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  1. 8 points
    You know I was reflecting on the fact that every time I get stuck, you guys are always here to lend a hand and I thought I should just say thank you all. You guys have been an amazing resource and it never ceases to amaze me you willingness to lend a helping hand to those that need it... Good Job!
  2. 8 points
    Gentlemen, I have added everything that I have from Tim to this folder. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/m8v4b2wjmh96jgy/AADOvZmi0WtMcN88_CyN-VTga?dl=0
  3. 8 points
    I Converted all of Tim's publications to PDF when I heard of his passing. The link Below has 5-Axis Machining Demystified, parts 1-4. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/m8v4b2wjmh96jgy/AADOvZmi0WtMcN88_CyN-VTga?dl=0
  4. 7 points
    I've been helped here so many times, the very least I can do it give back when possible.
  5. 7 points
    We have had a Fadal or two for the last 25ish years. We ran into control limitations in the late 90s. The control just wouldnt contour for crap at any good speed. So we used our Fadals for basic tasks (2d, drilling, simple milling..ect). This last year we bought and installed a couple of 527F controls from Calmotion for about 8K ea. I have to say I wish Fadal would have had this control on it back in the 90s. It came stock with 8gigs of memory...not 422K or 16 megs. It handles 3d contouring at a few hundred inches a minute. Our biggest hurdle is now the spindle speed is limited to 10K rpm. But we use that at 2-400ipm contouring with a pretty heavy chip load. Giving a little more life to these dinosaurs is very helpful.
  6. 6 points
    RIGHT CLICK IN THE OPERATIONS MANAGER SELECT THEN PUT YOUR TOOL NUMBER IN AND IT WILL SELECT ALL THE OPERATIONS THAT USE THAT TOOL OOPS SORRY FOR CAPS LOCK
  7. 4 points
    I am very grateful to the members who contribute as well as some big time contributors who are no longer hitting the forum. These gentelmen, Colin Gilchrist, James Meyette and Tim Markoski helped me more than they could know! I appreciate it!
  8. 4 points
    I have something that seems to have helped Mastercam be more stable and crash less. Inside task manager there is the ability to set priority of programs. If you go in and set Mastercam to high priority, it seems to be more stable and process things faster (on my computer at least). The problem is that it only lasts until you close Mastercam. I did a Google search and there are add on programs that will keep the priority set to high. The program I downloaded is called Prio. It installs and runs in the background. It starts when windows does and now when I run Mastercam the priority is always set at high. All you have to do is start task manager and high light Mastercam (once it's running) right click- Set it to high and also check save priority. Set it once and it's done.
  9. 4 points
    I use the Carmex Thread MIll wizard This thread mill wizard rocks!!!! They call their line of Left hand thread mill cutters Hard Cut and they work very well I just finished 2 big titanium rings that are the interface between a satellite and the rocket putting it into orbit These parts had about 200 hours each in VTL time when I got them and a team on standby waiting to mount the satellite to the rocket for a launch this summer. I did NOT want to screw these parts up. They each had about 60 M4 x 7 blind holes in them. I used Carmex Hard Cuts and got them all done with no issues. That was stressful work.
  10. 3 points
    A minimally tested post block using regular expressions below. Keep in mind that the regex function is only in Mastercam 2019 and beyond sinput : "980-1000001258-56286_A_OP1.nc" sregex : "^(.{0,16}).*?_(.*?)_(.*?)\." spart_number : "" srevision : "" soperation : "" pparse_string spart_number = regex(sregex, sinput, 10) srevision = regex(sregex, sinput, 20) soperation = regex(sregex, sinput, 30) "The first 16 characters of the part number is:", e$ " ", "->", spart_number, e$ *e$ "The revision is:", e$ " ", "->", srevision, e$ *e$ "The operation number is:", e$ " ", "->", soperation, e$ //Output: // The first 16 characters of the part number is: // -> 980-1000001258-5 // // The revision is: // -> A // // The operation number is: // -> OP1
  11. 3 points
    Exactly how I feel.
  12. 3 points
    Thanks.. The industry lost a giant with Tim's passing.
  13. 3 points
    I'm stumped. I logged this as D-37697 "Finish/pencil fails to yield toolpath". I get a similar failure with HST-Pencil (same two drive surfaces, same tool). Maybe this has something to do with the surfaces being somewhat far from the Cartesian origin. If I translate/move the geometry +800 in X and regen, path motion is output. Here's a work-around: add a check surface to the finish/pencil operation. It can be anywhere (well away from the part). Now regen. This time, you'll get a path output. The presence of the check geometry causes a slightly different algorithm to be used, one which yields a result.
  14. 3 points

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    These files are intended for those who have purchased the Mastercam X4 4/5 Axis Training Tutorial, available in print form here and eBook form here. Included files for the Mastercam X4 4/5 Axis Training Tutorial: Tutorial 1: TUT1_ROTARY.MCX TUT1_ROTARY_TOOLPATH.MCX Tutorial 2: TUT2_CONICALHELIX.MCX TUT2_CONICALHELIX_TOOLPATH.MCX TUT2_CYLINDRICALHELIX.MCX TUT2_CYLINDRICALHELIX_Toolpath.MCX Tutorial 3: TUT3_ROLLDIE.MCX TUT3_ROLLDIE_TOOLPATH.MCX Tutorial 4: TUT4_ROTARY_AXIS_INDEXING.MCX TUT4_ROTARY_AXIS_INDEXING_TOOLPATH.MCX Tutorial 5: TUT5_ROTARY_4AXIS.MCX TUT5_ROTARY_4AXIS_TOOLPATH.MCX Tutorial 6: TUT6_CURVE5AX.MCX TUT6_CURVE5AX_TOOLPATH.MCX Tutorial 7: TUT7_DRILL_5_AXIS.MCX TUT7_DRILL_5_AXIS_TOOLPATH.MCX Tutorial 8: TUT8_SWARF5AXIS.MCX TUT8_SWARF5AXIS_TOOLPATH.MCX Tutorial 9: TUT9_FLOW5AXIS.MCX TUT9_FLOW5AXIS_TOOLPATH.MCX Tutorial 10: TUT10_MULTISURFACE5AXIS_GEOMETRY.MCX TUT10_MULTISURFACE5AXIS_TOOLPATH.MCX Tutorial 11: TUT11_CUSTOM_PROFILE_TOOL.MCX TUT11_PORT5AXIS.MCX TUT11_PORT5AXIS_TOOLPATH.MCX

