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Old 10-09-2013, 07:44 AM
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Thanks guys. Writing code for CNC looks intimidating at first but once you understand the principles it is relatively straightforward. X, Y, and Z coordinates define points in 3-D space. Then there's a bunch of letter codes that dictate machine actions. G-codes regulate X-Y movement of the table and Z movement of the spindle. F-codes define feed rate, S-codes define spindle speed, and M-codes control machine functions (coolant on/off, spindle on/off, etc.) You just have to figure out what you want the machine to do, then write out the appropriate codes for it observing proper formats the machine can understand.

I wish I had regular access to a modern Haas mill. I'd be cranking out batches of wicked parts all day long. One day I'll get there...
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