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    Thanks for the questions and response. Im running...

    Thanks for the questions and response. Im running a Mikron Mill E500u. and for the purposes of this exercise ill be cutting aluminum. cycle time i dont think i care that much, ill try to mount with...
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    I do not. I was thinking somebody might want to...

    I do not. I was thinking somebody might want to help a fellow machinist by giving me a cool, obsolete part to play around with, or perhaps a weird part they practiced with. Ide be willing to bet...
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    buy why Bob!!?

    buy why Bob!!?
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    Thanks, I'm familiar with both, and have looked...

    Thanks, I'm familiar with both, and have looked at hundreds of models on each. Nothing seems to be that good. I'll keep looking. Thanks
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    Can I have your solid models?

    We are a bit slow at work and I'm looking for some complex 5 axis parts I can make for fun. Anybody have anything they're willing to share with me? I'm more into actual parts as opposed to trade show...
  6. That actually answers the question perfectly!...

    That actually answers the question perfectly! Don't fiddle about. Thanks for the reply!
  7. Thanks for the reply, i suppose its less specific...

    Thanks for the reply, i suppose its less specific to mastercam post and more related to the code itself. see below. ive posted two sections of cude, one with cycle 7 and the other without. given that...
  8. Heidenhain cycle 7 / general 5 axis programming

    This is going to be specific to heidenhain/mastercam. But ill make it as general as possible for you fanuc people.

    When i first started programming 5 axis about a year ago the machine apps guy...
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    Because fanuc is objectively terrible, compared...

    Because fanuc is objectively terrible, compared to literally any other control on the market they are garbage. If I'm going to buy a quarter of a million dollar machine the control should be at...
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    I do like the new doosan... Except of course the...

    I do like the new doosan... Except of course the fanuc. I'll look into the others thanks.
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    Looking for horizontal mill suggestions.

    I'm sure this has been asked a million times before, but I'll ask again. After all it's a new year.

    I'm entertaining the idea of purchasing a horizontal in order to streamline our 3/4 axis work....
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    While I agree with you, I don't foresee him...

    While I agree with you, I don't foresee him relinquishing that responsibility. Perhaps, but he likes to be involved, we are a small company so i don't blame him. I'm not sure we have anyone else I...
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    We don't use anything right now, well I think...

    We don't use anything right now, well I think he's just using a PDF he made up years ago and just typing in simple info. I'll look into your suggestions. Thanks
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    Software for creating shop travelers.

    I'm looking to create a very detailed traveler for my shop, step by step from receiving the material to shipping parts. The problem is the owner of my company is the man who writes up all the orders,...
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    I HAVE TO SEE THIS PART!!! PLEASE! there is...

    I HAVE TO SEE THIS PART!!! PLEASE! there is exactly zero situations where this is true. Even if it's a single hole, I'll program it in cam before you've written out half the code required, and there...
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    Aside from the parameter change, did you come up...

    Aside from the parameter change, did you come up with a solution that wasn't machine specific? Do you typically reposition 5 axis?

    Seems like I get good smooth motion with 4 axis type reposition...
  17. Oh yeah, that's essentially what I'm doing......

    Oh yeah, that's essentially what I'm doing... Perhaps. My MDI program is a step by step program for what he needs to do with notes and directions. He doesn't need to do anything other than put the...
  18. You mean a cycle to check the tool length each...

    You mean a cycle to check the tool length each time the program runs? I've thought of that, assuming we're talking about the same thing. The reason I don't like it is time, my parts generally run for...
  19. Yeah I find that no matter how well I've got...

    Yeah I find that no matter how well I've got something dialed in an idiot proofed someone always finds a way to prove me wrong. It's not really to say that people are idiots, but we all make...
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    Interesting, which machine out of curiosity? ...

    Interesting, which machine out of curiosity?

    And I've tried a few different varieties, large angle step, small angle step. I've never considered one single step. That could be interesting.
  21. That's a great question. Thanks. The answer comes...

    That's a great question. Thanks. The answer comes down to the skills gap, I can't find anyone in my area, it's damn hard to find anyone better than basic operator. What else do you recommend as a...
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    5 axis repositioning moves / Mastercam

    I'm running mastercam to Camplete for a Mikron mill e500u w/ heidenhain.

    Camplete only recently allowed for Mastercams multi axis linking functionality, so I've been playing around with it,...
  23. Heidenhain/blum tool touch off alternative idea...

    Im the only guy who sets up our 5 axis mills, I've got one guy on my night crew who might need to change a tool from time to time.... I worry.

    It's occurred to me rather then have him touch off...
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    I just loaded up both 5 axis mills with destiny...

    I just loaded up both 5 axis mills with destiny viper and diamond back. Great.
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    ER collets are great. They are not the best at...

    ER collets are great. They are not the best at anything, but they are very good for everything. They have reasonably low run out, good balance generally, decent holding power, Inexpensive. Also don't...
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