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  2. nickbe10

    Work Offsets moving

    I have seen this on 4 axis and multiaxis programs which were on a constructed WCS, rather than using MC origin.
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  4. JParis

    Work Offsets moving

    It's even more nefarious than that....after creation, they can just flat out move.....no rhyme, no reason, no editing, non-associative..just suddenly, not where you put it
  5. Titanium

    Face Grooving Okuma LB3000 EXII MYW

    Okay. That's what I'm working on right now. Thanks Doug.
  6. Matthew Hajicek™ - Conventus

    How To Reduce Surface Tension Of Water In Steam Plant?

    Hydrophobic coating in the pipes?
  7. YoDoug®

    Face Grooving Okuma LB3000 EXII MYW

    I don't have access to IGF anymore so I can't look anything up, but I seem to remember this being related to how the offset is specified in the groove cycle.
  8. Sticky

    Work Offsets moving

    This has been broken since at least X7, possibly X6. The only thing that has ever made things sorta reliable for me was creating the plane, then editing the plane to be associative afterwards. Ie: -Create a WCS using two lines -Name the WCS and assign a work offset to it -Create a point at the orgin/center of the WCS -Edit the WCS and make WCS associative to the newly created point
  9. If you can set work offsets through the cell controller per job then this is possible. I have accomplished what you are asking on a Mazak Palletec cell. What you can do is set a range of extended work offsets... ie G54.1 P200-300 and use that to "Set" data from the cell controller to the machine for when that job is loaded. Then in your NC code you can grab the correct variable # that is associated to the with the offset you "Set" the data and use that to alter the length or diameter offset per tool or even toolpath if you get crafty. You can even have it altered in the NC code per toolpath and also altered by the Cell Controller. This is a very simplified explanation. If you would like a more detailed one feel free to PM me your number and i can give you a call as this would be easier to explain on the phone.
  10. 5th Axis CGI

    Getting a new computer!

    You would be surprised how much time you really lost if you added it all up. People forget they lose double the time when they loose time. That is time you can't get back so you loose the original plus the time your not putting on something else. You didn't loose 45 minute you lost 1-1/2 hours since you couldn't work on other thing you could have been waiting on that to open. I may have 2, 3 or 4 Mastercam files open at a time so I am maximizing my time when programming. On your system with that little bit of Memory I would be concerned doing so.
  11. The system I have is 5 years old, an i7 w/12 GB RAM. I had spec'd a much more robust system, but was told to trim it back, so I did. Keep in mind, we don't do the complex parts that some of you guys do. We're a vacuum forming shop, so my work is a lot of fairly simple wireframe trim/drill, but some surface models cutting molds in REN Shape. Some of the mold files get a little interesting. This year, we've had a lot of new parts from our largest customer. The files they sent were huge for us, and took (on average) 45 minutes to open. Even after I deleted elements I didn't need to build our parts, and saved the smaller files, they still took 15 - 20 minutes to open. Some of the toolpaths took a lot of time to process. Wish I had kept track of how much time I spent waiting for files to load, and toolpaths to process. Wouldn't be surprised if I lost a week, just waiting.
  12. Titanium

    Face Grooving Okuma LB3000 EXII MYW

    My groove is off by 1/2 the tool width. The Id is perfect and the Od of the groove is big.
  13. Pete Rimkus from CNC Software Inc.

    Difficulty opening Solidworks files on shop computers

    Are you downloading the files locally first or accessing them directly from the server?
  14. 5th Axis CGI

    How To Reduce Surface Tension Of Water In Steam Plant?

    Aeration is one possible method to break up the surface tension, but then to much air in the water will create other problems when generating steam. I have some old Steam Power Generation books from the 1930's I could look it later this week and see what they say.
  15. YoDoug®

    Face Grooving Okuma LB3000 EXII MYW

    There are parameters in IGF that determine whether or not the groove cycle is using one or two offsets to control width. is your groove off by one tool width?
  16. Copper pipe has a maximum flow rate before it begins to error. You need bigger pipes
  17. Hi, when doing a face groove using IGF, it works well in graphics, including the x and z positions. Somehow, when it goes to the actual cutting on the subspindle, it makes the groove OD too big. The ID is perfect. Does anyone have any tricks to this besides entering the improper numbers?
  18. They may be getting this error if they have the config switch enabled to import the Solidworks history and there's no SW's installed on the system I haven't tried it but that's my suspicion
  19. Hey guys, I did a search on this topic but couldn't find anything related to my issues. I can open Solidwords 2019 part files on my computer in the office, however, the guys on the shop floor either get no import at all, or, they get an alarm that they don't have a Solidworks licence. We are using Mastercam 2019. We are retrieving the files from our server. When I try the shop computers, I go, File open / solidworks files/ now I see the file that I want ( lets say it is 500KB ) and if I select Options, I see that it shows zero entities. I can open the same file on my computer without any issues. Can anyone shed any light on this issue? Thanks in advance. Carmen
  20. 5th Axis CGI

    Getting a new computer!

    They got down to one, but it was not for this reason and I will leave it at that. Funny a tool salesman didn't know I was helping that customer. He asked me if I knew them and I told him when i was in there and he said okay that explains how they all of a sudden progressed in HST machining. They had rejected it before that then after embraced it. Don't do work for that customer and never will again, but that is one of the glad I could help situations even if it didn't turn out all that good.
  21. htm01

    Getting a new computer!

    surprised they didn't cut down to 3 programmers
  22. 5th Axis CGI

    Getting a new computer!

    Sad. I showed one company how they were losing $250K a year having slow computers for the 5 programmers. That was just lost profit in programming; that was not even including down time waiting for programs because they didn't have what they needed. They bought one system and when the one programmer starting out producing the other 5 they quickly got 4 more.
  23. gcode

    Getting a new computer!

    or find a job working for people who respect the skill and hard work it takes to do this work. The fact that they give you accounting's hand me downs says all there is to say IMO
  24. If you don't have a subprogram and the control is set to subprogram 'BEFORE' main, an EXT file is posted, with a blank NC file. Previous versions MPmaster didn't do this
  25. Yeah, that's the direction I'm leaning, I was just hoping we could do it through the Cell controller and not in the .NC code. Not looking like this is possible.
  26. I don't know if this will work on a Makino but our Mazak's we get it done in this way N1000 T10101250M6 T34010500 G90G10L10P#51999R0 G90G10L12P#51999R0 S12000M3 M8 G0G90B0. G0G54.1P1G90X-2.0739Y.1877 G43H#51999Z1. The #51999 represents the tool in the spindle, the L10 & L12 addressing the height and wear registers Seeing if there is a variable available for those will help determine if you could use a similar method
  27. Matthew Hajicek™ - Conventus

    Getting a new computer!

    Log the time you spend waiting for your computer over a month, multiply it by the shop rate, and present it to the bean counters.
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