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User’s Manual

Thank you very much for purchasing the product.

To ensure correct and safe usage with a full understanding of this product's performance, please be sure to read through this manual completely and store it in a safe location.

Unauthorized copying or transferral, in whole or in part, of this manual is prohibited.

The contents of this operation manual and the specifications of this product are subject to change without notice.

The operation manual and the product have been prepared and tested as much as possible. If you find any misprint or error, please inform us.

Roland DG Corp. assumes no responsibility for any direct or indirect loss or damage which may occur through use of this product, regardless of any failure to perform on the part of this product.

Roland DG Corp. assumes no responsibility for any direct or indirect loss or damage which may occur with respect to any article made using this product.

For the USA

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

RADIO FREQUENCY INTERFERENCE

STATEMENT

This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class A digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules.

These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference when the equipment is operated in a commercial environment.

This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instruction manual, may cause harmful interference to radio communications.

Operation of this equipment in a residential area is likely to cause harmful interference in which case the user will be required to correct the interference at his own expense.

Unauthorized changes or modification to this system can void the users authority to operate this equipment.

The I/O cables between this equipment and the computing device must be shielded.

For Canada

CLASS A

NOTICE

This Class A digital apparatus meets all requirements of the

Canadian Interference-Causing Equipment Regulations.

CLASSE A

AVIS

Cet appareil numérique de la classe A respecte toutes les exigences du Règlement sur le matériel brouilleur du Canada.

ROLAND DG CORPORATION

1-6-4 Shinmiyakoda, Hamamatsu-shi, Shizuoka-ken, JAPAN 431-2103 MODEL NAME : See the MODEL given on the rating plate.

RELEVANT DIRECTIVE : EC MACHINERY DIRECTIVE (98/37/EC)

EC LOW VOLTAGE DIRECTIVE (73/23/EEC)

EC ELECTROMAGNETIC COMPATIBILITY DIRECTIVE (89/336/EEC)

WARNING

This is a Class A product. In a domestic environment this product may cause radio interference in which case the user may be required to take adequate measures.

GENERAL SAFETY RULES

WARNING ! Read and understand all instructions. Failure to follow all instructions listed below, may result in electric shock, fire and/or serious personal injury.

SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS.

Work Area

Keep your work area clean and well lit. Cluttered benches and dark areas invite accidents.

Do not operate power tools in explosive atmospheres, such as in the presence of flammable liquids, gases, or dust.

Power tools create sparks which may ignite the dust or fumes.

Keep bystanders, children, and visitors away while operating a power tool. Distractions can cause you to lose control.

Tool Use and Care

Use clamps or other practical way to secure and support the workpiece to a stable platform. Holding the work by hand or against your body is unstable and may lead to loss of control.

Do not force tool. Use the correct tool for your application.

The correct tool will do the job better and safer at the rate for which it is designed.

Do not use tool if switch does not turn it on or off. Any tool that cannot be controlled with the switch is dangerous and must be repaired.

Electrical Safety

Grounded tools must be plugged into an outlet properly installed and grounded in accordance with all codes and ordinances. Never remove the grounding prong or modify the plug in any way. Do not use any adaptor plugs. Check with a qualified electrician if you are in doubt as to whether the outlet is properly grounded. If the tools should electrically malfunction or break down, grounding provides a low resistance path to carry electricity away from the user.

Avoid body contact with grounded surfaces such as pipes, radiators, ranges and refrigerators. There is an increased risk of electric shock if your body is grounded.

Don't expose power tools to rain or wet conditions.Water entering a power tool will increase the risk of electric shock.

Do not abuse the cord. Never use the cord to carry the tools or pull the plug from an outlet. Keep cord away from heat, oil, sharp edges or moving parts. Replace damaged cords immediately. Damaged cords increase the risk of electric shock.

When operating a power tool outside, use an outdoor extension cord marked "W-A" or "W." These cords are rated for outdoor use and reduce the risk of electric shock.

Personal Safety

Stay alert, watch what you are doing and use common sense when operating a power tool. Do not use tool while tired or under the influence or drugs, alcohol, or medication. A moment of inattention while operating power tools may result in serious personal injury.

