP docs. I know some classes are offered online; I've never taken one, so I can't speak to what they teach.
  26. I kind of assumed this would be a standard thing in this post. What do I need to change? I know I could "force tool change" with each OP but that seems a bit excessive.
  27. Opinions please. We do mostly 2D work with some (2d Dynamic Mill paths) A few surface tool paths, now and then. Maybe in the future some 5 axis work..... Precision 5820 Intel Core i7-9800X 3.8GHz, 4.5 GHz Turbo, 8C 16.5MB Cache, HT, (165W, DDR4-2666 Non-ECC Windows 10 Pro 64 bit NVIDA Quadro P4000, 8GB, 4 DP (5820T) Precision 5820 Tower Core X 950W RTX Chassis 32GB 2x16GB DDR4 266MHz UDIMM Non-ECC Intel Dual Band Wireless AC 8265 (802.11ac) 2x2 + Bluetooth module 2.5" 512 GB SATA Class 20 Solid State Drive 2TB 7200RPM 3.5 SATA Hard Drive 8X DVD+/-RW Slimline 5.25" FlexBay No Optical
  28. bigprody

    Buffer help, I think?

    Many thanks. Where do I go to learn all this stuff?
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