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  1. Now that you're at it... would you be so kind as to reprogram the whole operation tree and share it with us? I'd be forever grateful.
  2. SlaveCam

    I'm trying to like Cimco

    Good. This is especially important when comparing two files, one of which has a very long toolpath and the other not but everything else is identical. A high quality file comparison tool should be able to pass that.
  3. SlaveCam

    Tools for fixing old corrupted MCX files?

    I was able to reconstruct the file using import operations. It didn't even take too long. Lost all the solids and some geometry were messed up, but it is postable. Thanks.
  4. SlaveCam

    I'm trying to like Cimco

    Still waiting for file comparator to improve. I wish users put more pressure towards developers, because it is an extremely useful and important feature - and much faster than using Beyond Compare separately. What's really needed: Colors to indicate what is added and what is missing File-wide comparison vertical bars (click to scroll to position) No "file comparison failed" message because of too many differences. It is not for CIMCO to decide.
  5. We have lost NC code file for an old job and the MCX file (from 2011) which I try to open gives and the file fails to open, only machine group and toolspath groups are there, nothing else. Google says this is a rare error and a bug in some ancient Mcam version and the dude who programmed it obviously didnt try to recover it. It would seem it's time to reprogram. Is there by any chance recovery tools available I should try first? I have tried opening it in X5, X6, X7, X8, X9, 2017, 2018 and 2019 with no luck, HOWEVER, I am able to import ops.
  6. SlaveCam

    Post process from console

    Is there by any chance an option to post-process using command line? I'd like to automate tool list posting based on when file is changed.
  7. SlaveCam

    My configuration is all messed up now!

    I hope your network is fast and reliable. I can say from experience there will be trouble if not, worst case being file corruption. Make sure registry key \HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\CNC Software, Inc.\Mastercam 2019\UserDir points to the user folder Gunther mentioned (my mcam without the config part) and \HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\CNC Software, Inc.\Mastercam 2019\SharedDir to the shared folder. Disclaimer: modify at your own risk...
  8. I for one like to assign NC file name based on which toolpath group op resides in. When importing ops from another mcam files, they need to be reassigned. However the suggested new name may be practically anything, I have no clue how mcam guesses it. So why not change the editbox to a COMBOBOX and display all NC filenames present in the project in a drop-down list? Just a suggestion
  9. SlaveCam

    Custom tool geometry problem (again and again)

    You're right. Better option would be to set chaining tolerance to a tighter value, select the geometry with chain option and find the discontinuities. However if there are a lot of them and changing system tolerance works, then I don't waste my time trimming hundreds of entities by hand. Of course it's then important to restore the system tolerance to its original value when done.
  10. SlaveCam

    Custom tool geometry problem (again and again)

    I am able to revolve the profile without problem. The issue here seems to be that the chaining tolerance in custom tool creation is different to that in chaining tolerance in settings. The small red horizontal line doesn't fully coincide with the endpoint of the adjoining line (there's 0.0009mm difference). By adjusting "System tolerance" to 0.001 I was able to overcome the problem so it must be set to a looser value when creating custom tools from automated 2D geometry.
  11. SlaveCam

    Variable feed in a chain

    Sounds like a NET-hook thing, I doubt one already exists but it is definitely doable. If it was a single chain (or point to point), things would get much simpler and I'd use a macro. May I ask why do you need this?
  12. SlaveCam

    Operation changing on it's own

    I had drill cycle change when switching tool in operation because "Use tool's peck, step and coolant" was turned on. It doesn't say "Use tool's drill cycle". So check out if it has other side effects..
  13. SlaveCam

    Custom tool geometry problem (again and again)

    Thanks for the revolve tip. I'll try that tomorrow but it made no sense that the red nearly-horizontal (0.0001 Y-axis difference) line that I marked prevented me from creating the tool. I don't know what software manufacturers use to generate 2D tool drawings, but I can tell they are not Mastercam friendly. It would be great if 3D models were allowed for holders.
  14. This has become a major PIA. I spend hours trying to figure out what is wrong with custom tool geometry, because Mcam gives absolutely no hint at all. I need to model the tools because of extremely tight interference checking. The geometry for tools I use are automatically generated on the website of Sandvik or Iscar and saved as DXF. I remove all unnecessary layers, create the profile using CUT/NOCUT and "shank" layers, check for overlapping entities, select the profile using chain selection and copy the chain on its own level. An example is attached. Still, I can't create custom tool profile. ONLY by removing the two elements that are colored red in the Mastercam file, and replacing the upper element with a perfectly horizontal line and replacing the lower NURBS with a straight line, it started to work. Is there any third party tool for creating custom tools that would at least tell me where the problem is? ISCAR MM S-D-L170-C20-T08 +MM ECD-12X90-2T08 IC908.mcam
  15. SlaveCam

    Get rid of planes

    Every now and then there are planes I just can't get rid of. They are associated to something, but I can't find out what. Sometimes they come when importing ops. If I delete absolutely everything (geometry, ops, solids, viewsheets...) they still have green checkmark next to them. How Do I Find Associations For A Specific Plane? Thanks.

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