Macro's for visual mill?

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Macro's for visual mill?

Postby Andy Birko » Tue Jul 03, 2012 9:17 am

I'm making a semi-custom part to order and am now getting orders and re-orders for multiples. My current setup is to machine these one at a time but I have room on my machine to make up to four at time, thus saving time on tool changes.

What I'd like to do is to be able to select at run time how many copies to make but, I'm using Mach 3 to control my machine and it looks like there's no simple way to do that in Mach 3. I use offsets (G59) to control where I'm machining.

Plan "B" would be to post 4 files from visual mill, a file for 1 copy, 2 copies 3 copies etc. but, I still would have to manually adjust the instance parameter in the MCS dialogue.

Does anyone know if there's some way to write a macro within solid works or VM to automate the posting process to make 4 copies of each program?
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