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  1. I tried generic Fanuc, MPRouter posts but keep getting error numbers that won't let the program run. Error20 Error24 Error33 Error9. The working sample runs, the other is mine and has errors as shown in the last program from Candle. I'm sure this has been a topic before. Thank you for the help. working sample gcode.nc EMASTERTEST.NC emastererrors.nc
  2. Mastercam Machine Definition - what is it, why do I need it, and how do I use it??? I decided to make this post to help answer the all too frequent questions that pop up related to the Machine Definition, and what role it plays in configuring post processor output. The Machine Definition is a Graphic User Interface that was created by CNC Software to give Mastercam some "intelligence" about the type of machine you are using. There is a distinction that I'm making here between the "Mastercam" interface (where you create Tool Paths) and the Post Processor, that formats your Tool Paths into NC code. When the Machine Definition "format" was created and added to the Mastercam Interface, there was a set of "components" that were developed, along with an "Axis Combination" utility. Together, these form the basic setup to let Mastercam have some "Awareness" of the capabilities of your particular machine. The main issue that confuses the average user is how CNC Software went about "hooking up" certain functions inside Mastercam to work with the Post Processor. If you've had any experience going from 3X, to 4X or 5X, programming a multi-spindle lathe, or even trying to move a program from a Vertical machine to a Horizontal machine, then you've probably been exposed to the Machine Definition issue. In order to understand some of the issues, it helps to get a little historical perspective on how Post Processors are handled. First, Mastercam used to ship with a whole bunch of Post Processors. These posts were "removed" from the Mastercam Installation disks, starting with the Mastercam X series. (or was it X2, I can't remember...) The reason I believe was to help combat piracy, since Mastercam isn't worth that much without a working Post Processor... So you have a situation where Mastercam had a huge "library" of posts, and these were moved to the "Post Installation Program", which is an "exe" file that is available from your Reseller. All of these posts have accompanying Machine Definition Files and Control Definition Files that have to be maintained. This is in addition to the "Generic Fanuc" Post Processors, that are the "template" files for most post processor development projects. Because the Machine Definition was added to Mastercam after Version 9, much of the "Tool Path" functionality and the available post processors, had all been developed without the need or use of a "Machine Definition" or "Control Definition". I've already covered a little bit about Control Definitions, especially how to set the "Default Values", so I won't get into much of the CD. When the Machine Definition Files were added to Mastercam, a decision was made to only "hook up" certain features of the Machine Definition to the Post Processor. This was done (I believe) mainly for practical reasons. It takes a great deal of development time and testing to hook up even one "feature" of the Machine Definition to work with the "template" style posts. 4 Axis vs. 5 Axis One of the biggest differences with how the Machine Definition is handled is the difference between 4X and 5X Post Processors. To understand this difference, it helps to know some info about how the post works internally. With "MP" based Post Processors, there is a huge difference in how Rotary values are calculated. With a 4 Axis Post, the MP.DLL "post engine" makes all of the 4th Axis rotary calculations, based on the orientation of your Tool Plane's Z Axis component. MP will take either the "Top" plane, or the "Front" plane, and use that plane for the "Rotary Zero" plane orientation. When MP "sees" a change in the Tool Plane orientation, it will automatically calculate the new rotary position for you. This happens "behind the scenes", and is based on the value of the Post Variable 'rotaxtyp$'. Since there is a bunch of stuff being calculated "automatically" for you, one of the things that CNC Software was able to do was say "Ok, if you are using a 4X Post, we can make some basic assumptions about your setup." For Mill, this means on a 4X machine you are limited to a machine that is either Vertical or Horizontal. The other limitation is that your Rotation Axis must be Orthogonal, about the X or Y axis. (aligned with +X, -X, +Y, or -Y). For Router, the 4X Rotary is about the Z axis. You cannot use X or Y, only "Z" as the rotation axis for a 4X Router post. For a 4X Machine, (Mill or Router), the Post has logic that reads the "Positive" rotation direction (CW or CCW), and the "type" of axis. (Continuous vs. Index) None of the 4th Axis Posts (Mill, Router, Vertical, or Horizontal) have "Rotary Limits" hooked up inside the post. Only the 5X Post has any concept of "Rotary Limits" built into it. Lathe Mastercam Lathe is the one area of the product that they spent a great deal of time "hooking up", but not in some of the ways you would expect. For a 4X Lathe, Mastercam will handle up too a Dual Turret, Dual Spindle machine, using only the "Generic Fanuc 4X MT_Lathe" Post. On the Machine Definition side, the Post does not read settings from the "components" of the Machine Definition, which is a little confusing at first. What is read is on the "tool path" side, and it is the "Axis Combination" that is read at the "Tool Path" level. That means when you are creating a Lathe path (or Live Tool Milling), you must select the "Axis Combination" to tell Mastercam what set of components (spindle and turret) are