Tyler Robotson

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  1. If you don't have a subprogram and the control is set to subprogram 'BEFORE' main, an EXT file is posted, with a blank NC file. Previous versions MPmaster didn't do this
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    NC file path on setup sheet

    You ever get this working? I have the path working out okay but it always puts an "NCI" in the the file extention so things post as: *.NCI.NC ... this sucks because it hoses file paths
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    Machine list only shows Default machines

    This is great thanks Colin, I might be seeing what Terrance is talking about as well. In every past version of Mastercam, once I updated the Machine & Control, and Post files, if I sent those files to someone else they could then put then in a folder, and see them on the 'Manage List' window for adding machine definitions to lists of selections. If I use the migration utility to go from 2018 to 2019 or 19-20, this list is populated correctly - but if I then grab these now 'updated' mcam-mmd, mcam-control and .pst (why can't we change that extension already!!!) and send them to someone on the updated version, they can't see those files in the 'Manage list' window.
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    Toolpath Editor w/ Random Coolant

    Frank, I'm having this exact issue on one computer out of six, all running the same 2019 build version of mastercam, all running the same post/machine/control def. I'm sure you got on with your life, but I'm going to try to solve right now and will post back
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    Guitar neck with High Surface Finish/Hybrid

    right good point
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    5 Axis Tool Cutting Into Part

    Hi Ajmer!
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    5 Axis Tool Cutting Into Part

    Extend to infinity pretty much what it says it is - take your tool and imagine it is as long as infinity, going back into your machine. It is useful if you have a cut angle that you know might run your head into something - you can add a tilt /avoidance strategy. Also very useful to control machines that don't have a physical tool (like spraying or blasting)
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    Export points as Vectors?

    I think he just wants what Roger mentioned outputting vector information can be done in the post but is not for the faint of heart; even experienced programmers will find matrix calculations frustrating at first blush in post. NEThook would be easy enough to write jlw, how bad you want something? If you only need to do this once, and having a unit vector (i,j,k) is okay. You can save the file as a .STEP then open it as a text file. iThere will be a section for each line, you can search/replace everything else to just be left with points / vector (Direction) ie: 104=LINE('',#101,#103); #105=CARTESIAN_POINT('',(0.869525945998740,-1.491090563615069,1.013089119252023)); #106=TRIMMED_CURVE('',#104,(PARAMETER_VALUE(0.0),#101),(PARAMETER_VALUE(1.0),#105),.T.,.PARAMETER.); #107=CARTESIAN_POINT('',(0.618476426778893,0.380408095902425,0.708966688719660)); #108=CARTESIAN_POINT('',(0.618476426778893,0.380408095902425,0.708966688719660)); #109=DIRECTION('',(0.851776802699722,0.523904837143769,0.0)); #110=VECTOR('',#109,1.0);
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    Guitar neck with High Surface Finish/Hybrid

    I'm worried about the grain & knots on that neck. Looks cool but that thing might MOVE
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    Best Material For Outdoor Sign?

    Corian is great stuff!! thanks for the accoya suggestion - I didn't know about that and it looks really solid. We use a lot of mahogany & Sapele - I'm amazed at how well they do outside with little effort. I just made a sign out of Walnut for... some reason - I saw a great walnut sign that seemed to have withstood the San Diego sun, but time will tell on mine
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    wood engraving project

    Engraving toolpaths can work, but you can probably achieve that desired look using 2-D pocket & contour, along with an engraving bit to chamfer edges, and use different depths. The nice thing is the things you learn in Mastercam from this are applicable to all sorts of other work
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    Cad/Cam milestone

    Some tools come and go but the big red toolbox is a fixture in the shop - Happy to have the staff at CNC.
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    Mpmaster - Master G-Code Post - Version X8

  14. yeah that's what I meant - I think for almost anyone it would be more effective to pay someone else to develop in MP than to learn more advanced functions unless you plan to be with Mastercam for a long time and forsee needing to change the post quite a bit. The big limitations to MP like you mentioned being 1D arrays so matrix math is a pain. I think the biggest limitation is it forces someone who may already be comfortable OOP in modern languages to fight against programming instincts. The buffer filestream is a nightmare to explain to someone and so there's a huge barrier to entry which I can only imagine holds back post development at CNC as much as it would at any other company. I'm sure there's far more to it than that As far as quick script-like programming, Python is lightning quick as an alternative.
  15. If you're comfortable with vector may and 3x3 matrix rotations, the hardest part of the vector math in 5axis posts is realizing how a matrix is represented and manipulated in MP. So I would +1 to what mkd & watcher said - I would only recommend spending time in MP if you're looking for some wham-bam output but if you're thinking long-haul development, in for a lot of headbanging in a proprietary language.

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