Vectric Postprocessor

clover

clover
Is anybody using Vectric Vcarve/Aspire as a CAD/CAM. If so what post-processor have you found to be compatible?
 

masso-support

MASSO Support
Staff member
yes we had a client email us some sample files made in Vectric Aspire that work great with MASSO and we have emailed him, will update you once we get some info.
 

masso-support

MASSO Support
Staff member
Thought to update you that we haven't heard back from the client.

So in Vectric do you have a post processor for MACH3? you can try to export using this and if you want then please also share the gcode file using MACH3 post and we can check it.
 

gmarsh1

gmarsh1
Vectric does have a Mach3 post.

I've been a Vectric user for many years and have lots of files from old jobs.

Every one of them I've tried has run on the Masso without any issues.
 

clover

clover
Thank you, do you need to change the gcode's file extension, because Mach3 out of Vcarve V9 uses the .txt extension?

I am still in the process of getting my CNC wired-up but trying to get prepared.

Again thank you. Patrick
 

masso-support

MASSO Support
Staff member
thank you @gmarsh1 for the great info, can you please share a screenshot of showing post processor to while selecting in Vectric so that we can add it to the online documentation and will be great help to others.
 

gmarsh1

gmarsh1
Here you go!
 

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clover

clover
Is this what you were refering to MASSO?

Is this correct gmarsh1 ?
 

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masso-support

MASSO Support
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Quote from gmarsh1 on August 4, 2018, 12:24 am

Vectric does have a Mach3 post.

I've been a Vectric user for many years and have lots of files from old jobs.

Every one of them I've tried has run on the Masso without any issues.

@gmarsh1 will you be able to share some gcode files that have tool change commands in them, need to check if they have the T command before or after M6 because T after M6 is wrong and will cause issue. thanks for all the help.
 

gmarsh1

gmarsh1
Here you go ..
 

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tayloredtech

TayloredTech
Hey boys and girls,

Using Vcarve with the Mach/3 post pro works well but is it possible to edit to add more functionality at all? to trigger other outputs when spindle turns on etc?
Any info on how to edit one would be epic,

Cheerin'

Mitch
 

masso-support

MASSO Support
Staff member
Hi Mitch,

You can easily add additional instructions to your Vectric Post Processor to turn on and off relays or other outputs as you describe.

Open your post processor in a text editing software like Wordpad and where you see the M3 instruction to turn on the spindle add a line before or after it to turn on one of the 16 TTL outputs or one of the 6 relay outputs you want to use. You can use the M62 P(output number) command to turn on the output and the M63 P(output number) to turn it off

In the Masso select your desired output 1-16 or Relay 1-6 if you want to use a relay output and allocate a function of M62/M63 P5 Output for example. The in the post processor file add the M62 P5 before or after the M3 command and the M63 P5 before or after the M5 command. The placement of the new command will depend on whether you want the new output to turn on before or after the spindle. Put the M62 P5 and M63 P5 on their own lines, not on the same line as the M3 or M5.

Save the file as a different name so you don't loose the original and can tell it is the modified one. Restart the vectric software for the new Post Processor to take effect. Make a new Gcode file and you will see the extra Gcode command in your file.

I hope this makes sense

Cheers

Peter
 

masso-support

MASSO Support
Staff member
I have recently created 2 new post processors for use with Vectric software specific to the Masso. It removes unused commands from the original Mach3 PP and provides a nicer format especially with tool changes where it will tell you what tool to use and puts it above the tool change command. Ideal for those of us who manually change our tools.

I have attached them below for anyone who wants to give them a try. Just drop them into your post processor folder in your Vectric software and they will show up as "Masso_ ATC_ Arcs_inch" and "Masso_ ATC_ Arcs_mm" next time you restart your Vectric software. You only really need to install the one that matches your machines setup eg metric or imperial.

If you find any issue with them please let me know and I will get it fixed.
Updated Post Processor Files are now located at the link below.




Cheers

Peter
 

tayloredtech

TayloredTech
Quote from MASSO Support on February 4, 2019, 8:38 am

Hi Mitch,

You can easily add additional instructions to your Vectric Post Processor to turn on and off relays or other outputs as you describe.

Open your post processor in a text editing software like Wordpad and where you see the M3 instruction to turn on the spindle add a line before or after it to turn on one of the 16 TTL outputs or one of the 6 relay outputs you want to use. You can use the M62 P(output number) command to turn on the output and the M63 P(output number) to turn it off

In the Masso select your desired output 1-16 or Relay 1-6 if you want to use a relay output and allocate a function of M62/M63 P5 Output for example. The in the post processor file add the M62 P5 before or after the M3 command and the M63 P5 before or after the M5 command. The placement of the new command will depend on whether you want the new output to turn on before or after the spindle. Put the M62 P5 and M63 P5 on their own lines, not on the same line as the M3 or M5.

Save the file as a different name so you don't loose the original and can tell it is the modified one. Restart the vectric software for the new Post Processor to take effect. Make a new Gcode file and you will see the extra Gcode command in your file.

I hope this makes sense

Cheers

Peter

Yew,

Exactly what I was hoping you would say. Thanks Peter!
I'll open up your post processor and maybe give it a test this weekend then edit it and see what voodoo I can come up with!

Thanks again Peter
 
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