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LEAD 1515: Changing bits...how do I write this in?

Discussion in 'CNC Mills/Routers' started by Russell CNC Works, Apr 16, 2024.

  1. Russell CNC Works

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    I am extremely new to. this version of CNC routing. For many years I used a Shaper and Carvewright. Tool changes were quite a bit easier. Can you help me learn how to properly properly write in a tool change? Do I write it into the cam software? Do I write it into the G code editor? does anybody have any leads on a tutorial on YouTube or somewhere else in the forum here? I am embarrassed by. how little I know, but I am excited to put. this machine to good use! Thank you for any help you can offer.
     
  2. Peter Van Der Walt

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    Each tool as it's own gcode file, run each as a job. In between you have full control to jog and rezero Z.

    Thats the easiest way.

    There is a toolchange macro on the forum but its harder to use
     
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    The macro still needs each tool to have its own program - I don't think there's any way around this at the moment:

    In CAM, make one programme per tool and perform the tool change when the first program ends. The toolchange macro can be used to maintain the same WCS Z height between tools during this change (useful if you have a tool length setting station).
     
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    My bad!
     
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  5. Russell CNC Works

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    Man, this is so helpful. This forum has been such a helpful resource in giving me hope in this learning curve.

    I can manage organizing my tool changes per a task. That makes a of sense.

    I am struggling with the Z probe. The Probe Wizard cracked a v carve bit last week. Can you point me towards some best practices with the Open Builds Probe?
     
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    Probe XY using a round (dowel pin, or round endmill)
    Then swop in the v-Bit and probe Z.
     
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    That's just good wisdom to know. Thank you.
     
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