Sunday, 4 February 2018
The Nominal Tools Setting Thickness Guide Take 2 - Episode 203
After designing, making and demonstrating the Nominal thickness Tool Setter last week it has become obvious that the same thing can be achieved with a tweak to the Mach3 Script or the UCCNC macro for tool setting. This video shows how this works. There are advantages to a software based solution such as infinite nominal thicknesses and the ability to use whatever tool setter you want. The tool setter I made still has its place for those who want a hardware based solution of for those who are unable to implement a software solution because of control software constraints.
Please read this first.
The date included in the script will allow you to check if you have the most up to date version. There may have been changes to the script for bug fixes or feature improvement so please check.
If you find an issue with a script or Macro please advise me ASAP so that a fix can be found and implimented. Use the contact form on this page.
There are 4 scripts available here split into metric and imperial and single pass and 2 pass touch off.
All files are based on Big Tex's Auto zero setting script Select the script you want to use and you will need to change the PlateThickness value to match your tool setter plate but other than the remaining values should be ok.
Files updated 11/02/18 to add additional information in question box
Macro courtesy of John Revill
Select either metric or Imperial and rename to M31.txt
Replace the Aluminum touch off plate thickness value to match your own plate.
Replace the M31.txt in your UCCNC profile with the new one.
This script is slightly diffrent from the Mach3 one demonstrated in the video. You need to enter 0 when setting to the surface of the stock as Enter will not work at this time. This will be updated ASAP so keep an eye out for this.
Script updated 09/02/18 to remove the need to enter 0 in question box. You can now just press the enter button if you are not using an offset. eg you have the tool setter on top of the material.
Thank you for watching and I hope you find this useful.
Feel free to leave a comment or any suggestions you may have.