being selected. Moreover, you also have to setup the Tool Definition independently (there are turret/spindle settings for top/bottom, and left/right that are not read from the Axis Combination settings.) That said, once you've picked a "Axis Combination", and set the "type" of cut you are doing, there are string settings internal to the post that control the setup and output for all the different turret/spindle combinations. No matter what you mess with inside the Machine Definition, you will not be changing the output in the Post Processor. (A few things like "Max Spindle Speed" for the Lathe Spindles do get picked up and read from the MD, but the NC output is not usually configured this way.) 5 Axis Posts So the Elephant in the Room that I often get asked about is the 5 Axis Post. The Generic Fanuc 5X Mill Post is actually a feat of engineering genius. I say that because "out of the box", it has the capability to support almost any imaginable configuration of 5X machine. The Post is built using "switches" that are numeric variables inside the post processor. These "switches" control the configuration of the NC machine, including the type of machine (Head/Head, Head/Table, Table/Table, or "Nutating" configuration.) Once you specify the "basic machine type", then you configure the Rotary Axis orientation and zero positions, and setup the Rotary Axis Limits. All of these settings are read from inside the Post Processor. The 5X Post has the least amount of features that are "hooked up" to the Machine Definition. "Coolant" is still configured inside the Machine Definition for the Generic Fanuc 5X Mill Post, and some other basic settings like "Linear Rapid Rate". Other than a few parameters though, the bulk of the configuration does not involve the Machine Definition file at all... Part of the issue that is created with the 5X Machine Definition files however is "compatibility" inside Mastercam. There is some logic that actually checks the capabilities of your Axis Combinations, against the existing tool paths you have in your Mastercam file. If a conflict is found, Mastercam will not let you "replace" your MD file. So sometimes it is necessary to add a 3rd Rotary axis to your Axis Combination, to get around that issue. So why even have the MD, if it isn't "hooked up" to everything? The MD is actually a powerful tool, in the hands of a post developer that knows what they are doing. There are many 3rd Party Post Providers like In-House Solutions and Postability, that create their own Posts. These Posts are fully configured to read all the settings "correctly" from the Machine Definition file. I think the main issue is just time and development priorities. Rather than updating the "old stuff", which includes the "MP-based" post processors, it seems that the focus is on the new Mill-Turn product, and the MP.NET language. Another reason is to support "Right Angle Head" or Block Drill attachments. If you have had any exposure to the MP.NET product, you would see that all of the machines being built do use the MD architecture. So, in summary: The MD gives you the architecture to "hook up" component properties to the Post Processor, but most of the functionality is left for you, or your Reseller, to make use of. Axis Combinations are used by the "Tool Paths" themselves. This info is "available" to the Post, but not "hooked up" by default. CNC Software did hook up the 4 Axis Posts, to read some, but not all, of the parameters for the 4th Axis Rotary Settings. For 4X Mills, only Vertical or Horizontal are allowed, and must rotate about X+, X-, Y+, or Y-. The Generic Fanuc 4X MT_Lathe post makes the most use of Axis Combinations, but still relies on the internal variable settings to configure the post. The 4X Router post is the only 4X post that supports a 4X on the Z Axis. (Right Angle Head style). A Programmable 4th Axis, mounted on Z, is not supported in the Mill Posts. The Machine Definition does support Mill Machines using Right Angle Heads, where the offset is done only in XYZ, and the "station" or orientation of the tool is "fixed". So basically, a 3X Mill, using a RAH is supported in the Machine Definition, and by using the "Get angled head" function inside the Tool Path itself. The 5X Post DOES NOT read any Rotary Settings from the MD. This is setup inside the Post itself. Very few settings are read from the MD in the 5X Post. You can "hook this up" yourself, but that requires advanced skills in post editing. You must configure the 5X post, using the variables at the top of the post. Almost all "new" development is being done using the Machine Definition, so at some point this "disconnect" of stuff being "hooked up", or not, will go away. 3rd Party Post Developers, Resellers, and advanced users have the ability to use the MD if they choose to. With MP.NET, it is possible to hook up "Simulation" to the MD, and load in Component Models. This will let you build a machine, and drive it inside Machine Simulation. Well, I hope that helps clear up any confusion or misconceptions about the Machine Definition File inside Mastercam... Best regards, Colin Gilchrist
  3. Good afternoon, I'm wondering if it would be possible to alter my 5 axis post to output "C" for the table on the trunion instead of "B"? I've been manually editing my posts to fix this issue but like most of my problems here I'm sure I'm just a few clicks away from saving myself all sorts of time.
  4. So, I think this is unusual, or maybe I'm a newb. This is the first time I've run into this problem which leads me to believe I accidentally changed something without knowing. I'm selecting several toolpaths to post for my program. Mastercam wants to post one of my toolpaths by itself, it wont post with the rest of the group. What did I mess up here? Thanks Nick
  5. Version

