Easy way to set xy position?

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Easy way to set xy position?

Postby wwjd » Thu May 03, 2018 8:24 am

A very good day to you all!

As a former user of other Cam software, I was used to the possibility to very quickly set a new x0y0 position by clicking with the mouse on a point on the drawing. (after choosing 'set zero')

I use this often because I have many small parts on one dxf drawing and I want to use every part of the expensive wood.
Also when some work went wrong, I could easily mill one part of the multiple parts again.

This was my workflow:

1. choose a part to mill and set the xy to zero by simply clicking on the lower left of the part. (after choosing 'zet zero')
2. save the file with only 1 toolpath of the part to mill
3. set the router to the point on the wood and zero

Now I have to position the mouse on the part of the drawing and remember the x and y position.
then go to work setup and click on offset and enter the values

It is doable of course but I was spoiled with an easier way. (now I'm spoiled with Cut2D, never looked back :wink: )

But am I overlooking an existing option in Cut2d Desktop to enter the current mouse position in the xy fields instead of remembering them??

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Re: Easy way to set xy position?

Postby Mark » Thu May 03, 2018 8:40 am


No, I am afraid that there is no way to set the X,Y, 0,0 position, in the way that you have mentioned.


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Re: Easy way to set xy position?

Postby Adrian » Thu May 03, 2018 9:45 am

When I cut multiple parts in carbon fibre sheet which is very expensive as well I do a similar thing but I use the ability of my control software to repeat a cut at any XY position but using a file with a different XY zero position.

I don't know what control software you use but perhaps you have a similar facility.
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Re: Easy way to set xy position?

Postby highpockets » Thu May 03, 2018 2:18 pm

A bit fiddly, but you could get the center coordinates of the part to cut out and enter an offset in XY Datum Setup.
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Re: Easy way to set xy position?

Postby Xxray » Thu May 03, 2018 7:11 pm

Not exactly what you have in mind but I save often cut parts and position as a home position and I can easily zero on that position any time in seconds and start cutting.

For instance I do alot of 10" plexi mirrors, so I index a spot on the board where I will put it there every time, find the center and save that as a home position, so there is no fiddling about when I do another mirror.
[Nothing to do with vectric software btw, all in control wincnc in my case]
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Re: Easy way to set xy position?

Postby wwjd » Thu May 03, 2018 8:21 pm

Great to have so much knowledge available in this forum!

Thank you all very much, I will look if my control software will mill at a different position than the gcode coordinates.
(I use EdingCNC)

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