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ArtCAM 2010_Post Processor Configuration Guide

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Contents
What is a Post Processor?……………………………………………………………………….4
Introduction 4
Why a Configurable Post Processor?………………………………………………………..5
Modifying an Existing Post Processor………………………………………………………8
Configuring a New Post Processor 8
Creating a New Post Processor from Scratch…………………………………………….8
Overview…………………………………………………………………………………………….10
Configuration File Structure 10
Post Processor Variables……………………………………………………………………….11
Variables……………………………………………………………………………………..12
Variable Formatting………………………………………………………………………13
Inserting Control Codes………………………………………………………………………..16
Global Statements………………………………………………………………………………..16
Description…………………………………………………………………………………..17
File Extension………………………………………………………………………………17
Units……………………………………………………………………………………………17
Line Numbering……………………………………………………………………………17
Rapid Feed Rate……………………………………………………………………………18
End of Line………………………………………………………………………………….18
Default Variable Format………………………………………………………………..19
Start of File………………………………………………………………………………….19
Tool Moves…………………………………………………………………………………………21
Feed Rate Tool Moves…………………………………………………………………..21
Editing a Configuration File…………………………………………………………..23
Rapid Rate Tool Moves…………………………………………………………………24
Change in Feed Rate……………………………………………………………………..24
ArtCAM Tool Move Types……………………………………………………………25
Toolchanges………………………………………………………………………………………..27
End of file…………………………………………………………………………………………..28
Alphabetical List of Statements……………………………………………………………..29
ArtCAM 2010 Post Processor Configuration Guide Contents • i
Post Processor Statements 29
DESCRIPTION……………………………………………………………………………29
END……………………………………………………………………………………………29
END_OF_LINE……………………………………………………………………………29
FEED_RATE_MOVE…………………………………………………………………..30
FEED_RATE_CHANGE………………………………………………………………32
FILE_EXTENSION………………………………………………………………………32
FIRST_FEED_RATE_MOVE……………………………………………………….32
FIRST_RAPID_RATE_MOVE……………………………………………………..32
FORMAT…………………………………………………………………………………….32
LINE_NUM_INCREMENT…………………………………………………………..33
LINE_NUM_MAXIMUM…………………………………………………………….33
LINE_NUM_START……………………………………………………………………34
NEW_SEGMENT_PRE_TOOLCHANGE
NEW_SEGMENT_POST_TOOLCHANGE……………………………………34
ROTARY_AXIS…………………………………………………………………………..34
RAPID_RATE_MOVE…………………………………………………………………35
RETRACT_MOVE………………………………………………………………………37
RETRACT_MOVE………………………………………………………………………37
START………………………………………………………………………………………..37
TOOLCHANGE…………………………………………………………………………..37
UNITS…………………………………………………………………………………………38
Introduction…………………………………………………………………………………………39
Example Configuration Files 39
Heidenhain………………………………………………………………………………………….39
Fanuc………………………………………………………………………………………………….42
Example Output For Fanuc Configuration File………………………………………..44
Roland………………………………………………………………………………………………..45
Rotary – Generic G- Code…………………………………………………………………….49
Drill Bank Support 54
Motor Commands………………………………………………………………………………..54
SPINDLE_ON……………………………………………………………………………..54
SPINDLE_OFF…………………………………………………………………………….54
DRILLBANK_ON………………………………………………………………………..54
DRILLBANK_OFF………………………………………………………………………54
Synchronisation of Motor Commands…………………………………………………….55
Order of drill bank code………………………………………………………………………..55
Drill XY Moves…………………………………………………………………………………..55
Drill Pattern Commands……………………………………………………………………….55
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DRILLPATTERN_START……………………………………………………………56
DRILLCHANGE………………………………………………………………………….56
DRILLCHANGE_X……………………………………………………………………..56
DRILLCHANGE_Y……………………………………………………………………..56
DRILL_LIST……………………………………………………………………………….56
Drill Variables……………………………………………………………………………………..56
[DB] …………………………………………………………………………………………..56
[DBX] , [DBY]…………………………………………………………………………….56
[D]………………………………………………………………………………………………57
[DREF]………………………………………………………………………………………..

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