    1,377 downloads

    Mplmaster is based on CNC Software's master lathe post - Mplfan - but offers additional features. eMastercam.com is operated by In-House Solutions Inc. - Authorized Canadian Distributor. Please do not email post requests or support questions. For post requests or support contact your local reseller. Click the download button above to download Mplmaster for X7. It's our master configurable lathe post. You may also download instructions for: Installing a post Updating a previous version to X7 Email feedback to our Post Department. Special Features X7 specific parameter updates to maintain previous functionality X coolant support X comment support Compatible with machine def changes for machine configurations Y-axis C-axis and required output type [*]File header tool table [*]Sets work offset style in post, not in Misc Values [*]G12.1, G07.1 output format [*]G12.1 paths don't need to start at C0, approach with X and C then z [*]Cross mill from top or front plane [*]Part transfer with spindle synch [*]Spindle synch roughed in [*]Indexing mode setup [*]Lathe and Mill drill cycles setup, longhand output for drill and peck (No G81/G82) [*]Enhanced tapping [*]Type 1 and Type 2 G71 roughing support [*]Feed G code at toolchange [*]End Constant Surface Speed paths with RPM output [*]Mill/Drill feed in Unit/Rev support [*]Canned threading options thdang = rad2deg$ * thdangle$ #lead-in angle thdang = rad2deg$ * thda1$ #half of the thread angle thdang = rad2deg$ * thda2$ #thread angle (full included angle) [*]Forced R output for arcs in G07.1 [*]Clamp and Brake code output with overrides [*]G28/G30 home select [*]Addressed - cross cutting operation with rotary axis turned on, post output matches backplot [*]Addressed - full arc moves on face with rotary axis turned on

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  6. Version

    672 downloads

    Mplmaster is based on CNC Software's master lathe post - Mplfan - but offers additional features. eMastercam.com is operated by In-House Solutions Inc. - Authorized Canadian Distributor. Please do not email post requests or support questions. For post requests or support contact your local reseller. Click the download button above to download Mplmaster for X8. It's our master configurable lathe post. You may also download instructions for: Installing a post Updating a previous version to X7/8 Email feedback to our Post Department. Special Features X8 specific parameter updates to maintain previous functionality X coolant support X comment support Compatible with machine def changes for machine configurations Y-axis C-axis and required output type [*]File header tool table [*]Sets work offset style in post, not in Misc Values [*]G12.1, G07.1 output format [*]G12.1 paths don't need to start at C0, approach with X and C then z [*]Cross mill from top or front plane [*]Part transfer with spindle synch [*]Spindle synch roughed in [*]Indexing mode setup [*]Lathe and Mill drill cycles setup, longhand output for drill and peck (No G81/G82) [*]Enhanced tapping [*]Type 1 and Type 2 G71 roughing support [*]Feed G code at toolchange [*]End Constant Surface Speed paths with RPM output [*]Mill/Drill feed in Unit/Rev support [*]Canned threading options thdang = rad2deg$ * thdangle$ #lead-in angle thdang = rad2deg$ * thda1$ #half of the thread angle thdang = rad2deg$ * thda2$ #thread angle (full included angle) [*]Forced R output for arcs in G07.1 [*]Clamp and Brake code output with overrides [*]G28/G30 home select [*]Addressed - cross cutting operation with rotary axis turned on, post output matches backplot [*]Addressed - full arc moves on face with rotary axis turned on

