View Full Version : Need Help! swiss engraving software

04-07-2010, 10:33 AM
just looking to find a software to spit out g-code so i can copy and patse
but all the free ware doesnt have c-axis control ANYBODY??????

04-07-2010, 02:49 PM
just looking to find a software to spit out g-code so i can copy and patse
but all the free ware doesnt have c-axis control ANYBODY??????

Can't expect something free will live up to their expectation. Check out NCmanager.

04-07-2010, 04:15 PM
what do you suppose that company is called maybe a link and how much because im already in the process of buying partmaker but i need somthing to get me through 25pc order ya know.sorry if your a sales man .

04-08-2010, 03:35 PM
What kind of machine is it?
Do you have milling interpolation?
If yes, you could use G16 to engrave on the OD without using CAxis calls.

04-08-2010, 03:42 PM
i have a star sr 10 j and yes it has interpolation but it cant run g16 it not an option

04-08-2010, 04:11 PM
I use this (http://www.marucit.com/products/software/wincnc.html) to engrave on my Citizen machines.

Though, if you're in the process of purchasing PartMaker(r), I would think they could supply you with code to do what you want in the interim, it's worth asking.

04-10-2010, 12:45 PM
im going to try this on my next run for my c axis engraving part to try and reduce cycle time, it just depends on what your trying to engrave(custom stamp much cheaper than cam software.)

from http://swissturning.blogspot.com/

Roll Stamping

Another trick use of the Y-axis motion is to perform roll stamping using an ordinary straight stamp. There are several advantages to this method; first, for a simple, single character like a directional arrow a=or a single letter, there is no need to buy an expensive roll stamp an holder. Second, most gang type Swiss have limited clearance in which to accommodate a conventional roll stamp. By using a straight stamp and feeding it along the Y-axis the amount of “stick-out” in the X-axis is greatly reduced.

Work Stamp

The idea here is to synchronize the spindle rotation with the Y-axis feed rate. A simple way to accomplish this is to program the spindle in constant surface speed mode (G96). Then feed the Y-axis at the feet per minute feed rate. Since the only mode available is G98, inch per minute feed, we will have to convert feet per minute to inches per minute by multiplying by 12. So, if we rotate the spindle at 10 SFM by commanding:

G96 M03 S10;

We will need to feed the Y-axis at 120 IPM.

Assuming a ½” diameter to be marked with ¼” square stamp, your program should look something like this:

T0202; (Position the stamp mounted in position 2)
G96 M03 S10; (Start the spindle clockwise at 10 SFM)
G00 X0.55 Y0.6 Z0.3; (Rapid traverse the tool close to the part)
X.48; (Position the tool so it will be 0.010” deep into the part during marking)
G98 G01 Y-0.6 F120.0; (Feed the stamp along the Y-axis synchronous to the spindle rpm)
G00 X1.18 T0; (Clear to safe index point and cancel offset)

Make sure the Y-axis start and end points are far enough away from the work that the axis will have room to accelerate and decelerate while the stamp is not contacting the work.