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Everything posted by Jespertech

  1. that's what I'm struggling with now, I've been spoiled with multi-axis toolpaths so I never run into this problem. Would it be possible with some long winded geometry modification through C-axis contour or would it have to be done with a multi-axis toolpath?
  2. Shoot! well there's always C-axis contour. VTL TEST.mcam
  3. You can try using a Swarf toolpath to finish this feature. VTL TEST.mcam
  4. after trying to recreate the situation I now see what you're talking about, It wants to finish the depth cut before adding the finish passes in multi pass. when really it would be nice to incorporate the two as you said.
  5. In the multi passes box do you have finish passes set to "final depth" and the "machine finish passes after roughing all contours" box selected?
  6. This is kind of on topic but not really, but it's an approach that works well for me that others might find helpful, or perhaps I'll find a better way through sharing this. Usually I'll create sub groups within my spot drill cycle and label them for each set of holes. for example I have 4, 3/8-16 tapped holes on the face of my part and 6, 1/4-20 tapped holes at the bottom of a C-bore. That way when I go to create the drilling cycles all I have to do is copy and paste the specific toolpath then change the tool and parameters and I'm done. I'll then do the same for the tapping cycle. This has improved my workflow and programming time quite a bit in parts that have a lot of different hole features.
  7. Yup, I got some good input. The issue I have with some of the other forums is it seems to be a lot of commission based responders. I'm looking for more of an honest review from a hands on perspective. Which, in my experience, this site is the best for.
  8. My company is looking into getting the Polyworks inspector software for our CMM, we're currently using mcosmos which I get is not the most user friendly interface at first but it is definitely a powerful package. My question is has anyone here used Polyworks and can offer some pros and cons that they have found?
  9. I've been meaning to watch through your series for a while, now that I'm getting some hands on experience it's definitely time to do so.
  10. Thanks Colin , everything at this point is helpful. I've managed to make some decent modifications to my post to eliminate having to edit so much after the fact. Most of which is aesthetics, but even after struggling through what I figured out yesterday today seemed to be a little easier. I'm currently trying to remove a single line "tool comment" note from my "GENERIC HAAS ST 4X MT_LATHE" I've added the spaces between tool changes, the "N" numbers at the start of each tool path and the G53 safe retract at the start of each cycle, all of which I've been doing by hand through CIMCO. so that's a huge improvement and a big time saver. my next conquest is to get rid of the "(TOOL - 1 OFFSET - 1)" in between my sequence number and tool info comment.
  11. Hot damn! I think I got it ptlchg$ #Tool change pcuttype toolchng = one if prog_stop = 1, pbld, n$, *sm01, e$ if prog_stop = 2, pbld, n$, *sm00, e$ pcom_moveb pcheckaxis **added line here** " ", e$ c_mmlt$ #Multiple tool subprogram call ptoolcomment that seemed to do the trick, hopefully nothing else got weird.
  12. @JParis - I'm struggling to figure this one out, I'm not sure where in the post to add the quotation marks to get the space. I'm very new to post editing and the more I play around the more I'm learning which is great.. but also extremely time consuming . I've tried adding it to a few locations with no luck, would it be before the tool comment in the "psof$" block of code? psof$ #Start of file for non-zero tool number pcuttype toolchng = one if ntools$ = one, [ #skip single tool outputs, stagetool must be on stagetool = m_one !next_tool$ ] pbld, n$, *smetric, e$ pbld, n$, *sgcode, *sgplane, scc0, sg80, *sgabsinc, e$ sav_absinc = absinc$ pcom_moveb pcheckaxis c_mmlt$ #Multiple tool subprogram call **HERE** ptoolcomment comment$ pcan pbld, *n$, *t$, sm06, e$ pindex if mi1$ > one, absinc$ = zero if use_rot_lock & (cuttype <> zero | (index = zero & prv_cabs <> fmtrnd(cabs))), prot_unlock pcan1, pbld, n$, *sgcode, *sgabsinc, pwcs, pfxout, pfyout, [if use_3d_approach, pfzout], pfcout, [if nextdc$ <> 7, *speed, *spindle], pgear, strcantext, e$ if use_rot_lock & cuttype = zero, prot_lock pbld, n$, [if not(use_3d_approach), pfzout], scoolant, pstagetool, e$ absinc$ = sav_absinc pcom_movea toolchng = zero c_msng$ #Single tool subprogram call
  13. yep, I was actually just editing my original post to say that I found it lol thank you I'm embarrassed with how long I've been manually adding N codes to my tool changes for my lathe post, hoping this fix will work and save me time in that regard as well.
  14. I'm actually trying to accomplish the same thing but for a prototrak post. I modified the code as Craig-B suggested but now I only get the N number for the first tool in the pgm. The following tool changes don't produce an N number. Any idea what could have caused this?
  15. Have you tried duplicating your top plane and then rotating it -90 degs then setting that as your WCS, C +T plane. It should flip the X's and Y's for you.
  16. thank you, I feel like I just stumbled into a whole new level of heightened understanding within the multi axis world. It all makes so much sense now, especially in situations where I'll need simultaneous 5 axis cutting motion. It seems so silly to think that there could be one feedrate in IPM for 5 independent axis' , but as of an hour ago that's exactly where my head was at.. You guys rock, thanks again.
  17. ahh so there is more going on here than I was initially aware of, the code is generating a G93 for inverse time mode. Doing a little research it makes more sense to me. I was thrown off because I'm used to most of our rotary work being posted using DPM. I'll have to wait until I get the part set in the machine to try it out and make sure that it likes what I'm feeding it. thank you for the input, and opening my eyes a bit more into the different cutting modes. You answered my next question before I even had to ask, Thank you!
  18. Good morning fellow bull fighters, I'm working on a fairly simple part, which honestly makes my situation all the more frustrating. I've accomplished exactly what I was trying for as far as backplot is concerned. yet when I go to post the code it generates an absurd feedrate (999.99).. I've tried tweaking my settings in machine definition / control definition but nothing seems to be working. Has anyone else experienced this problem and if so how were you able to resolve it? I wanted to reach out here first before emailing my reseller in case it's something simple that I'm just overlooking. 5 -AXIS SLOT.ZIP
  19. unfortunately I can't open the file you shared it's either a mcam 2023 or a home learning edition file. I'm still currently sticking to 2022 at work.
  20. right click tool in library, edit tool , then adjust the dimensions highlighted in yellow.
  21. Do you have access to the multi axis toolpaths?
  22. If you have the old model saved on a different level in the same file make sure that level is turned off before running verify otherwise it will import it as a workpiece.
  23. Would it be possible to use transform rotate instead of creating multiple planes?
  24. Seeing as how I get just about every technique that has helped me advance in my programming career from this forum; I figured I might be able to add a little something to help others just starting out. Besides utilizing levels, groups/subgroups, and view sheets to help keep my approach organized and traceable I started making a copy of my solid and then changing the color of the finished feature as I work through the part. Often times in more complex parts I'm not able to work simply from the top down and have to rough/ semi finish and then come back to finish before moving on to the next section. By modifying the surface color it makes it very easy to see what has been done and what still needs to be finished at a glance. My apologies if this was mentioned before in an older post and I just missed it. Also, if anyone else has any techniques or tricks for tracking finished features that has helped them along the way please share. I hope you all are gearing up for a great memorial day weekend

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