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    Default Looking for Mach 4 post processor V31 BobCAD/CAM (Mill)

    Anyone have a proper Mach 4 post processor?

    I can only find Mach 3 and I have read there are some differences and possibly some things Mach 4 might not like from a Mach 3 post.

    Or, that a Mach3 post may lose some capability that Mach4 can do.

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    Default Re: Looking for Mach 4 post processor V31 BobCAD/CAM (Mill)

    ...I assume you have been here https://bobcad.com/support/post-processors/



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    Quote Originally Posted by machinehop5 View Post
    ...I assume you have been here https://bobcad.com/support/post-processors/
    Yes. I requested a Mach 4 post. We will see. However there is not one to download.



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    Default Re: Looking for Mach 4 post processor V31 BobCAD/CAM (Mill)

    @jevs

    Try the attached PP, as Mach3/4 is a Fanuc based control software this is a slightly modified "3x_Fanuc Generic" Post Processor that I did and works here, it may need some "tweaking" to suit your actual machine, for example if you have a Router/Mill that has no Homing switches then the G53 commands will need removing.

    Looking for Mach 4 post processor V31 BobCAD/CAM (Mill)-mach4-6xmill-jpg

    Anyway, give it a go and post back how it runs for you

    P.S. Apologies, forgot to attach the PP

    Regards
    Rob

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    Default Re: Looking for Mach 4 post processor V31 BobCAD/CAM (Mill)

    Thanks!
    I do have homing and limit switches. I also run soft limits.
    I also have a 7 tool changer, 3D probe, and tool height setter.
    Anything else you recommend looking at with this before I use it?
    I have not edited a post processor before, so I would have to do some research and reading to mod it properly myself.
    I have also not used BobCAM in a long time (or any CAM), and I only made a couple parts back then. So I need a total refresher....



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    Default Re: Looking for Mach 4 post processor V31 BobCAD/CAM (Mill)

    @jevs

    Sounds like a reasonable setup, the probing and tool setting is as you will already know is built into Mach4, just a case of learning them. I personally don`t run Soft Limits if I am running with Homing and Limit switches but each to their own.
    Here is a link to an Artsoft video that may help you as a "refresher"


    The tool changing bit is a lot more involved depending on the type of Automatic Tool Changer you have on the machine, what type is it ?
    If your tool changer has all the required switches/solenoids/motor etc, etc then you can have a go at creating an m6atc macro that will do it all automatically and even touch off and set your tool length offsets as well, here is a link to a very good thread on the Artsoft Forum that is specifically aimed at Mach4.
    https://www.machsupport.com/forum/in...?topic=25198.0

    If you want a system where the macro will just move your machine to a preset position where you can manually change the tool and then the macro will do a tool length offset and then automatically carry on running G code and cutting the next operation with the new tool. Here is a link to an Artsoft Video on You tube that shows you exactly how to do it.


    Have fun and good luck

    Regards
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    Default Re: Looking for Mach 4 post processor V31 BobCAD/CAM (Mill)

    Oh, I already have the Mach 4 stuff all done. I spent a ton of time learning LUA stuff......was pretty painful and required some forum help, but it seems like you can really do a lot with Mach4. I also had to do a some electronic mods to go from Mach3. The pokeys that was in my Machmotion controller would not work with Mach 4. I also integrated new computer parts into the cabinet etc. I am basically ready to start working the machine now, I just have to get up to speed on the CAM.



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    Default Re: Looking for Mach 4 post processor V31 BobCAD/CAM (Mill)

    @jevs

    Sounds like you are "good to go", the CAM is just another learning curve

    Regards
    Rob



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