Top 5 Signs You’re Running a Bad Post-Processor

You need to manually adjust tool compensation values. Tool length and diameter compensation play a huge role in making sure your part comes out to spec. Unfortunately, some generic posts simply output offsets with the same number as the tool. While that may be fine in some situations, more complex setups often require references [...]

2019-02-11T16:22:39+00:00February 8th, 2019|Categories: News, Publications, Tech Tips|

Do you know how to preselect your next tool?

To speed up the total machining time, it is important to save time wherever possible. Tool change can be very long, especially when you have a lot of tools. Having your tool preselected will be beneficial since at tool change it will be able to quickly change tool rather than wait for the tool [...]

2019-03-05T19:05:31+00:00September 5th, 2018|Categories: ICAM Foundation|

Do you know how to edit your home positioning?

The post processor is able to program a return home statement whenever the user requires. The GOHOME command can be coded into different parts of the post processor or have Quest automatically go home when certain conditions are met such as during a tool change. Here’s how to change your home positioning and adding [...]

2019-03-05T19:00:19+00:00September 5th, 2018|Categories: ICAM Foundation|

Do you know how to import a tool from an external file?

Tools can be directly programmed into the CAD system. However, some programmers prefer using an external file that contains their tools. Quest has a function which lets the user read from an external file and extract the necessary information. Here’s how to get tool information from an external file: Prepare the tool file you [...]

2019-03-05T19:02:09+00:00September 5th, 2018|Categories: ICAM Foundation|

Do you know how to add your machining time per tool?

Having an indication of the machining time of each tool can help keep track of the tool’s life. Tool wear is a very important parameter when machining especially if you have tight tolerances. Here’s how you can add machining time after each tool use: Start by opening your post processor in Quest; selectingPP.png1079×444 25.8 [...]

2019-03-05T18:55:28+00:00September 5th, 2018|Categories: ICAM Foundation|

Do you know how to change your maximum tool number?

Different machines can hold numerous amount of tools. However, the tool numbers can be an arbitrary number. You can have tools ranging from 1 to 7777. There is no limit to what number you call your tools. error.png781×54 2.08 KB Here’s how to change your maximum tool number: Start by opening your post processor [...]

2019-03-05T18:52:04+00:00September 5th, 2018|Categories: ICAM Foundation|

Do you know how to change you machine axis limit?

It is important to have travel limits for your machine to avoid any critical damages. Accidents may happen, but they can also be avoided with proper preparations. Here’s how you change you machine axis limits: Start by opening your post processor in Quest; selectingPP.png1079×444 25.8 KB In the navigation panel, go to Machine Description > [...]

2019-03-05T18:00:49+00:00September 5th, 2018|Categories: ICAM Foundation|

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