Dress properly. Do not wear loose clothing or jewelry. Contain long hair. Keep your hair, clothing, and gloves away from moving parts. Loose clothes, jewelry, or long hair can be caught in moving parts.

Avoid accidental starting. Be sure switch is off before plugging in. Carrying tools with your finger on the switch or plugging in tools that have the switch on invites accidents.

Remove adjusting keys or switches before turning the tool on. A wrench or a key that is left attached to a rotating part of the tool may result in personal injury.

Do not overreach. Keep proper footing and balance at all times. Proper footing and balance enables better control of the tool in unexpected situations.

Use safety equipment. Always wear eye protection. Dust mask, non-skid safety shoes, hard hat, or hearing protection must be used for appropriate conditions.

Disconnect the plug from the power source before making any adjustments, changing accessories, or storing the tool.

Such preventive safety measures reduce the risk of starting the tool accidentally.

Store idle tools out of reach of children and other untrained persons. Tools are dangerous in the hands of untrained users.

Maintain tools with care. Keep cutting tools sharp and clean.

Properly maintained tools, with sharp cutting edges are less likely to bind and are easier to control.

Check for misalignment or binding of moving parts, breakage of parts, and any other condition that may affect the tools operation. If damaged, have the tool serviced before using. Many accidents are caused by poorly maintained tools.

Use only accessories that are recommended by the manufacturer for your model. Accessories that may be suitable for one tool, may become hazardous when used on another tool.

SERVICE

Tool service must be performed only by qualified repair personnel. Service or maintenance performed by unqualified personnel could result in a risk of injury.

When servicing a tool, use only identical replacement parts. Follow instructions in the Maintenance section of this manual. Use of unauthorized parts or failure to follow Maintenance Instructions may create a risk or electric shock or injury.

RÉ GLES DE SÉ CURITÉ GÉ NÉ RALES

AVERTISSEMENT ! Vous devez lire et comprendre toutes les instructions. Le non-respect, même partiel, des instructions ci-après entraîne un risque de choc électrique, d'incendie et/ou de blessures graves.

CONSERVEZ CES INSTRUCTIONS

Aire de travail

Veillez à ce que l'aire de travail soit propre et biené clairé e.

Le désordre et le manque de lumière favorisent les accidents.

N'utilisez pas d'outilsélectriques dans une atmosphè re explosive, par exemple en pré sence de liquides, de gaz ou de poussiè res inflammables. Les outils électriques créent des

étincelles qui pourraient enflammer les poussières ou les vapeurs.

Tenez à distance les curieux, les enfants et les visiteurs pendant que vous travaillez avec un outil é lectrique. Ils pourraient vous distraire et vous faire une fausse manoeuvre.

Sé curité é lectrique

Les outils mis à la terre doivent ê tre branché s dans une prise de courant correctement installé e et mise à la terre conformé ment à tous les codes et ré glements pertinents. Ne modifiez jamais la fiche de quelque faç on que ce soit, par exemple en enlevant la broche de mise à la terre. N'utilisez pas d'adaptateur de fiche. Si vous ên'tes pas certain que la prise de courant est correctement mise à la terre, adressez-vous à un é lectricien qualifié . En cas de défaillance ou de défectuosité électrique de l'outil, une mise à la terre offre un trajet de faible résistance à l'électricité qui autrement risquerait de traverser l'utilisateur.

É vitez tout contact corporel avec des surfaces mises à la terre (tuyauterie, radiateurs, cuisiniè res, ré frigé rateurs, etc.).

Le risque de choc électrique est plus grand si votre corps est en contact avec la terre.

N'exposez pas les outilsé lectriques à la pluie ou à l'eau.La présence d'eau dans un outil électrique augmente le risque de choc électrique.

Ne maltraitez pas le cordon. Ne transportez pas l'outil par son cordon et ne dé branchez pas la fiche en tirant sur le cordon. N'exposez pas le cordonà la chaleur, à des huiles, à des arê tes vives ou à des piè ces en mouvement. Remplacez immé diatement un cordon endommagé . Un cordon endommagé augmente le risque de choc électrique.

