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If yes, navigate to the VX installation directory, under the bin directory you'll find a file called vxpostm.exe - double click to start the post processor and then load your post config... edit and save your changes.
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Take for instance, after every tool change, I want to go X & Y then Z with a Height offset(G43)...
Doing the "Define insertion/function"
and looking at the "After tool change", there is "(x=%1.2f, y=%1.2f, z=%1.2f, tool no=%g)", ip.x, ip.y, ip.z, tl.n
What does all that mean?
Am I missing something? Is there some documentation hiding somewhere on VX Post?
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IMS Lite is now bundled with VX......
Concerning the VxPost "Define Insertion" function, the code in place when you first select the option is an example of what someone may wish to input in order to control the format of the inserted G Code line. Thanks to Vx CAM guru Jim McDonald for his help on how that "secret code" breaks down:
The code in parentheses, on the left-side of the comma, is a formatting description, i.e., how the information must be presented when printed to the G code file.
"(x=%1.2f, y=%1.2f, z=%1.2f, tool no=%g)",
For example, the values of x, y and z should be formatted in accordance with the "variable mask" (% = "mask follows"). In each case, the value should be a floating point value (2f = floating point to two decimal places), and it must have at least one unit digit (1. = minimum 1 unit to be printed). I think we may assume that the tool number mask (g) is an un-signed integer.
The code on the right-side of the comma consists of VxPost variable values that will be incorporated into the line:
, ip.x, ip.y, ip.z, tl.n
In this example, the values of x,y and z to be used are the current linear axis end positions as absolute machine ordinate values (ip = axis end posn). The current tool number is delivered by the tl.n value (tl.n = current tool number).
The whole text string will be printed inside brackets, complete with the value identifiers (e.g. "x=" and "tool no="). So, the actual G code line inserted would look something like this:
N123(x=0.00, y=220.34, z=55.56, tool no=6)
If you click on an empty "Insert Condition" line, a form for entering your condition pops-up. Here, you can find all of the variable names available - click on the variable name to see a brief description.
Download this movie to get acquainted with the basic method: VxPost_Conditional_Insert
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It is my understanding that VX is not developing their post, so they steer customers over to IMS. IMS is ok but it is slow and if I am posting several programs it will only do a few and then it will lock up and need to be restarted.
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I just returned from a visit to Japan and can assure you that the VX Post is undergoing lots of development and testing.
We choose to direct folks to IMS (In America) because they can get great support from IMS and the product ships with a good library of machine/post combinations.
In Europe our resellers supply NCCS, Tesapost or SG-post (different strokes for different folks).
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