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Niezingerly

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  1. Thanks for all help help guys, I have to dig more into this on my end...
  2. Terry, are you using the USB Memory Option? MTB, we transfer files from the Data Server Host to the Data Server on the machine, and then run the files.
  3. Just called Fanuc...An option... Also, seems to yes, only work in CNC-MEM... blah!!
  4. Good morning... I run a Roku-Roku with a 31i-A5 control. We also have 18i machines. In the manual for the 18i, there is a section that states that 8 digit file names can be used, but I cannot find this same section in the 31i manual. Is anyone out in this great big world using 8 digit file names? Also, in the manual, it makes it sound as if it can only be used in the CNC-MEM.... Thanks very much
  5. rocheey1, I am in X6, and I am using the 2.0 API. I read in some other post that there is a "newer" 2.0 API that get loaded with X7...but will work with X6 Our IT won't load X7 yet, so I was wondering if you could send me a copy of the 2.0 API that gets loaded with X7. Thanks.
  6. Good afternoon all. I am learning to write NET-hooks, and I have something I would like to achieve, but I am not certain it can even be done, so.... What I have is an existing Tool Library in X6. (Windows 7, 64 bit) (I will be using VS 2012 Pro for the scripting) It is my "Standard" Tool library for all the machines I program for... I program for cutting electrodes, and I use a procedure where-in, to adjust for spark gap, I take the spark gap per side value, multiply it times 2, then subtract this away from my nominal diameter sized tool. I take each tool, within my existing Standard tool library, and I apply the procedure above, to modify the Diameters of all the tools residing in my library. I would like to automate the procedure, and was wondering if this is even feasible using NetHook, VB, C-Hook, or ??? The way I have "automated" it so far is that I have an X-Keys macro key recorder, and for each tool, it plays back the steps, and applies the spark gap to all the tools in the library, but it has its drawbacks... The biggest drawback is that being a "timed" macro replay, if my computer is running "slow" then it does not always execute the replay correctly. (There are 500 to 800ms delays, to ensure that all the steps "execute", without skipping a field, but when the box is lagging, it will skip fields and do all sorts of un-wanted things) The next biggest drawback is the time it takes... Also, I have Standardized naming for my tools (please see below), and I need that to be modified also, to reflect the spark gap that has been applied to the tool... This is how a Tool Name appears in my Standard Tool Library, with-out Spark Gap applied to the tool: 3/8" Sqr. End Mill---.0000"/side--FINISHING This is how a tool appears in my Standard Tool Library, WITH Spark Gap applied to the tool. 3/8" Sqr. End Mill---.0050"/side--FINISHING So, would it be possible to write a script that would take an existing library, apply the Spark Gap to every tool in that library, and modify the Tool Name, to reflect the amount of spark gap that has been applied to the tools? I will not refuse any code, but am not expecting handouts...I need to learn how to do this, but as I said, I am not even sure it CAN be done... Thanks very much for your input...
  7. G-Code, I just tried, it doesn't make a difference... I have found a "work-around", where, in my macro, I set C-Plane to TOP, set my Construction depth using the key mapping, then set my C-Plane to FRONT (for example), and now the construction depth is set correct for the macro to execute the rest of it's steps correctly... Thanks.
  8. X6 MU2, 64 bit... I have a Keymap set, where Alt+` is the Keymap that will access setting the Construction depth. If I am in the TOP C-Plane, Click Alt+`, and then type in a number (.1234 for example), then hit enter, the construction depth will be set to Z+0.1234... If I am in the FRONT C-Plane, and do the same thing, the construction depth is not getting set correctly. If I do this in ANY C-Plane other than TOP, I will not get the Construction depth I want... In X3, which was my previous version, I could use a Keymap, and set the Construction depth in ANY C-Plane, and it would work correctly. Anyone else encountering this? Yeah, yeah, yeah... why not just mouse-click the Construction Depth box, and type in my value... I am using this in a Macro, to set a very specific depth, and the keymapping is part of the macro... Now that this is not working, the macro is not giving me the result I want to see... Thanks.
  9. That keystroke history would be nice to see, even if it seems like gobble-dee-guk... Where could I access that keystroke history? Thanks very much for the help...
  10. Had been proving out a program on a Fanuc 31i, made a part, everything was good, except I needed to adjust the G54 Z axis a bit, so I typed in the value to adjust, but instead of "+INPUT", I hit "INPUT"... I had not written down the Z axis value, and was a bit absent minded, and lost the Z axis value... Anyone know how I could retrieve the Z axis value, without having to re-run and re-prove out the part? I did set-up the part again, and proved things out, but I was wondering if in the control somewhere, somehow, that the numeric values that are input by the operator are temporarily stored... Just curious... Thanks very much...
