Please add capability for additional probing

(mikep) #1

1: Touch twice on a given side so that the skew in the probe can be calculated out. Two touches on the side provides enough information to be able to determine the angle of the probe. It is very unlikely to be exactly aligned with the machine axis. A single probe on two adjacent sides cannot directly place the corner between them unless you assume the block is perfectly aligned with the machine axis. Two probes separated by a short distance (1/2" is probably enough) on each side can. “Touches” in the next two suggestions assume that a “touch” is a pair of these to properly locate an edge.

2: Automatically compensate for belt stretch at install time - with the known size of the probe, and known end mill, and known skew in the probe, you can easily tell what the adjusted steps/mm should be and just set it appropriately. This would work for x/y, but Z might not be accurate enough with the small offset at the underside “ledge” as designed. An additional deeper pocket to probe into might be helpful. Making this process easier (ie. happens automatically every time anything gets probed) would keep machines calibrated pretty much all the time and probably reduce a lot of support calls around belt stretch. Any time you can make things “just work” it reduces calls and makes people happier :slight_smile:

3: Automatically measure tool diameter - once calibrated as #1, measuring the block could tell the software exactly the diameter of the tool, and make entering the tool in the “probe” dialog unnecessary (touch near side of the probe, touch the far side, the excess is the diameter of the tool).

(Dan Nelson) #2

I will second the #1, rarely can I get a piece of material exactly square with the machine, closest I get is by drilling 2 holes in my waste board, inserting steel dowel pins and using them to align stock. Problem is with me I’m always fiddling with my machine, so I can rarely count on those points being perfectly square for long, and I don’t always cut parts at the exact same place on my machine…and I don’t want to keep drilling new holes. #2 and #3 sound great as well, but I’d be super happy with #1!!! Great ideas Mike!


(Patricio Suarez) #3

Love all these suggestions!!!.