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Can I run conversational software and a post processor on the same machine?3/7
We have a wema cnc lathe / mill that I would like to get more capability from. It came with conversational software that functions extremely well for turning and basic milling profiles , but it has a rotary indexing chuck ( or lathe dog option) that I would really like to be able to use to it's potential. We do alot of ornamental flutes and twists , but I would like to be able to carve with it also. We have Alphacam ultimate that we are using for our 5 axis machine ,and this lathe's software is paired up with Megacad, which I love the functionality of for turning profiles. I don't want to lose any capabilties that we already have, so I would like to be able to do both if possible. Alphacam's drawing features leave alot to be desired. The tech end is not my specialty, so any advice is golden, thanks.
more stuff from the machine
Not clear on this.
What do you want to draw with?
This is a little unclear to me as well. Even if you program with conversational software it still goes to a post processor to create the machine code.
As is, I create a turning profile with megacad and CDL the profile , then it is converted to an MCP file for the machine to use. Using the setup I have I can program different speeds and feeds with groups and layer numbers. In Alphacam I do not have enough experience to custom tailor my programs as well. Is that technically a post processor? If so I gues we could just get a post written from Alphacam. I also have been looking at Aspire, which seems like a better candidate.
Lots of good reviews on Aspire.
I'm sure they have a forum somewhere.
Google James McGrew - he's the master and can likely help you out.
A machine can use design software at the same time, but I have not tried post-processing software.
Just curious, my machine uses a PLC, not sure what I can get away with
What type of PLC?
As long as you can get a post written, it should work.