Any way to display fixtures, clamps and other obstacles in the preview?

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14 Apr 2019 11:05 #130843 by jmr
Hi,
I tried a bit of searching but with no luck. For now I'm kind of jogging around them and this way they are visible in the backplot. Is there any ready way to do this more half-permanent, like another layer which does not disappear? This could display mounting holes also, which would be very useful when using them to secure the part after initial machining, I could use that to put G54 in right place on the preview, with not much guessing.
If its not already possible, any pointers in the direction of solution are welcome.
Thanks!

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14 Apr 2019 13:54 #130849 by pl7i92
this is manly a featurer of the CAM system
but you can use VISMACH to display your mashine

see the Example Mashine SIM Axis Vismach
and load your gcode there

there are people displaying thme in Gmoccapy or now on QTvcp

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14 Apr 2019 16:59 #130856 by cmorley
There are programming 'hooks' added in the master version of linuxcnc for user_plots.

it has not been exercised usefully that I know of. I had dabbled with some proof of concept with Qtvcp screens but got distracted by higher priority work.

Chris M

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17 Apr 2019 21:37 #131081 by andypugh
You can use block-delete to show and hide extra features in the preview. This is the trick that Native-CAM uses (or possibly used)

Fixed clamps could be a block-deleted subroutine call.

Just make sure you hide them again, or the clamps will get actively machined

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