  11. Tony, on the iTNC530 I run, this is what I do. Part program is running. Put Control into "Program Run, Single Block Mode" Jog the tool up and out of the way using Manual or Electronic Handwheel Do whatever you need to do to part. Put back into "Program Run, Full Sequence" Once I hit Cycle Start again, A screen pops up that says "Return to contour: Sequence of axes" Z X The machine will re-enter the part in the Reverse order as I took the tool away from the part, and then one more Cycle Start, and the program continues right where I stopped it in Single Block Mode... On this machine (Mikron), if I "unlock" the door, which turns the spindle off, once I am done doing what I need to do to the part, I have to "re-lock" the door, Manually turn the spindle back on in Manual "Operation Mode", then put the control back into "Program Run, Full Sequence", and it will go from there, re-entering the last position it was in, and then getting back to cutting. If I don't have to "unlock" the door, and can just jog the tool up and out of the way, then I can just put the control back into "Program Run, Full Sequence", and not have to worry about the tool rotation.. This iTNC530 is from 2003, and it's a very "early" 530 control, but this seems to work for me...
  12. Looking closer online, somewhat 2 different animals. Certain similarities, but other things are more different than not. Personally, running the HSM 400u for the past 7 years, I love the Heidenhain control. Personal preference, so just take that for what it's worth. The MAIN thing to be wary of is the ability to get the machine (any Mikron machine) fixed, in a timely manner. The Applications Engineers really, really know their stuff, but the Service Department is spread WAY too thin, and in the past 7 years, it has not been uncommon to wait 1-2 weeks for someone to get out to see the machine and to fix it... Not knocking the people, just that they are spread too thin, and the customer takes the hit, right in the wallet and in grey hairs and blood pressure... 2 weeks is an eternity in most trades...
  13. I just looked at their website, at that machine... I run an HSM 400u, which is fully 5 axis. Looking on their website, it looks as if they offer a similar machine, the HPM 450U A little bit smaller, but same RPM, and FULLY simultaneous 5 axis, not just 3+2 I am going to look closer and do a comparison, but that 450u machine might be an option...
  14. What is the control on this one? Heidenhain? On a Heidenhain I run, (Mikron machine, iTNC530) an M06 Stops the program, Stops the spindle, Coolant off, Protection door unlocked. Maybe its the same on that control, if it is a Heidenhain. Note: I found this info on the control in a file named "MFUN.HLP" on the root directory. Like I said, if your machine is a Heidenhain control, maybe its the same, or at least maybe there is a file on the control to give you the M Functions list... If it's Siemens or something else, sorry, don't have those controls. Hope this helps.
  15. When using "Edit Common Parameters", add the ability to change the Wall and Floor "stock to leave" values. In making Electrodes, the method I use to apply Rougher Spark gap, I modify the "stock to leave" in the operations. On my current job, I have 80 to 100 operations that I need to change the "stock to leave" value... That is 80 to 100 chances I have to possibly put in the wrong value, vs. 1 chance...
  16. How well does that software work for you? I am assuming you prefer it, as you are asking for the template. I looked it up, and it looks to be a nice all around software...
  17. CJep @ Prismeng: I will look into that... Thanks... K2csq7™: Yup, I am heavy into the use of Import / Export of Ops. That has helped alot. Thanks...
  18. Howdy all. I am in search of a way to use "GROUPS" (see picture #1) to aid in selecting chained geometry. I do differing variations of the same thing, day in and day out, month after month, and I am always looking for ways to "automate" things in my programming...It gets VERY boring and very tedious otherwise...(it pays the bills) Anyhow, I am currently using GROUPS, where I have saved surface or solid geometry into a group, and then I use an external keystroke recorder to execute a set of keystrokes, and I can make Mastercam select geometry "semi"-automatically... But, so far, I am unable to get chained geometry to be selectable by GROUPS... Does anyone know how I could first: Define a chain in a GROUP, with correct chaining "direction" and the correct "side" defined... and then... Also be able to select that GROUP from within the operation... I have proven that, for example, in a Surface Finish Contour operation, I can go to select Drive Geometry, and then I can click the "ALL" button (see pic #2) and there at the top is the "GROUP MANAGER". I can enter that GROUP MANAGER, and then select the group I want, and that geometry is selected... But, when I attempt to select Containment Geometry, there is no way I can access the GROUP MANAGER... Yes, it seems like alot of work, when I could just pick geometry "normally" but, I am not normal... And, in the past years I have made 100's if not 1000's of the same thing, with just slight variations, and I have realized over time that I am constantly doing the same things, over and over, and if I could eliminate even a few mouse clicks on each job, that alone would be satisfaction enough... Anyhow, thanks...
  19. marting, that is it. Thank you...
  20. In V9.1 days, while in an operation, I could type the tool number in the tool number field, and as I was typing, the library would jump to that tool, in it's list. Now, in X3, saw the other day somewhere on the Fourm here that there was a toggle switch to force this function to work, but I can't re-locate where the post on the forum was, and I can't find in MCX3 where this setting is... Anyone know where to find this? Thanks very much...

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