I made this suggestion to the help desk directly, but thought I’d post it here to get your feedback (and maybe, there’s some other way to do this):
The problem is that when moving over to measure at the BitSetter, the support arm for the SuckIt dust boot comes in contact with the BitSetter body - therefore, you have to remember to raise the right support, let it measure, come back to center, and lower the bitsetter arm before starting the spindle. Doable, but a PITA.
I realize that it’s a third-party problem, but those third party products help sell Shapeokos by filling in for products that Carbide3D isn’t producing…So…
I think there’s a simple solution that will get rid of the issue that will not take more than a macro change to CM to change the gantry path to the BitSetter. The option is as follows:
- Add an option in the BitSetter section of the Settings panel: “Use alternate homing route” that will cause the Shapeoko to take a different route when approaching and leaving the BitSetter.
- If the option is chosen, then the Shapeoko, rather than traveling straight across the front of the machine after tool change, would move back towards the center (about 6 inches ought to do it), then come over to the right, directly behind the BitsSetter, then come forward to straddle the bitsetter and plunge.
- After measurement, it would return to front and center via the same route (back ~6", left to center, forward ~6") and prompt for spindle speed.
If the option is not selected, the Shapeoko would use the existing macro, so it would continue to follow the direct path between tool change position and plunging position (so users who don’t have the issue would still have the most efficient path available to them).
This option would easily accommodate the attachments that mount to the sides of the Shapeoko Z assembly and be much more convenient than having to move the support arm with each tool change and homing cycle.