Lorsque vous utilisez un outil é lectrique à l'exté rieur, employez un prolongateur pour l'exté rieur marqué "W-A" ou "W". Ces cordons sont faits pour êntre utilisés à l'extérieur et réduisent le risque de choc électrique.

Sé curité des personnes

Restez alerte, concentrez-vous sur votre travail et faites preuve de jugement. N'utilisez pas un outilé lectrique si vous

ê tes fatigué ou sous l'influence de drogues, d'alcool ou de mé dicaments. Un instant d'inattention suffit pour entraîner des blessures graves.

Habillez-vous convenablement. Ne portez ni vê tements flottants ni bijoux. Confinez les cheveux longs. N'approchez jamais les cheveux, les vê tements ou les gants des piè ces en mouvement. Des vêtements flottants, des bijoux ou des cheveux longs risquent d'être happés par des pièces en mouvement.

Mé fiez-vous d'un dé marrage accidentel. Avant de brancher l'outil, assurez-vous que son interrupteur est sur ARRÈ T.

Le fait de transporter un outil avec le doigt sur la détente ou de brancher un outil dont l'interrupteur est en position MARCHE peut mener tout droit à un accident.

Enlevez les clé s de ré glage ou de serrage avant de dé marrer l'outil.Une clé laissée dans une pièce tournante de l'outil peut provoquer des blessures.

Ne vous penchez pas trop en avant. Maintenez un bon appui et restez en é quilibre en tout temps. Un bonne stabilité vous permet de mieux réagir à une situation inattendue.

Utilisez des accessoires de sé curité . Portez toujours des lunettes ou une visiè re. Selon les conditions, portez aussi un masque antipoussière, des bottes de sécurité antidérapantes, un casque protecteur et/ou un appareil antibruit.

Utilisation et entretien des outils

Immobilisez le maté riau sur une surface stable au moyen de brides ou de toute autre faç on adé quate. Le lait de tenir la pièce avec la main ou contre votre corps offre une stabilité insuffisante et peut amener un dérapage de l'outil.

Ne forcez pas l'outil. Utilisez l'outil approprié à la tâ che.

L'outil correct fonctionne mieux et de façon plus sécuritaire.

Respectez aussi la vitesse de travail qui lui est propre.

N'utilisez pas un outil si son interrupteur est bloqué . Un outil que vous ne pouvez pas commander par son interrupteur est dangereux et doit être réparé.

Dé branchez la fiche de l'outil avant d'effectuer uné glage,r de changer d'accessoire ou de ranger l'outilDe. telles mesures préventives de sécurité réduisent le risque de démarrage accidentel de l'outil.

Rangez les outils hors de la porté e des enfants et d'autres personnes inexpé rimenté es. Les outils sont dangereux dans les mains d'utilisateurs novices.

Prenez soin de bien entretenir les outils. Les outils de coupe doivent ê tre toujours bien affû té s et propres. Des outils bien entretenus, dont les arêtes sont bien tranchantes, sont moins susceptibles de coincer et plus faciles à diriger.

Soyez attentif à tout dé salignement ou coincement des piè ces en mouvement, à tout bris ou à toute autre condition pré judiciable au bon fonctionnement de l'outil. Si vous constatez qu'un outil est endommagé , faites-le ré parer avant de vous en servir. De nombreux accidents sont causés par des outils en mauvais état.

N'utilisez que des accessoires que le fabricant recommande pour votre modè le d'outil.Certains accessoires peuvent convenir à un outil, mais être dangereux avec un autre.

RÉ PARATION

La ré paration des outils é lectriques doit ê tre confié e à un ré parateur qualifié . L'entretien ou la réparation d'un outil

électrique par un amateur peut avoir des conséquences graves.

Pour la ré paration d'un outil, n'employez que des èpices de rechange d'origine. Suivez les directives donné es à la section "Ré paration" de ce manuel. L'emploi de pièces non autorisées ou le non-respect des instructions d'entretien peut créer un risque de choc électrique ou de blessures.

Table of Contents

About the Documentation for This Machine ..................................................................................................

4

Documentation Included with the Machine ..................................................................................................................

4

Viewing Manuals in Electronic Format ........................................................................................................................

