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  1. #71
    how do you get started! i am using autocad then lazycam.
    say i have a 10x10 cm x 5mm piece of ally clamped on the mill bed, and want to put a hole in the center.
    how do i set mach3 up?
    .
    1. load in the gcode.
    thats as far as i am can you help?

  2. #72
    easy way is to cut air to see where its start/reference point is
    you will have stipulated this when you drew it up
    it may need to be zeroed in on one of the corners of you block or it my start from the dead centre
    im guessing it depends on what the default is if you didnt stipulaite this yourself in lazycam

    i tend to cut air to kick of with, just run the first couple of lines to make sure youve not made any big mistakes

    edit: if you have a look in the tool path window in mach that should give you a clue as to where the tool will start from in comparison to where it will make the first cut
    Last edited by blackburn mark; 09-01-2011 at 12:56 PM.

  3. #73
    mark the sooner you can come over to my house the better. before my head pops, did you get my text?

  4. #74
    did you get my text?
    no ? er hang on a mo my phone is flat

  5. #75
    got it, ill give you a shout later

  6. #76
    nice 1, i ordered my x and y motors yesterday :)

  7. #77
    Quote Originally Posted by h4ppy-chris View Post
    how do you get started! i am using autocad then lazycam.
    say i have a 10x10 cm x 5mm piece of ally clamped on the mill bed, and want to put a hole in the center.
    how do i set mach3 up?
    .
    1. load in the gcode.
    thats as far as i am can you help?
    Maybe this will help

    http://www.mycncuk.com/forums/showth...9965#post19965

    Phil

  8. #78
    Maybe this will help
    i was thinking the problem was more one of orientation between drawn part and machine bed and material... eg: sussing out the work flow from CAD to CAM to MACH to material

    youll have to let us know chris
    Last edited by blackburn mark; 09-01-2011 at 02:52 PM.

  9. #79
    Quote Originally Posted by blackburn mark View Post
    i was thinking the problem was more one of orientation between drawn part and machine bed and material... eg: sussing out the work flow from CAD to CAM to MACH to material

    youll have to let us know chris
    I have updated MY post to show the part is drawn in CAD at the lower R/H portion of XY Zero

    It doesn't make any difference in which position you draw it you just put it in the same position in Mach3

    Phil

  10. #80
    I have updated MY post to show the part is drawn in CAD at the lower R/H portion of XY Zero

    It doesn't make any difference in which position you draw it you just put it in the same position in Mach3
    ok
    i think it might be it a little simpler to stipulate in cam that i was starting from a corner

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