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  1. huskermcdoogle

    Fanuc 16iM DNC PCMCIA

    What alarm are you getting? PS1079? Plus you should be using M198 and not M98 in your main. How is the file extension formatted? My best experience has been to have no extension.
  2. huskermcdoogle

    Smoothcam

    Yeah, that's a dream all shop owners think is so easy. If you are running production, everything is proven, and you don't have anything to do, (gaging, deburring, packing, loading, cleaning). Sure I have seen a few people program at the machine while it's running, but the reality is, the only time I have seen that done is when there is an operator doing all the other stuff, and it's just a setup guy getting the next lathe program ready in mazatrol.
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    Pause after tool change for coolant

    See if your machine has a timer built into the coolant on command in the ladder. What is the machine. Otherwise, I'm guessing you could do it with canned text, or in the post as part of the coolant on command.
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    Smart Machine Tool

    Based on the numbers I don't think they would have made a decimal error. The machine weighs 1.5 million pounds, and has close to a million pound table load. It's just a damn big machine. 355 HP and 15 RPM. That would be whippin at that diameter,
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    building a 4 axis horizontal

    Did you start from scratch, or just replace stl files in an existing one that works?
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    Horizontal Programming your method?

    I guess the simple is the best one here. I reality even less. All you have to do is duplicate and flip x with the edit function. Now that said back in the day it wasn't quite as fast to edit, so you could just do a rotate WCS from top by 180 about y. But still 1.5 minutes is generous.
  7. huskermcdoogle

    Horizontal Programming your method?

    I know I have heard the argument many times, but can't for the life of me remember the details behind why CNC chose Top/Front. The only argument I have now, is that this is the config that mach sim and probing are setup around. Does it make any sense to me, no. But that's because I always used Top/Top and since moving into the five axis world, still use Top/Top as my 0,0 plane so to speak.
  8. I always loved the random nature of things you have to do to get tool changers homed out... I will say though the best thing like this I ever had to do was homing the servo drawbar on the spindle of a Mori horizontal once. You only had about 10 seconds of holding it in position at home before it would thermal out. I don't remember the whole procedure, but it was a bear to do, and without the procedure from Mori, you weren't going to figure it out on your own in any reasonable amount of time.
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    mind blown

    I do almost everything in the MW paths these days. Of course that is said in the past tense, as I still currently do not have a job. I did however help out the old boss last week getting his new machines up and running. Felt good to close out the project I started a few years ago now. Felt even better when I beat my initial cycle time estimates. with better part quality than I had expected. I will always be the first person to say that maintenance is worth the money. I have a knack for finding all of the bugs that nobody else seems to struggle with. I never used to report them, but now have a good working relationship with QC to send bug reports in. In fact, I don't even bother going through my reseller with bug reports anymore. I just copy them on them when I remember and keep on truckin. Back on the subject of the moduleworks 5x paths. I think they should be pushed more, so as to make them a little more mainstream. That way they can be given a little more attention toward posting parameter accessibility. AFAIK you can't tell if you have 4 axis or 3 axis mode selected when posting to force locking of your rotary axes. I have build misc reals into my posts for it, but it's annoying that you have to do that. I have found in the last few years that it is far faster to get to a nice smooth toolpath with proper transitions in the MW suite than using the high speed finish surfacing paths. You just have so much more control. Pretty much infinite... Versus a pretty finite box of tools the standard 3D paths give you. I have not done anything with the new high speed equal scallop path, but the videos certainly show it to be a good tool, and it seems to address some of the issues as to why I didn't use scallop much before. As for the What's New, it seems that Aaron has been doing a much better job than years past documenting and communicating updates to the MW suite. But it never hurts to go take a look on the ModuleWorks Youtube channel and see what they have in their what's new videos that they put out with every release. There is no guarantee that they these functions will make it into the Mastercam implementation, but usually many of the functions or enhancements show up the following year in the next annual release of Mastercam.
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    mind blown

    I totally agree with this as well. My memory also has trouble with memorizing icons. I used the software for so long using the right click menu and just selecting names when they went to the ribbon, I had no idea that the icons meant. Now that said I do have a visual memory, but for some reason my brain doesn't make the connection with software icons, though it certainly knows the location on the ribbon bar.
  11. The singularity is caused when the tool vector goes vertical. Due to the nature of trig functions, when the unit vector gets close to zero or one, the angle change is very rapid. So any little error side to side in the vector will cause an axis to flip. Therefore, the post is setup to prioritize one axis over the other. In your case it is set to prioritize the primary axis (C) instead of the secondary axis (A). It calculates the primary from the unit vector, then resolves the secondary angle. The logic to handle axis behaviour through a singularity isn't terribly complicated, though would be somewhat different for every kinematic arrangement of machine, thus the reason it isn't well incorporated into the generic post. Basically it entails some level of buffering and processing of future and previous feed moves to check what the rate of change of each axis is doing and make a logical decision as to which angle combination to output based on the logical rules you have set forth. Actual application of said logic is not a trivial affair without an unbinned post and knowledge of the logic that it has in it already. Some generic CAM posts, such as the one that moduleworks has developed have logic built into it to handle singularities, and you can configure it to handle things as you want on a case by case basis. But MC doesn't use their post software, so don't get your hopes up.
  12. I totally understand what you are trying to do. As far as I know the generic 5x post is not capable of passing through C0. A0. (the singularity) without flipping the C. You can try until you are blue in the face, without writing your own post from scratch or hiring someone to write a special post for you, you are not going to do what you want. I have dealt with this problem time and time again and have never found an easy solution such a just configuring settings in the generic post, and using misc ints to control the behavior. It may be possible that folks from CNC or the reseller network that have the source code for the binned portion of the post could easily configure the generic post to act as you require (thus making it a non "generic" post.
  13. huskermcdoogle

    mind blown

    I personally can't commit keystrokes to memory with ease. I have found it pushes more important things out of memory. I don't understand people who memorize movie quotes yet can't remember a procedure that I explained and showed to them minutes prior. For me, show me once, and I will have it in RAM ready to go 99% of the time. Can't to do that with key strokes and the such, visual/auditory memory doesn't work that way. Anyway, I don't give a crap how an interface looks, just make sure that all of the original functionality isn't lost. I agree with you that it sucks that the keystrokes weren't maintained as I feel for some that is in the functionality category, not interface so to speak. I think this is somewhat spiteful. I would highly suggest considering software capability and functional familiarity before considering interface.
  14. huskermcdoogle

    mind blown

    Once you get used to it you won't want to go back. It's just like usual, you get used to the tools you have at that moment, as soon as you get used to something else, you won't be effective at what you had before without a reintroduction period.
  15. huskermcdoogle

    Horizontal Index B axis on separate line

    If your base post is an MPMaster you can just turn on safeindex in your misc ints. That should automagically do what you are wanting.

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