5

To Ensure Safe Use .......................................................................................................................................

6

About the Labels Affixed to the Unit ...........................................................................................................................

9

Pour utiliser en toute sécurité ......................................................................................................................

10

À propos des étiquettes collées sur l'appareil .............................................................................................................

13

1. Getting Started ................................................................................................

15

1-1. Included Items and Accessories ..........................................................................................................

16

1-2. Names and Functions ..........................................................................................................................

17

1-3. Installation and Cable Connections .....................................................................................................

19

Installation Site and Operating Environment .............................................................................................................

19

Connecting the Cables .................................................................................................................................................

20

2. Basic Operation ..............................................................................................

23

2-1. Emergency Stop to Ensure Safety .......................................................................................................

24

How to Perform an Emergency Stop ..........................................................................................................................

24

To Cancel an Emergency Stop ....................................................................................................................................

24

Opening and Closing the Spindle Cover ....................................................................................................................

24

2-2. Switching the Power On and Off ..........................................................................................................

25

Switching On the Power .............................................................................................................................................

25

Switching Off the Power .............................................................................................................................................

25

2-3. Moving the Spindle Head .....................................................................................................................

26

Moving the Spindle Head ...........................................................................................................................................

26

Moving the Spindle Head Out of the Way Quickly ...................................................................................................

27

2-4. Starting and Stopping Spindle Rotation ...............................................................................................

28

Using Buttons to Start and Stop Rotation ...................................................................................................................

28

Adjusting the Spindle Rotating Speed ........................................................................................................................

28

Forced Stop of Spindle Rotation .................................................................................................................................

29

2-5. Menu Operations ..................................................................................................................................

30

Displaying the Menus .................................................................................................................................................

30

Basic Menu Operations ...............................................................................................................................................

30

2-6. Care and Handling of Memory Cards ..................................................................................................

31

Types of Memory Cards You Can Use .......................................................................................................................

31

Memory-card Writers You Can Use ............................................................................................................................

31

Inserting and Removing a Memory Card ...................................................................................................................

32

Formatting a Memory Card .........................................................................................................................................

34

3. Preparations ....................................................................................................

35

3-1. Selecting the Cutter Installation Method ..............................................................................................

36

Cutter Types and What They Are Suited For ..............................................................................................................

36

3-2. Cutter Installation Method 1 (With Nose Unit) .....................................................................................

37

Installing a Character Cutter (With Nose Unit) ..........................................................................................................

38

Cutting Parameters When Using the Nose Unit .........................................................................................................

41

3-3. Cutter Installation Method 2 (No Nose Unit) ........................................................................................

42

Installing a Character Cutter (With No Nose Unit) ....................................................................................................

43

3-4. Cutter Installation Method 3 (Diamond Scraper) .................................................................................

46

Installing a Diamond Scraper ......................................................................................................................................

47

Cutting Parameters for the Diamond Scraper .............................................................................................................

50

3-5. Cutter Installation Method 4 (End Mill) .................................................................................................

51

Installing an End Mill .................................................................................................................................................

52

3-6. Loading Material and Setting the Reference Point for Cutting ............................................................

55

Loading Material .........................................................................................................................................................

55

The Loaded Position of the Workpiece .......................................................................................................................

56

Setting the Reference Point for the Cutting Position .................................................................................................

56

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4. Performing Cutting Using a Computer .........................................................

57

4-1. Procedures for Performing Cutting Using a Computer ........................................................................

58

4-2. Setting the Cutting Parameters ............................................................................................................

59

Types of Cutting Parameters .......................................................................................................................................

59

Differences in Setting Items Between Programs ........................................................................................................

59

Making the Settings on the Machine ..........................................................................................................................

60

4-3. Installation and Overview of the Included Software .............................................................................

62

Software Included with the Machine ..........................................................................................................................

62

Installation and Setup ..................................................................................................................................................

62

4-4. Executing Cutting Data Saved on a Memory Card ..............................................................................

65

Working with Cutting Data on a Memory Card .........................................................................................................

65

Requirements for Saving Cutting Data .......................................................................................................................

65

Saving Cutting Data ....................................................................................................................................................

66

Importing and Executing Memory-card Data .............................................................................................................

