I have a Torchmate plasma table and would like to try SW cam with. Does anyone have a post that would work?
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Peter, Have you had any luck finding or creating a post processor for the torch mate? We just purchased one.
No, I haven't found one. Then again I haven't really been looking. I easily found a number of good posts for Fusion and got a subscription during a promotion (really just for programming the plasma table) and it's been working well (I still prefer SW for modeling etc). I would like to start using CAM in SW for this so I could skip the whole process of getting a DXF in to Fusion. Likewise having this ability in SW would make it associative so updating the part wouldn't require reprogramming and that would be useful. My Fusion sub is about to expire so I may re focus my attention on SW. Let me know if you find good post please..
Peter, Hawk Ridge Systems has an extensive list of free post processors on our website.
Next week there will be a basic laser post going up. There is a readme file included on how to enter your data and the functionality. Again, it is very basic.
Give it a shot.
If you need something more involved can build a custom post for a small fee.
Thanks for the responses guys! I figured this thread was dead.
Craig, If you think about it, please update us when the Laser post goes up. That is probably what we are looking for. I haven't dealt with G-Code in about 10 years, but this post should be pretty easy.
Sure will, should be Monday when our web guys can get it up there.
FWIW, The Torchmate post should be extremely simple. It should just output the feed rate and 2D positional code (X,Y) and a M50 (lower torch cycle) and M51 (raise/home torch) at the beginning and end of each cut. Unless you use it as a router, you don't need Z coordinates. Also, circles or arcs output as G02 or G03 with I and J for the for the X,Y offsets (circles are divided into quadrants). That's pretty much it.
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