Video about Linear ATC with CNC Nutz

diegocolonnello

diegocolonnello
I have no idea how to contact Peter, @cncnutz

Would it be a good idea to make a video about ATC? i can shoot video of my system and settings and you do the talking and explaining!!!



Would be on this case about the Linear ATC , it would explain the settings, inputs, outputs and work examples///



What do you think? @cncnutz
 

cncnutz

CNCnutz
Staff member
Hi diegocolonnello

I like the idea a lot.
Send an email to support and just put "Tool changer attn Peter" in the subject.
I can pick it up and go from there.

Cheers Peter
 

cncnutz

CNCnutz
Staff member
Sorry Guy's,

Entirely my fault.
I did make a start on it with Diego but I find myself snowed under with work that I have been unable to do it.

I'm not sure when I will get a chance to take a look at it again but I can assure you that a linear tool changer is easy to setup and no where near as difficult as it may first appear.
These 3 pieces of information will help with setup.
  1. Coordinates used in the linear tool changer are all machine coordinates.
  2. You can place your tool changer outside of the soft limits. This will protect the tools from accidents while machining or jogging.
  3. If you are not using a feature which is part of the tool changer eg Dust hood, don't configure the associated input or output and MASSO will ignore it and move on.

Cheers Peter
 

swissfix

SwissFix
Hi CNC Nutz,

Thanks for the update, although personally I would still like to see a video showing a walk through as this is a key part of the G3 system. I think a lot of SME's and Hobbyists are moving from Mach3, Arduino boards etc, purely for the built in ATC functionality of Masso and the lack of this video is alienating a large perspective client base looking to implement ATC's into their workflow.

Could you please tell me are there hard and soft limits within the control board? If not how do I set co-ordinates outside of the soft limits? We're using a closed loop system and will set all hard limits in the servo drive/stepper drivers.

Many thanks for your response,

Swissfix

@cncnutz
 

cncnutz

CNCnutz
Staff member
Hi Swissfix,

MASSO uses homing switches only however these carry out dual function. One homing sensor can provide homing and hard limit at each end of the axis travel,if set up so that the sensor travels and the triggers are at each end of the axis. This greatly simplifies the wiring need on the machine.

First the the sensor is used to home the machine.
Once the machine is homes the homing switch becomes the limit switch.

Using the home position the soft limits can be allocated.
To allocate the tool changer outside the soft limits simply place the tool change in a location between the home position and the defined soft limit.

With regards your motors, MASSO has a motor alarm input for each motor. If your motor sends out an alarm when it reaches a hard limit then it could send a motor alarm to MASSO.
This would not be a hard limit from MASSO's point of view, just a motor alarm. I am not familiar with servo's and how you set the hard limit position within the servo.

Cheers Peter
 

swissfix

SwissFix
Many thanks for the breakdown Peter!

Could you tell me if there is a possibility with the G3 wifi module for the cnc to receive nested jobs on multiple sheets of material from a central workstation? Also could this be sent to multiple machines simultaneously from the workstation?

Many Thanks in advanace!

Swissfix
 

cncnutz

CNCnutz
Staff member
Hi SwissFix

I'm not sure what you mean about receive nested jobs on multiple sheets.

MASSO link allows you to send individual files to your MASSO controller and monitor job progress. You can also download tool data and reset job count if you want.

The new version under test has the ability to have multiple instances open, one for each machine.
You will be able to send files to each machine and monitor each machine but you can't take a single file and send it through one instance of MASSO link to all of your machines if that makes sense.

Each machine will need it's own instance of MASSO link open and you will need to drag the file in question to each one and send if you want the same file on each machine.

Cheers Peter
 

swissfix

SwissFix
Many thanks for your help Peter! Also, Sorry... I thought you were employed by Masso and didn't realize you had a Youtube Channel. I'm now a bit worried why Masso hasn't got active employees contributing, it seemed like quite a big company!?

Best Wishes

SwissFix
 

swissfix

SwissFix
Hi Diego,

Just been going through your post on the Carbide3D community page. Could I please get your thoughts on G3 for ATC CNC's? What have been the key issues you have faced with the board so far?

Kind Regards,

SwissFix

@diegocolonnello
 
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