69

Important Notes When Saving Cutting Data ..............................................................................................................

70

5. The Teaching Feature .....................................................................................

71

5-1. Overview of the Teaching Feature .......................................................................................................

72

What Is the Teaching Feature? ....................................................................................................................................

72

Important Notes When Using the Nose Unit ..............................................................................................................

72

5-2. Basic Steps for Creating and Executing a Sequence ..........................................................................

73

Step 1

Decide on the Mode of Operation and the Origin Points ..............................................................................

73

Step 2

Create the Sequence ........................................................................................................................................

74

Step 3

Save the Sequence ...........................................................................................................................................

76

Step 4

Execute the Sequence .....................................................................................................................................

76

5-3. Correcting a Sequence ........................................................................................................................

77

If You Make a Mistake in Input ..................................................................................................................................

77

Revising a Saved Sequence .........................................................................................................................................

79

5-4. Detailed Description of the Sequence Editing Screen .........................................................................

80

Screen Layout and Button Operations ........................................................................................................................

80

Setting a Label .............................................................................................................................................................

81

5-5. Detailed Information on Saving a Sequence .......................................................................................

82

Destinations for Saving Sequences .............................................................................................................................

82

Backing Up a Sequence ..............................................................................................................................................

83

Deleting a Sequence ....................................................................................................................................................

84

5-6. Coordinate Systems Used with the Teaching Feature .........................................................................

85

Cutting Positions Used with the Teaching Feature ....................................................................................................

85

Optional Origins ..........................................................................................................................................................

85

I Level and R Level .....................................................................................................................................................

86

5-7. List of Commands ................................................................................................................................

87

5-8. Sample Sequences ..............................................................................................................................

98

Example of a Sequence Using Optional Origins ........................................................................................................

98

6. Detailed Description of Functions ..............................................................

101

6-1. Coordinate Systems and Origin Points ..............................................................................................

102

Workpiece Coordinates and Machine Coordinates ..................................................................................................

102

The Machine's Workpiece Origin Point ....................................................................................................................

102

Unit of Measurement for Coordinate Values ............................................................................................................

102

6-2 Detailed Description of the Nose Unit .................................................................................................

103

Amount of Height Displacement That Can Be Tracked ..........................................................................................

103

Limitations on Cutting ..............................................................................................................................................

103

6-3. Menu Flowchart ..................................................................................................................................

104

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6-4. Detailed Description of the Menus .....................................................................................................

108

Main Menu ................................................................................................................................................................

108

[I/O] Submenu ...........................................................................................................................................................

109

[OTHERS] Submenu .................................................................................................................................................

110

[SELF] Submenu .......................................................................................................................................................

111

Teaching Menu ..........................................................................................................................................................

112

[RUN] Submenu ........................................................................................................................................................

114

X/Y-axis Origin-point Setting Menu ........................................................................................................................

115

Z-axis Origin-point Setting Menu .............................................................................................................................

115

Pause Menu ...............................................................................................................................................................

115

Copy Menu ................................................................................................................................................................

116

Language Menu .........................................................................................................................................................

116

Initialize Menu ..........................................................................................................................................................

116

7. Maintenance ...................................................................................................

117

7-1. Daily Care ............................................................................................................................................

118

7-2. Maintenance and Inspection ..............................................................................................................

120

Spindle Maintenance .................................................................................................................................................

120

Maintenance of the Z-axis Screw .............................................................................................................................

121

8. Troubleshooting............................................................................................

123

8-1. Problems with Engraving ...................................................................................................................

124

8-2. Problems with Operation ....................................................................................................................

126

8-3. Responding to an Error Message ......................................................................................................

128

9. Appendix .......................................................................................................

133

9-1. Examples of Settings for Cutting Parameters ....................................................................................

134

Sample Settings for Engraving .................................................................................................................................

134

Tips for Fine-tuning ..................................................................................................................................................

134

9-2. The Nose Unit ....................................................................................................................................

135

Considerations for Fluctuations in Workpiece Thickness ........................................................................................

135

Structure of the Nose Unit ........................................................................................................................................

135

9-3. Optional Items ....................................................................................................................................

