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hdvideo
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« on: June 24, 2017, 16:19:24 pm »

I'd like to see a dedicated PP for UCCNC.  I read where some are using the Mach3 post, so maybe it's not really necessary. Does anyone know what possible conflicts there may be between the two?

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Ed
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« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2017, 12:50:09 pm »

Hi Ed

Try the default PP first.
UCCNC has basic cam so if you have trouble copy theirs and modify a copy of the default PP here.

Dave
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« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2017, 12:57:06 pm »

Does the UCCNC user manual list all the various G and M codes the software will accept? 

If so, that's a great starting-point for coming up with a full-custom PP.

LLoyd
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« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2017, 14:39:09 pm »

Thank you both for the prompt response to my question. I'll give the default PP a try.

Lloyd, the manual does list all supported codes, but I've never tried writing or modifying a PP. Always up for a new challenge though, so will look into it.

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Ed
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« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2017, 18:50:55 pm »

Ed,
For the most part, 'ordinary' g-codes and M-codes are accepted 'as is' by most machines.  A few require special syntaxes, and the PP and post-build-processor features are fully-capable of accommodating those oddities.

About the only thing you'll probably have to 'customize' (if anything) is the initial M-code 'setup' sequences.

Even for many 'oddball' machines, that seems to be about it.

The 'default' PP and the Mach-3 PP are not great examples for someone wanting to do a 'full-custom' PP, because they revert to native CB defaults for almost everything.

But we have lots of examples on here, and among the users of PPs that have pretty-much EVERY command spelled-out.  And the 'help' files while in CB are IMMENSELY helpful.  The capabilities and range of features of the PPs are fully-discussed.

There are users here who believe that 'other' CAM software will be more-capable at accommodating weird, old, or obsolete machines or completely 'custom' uses of normal machines not supported by ordinary g-code and m-code. 

Such is not my experience.  The flexible PP facility of CB makes it possible to support odd-ball machines NO other CAM will manage properly!

But... you do NOT have to be a 'programmer' to write your own post-processor.  The PP is just a set of 'rules', not program code.  You would need a little programming background (or at least willingness to learn) to write your own post-build-processor.  But there's ready help here for that, if you need it.

Lloyd
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« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2018, 17:53:36 pm »

I didn't see anyone report back above...

Did anyone have luck using CamBam with UCCNC?
I'm thinking of trying UCCNC instead of Mach3...
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« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2018, 00:36:45 am »

I use Cambam with UCCNC almost every day and have had no issues, although my machining is pretty simple (primarily 2.5D shapes, no tool changer). I highly recommend UCCNC over Mach 3/4.
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« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2018, 00:45:27 am »

OK, Robert!  The first thing we MUST ask, is "what PP do you use?"

If you have a 'custom' one for UCCNC, please post it, if you have not, already!  If you have, please link us to the post.

We're all here to help one-another make better use of this soft!

Yours,
Lloyd
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« Reply #8 on: July 26, 2018, 04:53:42 am »

Hi Lloyd:

I use the Mach3 PP and have had no issues so far.

-Robert
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