Weeke drilling problem

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Weeke drilling problem

Postby 4240harold » Mon May 09, 2011 11:24 pm

Hello
Can anyone give some advice on how to use the Aspire to control the drill block on weeke machine.The problem is when a drill is selected in Aspire and toolpathed,and loaded onto cnc ,the drill cannot be selected from the drill block on the cnc database,we have worked around this by putting a drill into a router tool ,although this works i would prefer to use the drill block.
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Re: Weeke drilling problem

Postby Mark » Tue May 10, 2011 9:16 am

Hello Harold,

Apologies, you did not mention yesterday that your machine had a drill block,
I assumed that you were using the main spindle.
I am afraid that we do not support drill banks or blocks.
Using your spindle for the drill, is the correct way to go.

I hope that this helps.

Cheers,

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Re: Weeke drilling problem

Postby 4240harold » Tue May 10, 2011 10:00 am

Thanks Mark
This works well and we have got job done.
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Re: Weeke drilling problem

Postby Brent C » Thu May 12, 2011 1:28 pm

A dxf output would support all drill block and scoring saw functions. Weeke supplies the dxf post so it does all the leg work and formats the MPR properly. Aspire would simply have to export all tool paths and functions (drills) as geometry with layer names. That geometry with layer names is in itself a complete WoodWop program that requires no manipulation. Yes, It's a 2 step process in that after exporting a dxf out of Aspire you would import it into WoodWop (File>Import>DXF), but after importing it, it is done and it's a full functioning MPR complete with tool change, drill block, and scoring saw functionality. The proper tool number and compensation would already be applied to the tool, the proper drill size and depth (and mode) would already be applied to the drills.

I use this method daily to run our Weeke from AutoCad (for 2D) and Rhino (for 3D) and it's seamless and 100% reliable.

I recently posted about this topic: viewtopic.php?f=27&t=11004

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Re: Weeke drilling problem

Postby Brent C » Thu May 12, 2011 2:09 pm

Here's a couple of quick screen shots of a dxf file that contains both router operations and drilling (using the drill block) coming straight into WoodWop...one click.
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AutoCad screen.JPG
DXF file
woodwop screen.JPG
Same DXF in WoodWop
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Re: Weeke drilling problem

Postby 4240harold » Fri May 13, 2011 8:56 pm

Hello Brent
Thanks for your input ,I do have the weeke software you have mentioned ,I did not realize that it would work for Aspire,I did look at it for importing dxf autocad drawings but I did,nt manage to get my head around it and gave up (then imported into Aspire)
I think this is something I will have to learn as it is currently a bit tedious exporting aspire to the woodwop
thanks again Harold
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