Hi, all. I'm setting up a Chinese 6040 to drill holes in the back of electrical enclosures. The first thing I did, was scrap the controller and software it came with, and buy a Gecko G540 controller and a full version of Mach3. I also added a Vista CNC MPG. After a considerable amount of trouble, I finally have motion!
Now, I'm trying to figure out how to make it do what I want it to do, which is simply to drill a series of 1/8th inch pilot holes in the back of some 4" deep electrical enclosures, made out of 14 gauge steel. Later on, I'll want to make different diameter holes using a step bit and different Z-axis depths, but for now, I'll be happy just to make holes. I'm using Cut2D, but I can't figure out how to specify where the holes need to be drilled. I have a list of all the X-Y coordinates, and I thought there'd be a way to simply enter the proper coordinates for each hole, and I'd see a mark show up on the 255X255 mm work surface, which I did manage to create. I selected the "drilling" toolpath menu, but I'm still lost.
But wait, there's more! I'm confused on how to get the proper post processor in the right place. Do I find the PP in a Mach3 file somewhere, then add a copy of it somewhere in the Cut2D program? I've been Googling and YouTubing all over the place, plus reading through the user's manual, and I'm just not seeing how to accomplish these two things. Can somebody help me out here?