Hello to all,
I'm getting started with CNC, but if someone can help with this, I'll be on my way happily cutting parts out of 1/2" ply material.
Here's the issue:
We have an old Milltronics Controller that has been upgraded.
Machine pictured here:
So the old console does not have a tool reset button. Instead, of hitting this button, we were told by Milltronics tech support, to hit "Alt-F8" as the workaround. This worked fine, but we were running it in Verify (F9, "Verf") mode. When we went to Run mode (F4) we got the "Cycle Start" green message, and we hit the white Cycle Start button on the ancient console. Next we got the tool change message, prompting us to change the tool and then hit the "Tool Reset" button on the console. This time, if we try the Alt-F8 workaround, it does nothing. This is puzzling since it worked for the Verify mode. Is this a setting in the Parms (for which I have full access being co-owner of our company) or is there a code related workaround. It seems like this may be something others have experienced, and if so, please tell me what you did to solve it. Also, just as a note, our machine is a 3-axis, with moveable 4'x8' bed. There is no tool changer, and no sensor indicating to the controller that the tool bit is in place or not (I'm not sure if there is such a thing, but the Milltronics guy seemed to imply this).
Also, if there is anyone from Milltronics tech support reading this, is there a way to forward me a copy of the document where keyboard functions that perform the functions of the ancient controller are located. Logically, if "Alt-F8" replaces "Tool Reset" then there should be other keyboard commands that perform other functions. If there is some kind of document floating around that goes into this in greater detail, please tell me how I can obtain a copy of it. Also, is there a guide to programming GCODE for my machine?