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  15. 2 points
    just hold shift down and drag the screen with the middle mouse wheel
  16. 2 points
    Heidenhain on a mikron..... that's why they are called Smart Machine Will take it over a Fanuc any day. Code is very simplistic. Once you get the hang of it you probably will not want to go back to the Fanucs
  17. 2 points
    Sounds like you're not actually using the Demo version but a full version on a 30-day temp license.... I do find it curious that a reseller won't support it as that's how they'll make an eventual sale... That said, setting your speeds and feeds is something you either do as you create path or, if you save tools to a library, you can then get it to import those speeds and feeds by going into the Toolpath group manager >> Properties >> Tool settings and click Use Tools step, peck and coolant...that will add your speeds and feeds as you use tools out of your library. I do question the wisdom of trying to sell a company on a new CAM system when you're not really sure how to use it already.....kind of setup to fail IMNSHO
  18. 2 points
    The control is different, but nothing about it is hard. Have you have training yet? GF used to offer training at their facility for free; if that's still the case take advantage of it. Also, call GF! Their apps guys are second to none in my experience and really know the machine and control inside and out. Take that last part with a grain of salt... I used to be a Mikron Apps guy for GF.
  19. 2 points
    I think someone posted at the MC forum (not eMC) about it. James possibly?
  20. 2 points
    Your containment settings or depth settings may be precluding any actual cut area.
  21. 2 points
    Reko - If you check with your reseller I'm sure they can give you a price for Mastercam's ProE/Creo importer - and it will be much less than the price of a seat of ProE. Also, my seat of SolidWorks "Premium" can import ProE/Creo parts. So depending on the level of SolidWorks you have, maybe yours will too. #Rekd - there are several other CAD products that product .PRT files. ProE/Creo files will almost always be .PRT.#, rather than just .PRT. We received a ,PRT file from a user recently and they were wondering why neither our ProE/Creo nor our Unigraphics/NX importer would open it. Turns out It was from a product called PROCad.
  22. 2 points
    I have updated the script for MC2019 and it's available for download here: MC2019 rename script
  23. 2 points
    Hi Kevin, Outputting the actual Subroutines for the Probe Calls, is only the default. You can easily turn off that output, and only output the Macro calls themselves. Talk with your Reseller, and get a copy of the Renishaw Productivity Plus Configuration Tool, which is used to configure the RenMF file for proper output. Are you only Inspecting and Outputting the data, or are you measuring/recutting as well? The reason I ask is that Productivity Plus can also be configured to output sequence blocks (start/end markers) in the Program. You can cut a feature, output a measuring macro call, with feature tolerance zones, and if the feature is still "stock on", the logic can output a G10 Wear Offset update, then jump (GOTO) back to the restart block, and re-cut the feature, then re-inspect, and throw the standard errors if the feature is not within tolerance. Are you interested in bringing in someone to help with implementing Prod+ in your shop?
  24. 2 points
    I've noticed that you're going to start charging for X+ with MasterCAM 2020. Yes, X+ has been a freebie for many years. It is grown over the years and it became a fairly big job to keep it up to date. Also Mastercam version updates are more frequently...once per year. Hereunder I decided to adopt this new course. Can you give us a brief description of how this will work? Subscribers will receive a license file (XML). This file has to be copied into the public X+ folder. Very simple. X+ will run without license on all dealer SIMs. To create a license file: The SIM number, SIM type (Hasp/Nethasp) and of course company's name and address has do be delivered. 30 days demo licenses are possible too. Will the license be purchased through my distributor? You can purchase straight from gmccs or through your reseller. A discount is granted to resellers. Your reseller may contact me. Will it be included in my nethasp license file or will I have to setup a second license server just for X+? Nothing like that. The license will be delivered as an XML file. No server needed. Will the software be licensed per copy or does the 400 euro/year cover all copies being run? On a NetHasp X+ will run on all seats. Will formal documentation now be included? In the future I'll probably deliver some documentation and maybe also some videos. Maybe I'm going to make some tutorials. It depends on the amount of subscribers. Will a method of support, aside from an unreliable forum, be created? Email and community. BTW I don't think that this forum is unreliable ;c)
  25. 2 points
    One thing I noticed just the other day is the 2D Dynamic Mill toolpath didn't respect my containment when I merged a new chain into the existing file! Backtrack a week. I created a 2D Dynamic toolpath, everything was fine. Customer changed the shape of the part by adding a small angle, I merged their geometry into my good file, reselected the new stuff and BAM... my containment was all FUBAR. Nothing worked, not even creating a new toolpath from scratch. After pulling my hair out for an hour, what ended up fixing it was putting the new geometry on the same level as the original geometry when the toolpath was first created.

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