Is it impossible to use the laser attachment on the 4th axis since you would have to use the 4th axis pp for indexing and wouldn't be able to use the laser pp? I'm wondering if I could use the laser tool I created and use the 4th axis pp. I don't think that will work, but I'll try it anyway. It seems I would need a new pp that combines both the 4th axis pp with the laser pp.
It isn't hard to combine the laser and rotary post-processors. I always modify manufacture post-processors to add features to them such as improved documentation to help prevent errors when machining. I also make ones that are rotated so that I can do feed through in the X direction instead of the Y direction by swapping the relationship between the design orientation and the machine coordinate systems. I don't have the laser or rotary post-processors for any Axiom machine to do the conversion though. I do have the "Axiom HHC CNC" and "Axiom Elite NTC" post-processors.
Update: Spoke with Chad and a 4th axis + laser pp combined is on their list. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
Any word back on this? I just thought of combining the 2 add-ons (laser and rotary) tonight, and the possibilities for the combined use seem to be endless.... If it can be accomplished.
I am looking at adding some equipment to my stable (I have the AR4Pro+), so I am looking at adding the AR8Pro+ with the rotary axis, and a stand-alone laser is starting to look good. The ability to use the rotary axis AND a laser (not neccesarily the 4.2W JTech, since that seems pretty weak (I have the 3W laser for my NWA Pirahna, and suffice it to say, I should have just burned the $1000 it cost, since it is borderline useless)) is pretty appealing. Endurance lasers (link) has some more powerful (8.5W, 10W and 20W (x2 10W lasers focused to same point) options, albeit unproven (that I have seen). At the price point they have (~$1100USD for 20W) it is pretty tempting. Probably same level of support as one can expect at this price point, so.....
Axiom HAS to step up their documentation and communication game: frankly, it sucks. Remember the hubbub around the announcements from the big woodworking show this summer? No?!? Neither does anybody else. Air cleaner? Yawn. New entry level CNC machine? Pre-order now, shipping mid January... Of what year? Product manual? "Coming soon". How about documentation for the rotary axis? Anyone? Here's a link to the forum post link. As you can see, there is a plethora of information out there. Maybe I'm an outlier, but when I have an issue, I do a lot of Google-fu, look through forums, and as a LAST resort I contact customer service. The day I go through 15 levels of voice-mail hell to get an answer to something I SHOULD be able to get off the internet is the day that I throw said item into the garbage (children included).
Sorry for the the rant/tirade, but I have spent the last 2 or 3 hours researching other alternatives, and yes, some are more expensive. Much more expensive. And they might suck, once the rubber meets the road. But after wasting money with NWA (as mentioned above) and reading about issues fellow Axiom owners have had (4th axis, etc), plus some of my own issues (Z-axis coupler disintegrating within a few weeks/months of owning my machine), my patience has worn thin, considering that the competition seems to have a lot of these issues dealt with: manuals, online support, videos, etc. As the internet meme reads: "Change my mind".
Combining the two post processors is trivial and should only take a few minutes with a tool like Beyond Compare. Just go with the separate laser and a rotary attachment for it. When you start at 40 watts and almost no moving mass the speed is orders of magnitude better, as well as the quality of results.
Post by Axiom Tool Group on Jan 21, 2019 12:07:08 GMT -5
We admit that there should not be much difficulty combining the post processors, however, as we began testing for this application....the engineering team has developed some safety concerns that have delayed this post from being available.
In order to operate the laser with the rotary kit...it must be elevated far above the surface, which will expose the user and others to the laser, reflection and scatter. Which increases risk for injury and ultimately we need to be sure of the safety and liabilities before providing that information.
It will be available once we can be certain of the liability waiver coverage.