37 Things G-Code Programming Can Do For You

Myth: G-Code Programming is a Thing of the Past

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Finding Your Work: Edge Finder vs. Digitizing Probe vs. Haimer

Using a mill requires a lot of dedication to proper measurement and calculation, and to do so means finding the proper tools. Making sure your machine knows where your work is sitting is a vital to quality parts. There are a number of edge-finding and measurement devices, Here are the three most common ones we hear about from Tormach users.

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Measure Eight Times, Cut Once

Work offsets let your machine know where your stock is and where your part will be when you’re done. It might sound rudimentary, but work offsets are important.

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Precision Matters: Measuring Work and Tool Offsets

Last week, we talked about the importance of precision and the tools that are essential to help every machinist take measurements. Another vital set of measurements that every machinist needs to utilize are tool and work offsets – essentially, knowing where your work piece is and how your cutting tool will come into contact. [youtube]2EIQo8g4RVQ[/youtube]

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How to Set Work Offsets with PathPilot™

Now that we have hundreds of users (both new and veteran) using our new PathPilot™ software, we've created a series of tutorials on using the software to educate on the workflow and user interface. In this tutorial, Daniel Rogge, Tormach's Sr. Controls Engineer, walks through the various ways to perform work offsets with PathPilot™. Throughout the video, he uses a Shank Edge Finder (PN 32660 or 32659), a Haimer Zero Master (PN 32897), and a Digitizing Probe (PN 31858). View the previous video about tool offsets here. [youtube]2EIQo8g4RVQ[/youtube]  

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Tormach Fab Lab: Haimer 3D Sensors

After a bit of time off, we're getting back into the swing of things on the blog.  Today's video topic is in response to several recent questions we've fielded recently about a very useful gauge: the Haimer 3D Sensor. For those unfamiliar, Haimer 3D sensors can be used to quickly and accurately find milling work offsets in X, Y and Z.   When properly setup, these will exceed the accuracy of most other edge finding techniques available to the small shop machinist. Here are two things to keep in mind:

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