    Free

  7. Version 1.1

    1,008 downloads

    Mplmaster is based on CNC Software's master lathe post - Mplfan - but offers additional features. eMastercam.com is operated by In-House Solutions Inc. - Authorized Canadian Distributor. Please do not email post requests or support questions. For post requests or support contact your local reseller. Click the download button above to download Mplmaster for X9. It's our master configurable lathe post. You may also download instructions for: Installing a post Updating a previous version to X7/8 Email feedback to our Post Department. Special Features X9 specific parameter updates to maintain previous functionality X coolant support X comment support Compatible with machine def changes for machine configurations Y-axis C-axis and required output type [*]File header tool table [*]Sets work offset style in post, not in Misc Values [*]G12.1, G07.1 output format [*]G12.1 paths don't need to start at C0, approach with X and C then z [*]Cross mill from top or front plane [*]Part transfer with spindle synch [*]Spindle synch roughed in [*]Indexing mode setup [*]Lathe and Mill drill cycles setup, longhand output for drill and peck (No G81/G82) [*]Enhanced tapping [*]Type 1 and Type 2 G71 roughing support [*]Feed G code at toolchange [*]End Constant Surface Speed paths with RPM output [*]Mill/Drill feed in Unit/Rev support [*]Canned threading options thdang = rad2deg$ * thdangle$ #lead-in angle thdang = rad2deg$ * thda1$ #half of the thread angle thdang = rad2deg$ * thda2$ #thread angle (full included angle) [*]Forced R output for arcs in G07.1 [*]Clamp and Brake code output with overrides [*]G28/G30 home select [*]Addressed - cross cutting operation with rotary axis turned on, post output matches backplot [*]Addressed - full arc moves on face with rotary axis turned on

    Free

  8. Version 1.1

    542 downloads

    Mplmaster is based on CNC Software's master lathe post - Mplfan - but offers additional features. eMastercam.com is operated by In-House Solutions Inc. - Authorized Canadian Distributor. Please do not email post requests or support questions. For post requests or support contact your local reseller. Click the download button above to download Mplmaster for 2018. It's our master configurable lathe post. You may also read instructions for: Installing a post Email feedback to our Post Department.

    Free

  9. Version 1.0.0

    452 downloads

    Mplmaster is based on CNC Software's master lathe post - Mplfan - but offers additional features. eMastercam.com is operated by In-House Solutions Inc. - Authorized Canadian Distributor. Please do not email post requests or support questions. For post requests or support contact your local reseller. Click the download button above to download Mplmaster for 2019. It's our master configurable lathe post. You may also read instructions for: Installing a post Email feedback to our Post Department.

    Free

  10. Am I the only one that has been having this problem? For no reason that I can figure out, the home / ref. points I input inside the toolpath parameters do not show up consistently when I post. This is a problem because if I use them, it is to avoid a crash.
  11. Hi all, i juste made a post that converts any grooves to thread. So you can make ,buttrest, acme, round or any form of thread with a grooving tool. Really easy to use. Contact me if you need it [email protected] Cheers
  12. Version 1.0.0

    1,024 downloads

    Mpmaster is based on CNC Software's master mill post - Mpfan - but offers additional features. eMastercam.com is operated by In-House Solutions Inc. - Authorized Canadian Distributor. Please do not email post requests or support questions. For post requests or support contact your local reseller. Click "Download" to download the following: Mpmaster for 2019 - our master configurable 4-axis G-code post. Rotary settings are configured in the Machine Definition. Note: separate horizontal and vertical posts provided. You may also download instructions for: Installing a post Email feedback to our Post Department.

    Free

  13. Hello , I have a x minus machine and when i post a canned turning cycle the U value is a + number. I need U- on OD and U+ on ID cycles.
  14. I have been trying to use the tooltable output to let our setup guys and operators know what type of comp is used. We use either "control" or "wear" depending on the machine (I know, I'm trying to get everyone to use wear, but it's going to take some time) - The problem I've noticed is that the post will only catch the comp value from the first operation of each tool. This becomes a problem when the first op might not use any comp. For example; using a drill cycle with an endmill to peck the center of a feature & then follow with a contour toolpath. It would also be useful to scan all the toolpaths and give an error if the same tool is using different comp types in multiple ops. Can anyone tell me how to go about this? My post modifying skills are pretty decent; I've added a few misc. ops and tweaked thing here & there. Thank-you. -John
  15. Version 1.0.0

    1,199 downloads

    Mpmaster is based on CNC Software's master mill post - Mpfan - but offers additional features. eMastercam.com is operated by In-House Solutions Inc. - Authorized Canadian Distributor. Please do not email post requests or support questions. For post requests or support contact your local reseller. Click "Download" to download the following: Mpmaster for 2018 - our master configurable 4-axis G-code post. Rotary settings are configured in the Machine Definition. Note: separate horizontal and vertical posts provided. You may also download instructions for: Installing a post Email feedback to our Post Department.

