Shouldn’t Carbide Motion “pause” and tell me to change bits when necessary?
It stops after it finishes a “tool path”, but I do not get any notification. Also, when it does this, I want to just change the bit and re-zero the Z-axis ONLY and continue. However, Carbide Motion locks me out of being able to “jog” in order to raise the spindle enough to remove the dust thingy and change the bit. I can open the “Jog” window, but none of the buttons do anything. I end up having to “stop” that job, go to Carbide Create and “disable” the path that was completed, resave it and reload the new file in Carbide Motion. Is this how it is supposed to work?
The current version of Carbide Create is 4.64 and Carbide Motion is 5.13. In Carbide Create you can check by selecting “Help” and then “About”. For Carbide Motion open the application and in the lower left hand corner the version shows.
If you are not on certain versions some of the newer functionality does not work. So check you versions. If you are behind then go to carbide3d.com and at the bottom of the web page there are links for both the newest CC and CM.
By “BitSetter” do you mean BitZero? I have the Bitzero.
However, my Shapeoko just stops and seems to be in a holding pattern when it is finished with the tool paths that use the “currently loaded” bit. It does not give me any message to install a different bit. I’m wondering if there is a setting in Carbide Motion that will notify me which bit should be loaded and then a button to “continue”…
Once it stops, I have to stop the entire project, go to Carbide Create and “disable” the tool paths that it already ran, save as a new Gcode and then load the new file to continue.
No, the BitSetter is the accessory which manages bit changes:
With it installed you can output one G-Code file with toolpaths for multiple tools and it will “just work”, otherwise, you have to output discrete files, one per tool and manage the tool length offset by hand as described at the link previously sent.
You cannot have a multi-tool GCode file if you do not have a BitSetter… unless your endmills all have exactly the same stickout where you do not need to reset your Z zero. Normally if you do not have a BitSetter, you need to save a file for each tool and let it run to the end.