Lathe Tech Tip

Q: In the machine definition, can I define default reference points for both ID and OD operations?
A: Yes. Here is how:
  1. In the Machine Definition Manager, click the Edit axis combinations button.
  2. If necessary, select the desired axis combination.
  3. Click Reference Points.
  4. Set default reference points for ID and OD work, for either approach or retract moves.
Because these reference points are specific to the axis combination, you can even define different locations for main spindle/subspindle, and upper/lower turrets.
NOTE: Because you are in the machine definition, the coordinates in the dialog box are in XYZ coordinates, not lathe XZ coordinates.

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