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by IslaWW
Tue Mar 24, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: Aspire - General
Topic: "W" AXIS POST PROCESSOR
Replies: 9
Views: 284

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: 284

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: 284

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: 737

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: 737

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: 737

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: 512

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: 165

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: 6344

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: 101
Views: 5759

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: 664

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...
by IslaWW
Fri Jan 17, 2020 2:07 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Rotary machining reference question...
Replies: 5
Views: 590

Re: Rotary machining reference question...

Peter...
When you speak to them, see if there is a restart option. Most control softwares allow you to painlessly restart a file at where you left off or any other operator selected line.
by IslaWW
Fri Jan 17, 2020 3:41 am
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Anyone know anything about the Gerber Sabre machine?
Replies: 3
Views: 341

Re: Anyone know anything about the Gerber Sabre machine?

Mike...
Too bad a control replacement isn't an option. WinCNC does so many Gerber control replacements that they usually keep the control boxes in stock.
by IslaWW
Fri Jan 10, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: Aspire - General
Topic: Box Creator gadget
Replies: 3
Views: 635

Re: Box Creator gadget

Try cutting in the conventional direction instead of climb
by IslaWW
Sun Dec 29, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: VCarve - Gallery
Topic: Gallery Of Machines
Replies: 386
Views: 300637

Re: Gallery Of Machines

The machine lives in a lab in Albany, NY. It was shipped to me for a control retrofit. The picture was taken in my shop just before it was shipped back to them.