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Old 05-25-2012, 12:33 AM   #31 (permalink)
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So you mean 3,4,5 axis mills?I dont have access to any of these anyway so
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Xpress is 2.5D. Works is 3D. I haven't played around with Xpress to know any other differences though.
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So you mean 3,4,5 axis mills?I dont have access to any of these anyway so
Technically Works is 3+2 but yea...

You have a 2-axis but not 3? I guess I've seen some of the BP retrofits that were only 2-axis but you lose too much functionality without the 3rd.
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You were talking about needing changes done which is why I asked. Knowing java should make short work of that.



Technically Works is 3+2 but yea...

You have a 2-axis but not 3? I guess I've seen some of the BP retrofits that were only 2-axis but you lose too much functionality without the 3rd.
Dammit, I wrote without thinking.. We have a 3-axis. We do have a 3 axis, where you can rotate in X-axis, but only on round objects. We also have a lathe, but the tools can machine. Like you can have a mill as the tool in the lathe. Man I suck at technical English..
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Dammit, I wrote without thinking.. We have a 3-axis. We do have a 3 axis, where you can rotate in X-axis, but only on round objects. We also have a lathe, but the tools can machine. Like you can have a mill as the tool in the lathe. Man I suck at technical English..
You still don't make sense. The lathe part I "think" I understand. It is called live tooling. Concerning the mill, I have no clue... Maybe you have a 4th axis but are using collets for workholding?

Do you run these machines?
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You still don't make sense. The lathe part I "think" I understand. It is called live tooling. Concerning the mill, I have no clue... Maybe you have a 4th axis but are using collets for workholding?

Do you run these machines?
Yeah, I googled live tooling, and it is exactly what I'm talking about.

And if collet is what I think it as, then maybe we do have a 4-axis mill. It reminds of a lathe that holds the part, and the can rotate it for different angels, just like a 4-axis. But it can only hold small cylinders, so the mill is mostly used for ordinary 3-axis. I always thought that a 4-axis was a mill that you could rotate the whole worktable.

And while I do have access to all machines, I'm a student so I haven't learned them yet.

EDIT: I use all the 3-axis mills every week though. We have 3 different kinds, a Modig, a Brideport and 2 small mills that I can't remember the name. We also have 2 lathes with live tooling, and to small lathes. And about 20 manual lathes We're just in the beginning of the CNC-course, I will learn all the other machines too.
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yea that's fourth axis, commonly an add-on to 3 axis CNC machines. gives you a great deal more capability in a single operation, you can mount a tombstone and vise or a fixture to that fourth axis and do different sides of the part, or many parts at once on a mandrel.
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I get to use a 3 axis CNC at work.



One has 2 vise's on it and the other has 3 vise's on it.

The thing I like about these machines is I can program these conversational and I don't need to know G-code ( which I don't know ).
It has a DFX file reader on it so I can down load cad drawing and just trace them and it rights the program for me.



The best part, work will let me use this for my projects when there not in use.

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Huh... thats a pretty slick CNC center then. No need for g-code.
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I like it when I can make this with out using G-code.





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Sweet part. I wish I was not stuck in 1960's gcode At least I am getting better at using HSMExpress.

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