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  1. DCOPE17

    Using a tooling ball in MasterCam

    Thanks everyone, I knew I wasn't crazy... and I should have checked it out thoroughly. I'm not trying to pass the blame, just wanted to boss to know how unusual it is to have a tooling ball out in the open then use a different Fixture Offset point. I explained it to my wife like this last night... There are many options for FO points on any part. As soon as you put in a tooling ball, then there is really only one option and no explanation is required. And, I still have a job. Thanks everyone. Dan
  2. DCOPE17

    Using a tooling ball in MasterCam

    Tilted 30 degrees, easily spin the ball in, nothing in the way. I mean, I could have examined the mastercam file, no setup sheet, but it is a groove, 2D path just cutting through the part. I guess it never occurred to me that the FO could be anywhere other than the center of the ball.
  3. Ran an old program today and apparently the fixutre offset is not in the center of the tooling ball. I was instructed after scrapping the part that I was supposed to trig out the offset point if you were to project a point down through the tooling ball, NORMAL to the surface, to where it hits the surface. In this case its about + .050 in the Y axis and -.086 in the Z axis. Let me ask all you other MasterCammers, have you ever this? Foe me, every time I have used a tooling ball the origin is the center of the ball X, Y and Z, Gonna talk with my boss tomorrow about this.
  4. DCOPE17

    Mcam on my Surface Pro not starting

    Thanks everyone, this would just be a work from home occasionally machine, not using it all day. I'll give your fixes a shot and see how it does.
  5. DCOPE17

    Mcam on my Surface Pro not starting

    I'll look into that. Thanks for the tip.
  6. I installed Mcam 2019 on my Surface Pro V5 and the install went as expected, when trying to run it, it stops at "Beginning Startup Tasks" and keeps machining the dynamic symbol for at least an hour. I have internet connection, I have the mastercam 2019 USB in and the key to run mcam. I don't know what it needs to get up and running but any help is appreciated. Dan
  7. After roughing the part, don't change that Chordial deviation setting, it loosens your tolerances on everything. Definitely looked weird but all is good for finishing.
  8. I went into the control def tolerances and changed "Chordial deviation ( used in post )" from .0005 to 1.0 and that is the only setting that had any affect on the straight line moves. The straight lines are still broken up, but there are a lot fewer lines. I played with smoothing settings with no affect at all. Thanks for the help, I'll try the segmented straight lines with some comp to have a look before cutting to size. It might be a non issue??? Dan
  9. okay, did a bit more testing... I turned off break arcs into quadrants so now I do get complete 90 and 180 degree arc moves. ( I guess I actually did before ) What I have is the straight lines are broken up into several segments. ( I didn't notice that it did output arce because I had to scrool down so far to get to the first G2. so corners are good, lines are broken into pieces. this probably won't hurt anything nut if anyone has any ideas to get the lines into a single move, that would really help. If I have the depth in the ramp settings at something like .015, I get the code that I want... but when I drop it down to .0015, I get the linear moves split into many moves. I guess specifically this is where the trouble lies. Thanks for the help DAn
  10. On the filter screen, that is a 3D arc entry, I don't think it affect the profile toolpath, just the start. Plus it is greyed out and I cannot use it. In the Control Def, all the arcs are enabled. The helix bore works correctly. In backplot, if going in step by step, each arc and straight line are a single move, so I should get about 10 lines of code each time it completes a lap. What I have done now is a lead in/ lead out that pretty much just does a circle so the movements are still fluid but would be nice to have it engage the part and keep spirialing down with no short straight lines. ( surface finish is critical here )
  11. I have a simple profile that I want to do a contour ramp instead of depth cuts just to keep the tool engaged, but when I post it, I get a thousand lines to make one revolution around the part. Linearize helix is OFF in the operation... when I post helix bore ops, I get arc moves with a Z. Entities are arcs and lines only, no NURBS. What am I missing? Dan
  12. I am using the generic HAAS 3x post.
  13. I have gone through this thread and checked all the things they said to check. I don't need this today, I'll get my notes from my other job and do the dame to convert it. I just thought there's be a way to unlock it in the operations and set it there.
  14. Well, I thought this would have been simple... but guess not. I guess I have to tap with RPM and IPM in the operations and have the post calculate/convert it to IPR for the G code output.
  15. There has to be something in the Config that toggles this. A switch somewhere that unlocks the tap feedrate and spindle speed so I can set each individually. I'll keep looking and if I have to modify the post, I will. Thanks

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