Well I am about to convet my lathe to CNC, and going to get a jump on writing programs for it. I have the Mill figured out, ok more than I did before, but the lathe seems a lttle harder to do.
What I have is, I am milling a tube with numerous procedures. Now, the first one is a slot or groove, that was easy.
The next one is a series of grooves, then at the bottom, a clean up pass or two the full lengh of of the slot ( .960) to be exact.
So how can I program the X axis and the Z axis without having to calculate the moves? Meaning, can I get the start of the groove and the end of the groove, and make everything happen in the middle of the groove witha simple "G" code.
Sounds stupid, but I sure can't figure it out!
I thought about G81, but I still need to figure each move, which is ok, just a lot of writing.
Thanks in advance,