Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Defining Reference Points in Machine Definition

Did you know that in the machine definition, you can define default reference points for both ID and OD operations?

1.       In the Machine Definition Manager, click the Edit axis combinations button.


2.       If necessary, select the desired axis combination.
3.       Click Reference Points.



4.       Set default reference positions for ID and OD work, for either approach or retract moves.


Because these are specific to the axis combination, you can even define different locations for main spindle/subspindle, and upper/lower turrets. Important—because you are in the machine definition, the coordinates in the above dialog box are in world X-Y-Z coordinates, not lathe X-Z coordinates.