Archive for June 10th, 2011

Why Manual CNC Is A Bad Idea

Crushed tool length probe switch

Crushed tool length probe switch

Most of my machining involves one-off setups and simple cuts, so I usually type G-Code directly into EMC2’s Axis interface: CNC hits precise locations and makes smoother cuts than I ever could. Most of the time, that works really well.

Occasionally, though, I think one thing and type something else.

Just a typo, happens all the time…

Better, of course, to write a little program and debug it, but then a simple task starts to look a lot like work.

Fortunately, I have a bunch of those switches on hand.

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