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Davidhcnc
02-07-2011, 05:00 AM
For my cnc mill I use Vcarve pro (http://www.vectric.com/WebSite/Vectric/vcp/vcp_features.htm) CAM software.


I am looking for a similar product that is good for the cnc lathe.

I have never learnt g code and don't intend learning it and have never needed it using the Vcarve /Mach3 combination.

So, is there a lathe software that you can recomend that import dxf's and produce the file for mach3?

Other criteria

tool inventory
threading(screwcutting)
tapping and dies
drilling/peck drilling
gang tooling setup
import dxf
drawing tools
export dxf
extras like bar feed control
other useful stuff that I havn't discovered yet
Home shop budget.

Thanks:)

John Stevenson
02-07-2011, 06:40 AM
David, bit of a rare beast lathe Cam and low cost in the same sentence :rolleyes:

The wizards in Mach turn get you going with most of the simple operations, turn face, taper radius and screwcut.

It's only on contouring it falls down as it doesn't cover it.

Art released a stand alone product called Lazyturn, downloadable from their website at machsupport.com but I have never used it.

Next up the feature / price ladder is Dolphin, they do a hobby package so it's not to bad.

http://www.dolphin-online.net/

Davidhcnc
02-07-2011, 07:04 AM
Thanks J.

I've added to the list too.

macona
02-07-2011, 05:26 PM
I too put the pieces together from the wizards in mach. Works pretty well and lathe stuff is actually pretty easy to program as there is only two dimensions.

You have a machine that you can power tap on? Mach does not support it. Threading yes.

Why would you want to export a dxf from a cam?

Sparky_NY
02-08-2011, 06:26 AM
I too put the pieces together from the wizards in mach. Works pretty well and lathe stuff is actually pretty easy to program as there is only two dimensions.

You have a machine that you can power tap on? Mach does not support it. Threading yes.

Why would you want to export a dxf from a cam?

Mach does not support rigid tapping, semi rigid works nicely, I do it on my mill with a hardinge TT tapping head. No reason it shouldn't work just as well on a lathe.

Lazyturn is the CAM I see recommended for lathe hobbiests on a budget most often.

Hood
02-08-2011, 06:46 AM
I have never used LazyTurn but it reportedly works very well but unfortunately at this point it is just for external turning. Whether that will change in the future depends on Art getting time but as its free the no one can complain ;)

I bought Dolphin Turn just before Christmas during a promotion they had, Turn module and dongle for 250, and I am liking it now that I have the post processor modified to suit my lathe. The standard post processor will likely be ok for most lathe users but my lathe has both front and rear turrets so I had to modify the post processor quite a bit.

The CAD side of Dolphin works OK but is a bit clunky so I just use it to import DXF's to assign the profile and it works well for that and is quick. Maybe with more time spent learning the CAD side things would become easier and quicker and I may mess with it more in the future when time permits.

Hood

Davidhcnc
02-08-2011, 11:44 AM
I too put the pieces together from the wizards in mach. Works pretty well and lathe stuff is actually pretty easy to program as there is only two dimensions.Yes, I've seen the videos, it does indeed work well.

You have a machine that you can power tap on?No, Mac, I don't have the lathe converted yet...but that is a feature I am after. Mach does not support it. Threading yes.

Why would you want to export a dxf from a cam?To get drawings that have been created or edited back out. It is a feature that I regularly use in V Carve and see dxf export as very important. In fact, all my 2d CAD is done in V Carve so if I am getting stuff laser cut that is where the dxf comes from.

Thanks....make some more videos:)

Davidhcnc
02-08-2011, 11:51 AM
Mach does not support rigid tapping, semi rigid works nicely, I do it on my mill with a hardinge TT tapping head. No reason it shouldn't work just as well on a lathe.

Lazyturn is the CAM I see recommended for lathe hobbiests on a budget most often.


'hardinge TT tapping head' Isn't that an auto reverse tapping head or maybe a telescopic tap holder?

I'd rather buy software than hardware.....if you see the way I am thinking.

Davidhcnc
02-08-2011, 11:53 AM
I have never used LazyTurn but it reportedly works very well but unfortunately at this point it is just for external turning. Whether that will change in the future depends on Art getting time but as its free the no one can complain ;)

I bought Dolphin Turn just before Christmas during a promotion they had, Turn module and dongle for 250, and I am liking it now that I have the post processor modified to suit my lathe. The standard post processor will likely be ok for most lathe users but my lathe has both front and rear turrets so I had to modify the post processor quite a bit.

The CAD side of Dolphin works OK but is a bit clunky so I just use it to import DXF's to assign the profile and it works well for that and is quick. Maybe with more time spent learning the CAD side things would become easier and quicker and I may mess with it more in the future when time permits.

Hood

I could live with that number. Furthur investagation required:)

Sparky_NY
02-09-2011, 06:59 AM
'hardinge TT tapping head' Isn't that an auto reverse tapping head or maybe a telescopic tap holder?

I'd rather buy software than hardware.....if you see the way I am thinking.

No, it does not autoreverse. It telescopes out .100 then the drive dogs inside disengage, when reversed a spring loaded finger engages to reverse it out. They are on ebay frequently if you want to see what one looks like.