    Free

  16. I hope I get this all right, this is my first post here. I would like to incorporate some of the Setup Sheet information into my part programs (project #, part #, rev., etc.). Is it possible to extract this info via variables in the post? I know I can prompt for inputs during the posting process (and have done this), but this has to be repeated each time I post the job. Any help is appreciated.
  17. Hi everyone, This is my first post here. My work has recently bought a twin ram VTL & we have been playing round with how best to generate the programs for it. I have been drawing everything in the bottom right quadrant & have been using the multi axis VTL machine type. I have been selecting left turret/right turret in the tool path parameter screen but I cannot get master cam to output two separate programs (one for each turret). Am I missing something basic as I am sure I had this working when I was playing round with it few weeks back. Any help will be appreciated Ryan
  18. Hey first time posting so if this isn't the correct place forgive me. I want my post to have custom code before every tool change. is there a way to make this happen I'm using 2018 with cimco
  19. Mplmaster - Master G-Code Post - Version 2019 View File Mplmaster is based on CNC Software's master mill post - Mplfan - but offers additional features. eMastercam.com is operated by In-House Solutions Inc. - Authorized Canadian Distributor. Please do not email post requests or support questions. For post requests or support contact your local reseller. Click the download button above to download Mplmaster for 2018. It's our master configurable lathe post. You may also read instructions for: Installing a post Email feedback to our Post Department. Submitter DanielGingras Submitted 05/28/2018 Category Mplmaster (all versions)  
  20. Mpmaster - Master G-Code Post - Version 2019 View File Mpmaster is based on CNC Software's master mill post - Mpfan - but offers additional features. eMastercam.com is operated by In-House Solutions Inc. - Authorized Canadian Distributor. Please do not email post requests or support questions. For post requests or support contact your local reseller. Click "Download" to download the following: Mpmaster for 2019 - our master configurable 4-axis G-code post. Rotary settings are configured in the Machine Definition. Note: separate horizontal and vertical posts provided. You may also download instructions for: Installing a post Email feedback to our Post Department. Submitter DanielGingras Submitted 05/28/2018 Category Mpmaster (all versions)  
  21. I'm using 2018 and I'm having an issue with 2 of my seats behaving differently... One seat will never, ever show the correct "drill parameter text" in the operations. I am under the impression that this info is stored with the control definition? yes? no? text files have long since been abolished, right? Here's what happens; My seat of Mastercam works just fine, that is, when I make a drilling cycle, I see all the correct cycles and get all the correct parameters. I copy all 4 required files (Post.pst, post.psb, machine.mcam-mmd, machine.mcam-control) to the second seat, open a session, and BLAMO... all the drilling cycles are gone. Everything wiped out. What gives? What am I missing? Why can't I see the cycles on the second machine? J
  22. O0000 (PROGRAM NAME - 1) (TOOL - 1 - OD ROUGH RIGHT - 80 DEG. - OFFSET - 1 - INSERT - CNMG 12 04 08 - HOLDER - MWLNR 2525M 08) G21 G54 N1(OD ROUGH RIGHT - 80 DEG. INSERT - CNMG 12 04 08) G28U0.W0. T0101 G50 S10000 G96 S275 M03 G0 X63.55 Z0. G99 G1 X-1.6 F.25 G0 Z2. G28 U0. W0. T0001 (T0001 I want to change this part to t0100 ) M05 M30 mplmaster.pst
  23. Hey friends, I looked around and didn't see a thread that addressed this problem, feel free to direct me if this is a duplicate. I am trying to clean up our lathe post processor and one of the annoying things it does is that sometimes, not always, it duplicates the last tool entry in my tool table. I can't find what controls this process or why some programs have the problem and some don't. My code for the tool table is: ptooltable # Write tool table, scans entire file, null tools are negative tnote = t$ toffnote = tloffno$ tlngnote = tlngno$ spaces$=0 if t$ >= zero, [ "(", *t$, " | ", plistcomm, ")" ] spaces$=sav_spc Which produces the following tool table in my program: (T1 | R .032 OD ROUGH RIGHT) (T2 | R .016 OD FINISH RIGHT) (T5 | OD THREAD RIGHT) (T12 | .118 PART OFF BLADE) (T12 | .118 PART OFF BLADE) Any suggestions on how to stop it from duplicating the last tool? Many Thanks!
  24. Any help please. One of my customers has a few Milltronics Centurion 7 machining centres. Now that I have started posting dynamic tool paths with 2018, the machines are doing odd things but not always. Mastercam verify shows a perfect profile, cimco matches this with g-code backlit. But machine on occasion will cut straight into the part, breaking the tool. Checking on the machine graphics verify, this shows the error path. This means the custom can catch the error before any damage. Any ideas would be great, my thought was the look ahead setting. But just a guess.
  25. I'm modifying the generic 4-axis mastercam post. Everything is working great, except when I post the rotational axis is is off by 90 degrees with the coordinate system I like using. Is there a way to change this? I know I can just change my coordinate system, however I was trying to avoid doing this. Thanks for the help.

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