I've got a procedural question for the experienced lathe users here.
I just bought my first CNC lathe (TL-1). My VF-2 has the Renishaw probing system so all of my tool and work offsets are handled by the same two reference points in the machine.
Now I'm getting started with the TL-1. I put a piece of stock in the spindle, touched off each of the tools to the face and diameter and loaded them into the Tool Offset registers. G54 is zero. Everything makes sense to me so far.
I go to load the second part, I touch off the face of the part and load G54 with Z-Face-Measure. The only thing I need between the first setup and the second one is the Z difference in stock position. This also makes total sense to me.
The problem comes when I go to load a new tool (that wasn't preset on the very first setup). The face I originally used to set the tools is gone. It's been replaced by the G54 offset value that I think I'm supposed to reset with each piece of stock.
If I touch off the current part face with the tool, it does so without considering the G54 offset. If G54 is shifted by 0.5", then the tool offset is 0.5" different than the rest of the tools.
Should I just manually alter the tool offset by the work offset amount or should I be setting up the tools and offsets differently? I know it sounds like a basic question but the probing system on my mill has spoiled me.