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Want to move to using a bigger machine

Posted: Mon May 23, 2016 7:32 pm
by Zenkonder
I have got a mini-mill which I have been using for a while and it does marvelous. I have got a project to be done very soon, a project of converting a Bridgeport to CNC. I won’t be possible for me to use the semi-auto-manual tool change macros on a bigger machine. The Bridgeport is so flexible and I won’t find a place to fix those fixed height sense plates. What other options do I have other than using floating probe for almost every tool change?

Re: Want to move to using a bigger machine

Posted: Mon May 23, 2016 7:33 pm
by MarkandSpencer
You can use pre-set tools offset.

Re: Want to move to using a bigger machine

Posted: Mon May 23, 2016 7:35 pm
by Zenkonder
MarkandSpencer wrote:You can use pre-set tools offset.
I had that in mind but R8 collets are used to hold the tools. so pre-set tools offset is out of question.

Re: Want to move to using a bigger machine

Posted: Mon May 30, 2016 4:41 am
by Casper
How about using one of the bed’s corners off the second plate for touch? I tend to think that any insulated plate that is bolted on a T-slot would work just as those used in the mini mill.