I just bought a small cnc mill to try light production work. I have been a machinist for about 15 years and I am realizing this cnc stuff is an entirely different world. G code is currently voodoo to me. I am wondering if this little TP100 probe might help me get off of top dead center. I have prototypes I've cast out of plastic but I run into walls everywhere I turn when I take the dimensions and try to plot them on the computer. I just don't know enough about cad/cam yet. My machine is a three HP, 3 axis machine with ballscrews and reliance servo motors. My software is Bobcad version 19 and Mach 2 on a slow Windows XP machine. I realize practice makes perfect but I really can't wait 6 months to learn g code and start production. So if anyone has advice on this probe or maybe the Renishaw MP11 or similar devices, I would appreciate the help. While I'm thinking about it, do I need a 4th axis for a digitizer to make a complete 3D schematic of my parts? I am making parts that are roughly 6 inches by 4 inches by 2 inches or smaller out of mild steel, aluminum or plastic. Recommendations on cnc books for beginers might be nice too!
Thanks for any and all help,