136

9-4. Dimensional Drawings .......................................................................................................................

137

9-5. List of Supported Commands ............................................................................................................

138

RML-1 Commands ....................................................................................................................................................

138

Device Control Commands .......................................................................................................................................

140

9-6. Specifications .....................................................................................................................................

141

Main Unit Specifications ..........................................................................................................................................

141

Interface Specifications .............................................................................................................................................

142

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About the Documentation for This Machine

Documentation Included with the Machine

User's Manual (this manual)

This describes important notes for ensuring safe use, and explains how to install the machine and how to install and set up the included programs. Be sure to read it first.

It does not describe how to operate your computer or how to use the programs.

Dr. Engrave User's Manual (electronic-format manual)

This manual explains how to use the included engraving program. It describes procedures ranging from how to design a nameplate or the like to engraving operations. Read it if you're using this program.

The manual is in electronic format, and no printed document is included. You can find it on the included Roland Software Package CD-ROM.

3D Engrave User's Manual (electronic-format manual)

This manual explains how to use the included program for three-dimensional engraving and for creating reliefs. It describes procedures ranging from how to design reliefs and the like to cutting operations. Read it if you're using this program.

The manual is in electronic format, and no printed document is included. You can find it on the included Roland Software Package CD-ROM.

Cutting Tips (electronic-format manual)

This is a collection of hints and tips for the procedures of three-dimensional cutting. Read it as a reference when you're cutting three-dimensional objects.

Like the other manuals in electronic format, it is a PDF document, and Acrobat Reader is required to view it. You can find it on the Roland Software Package CD-ROM, inside [Document], in the [Cuttips] folder.

Other Information

For descriptions of other programs and drivers, refer to the online help.

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About the Documentation for This Machine

About the Documentation for This Machine

Viewing Manuals in Electronic Format

You can view the manuals in electronic format on a computer running Windows (Windows 95 or later).

Procedures for Viewing Manuals in Electronic Format

1

Place the Roland Software Package in the CD-

 

ROM drive. The menu screen appears auto-

 

matically.

2

Click the [Click here] message, then choose the

 

name of the model you're using (EGX-600 or

 

EGX-400).

3

Click the [?] button. Acrobat Reader starts and

 

the user's manual is displayed.

 

When you click the button for the first time, the program

 

for installing and setting up Acrobat Reader may start.

 

Follow the on-screen instructions to proceed with instal-

 

lation and setup.

4

You can use the left and right arrow keys on

 

the computer keyboard to advance to the next

page or go back to the previous page.

EGX-600

You can also do the same thing using the [ ] and [ ] buttons on screen.

About Adobe Acrobat Reader

Acrobat Reader is a program required to view files in PDF format. Installing and setting up Acrobat Reader 4.0, found on the included CD-ROM, lets you view the manual easily on any computer. Acrobat Reader 4.0 is available in versions for Windows 95 or later.

* Acrobat Reader is a product of Adobe Systems Incorporated. For detailed information on how to use it, go to the Acrobat Reader menu and select [Help] to view the online help.

About the Documentation for This Machine

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To Ensure Safe Use

About and Notices

Used for instructions intended to alert the user to the risk of death or severe injury should the unit be used improperly.

Used for instructions intended to alert the user to the risk of injury or material damage should the unit be used improperly.

* Material damage refers to damage or other adverse effects caused with respect to the home and all its furnishings, as well to domestic animals or pets.

About the Symbols

The symbol alerts the user to important instructions or warnings. The specific meaning of the symbol is determined by the design contained within the triangle. The symbol at left means "danger of electrocution."

The symbol alerts the user to items that must never be carried out (are forbidden). The specific thing that must not be done is indicated by the design contained within the circle. The symbol at left means the unit must never be disassembled.

The symbol alerts the user to things that must be carried out. The specific thing that must be done is indicated by the design contained within the circle. The symbol at left means the power-cord plug must be unplugged from the outlet.

Do not disassemble, repair, or modify.

Doing so may lead to fire or abnormal operation resulting in injury.

Do not use with any electrical power supply that does not meet the ratings displayed on the unit.

Use with any other power supply may lead to fire or electrocution.

Use only with the power cord included with this product.

