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Need help with a dual head router

Discussion in 'Mach Software (ArtSoft software)' started by 3dprintforums, Mar 31, 2016.

  1. 3dprintforums

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    I have a 2 head router, with the following set-up-

    1 stepper operating the pair of spindles

    2 spindles operated with air on 2 relays using outputs

    I want to switch between the two head based on the tool number, so I would have to use outputs, can anyone help with this?
     
  2. Engineer_Machinist

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    I would think you would need two different work offsets, one for each head at the same location of the workpiece. Then set up the two tools, so you would need to call up a tool change as well as change the work offset.
     
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    Yes but I need to activate the relay to drop the right spindle and that is what i don't know how to do.
     
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    I have an I/O box that is M controlled? Do you have both M7 and M8 outlets? You might have to code in a M01 then switch one head on and the other off.
     
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    I am using a Mach controller and yes I'm using M from mach to control the relays, but need a macro or somthing to allow me to pick with head to use.
     
  6. Engineer_Machinist

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    Well if you don't have outlets or connections for M7 & M8 control you may look at the Tormach I/O board kit.
     

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