Spindle off?

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Dave Burtchell
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Spindle off?

Postby Dave Burtchell » Sat, Apr 08 2006, 11:45AM


I made up a spring loaded dry erase pen that fits in a 1/2\" collet to check some part shapes I digitized before commiting some expensive sheet goods. My question is: what's the easiest way to run the program with the spindle off? It works ok putting parentheses around S# M3 and M5. I was wondering if just setting the tool rpm to \"0\" would work. Any other options?


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Thom Davies
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Postby Thom Davies » Sun, Apr 09 2006, 2:16PM

Hey Dave

I think there is a button which is called dry run on. I think this is what you want but don't know how to run it as i have not tried it yet.


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Postby Ryan Hochgesang » Mon, Apr 10 2006, 11:45AM


Parenthisis around the M3 and around the S# works. As well as leaving out the S# altogehter. I Prefer to actually run through the program in RUN mode rather than the Dry run option, because the dry run mode will not actually move the machine through the motions.
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Postby Michael Kowalczyk » Wed, Apr 12 2006, 12:07PM

I stopped using the DRY RUN function several years ago because it seems to have a problem with tool changes. I just add 2 inches to the Z shift and run the file. This gives me an accurate time study and allows me to see if I need to modify the order of operation.
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Postby Ryan Hochgesang » Thu, Apr 13 2006, 10:56AM

The DRY RUN feature will exicute all IO's when cycling, this is why you see the tool get dropped from the router. Setting the z shift value at a higher amt and actually cycling the program in RUN mode is the best way to get a true time study and program proof.
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