CNC Machines

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CNC Machines

To work with Machines, select the menu item "File > Machines" or press Ctrl+G.

2D_Machines

Here you can pre-define settings of CNC routers for which G-Code is generated.

Columns

 

No.

Record number.

ID

Unique identification number generated by program.

#

User defined identification number.

Description

Short description.

Note 1

Additional description.

Note 2

Additional description.

Note 3

Additional description.

To rearrange columns, their order and visibility, click the button XD_BtnRearrangeColumns in data grid or select the menu item "View > Rearrange columns".

Fields

 

Dimensions

 

Max X

Limits maximum of X coordinate. Program will not allow export if cut coordinates exceed this value.

Max Y

Limits maximum of Y coordinate. Program will not allow export if cut coordinates exceed this value.

Special kerf

Limits kerf size. Enter value only if real kerf is smaller than kerf (cut width) used in plan. Enter 0 if kerf is compensated by machine.

Units

Units the CNC machine will works with (mm, inches). Make sure you use same units in program!

Vertical - Z

Turn on if cutter uses z-coordinate.

Cut

Cutter z-coordinate during cut.

Safe

Cutter z-coordinate during movement.

Feed rate (units/min)

Cut

Cutter horizontal speed during cut (units/min).

Plunge

Cutter vertical speed during plunge movement into stock (available only if z-coordinate allowed).

Toolpath

 

Optimize

If allowed, minimizes toolpath by merging cuts and optimizing cutting sequence.

Line break

Defines code of used line breaks (CRLF/CR/LF).

G-Code

 

Code before cut

Code called before each cut (e.g. spindle on, coolant on, etc.).

Code after cut

Code called after each cut (e.g. spindle off, coolant off, etc.).

Code prefix

Code called at the beginning of the G-Code program (e.g. comments, safety codes, modal codes, etc.).

Code suffix

Code called at the end of the G-Code program (e.g. comments, safety codes, modal codes, etc.).

Exporting cutting layouts to G-Code files

File name

File name of G-Code program.

Variables

List of available variables, which can be inserted into Code prefix, Code suffix or File name. To insert variable, select position where it should be placed, and choose desired one from the list.

Click the button 2D_PreviewG-Code, to preview G-Code program of currently selected Plan. Click the button 2D_ExportGCodeBtn to export cutting layouts as G-Code files.

Following image represents example of generated G-Code.

2D_GCodePreview

See also Export > G-Code files.