"is there any way to insert a "pause" in between the toolpaths?"
Of course there is. Insert a "G4" line in the "New Segment" section of the postP
I hate to sound ungrateful, but....
I indicated that I am not fully conversant with g-code (and even less so with modifying post-processors), so that advice is ok, but I don't know what to do with it. Yes, I could learn how to code PP and g-code, but part of the reason why I bought the Axiom was for the turn-key operation, so I could use the CNC, not learn how to program it.
I get that you wanted to help, but I'm guessing that anybody who knew that would already know that, if you follow. I don't need complete hand-holding, but a code snippet (using the Axiom PP, perhaps) would come in handy.
Post by Gary Campbell on Jan 21, 2019 22:06:35 GMT -5
There is a post processor editing guide under the "Help" menu in VCarve Pro. All that you would ever need to know is in there. One more thing, "G4" will pause the machine until the operator presses enter or cycle start, depending on the controller. The Richauto controller may or may not support the code or the "G4" command.
"Yes, I could learn how to code PP and g-code, but part of the reason why I bought the Axiom was for the turn-key operation, so I could use the CNC, not learn how to program it. "
You already have that. You are looking for something that is custom, or at least beyond what the MFGR and its vendors provide and support. The custom stuff is up to you.
Ok. Thanks Gary. Didn't want to sound too much like an arse, but I have an issue when people post something along the lines "Oh that. That's easy!", and that's the extent of their "help": if you can take the time to type out "That's easy" (in other words, look at how smart I am!) you have the time to copy/paste a link, or give a brief explanation.
I don't mind "rolling up my sleeves and getting under the hood" (I learned more than I care to know about the nuts and bolts (and electrical bits) of my first CNC (SHapeOko2 kit) just to get it to do it's thing.... It was somewhat useful, but I spent more time dealing with the ghosts in the machine than actually carving anything, so decided it was time to play with the big boys)).
I would just think that a simple "Pause" between 2 toolpaths would be feasible. I have learned to NOT use the "output visible toolpaths to one file" on new projects, since have had to re-run one (or more) of the paths (for cleanup, or slightly deeper cut) and having them joined together in one file is not good for that (unless there was a way to run them separately, but that's asking for a bit more than a simple "Pause" between toolpaths.
Anyway, it was one of those "Now why can't my machine do THIS?!?" thoughts more than a burning requirement, so no big whoop.
I have "modified" The Axiom PP to allow multiple toolpaths within a single output file. The PP now inserts G codes M0, M5, M6 to stop/pause the CNC machine for a manual tool change. Everything worked except "Stop Spindle" As the Axiom Admin pointed out the Rich Auto is somewhat generic. Even though the pendent data implies that a manual tool change, including operator Z axis zeroing in "Advanced Setting tab" is there. However, it also is not supported in firmware... go figure. Bottom line... Live with it... :-( As for me I plan to dump the RichAuto controller. A pricey undertaking but I hate this pendent platform.
I’m just catching this thread and am freaking out a little... I just took delivery of the AR8Pro+ and am planning to use RhinoCAM for all of my toolpaths, as that’s what I’ve used for the past few years on another machine. I’m assuming/hoping that all of these “problems” with multiple tools in a single post are only related Vcarve/Aspire. This conversation is causing me to question my change to the Axiom machine, if the problem is with ithe machine / controller as opposed to Vectric. #fingerscrossed