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Old 11-18-2020, 01:28 PM
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Default Spindle Crashing into ATC vertically during tool change?

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Getting my Panther set up for the first time, and running into troubling behavior. The tool change operation has stopped performing correctly, and instead of cleanly entering from a horizontal position on the X axis, it is now coming in almost vertically above the holder from the Z axis and smashing the collet down into place. (Obviously, I've stopped using the machine as soon as I saw this was happening). It was functioning correctly yesterday, but today is now doing this destructive tool change path. This is all during sending commands from WinCNC, not while running a program.

Contacted tech support but no response yet. I would have expected the tool change operation to be a hardcoded thing in the machine. Is this a common issue if I've done something wrong?

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Old 11-18-2020, 01:44 PM
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You need tech support on this.


I do need to ask if you have a copper ground wire from the spindle thru the hose to the dust collector this was crucial for me, My machine is 9 years old

last year we changed dust collectors and forgot to replace the wire 2nd time learned same lesson
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Old 11-18-2020, 01:45 PM
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could be a Post Proccessor problem,
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Old 11-18-2020, 03:11 PM
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Spoke with Tech Support. Looks like I Mars Climate Orbiter'd myself, and crashed due to running a metric job file on the machine expecting inches. The CAMaster macros assume the machine is in inches when it runs, so if your last job was in metric, it dramatically messes up the tool change operations.
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Old 11-18-2020, 04:17 PM
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AHHH The old Metric Gremlin !
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Old 11-20-2020, 12:55 PM
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YES, everything is in inches. I have a newer Panther, feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions. These are great machines (apart from operator error of which I have had my share).
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