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  1. Thread: Swiss turn CAM

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    Thanks for your prompt responses. Looks like...

    Thanks for your prompt responses. Looks like Partmaker and Esprit are worth looking at. Perhaps even Gibbs. Funny how there are several CAM packages that do an adequate job at mill/turn, but seems...
  2. Thread: Swiss turn CAM

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    Swiss turn CAM

    Hello,
    I was wondering if anyone can recommend a CAM package that works well programming Swiss turn machines (in this case, Citizen). I imagine a lot of folks program manually, but I'd like to think...
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    I thought so, but it's been many moons since I've...

    I thought so, but it's been many moons since I've run or programmed an Okuma mill. Thanks for the quick response.
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    I know this thread is a little old, but was...

    I know this thread is a little old, but was hoping not to start a new one for one quick question. I was told by someone (who I hope simply doesn't know what he's talking about) that the M560 cannot...
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    I'd like to help, but not only does our protected...

    I'd like to help, but not only does our protected network not allow me to open your file, but I'm not sure what the question is anyway.
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    The Automatic Feature Recognition function...

    The Automatic Feature Recognition function (Extract Machinable Features) works quite well with some parts, not so much with others. With fairly simple prismatic parts, I often have to add a few...
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    As a 13 year user of Camworks, I will recommend...

    As a 13 year user of Camworks, I will recommend that you take the time to learn UPG. Dealing with a reseller about posts is often difficult, and if you want it "just so", it may turn out to be a...
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    In your program, you are trying to feed in what...

    In your program, you are trying to feed in what appears to be FPR mode, which is pretty normal for a lathe. Could your other lathe somehow be in IPM mode, in which at a feed of F.01 it would be...
  9. Note to all Haas users: Setting 33 controls...

    Note to all Haas users:
    Setting 33 controls whether G52 and G92 behave as a Fanuc or Yasnac. Make sure it's set the way you want to use these codes.
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    Not anymore. You can use Access, but as of...

    Not anymore. You can use Access, but as of version 2018, they have their own app which uses a SQLite database. Warning, though. Prior to version 2019 SP0.1, it runs very slow over a network, but OK...
  11. Why these operations are "pink" is because...

    Why these operations are "pink" is because something keeps them from being generated. Could be bogus Z depth, as Shawnrs said. Could also be bogus Feature Depth. Could be tool is too big for what...
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    In lieu of G12.1, have you tried G112 (G113 to...

    In lieu of G12.1, have you tried G112 (G113 to cancel)?
  13. Thread: Cam works

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    As far as how-tos, both Hawk Ridge and Go...

    As far as how-tos, both Hawk Ridge and Go Engineer have a number of You Tube videos covering a number of Solidworks and Camworks techniques.
  14. I've run Okumas in the past that would "accept"...

    I've run Okumas in the past that would "accept" CSS for threading, but what a mess it made of threads when it was used!
  15. Thread: Cam works

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    I've been using Camworks since 2006. I have a...

    I've been using Camworks since 2006. I have a love/hate relationship with it, but the fact is, I've felt that way to some extent about every CAM package I've ever used. Integration with Solidworks...
  16. From what I've seen, Solidworks CAM may be a...

    From what I've seen, Solidworks CAM may be a great way to get started, but if you want the kind of versatility/power that most CAM systems have, you'll likely want to go full-on Camworks. If you just...
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    On a lathe, G50 "usually" is used for coordinate...

    On a lathe, G50 "usually" is used for coordinate preset, not G92. G92 is normally used on mills for preset, but is a threading code for lathes. However, if it has work offsets (G54, G55, etc. like a...
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    We have a Mori SL-3 with 11T (circa 1986) which...

    We have a Mori SL-3 with 11T (circa 1986) which used to be this way. Wasn't an issue until we got a newer machine that was "normal". Figured we'd better standardize to avoid confusion. I didn't do...
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    I've done the "master tool" thing too in the...

    I've done the "master tool" thing too in the past, although I don't recommend it either. What I did that made the other tool lengths more stable was to use something that doesn't vary (like a face...
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    Does your CAM system output "R" for arc modifier...

    Does your CAM system output "R" for arc modifier or I,J,K? Using R can cause some machines to improperly calculate circles.
  21. Thread: G112 breakdown

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    OK, so I assume you're correct about this, but...

    OK, so I assume you're correct about this, but I've never had to do it. Hard to make CAM do that anyway. What I've always done is rapid to X0Y0C0, clear of the part in Z. Then invoke G112, then feed...
  22. Thread: G112 breakdown

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    That's fine if you're only doing one polar tool...

    That's fine if you're only doing one polar tool path, not needed to be oriented to anything else. But what happens if you need to maintain orientation to other milled or drilled features? If C0 is...
  23. Thread: G112 breakdown

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    Straight from Fanuc manual: 1.The following G...

    Straight from Fanuc manual:

    1.The following G codes may be used when G112 is active: G1, G2, G3, G40, G41, G42, G65, and G98.
    2.G0 positioning is not allowed when G112 is active.
    3.When using G2...
  24. Thread: G112 breakdown

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    Well, that may well be, but I've had very...

    Well, that may well be, but I've had very unreliable results if I don't position to C0 prior to entering polar mode. Maybe it's just our machine, but the only way to get predictable results is to...
  25. Thread: G112 breakdown

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    Well, for one thing, you can't do rapid moves in...

    Well, for one thing, you can't do rapid moves in polar mode. And, you must start at C0 before you enter polar mode. What I do is rapid to X something (like X0), C0 Z in front of the part. Then, code...
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