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  1. It looks like the A output is being forced, that's normally not the default condition for Mpmaster. The OFF is a coolant conflict. We will probably need a Zip2go or at least a post file.
  2. As Cementhead points out, yes, it is possible. Be aware however that threads add a lot of relative weight to the solid. Fine if you have one or 2 but a bunch might slow you down.
  3. Sorry Ron but I am going to blatantly crib that one, nice.
  4. I have modified several posts for single spindle/single turret Y axis full 4 axis, and for twin spindle. All machines were post and go. Once you add a turret it gets more complicated. There are experienced lathe guys out there who run twin turrets with MP posts, but I am really a mill guy, so I would probably go with the new "machining environment" system if I had to handle one of these. I noticed you other post referring to your frustration with your post provider. This is not unusual and is what prompted me to learn post editing.
  5. Hence the need to do a cost analysis. Any hard metal part bigger than 9 or 12 inches would almost certainly be more cost effective than solid carbide. And yes, using all the flute length in solid carbide can get you some easily bough MMR, But I have machined Titanium with inserts at .013 chipload and 16-18 cubes (45 HP dual winding spindle motor). Good luck with solid carbide.
  6. True, but if you crash a solid carbide tool you are out a big chunk of carbide. Inserts are generally used for larger sizes, with good quality 3/4 inch (probably in the lower diameter range for insert substitution) standard length carbide tools running $250 - 300, it might not be as lopsided as you might think. Always best to do a quick cost analysis. Not forgetting the cost of the regrinds of course.
  7. All things being equal, inserts are cheaper. Even if you pull solid carbide before you get any chipping there is a limit to the number of regrinds you will get. Then you throw away a sizeable (relative) chunk of carbide. With inserts you don't throw away so much, and you get several (at least) new edges before you throw it away.
  8. The only 2 cents worth of advice that I can give, as I have no direct hands on experience with CMM programming, is that all the best CMM programmers I know up here in airplane country use pc-dimus.
  9. Yep, I learned programming on an APT system. Unbounded geometry, you just can't beat it. 3 plane lock, for a long time (if not still) this was the most accurate way to machine a surface. If I had my druthers, I would run NCL. But I would never advise anybody to install it in their shop. NOT user friendly and good NCL programmers command very high salaries and are as rare as rocking horse manure. As Pete says, all the so called "multiaxis kernels" are simply a GUI interpretation of the original APT vector matrix.
  10. That was our observation concerning the two parameters we didn't end up using, including the one that was loaded in the machine when we started. I couldn't imagine what they might be used for, but then again, I was concerned about the job in hand. It was the first time Multi-axis paths had been tried on any 4 axis machine in the shop.
  11. The only time I've seen this it was a machine parameter on an Hitachi Seiki horizontal. The machine would break the motion rotate 360ish and pick up again. There were 3 options in the machine parameters, all indecipherable in translation, so we just tried each one and found the one that gave us what we wanted.
  12. There is a switch in the CD and also in the post at the top (not all posts).
  13. My only 2 cents addition would be that Mastercam is RAM (and cache) hungry. I got more or less the same system on my HP lappy with 128G of RAM. RAM is pretty cheap these days. I actually got the latest gen i7 as this allowed 4 x 32G DIMS for heat control. It's a great tool.

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