How to keep XY reference to switch tool

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    Hi, I am Cristian, Sorry for my bad english,
    I am a brazillian and I and my students group had finish the mount of MPCNC one week ago, so I already did the first run with Styrofoam, and some days ago I ran with Dremel 4000 with MDF(wood) 25mm, but my doubt is:

    1.If I put a finished part in the bed, and want to start in a specific location in XY plan, how I do that? I was thinging just exclude the Gcode of home and set the head manually..

    2.And now I watched this video of MPCNC : http://www.vicious1.com/specifications/ and I was thinking how the guy did the correct dimension of the cup acessory when he was milling? I using ESTLcam V9, and the only thing I can imagine that guy did is to use diferrent tools on ESTL (a pen and a drill), and add a Pause gcode when drawing was finished to keep the XY reference of the draw.

    3.The ESTL dimensions are real? Because when I put DXF exemples there the exemples was too small, so I have to resize them in ESTL. How I measure on ESTL?

    4. Where I find Vicious DXF exemple?

    Thanks in advance

    #15447

    Barry
    Participant

    The way I do it is having x/y endstops at one end. These are my reference 0’s because they don’t change. When I do parts that require multiple bits I make sure their 0 is always in the same place on the files. Then I do the following;

    1: Attach whatever I’m cutting to the spoil board.
    2: Load the first gcode file.
    3: Hit X and Y home in repetier, this brings the router for me all the way to the left and front.
    4: Jog the router over to where I want the new 0 to be.
    5: Use my homemade touch off plate to set Z 0 by hitting Z home in repetier.
    6: Write down the current X/Y position on a postit note. <<<— This is my Achilles heel. I forget this part way too often.
    7: Hit the Set 0 shortcut button in repetier to set my new 0 at the current location.

    Once it’s done, I just swap out the bit, which usually moves the router, so your 0 is now gone, and start over at step 2 with the new gcode.

    The easiest way to size parts in Estlcam is know what size they were in whatever cad/cam software they were designed. Then when you import them, use the same measurement system. Otherwise I just change the grid size to a known dimension and scale off that.

    #15449

    Ryan
    Keymaster

    1- I don’t use end stops, so either diable the g28 command or move it and reset the zero position with the lcd or repetier.

    2- sized correctly in CAD- imported the same-

    3- make sure you import them at the correct units.

    4- in the shop, http://www.vicious1.com/product/logo-dxf/

    ahhh, Barry beat me too it, Thanks

    #15457

    Tony
    Participant

    You mention touch off plate. Where does one find info on using this and setting it up for the ramps board?

    #15464

    Barry
    Participant

    Give me a few minutes, I’ll upload a quick video.

    #15518

    Tony
    Participant

    Thanks soo much for sharing that!

    #15521

    Thanks all you so much, i will share some images from jobs that we already made. Tips are welcome.. I will work to learn more about how to use ESTLcam and just in case I ask you again.

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