How do I mark hole centers like in the video with fast cam ?
You can use FastCAM feature "Holes to Points" to convert Full circles to a single pierce points (yellow)
When you generate cnc code, the yellow points are treated as a pierce item. It will trigger the pierce on and pierce off codes as per the cutting process you have chosen.
Thanks for the reply. So does this mean the pierce time will be the same as the pierce for the main cut ? if so how could you for example have a pierce time of 0.5 sec for the cuts and pierce time of 0.1 for making the holes. I have been setting my Pierce time on the machine controller and it has many different pierce values in which I don't fully understand yet? is it for operations like marking and cutting ?
This depends on your FastCAM setup and your cnc controller setup. In a most basic setup the yellow points means the same pierce for cutting.
In FastCAM we can have difference processes setup so that it will generate different Mcodes. For example: we could set M07 for standard cutting pierce. and then set M10 for marking pierce.
Your cnc controller also needs have these Mcodes defined and setup with appropriate timing on the controller side.
For the setup on the cnc controller, you will need to contact your cnc controller supplier for support, they have the details on what each item is in your photograph.
After you have the cutting Mcode vs marking Mcode sorted in your controller you can email me directly on firstname.lastname@example.org
We can then organise a teamviewer support session for configuring your POST to have cutting vs marking pierces mcodes.
Awesome thanks for the support I will contact them now.
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