post processor for alpha cam

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07 Jun 2014 07:47 #47765 by pocamil
hello, I am looking for a linuxcnc post processor to work with Planit Alphacam Software with S2M

it looks like Alphacam and the post processor requires TCP (tool center position) to generate G code for Linuxcnc controller and I have no idea what that means.

thanks for help!
regards,

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07 Jun 2014 13:27 #47767 by ArcEye
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Hi

As per your last related thread, if it is not on the wiki I linked to there is not one readily available.

If you do search you will find plenty of mach ones which won't be far off

www.machsupport.com/forum/index.php?topic=3607.0

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08 Jun 2014 01:44 #47780 by pocamil
i just look the mach processor file and I must admit I do not have the abilities to do some kind of conversion between processors.

i used another cam/cam to generate a g-code for mach arcs mm and linuxcnc arc mm and they are not much different, most of differences are in the beginning of files, but still a long way before I can do anything.

is there a guide of something to convert from mach to linuxcnc?

thanks again ArcEye

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08 Jun 2014 02:17 #47782 by ArcEye
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is there a guide of something to convert from mach to linuxcnc?


Unfortunately not, it revolves really around understanding gcode.

A lot of people are coming to cnc these days, downloading a .dxf from the net, loading into cad, pushing it through cam, then loading into a cnc program and making the part, whilst having no idea what any of it means or does.
When it does not work, is when the problems start.

A very rough guide:
Get rid of line numbers
Output a file with .ngc extension
Check the codes in the headers against the gcode docs to make sure they exist
Get rid of percent signs top and bottom

Then run through the post, load it into Axis and if you get errors, read the error and go to the line area highlighted and look at the code

If you have a specific error thereafter, come back with it and the code that produced it.

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08 Jun 2014 02:44 #47783 by pocamil
you are right, i am one who knows nothing about g-code.

I will try what you said and see what happens, nice suggestions, thanks again!

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