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Hi GraphicMan

I've been using a cnc lathe (Artificial Intelligent tool changer but no bar feeder) for about 10 years
now,(the last three with the tool changer) I did look into CB for working with the lathe, and discovered
that it was not able to do any  of the normal operations usually associated with making a component.(even a fairly simple one)
So I had to look around for something else that would do the job.
I found two pieces of software that I've settled on.

1... Ezilathe  free from cnczone. 
You can do the cad work in CB and import it with Ezilathe or just draw it in Ezilathe

For simple (once jobs only) I just use the wizards in Mach3, threading,boring,facing and for parting off I use the OD groove wizard.
For little more complex work Ezilathe, and for the most complex (involving many tool changes) I use fusion.


tell them!
hello lloyd? so i am still wrong? we are all wrong ? i even asked a close american friend of 50+ experience he told me it does not work!

thank you v much Dave i will defiantly check Ezilathe 

From what I've seen, he's still thinking "square-end tool", and the plugin is designed for a semi-circular tool tip.  But that doesn't seem to register.

Eh... It's not worth my time to tell him others are using it with success.  He won't believe it.

r u really still arguing about it?
have u used it urself?
do u turn?
i told you it does not matter if it is square or round
even with a round tool it does not work, just give urself the time to imagine it
or look back at the drawing i shared!

Yes but as said in the manual  ;)

Note: The lathe code is new to version 0.9.8 and is still undergoing testing and development.
Treat any lathe gcode with caution and run simulations or air cuts before machining.

and of course, the Lathe plugin is the same in V1.0 ..

yes i was even using ver 1 !!
this plugin does not make any sense! i have no idea why the mods where arguing then!
thank u very much for taking the time to verify the issue i was asking for

and the strange things is that it's when "Lathe Tool Radius Offset" = false that the toolpaths are offsetted, and they are not affected with true ... I think its reversed ::)

told u man, it is truly messed up
why nobody wants to believe?!!
btw make something similar to wut i have initially shared to see that it is still just offset even on the gcode, try it

the saved toolpath is nothing different than the generated one, just offset still!

in that case the toolpath generated is different than the post processed one?
i did not turn anything off
i have not checked a saved path yet

"i am afraid that is totally not correct
just think about it, the very near feature should have the tool in contact on the profile no with an offset, you will be surprised on how the real toolpath should look like for either a square or a rounded parting tool"

I'm bowing out.  You know far more about how CamBam should work than all the folks who've been using it all these years!


take a look at the last capture i shared, look how different the toolpath than the profile
a simple offset does not make a toolpath
what am i missing?!

I think the CamBam toolpath is fine for ball nose tools.
The toolpath follows the centre of the ball, for example if a 6mm ball nose tool was used then the toolpath would be 3mm offset from the cut surface.

not as simple as that
have u ever used cambam to turn?
it is not offeset, the offset is there when the side cuts but when the front cuts then there should not be any offsets and that the complexity of it

this is how the toolpath should look like in red
the rectangle represents the tool profile
i dont think cambam can generate this and i dont understand how people are using it (if any are)
now imagine the tool profile have a radius, not much will change, it will never be like what cambam generates


That might be all it needs to do to cut a profile with a radiussed tool.

Lots of people use it, and it seems to work to their pleasure.

i am afraid that is totally not correct
just think about it, the very near feature should have the tool in contact on the profile no with an offset, you will be surprised on how the real toolpath should look like for either a square or a rounded parting tool

even for a round parting tool it does seem that cambam is doing any real toolpath
it is just offsetting the original profile?!!
all the tests i have tried is just offseting !

Even without CamBam, just using a manual lathe, it is highly unlikely that anyone would choose to machine your part with a 2mm wide square parting tool.
CamBam uses the equivalent of a ball nose tool in standard cnc mode.

It may be possible to specify a tool radius of zero, give it a try and see what the toolpaths look like.
yes indeed i do a lot with a 2mm wide parting tool
if u specify a very small radius for the tool it will generate a toolpath that is way off the desired one
think about it, the toolpath needed should respect both sides of the tool
i think cambam will not do that, so sad

From the manual;

"The file lathe-test.cb in the CamBam samples folder demonstrates the new lathe operation.

In this initial lathe release there are a number of limitations:

    Only profiling operations are currently supported. No facing, boring or threading support yet.
    Apart from the tool radius, there is no mechanism to define a lathe tool shape. The part should be drawn to allow for the cutter size and shape."

Once CamBam is opened click on "Help" to bring up the manual, there is a section on using the lathe function and also sample files in, "Tools->Browse System Folder->Samples"

thanks for your prompt respond
i have checked all that, the problem is that cambam seems like it is using turning as round tool only
there is no other tool geometry that it can understand?
we need someone who have actually used its turning capability


As far as i have read cambam can create toolpaths for simple profiling on a lathe
but how? i could not find how to specify the tool geometry being used
i will be using a 2mm wide square parting tool
attached the profile need to be cut
i know that the back of the ball cant be made exactly as desired, it will be fine with a straight line of 2mm after the ball

Very helpful
thank you all

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