2012-03-17 18:45:25 (CET)

Operate Page tasks

Operate page tasks




When you just started the application you have to press reset F1.

This will enable the drives, the machine on button left will be green flashing, this means the machine is ready but must be homed first.


Homing is the next step to perform,  this can be done via main->f2. There you can do individual axis homing or home all axes art once.

All axes home at once can also be done using ctrl-h or the home all button beside the status:



load and run a G-code file

After homing we a ready to run a program, we have to load a g-code file for doing that.

From the main menu press F4 (Auto), then F2 (load g-code file). Go to the cnc-jobs directory and load demo.cnc.




The file is fully parsed through the g-code interpreter and the tool path is shown in the graphic window:





Using the mouse (ctrl+left mouse), you can rotate the tool-path and see it 3D. 

Using the left mouse, you can PAN. 

Using the right mouse you can ZOOM:





It can be that while loading you get a collision error, this means that the tool-path does not fit on the machine, so a shift of the work coordinate system is needed:



The yellow rectangle shows the first place where the collision is discovered. We see here clearly that a part of the tool-path is outside the machine area, a message is given showing the line number L9 in this case where the collision occurred.


The easiest way to shift now is to jog to the place where you want to have the origin, the actual place of the work-coordinate system origin is shown as the cyan lines for X and Y.




 We jog about 200 mm to the left (X-) and the Z axis about 10mm up so that our first attempt will be milling in the air.





The we press the zero buttons beside the coordinate display for X and Y, this sets the coordinate system to the current position. Now we need to press redraw, to show the tool-path again, now with shifted coordinate system:



We see that the tool path fits without collision and we see the delta's in X, Y, Z, which is the size of the tool path.




F6 in graphic menu zooms to fit:





Now we can press run (F4) to run the program. We have no automatic tool changer, so the program stops when a tool change is encountered asking us to put in the tool:





The tool is already in, so we press F4 again, the program will continue and our machine is working.

We see the tool path being drawn real-time on the screen: