When starting up the machine, what is the proper method for setting Z axis to the part face. (X needs to be calibrated too, but not worrying about that now)
1. Turn on machine.
2. Zero-Return the machine.
3. Use MDI to select tool T0000, so there are no offsets active.
4. Press [ORIGIN] button with X then Z selected. This sets POS readout to machine coordinates.
5. Jog/handwheel the carriage until touch off of the tool post or reference tool tip. (Write down the Z value for next turn-on.)
6. Use MDI G50 Z0 at this position to set Z axis to part face, or press the ORIGIN BUTTON.
7. Select the other tools, and write down their touch off Z cordinates, these will become the Z tool offsets entered.
This method intentionally avoids use of the G50 command for each tool. Will it work, or is there a better way?
At the end of the day, is it customary just leave the machine on if the same job will run the next day. OR, turn it off and start the second day by zero-returning then without moving axis, MDI G50 Z using the recorded touch off number from step #5.