Workpiece Offsets

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Workpiece Offsets

Postby TReischl » Fri Feb 22, 2019 5:48 pm

I added a small laser module to my machine some time ago. It is mounted offset of the spindle.

The issue is running jobs that use both the router and the laser in addition to setting zero for the laser. I use Ger21's Screenset 2010 which allows the use of a laser pointer (this is not the laser cutter) to set a zero and adjust for the offsets between it and the spindle.

By running the spindle and then jogging around I finally figured out the relationship between the router spindle and the laser beam.

What I had been doing was to set zero for the router and then move the laser over to that zero and reset zero. Back and forth, too much fiddling around.

I would bet that most of us rarely used work piece offsets. Well, we did, but just the default one, G54. That is what I was doing. It finally occurred to me that all I really needed to do was enter the zero for the laser beam into G55. After setting zero for the router I just use windows calculator to get the new numbers for the G55 position.

The next step was to modify the post processors. The router post has a G54 call in it at the very beginning. It looks like this:

+ Commands output at the start of the file

begin HEADER


I did the same thing with the laser post but entered G55 instead of G54.

Now the machine adjusts the zero automatically for the laser. If I go back to routing no need to fiddle around selecting G54, the code does it for me.

This was a little different than what work piece offsets are normally used for so I thought I would post it. Hope it helps other folks out!
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Re: Workpiece Offsets

Postby highpockets » Fri Feb 22, 2019 6:01 pm

WOW! Great tip Ted!!!

Thanks for sharing....
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Re: Workpiece Offsets

Postby rscrawford » Sat Feb 23, 2019 5:16 pm

Great idea Ted!
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Re: Workpiece Offsets

Postby Mobius » Sat Feb 23, 2019 6:13 pm

Awesome. I've got a laser enroute for my CNC right now, so this will come in handy!
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Re: Workpiece Offsets

Postby chri879 » Sat Feb 23, 2019 8:17 pm

Great tip, thank you for sharing!
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Re: Workpiece Offsets

Postby dwilli9013 » Sat Feb 23, 2019 10:30 pm

Always thinking Ted. Thanks for the tip. :lol: :lol: :lol:
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