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by IslaWW
Wed May 13, 2020 2:35 pm
Forum: Post Processors
Topic: Y to Z and Z to -Y?
Replies: 15
Views: 6572

Re: Y to Z and Z to -Y?

In most cases, yes. But....
by IslaWW
Wed May 13, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: Post Processors
Topic: Y to Z and Z to -Y?
Replies: 15
Views: 6572

Re: Y to Z and Z to -Y?

This was posted as a note of caution, mostly for G0 motion. For example in the Initial Feed move: You may want the horizontal axes to position prior to lowering of the Z... begin INITIAL_RAPID_MOVE " G0 [X] [Y]" " G0 [Z]" With swapped axes, you would not want the X and (physical) Z to position, then...
by IslaWW
Wed Apr 15, 2020 7:23 pm
Forum: Hardware related questions
Topic: not cutting through .2 in plywood
Replies: 15
Views: 1320

Re: not cutting through .2 in plywood

Any chance that your bits cannot physically reach the table surface or a travel limit is prohibiting that far? Happens often with short bits
by IslaWW
Fri Apr 10, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Stepper motor upgrade
Replies: 10
Views: 432

Re: Stepper motor upgrade

With an 8 wire motor you will need to connect into 4 pairs of 2 wires each. Each of these pairs become half of a parallel coil. You must connect as per a diagram provided by the motor mfgr, and make the A+/- and B+/- connections to the drive the same as your original motors were wired to ensure that...
by IslaWW
Tue Mar 24, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: Aspire - General
Topic: "W" AXIS POST PROCESSOR
Replies: 9
Views: 443

Re: "W" AXIS POST PROCESSOR

The system that operates the X-3 is a bit bastardized, so not so much help from the postP there. That said, there is good info to learn from the X-3 toolchange macros as they apply tool head offsets and switch on different cutting heads.
by IslaWW
Tue Mar 24, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: Aspire - General
Topic: "W" AXIS POST PROCESSOR
Replies: 9
Views: 443

Re: "W" AXIS POST PROCESSOR

I ran this by the guys at Microsystems. The recommended way to do this would be to use an ATC (normal) postP. Swap the heads via tool numbers. Head swap would be in each tool macro. Example: T1 = Z head. That tool macro must include the following: G53 (lifts all vertical axes) G54 L12 ZW Example: T2...
by IslaWW
Tue Mar 24, 2020 12:12 am
Forum: Aspire - General
Topic: "W" AXIS POST PROCESSOR
Replies: 9
Views: 443

Re: "W" AXIS POST PROCESSOR

You will want to look at the L11, L12 and L13 commands. Most likely L12 WZ. The code will allow you to swap the W and Z axis (with code designated as "Z") and return to normal operation. I would do the swap by either by making a postP with the command in the header, adding it into the "TOOL_NOTES" a...
by IslaWW
Sat Mar 14, 2020 12:37 am
Forum: Hardware related questions
Topic: Fastest cut speed
Replies: 19
Views: 1188

Re: Fastest cut speed

TReischl wrote:
Fri Mar 13, 2020 2:12 pm
No one ever said "Oh, we can hold .0001 on this machine, therefore it is a $XXX class machine".
You are correct. I have never heard that said, or even alluded to from anyone but you
by IslaWW
Fri Mar 13, 2020 3:42 am
Forum: Hardware related questions
Topic: Fastest cut speed
Replies: 19
Views: 1188

Re: Fastest cut speed

Gary, where do these "price classes" exist? I have been around a long time and have never heard the term as you stated it. Sure, I have heard something like " Such and such is a $100K machine" but that is not a class, just a statement of the cost of the machine. I dunno, I think more in terms of "p...
by IslaWW
Thu Mar 12, 2020 5:16 pm
Forum: Hardware related questions
Topic: Fastest cut speed
Replies: 19
Views: 1188

Re: Fastest cut speed

Ability to hold the material, horsepower of the spindle, power of the driving motors (steppers or servos) along with rigidity of the frame are the factors that affect maximum cutting speeds on sub $100k machines. In many cases on lesser priced machines will not even come close the mfgr's recommended...
by IslaWW
Thu Feb 20, 2020 8:19 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: New to V-Carve Pro
Replies: 6
Views: 580

Re: New to V-Carve Pro

Even if my Mach4 Post processor says arcs and curves? In reality G2/G3 (Gcode arc) commands, although relevant, are a bit of a holdover from yesteryear. They simply reduce the lines of code required to cut an arc in a given file. All circular or curved cuts are performed by the machine executing a ...
by IslaWW
Wed Feb 19, 2020 11:06 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Saving X0 Y0 points
Replies: 3
Views: 206

Re: Saving X0 Y0 points

One last question... since true HOME never changes, why do I have to "Home" my system every time I turn it on? Surely it stores those absolute G54 coordinates on disk.,. why the need to re calibrate every time? All those coordinates are in the system. The homing process ensures that the computer DR...
by IslaWW
Wed Feb 19, 2020 9:17 pm
Forum: Hardware related questions
Topic: WinCNC, UCCNC or Centroid Acorn
Replies: 40
Views: 7375

Re: WinCNC, UCCNC or Centroid Acorn

The Acorn does NOT have motor drives built in. Controls do not include drives. Centroid's step & direction controls don't have drives built in. That said, they do have a model. the AllinOneDC that does have drives for DC servos built in. An all in one solution for old machines with legacy dc servos...
by IslaWW
Wed Feb 19, 2020 8:11 pm
Forum: Aspire - General
Topic: Welcome to the new and improved Vectric Forum!
Replies: 103
Views: 8269

Re: Welcome to the new and improved Vectric Forum!

1) Agree with adze_cnc

2) As an ol fart, agree with Leo. What millennial focus group picked the colors? It sure wasn't the 55+ group that seems to be the major portion of the US user group.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLpE1Pa8vvI
by IslaWW
Sun Jan 19, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Prototyping
Replies: 10
Views: 752

Re: Prototyping

Good job Randall! The pointed Roundover is a very useful and interesting tool that creates a nice effect. You reminded me that my son and I had actually used it on a commissioned piece back in '08. Here is a cherry plaque that holds a couple Weems & Plath instruments and contains the yacht builder's...