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  1. Dontech

    Health reaction to coolant

    @ 21 years ago, back before nitrile (or whatever you like) gloves were as prevalent as they are today, I had a bad skin reaction on my hands which were always wet with a coolant brand I no longer remember. Had rags to wipe my hands with but they were never entirely up to the task. When they got too slimy I went to the bathroom and washed them off. This went on for my first year there, and by the end of it my hands had broken out into a nasty rash of excema. I did get treatment for it, but by the time I left that job a year later I lost all the pigment in my hands. No color in my hands all the way up to my wrists. They sunburn REAL easy now. In the 20 years since, I have never gone a day without wearing gloves. Makes it a bit of a PITA to feel finish quality, etc, but the alternative was so much worse.
  2. AHarrison & Chris... Both of those suggestions worked perfectly. Now it works the way it did before...thank you both so much! You've made this current job and the next mating part job much easier. For the life of me I can't understand how those things were altered, but I guess it doesn't matter now. Thanks again.
  3. Good morning, all. I've recently been having a lot of trouble selecting the dot at the center-point of arcs which I use for both measuring and drawing end-point lines from. Might be two separate issues but seems the issues are related. Hopefully the center-point of arcs selecting issue is self-explanatory, so I'll move to the other issue. Historically, when I have used arc center-points to draw a freeform or line-endpoints style line, all I had to do was cursor hover over the arc center dot and it would highlight, allowing me to simply drag a line from that dot to anywhere I wanted. I would never hit the buttons to select between horizontal or vertical or free-from...I would only have to either drag my line along a vertical or horizontal axis and it would plot the line for me quite nicely. I was able to use this method whether I was connecting to center points with a line or when I was drawing an open-ended line to be trimmed or connected later. When I first started having trouble with this a couple months ago, I would first have to hit the button for either horizontal or vertical. This was frustrating enough because for the @ 3 years we've been using 18 in my Shop I never had to do that as stated above...but now, within maybe the last couple/few weeks or so, 18 has begun not allowing me to select some arc-center points at all. This is something I have relied upon heavily for hundreds of programs and now I can't at all. I haven't been messing around in the config or options so I have no idea what caused this or how to fix it. Any ideas or suggestions would be much appreciated! Thank you.
  4. Dontech

    Optical mouse wheel zoom issues...

    I have that. It initially wouldn't let me add Mastercam 18 as an app but now it does. Problem is, once I check the box next to the Mcam18 app in the list, nothing happens. Oh, wait a minute...closed the M & K Center, closed Mcam, then reopened it and now the wheel zooms properly. Thanks again for your replies.
  5. Dontech

    Optical mouse wheel zoom issues...

    Thank you for the reply. I did that, didn't seem to help any. I found this thread from eMastercam here... ...that shows a solution which looks promising but when I tried it that "3DxSmartUI" app didn't come up in the list. Does anyone know where I can find that so I can add it to the list and select it?
  6. Good morning and happy Friday, everyone. My old analog USB rubber-ball mouse finally gave up the ghost so I got a new Micro$oft wireless mouse from Supply this morning and installed it. Everything went smoothly and the mouse works just fine with all of the Windows 10 programs I've tried it on. Not so with Mastercam 18, though; when I try to zoom in and out with the wheel, zooming out works just fine but it will not zoom back in so I have to hit screen-fit to get my geometry back on-screen. This is a major headache since I've grown so dependent upon that zooming feature. Like i say, the mouse works just fine in other applications so I've gotta think this is a Mastercam problem but I'll be darned if I can figure out how to fix it. I tried looking in File/Options, File/Configuration, and in the Win10 mouse settings but no joy. Anyone have any tips or advice? Am I looking in the wrong place? Thank you in advance.
  7. Agreed, me neither. It's just a screen-obstruction to me.
  8. Okay, well, it was worth a shot. Thank you again for your time.
  9. No, not the whole ribbon bar. I want all of that. I'm talking about the transparent AutoCursor tools bar inside the graphics area itself.
  10. Correct. I tried right-clicking, no dice. Doesn't seem to have an obvious 'hide' or 'dock' function to it. I looked through Configurations but nothing jumped out at me as accomplishing this.
  11. I want to hide the auto-cursor ribbon bar at the top of the graphics window. It gets in the way of my geometry too often and I don't use it anyway. Is it possible and if so, how?
  12. ...specifically, can it be hidden or docked somewhere OUT of the graphics area? The majority of what I use Mastercam for is making round, flat plates to hold parts in vacuum chambers, autoclaves, etc...and it never fails that that darn ribbon bar gets in the way of some of my geometry at the top of the screen. Yes, I can wheel in and out and then manipulate my geometry down the screen to get away from the autocursor bar but that's pretty tedious and annoying since I have to do it multiple times per program...sometimes dozens of times per. I'd really love to be able to avoid all that if possible. As always, thank you for your time and patience with these goofy questions I keep coming up with.
  13. That is more or less exactly what I do. I copy my pre-Chain-filleted geometry to another level, delete the fillets, and retrim the corners square. Since one can simply select the Chain tool, click on the geometry, click Fillet Chains, and wind up with properly radiused corners with @ a half-dozen mouse-clicks, one would think there would be a way to reverse the process just as simply. That's what I was hoping for.
  14. Oops! My apologies, I wasn't clear in my OP. I'm talking about wireframe/basic 2-D geometry, not solids.
  15. That's what I do now; been doing it that way for years. It can be tedious at times, which is why I'm hoping there's a command that will help me avoid doing it anymore in the future.

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