I was creating a chart for myself of various machine positions so that I could potentially lessen my reliance on touching off the stock. I would also like to position the workpiece from known machine position values.
To this end; I selected machine position coordinates from within Carbide Motion’s first page and determined where the rapid position coordinates are on my machine. On initialisation, each of the values for X, Y and Z read - 3.000.
Rapid position movements with their X, Y & Z values are detailed below:
SW: X - 11.000, Y - 145.500 & Z - 3.000
S: X - 210.500, Y - 360.000 & Z - 3,000
SE: X - 410.000, Y - 360.000 & Z - 3.000
W: X - 410.000, Y -145.500 & Z - 3.000
C: X - 210.500, Y - 145.500 & Z - 3.000
E: X - 11.000, Y - 145.500 & Z - 3.000
NW: X - 410.000, Y - 11.000 & Z - 3.000
N: X - 210.500, Y - 11.000 & Z - 3.000
NE: X - 11.000, Y - 11.000 & Z - 3.000
Z High: -1.000
Z Low: - 95.000
I made each of these reading 5 times to assess the accuracy. I am reasonably certain that the machine is working as it should.
I note that the machine position readouts do not convey direction (just position as far as I can see). Would it be useful to have the readouts indicate the direction of travel? Where the minus sign appears next to the readout value when moving across the table from right to left, it makes sense. When the Z carriage is travelling from left to right, could it not show a plus sign next to it to indicate direction of travel? Likewise front to back movements could usefully have a plus sign and back to front directions could show a minus sign. Finally, the Z direction could show the minus from top to bottom and plus when the spindle is moving up the carriage. This may belong better with a feature request but I was not sure.