Use with other than the included power cord may lead to fire or electrocution.

Ground the unit with the ground wire.

Failure to do so may result in risk of electrocution in the event of a mechanical problem.

Do not use while in an abnormal state (i.e., emitting smoke, burning odor, unusual noise, or the like).

Doing so may result in fire or electrocution. Immediately switch off the power, unplug the power cord from the electrical outlet, and contact your authorized Roland DG Corp. dealer or service center.

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To Ensure Safe Use

To Ensure Safe Use

Do not use with a damaged power cord or plug, or with a loose electrical outlet.

Doing so may lead to fire, electrical shock, or electrocution.

When not in use for extended periods, unplug the power-cord plug from the electrical outlet.

Failure to do so may result in danger of electrical shock, electrocution, or fire due to deterioration of electrical insulation.

Do not attempt to unplug the powercord plug with wet hands.

Doing so may result in electrical shock or electrocution.

Install on a stable surface.

Failure to do so may result in the unit tipping over, leading to injury.

When you're finished, wash your hands to rinse away all cuttings.

Do not damage or modify the electrical power cord, subject it to excessive bending, twisting, pulling, binding, or pinching, or place any object or weight on it.

Doing so may damage the electrical power cord, leading to fire, electrical shock, or electrocution.

When unplugging the electrical power cord from the power outlet, grasp the plug, not the cord.

Unplugging by pulling the cord may damage it, leading to fire, electrical shock, or electrocution.

Do not allow liquids, metal objects or flammables inside the machine.

Such materials can cause fire.

Perform dry cutting with no cutting oil.

Such materials can cause fire.

Please use a vacuum cleaner to remove cutting dust.

Do not use any blower like airbrush.

Otherwise, dust spread in the air may harm your health.

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To Ensure Safe Use

Use a commercially available brush to remove metal cuttings.

Attempting to use a vacuum cleaner to take up metal cuttings may cause fire in the vacuum cleaner.

Do not carelessly insert the hands while in operation.

Doing so may result in injury.

Do not touch the tip of the blade with your fingers.

Doing so may result in injury.

Wear dust goggles and mask during use.

Cutting dust may scatter, causing bodily injury.

Do not wear gloves, a necktie or widesleeved clothing.

They may become caught in the tool, resulting in injury.

Do not operate if a spindle cover is cracked or broken.

If the spindle is cracked, contact a service agent immediately for repairs.

Unpacking, installation, and moving are operations that must be carried out by four or more persons.

Failure to do so may result in falling of the unit, leading to injury.

Fasten the spindle, tool, and material securely in place.

Otherwise they may come loose during cutting, resulting in injury.

Do not operate beyond capacity or subject the tool to undue force.

The tool may break or fly off in a random direction. If cutting beyond capacity is mistakenly started, immediately turn off the EMERGENCY STOP switch.

Switch off the machine and unplug the power cord from the electrical outlet before performing cleaning or maintenance.

Failure to do so may result in injury or electrical shock.

Do not touch the tool immediately after cutting operating stops.

The tool may have become hot due to friction heat and may cause burns if touched.

Do not touch the spindle motor immediately after a cutting operation has ended.

Doing so may result in burns.

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To Ensure Safe Use

To Ensure Safe Use

About the Labels Affixed to the Unit

These labels are affixed to the body of this product.

The following figure describes the location and content of these messages.

Caution: high temperatures. Do not touch immediately after a cutting operation has ended.

Use care to avoid being pinched. Keep hands away during operation.

Use caution when handling or working with the blade. Careless handling may result in injury.

Model name

Rating plate

Use a rated power supply.

In addition to these symbols, the symbols shown below are also used.

: Indicates information to prevent machine breakdown or malfunction and ensure correct use.

: Indicates a handy tip or advice regarding use.

To Ensure Safe Use

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Pour utiliser en toute sé curité

Avis sur les avertissements

Utilisé pour avertir l'utilisateur d'un risque de décès ou de blessure grave en cas de mauvaise utilisation de l'appareil.

Utilisé pour avertir l'utilisateur d'un risque de blessure ou de dommage matériel en cas de mauvaise utilisation de l'appareil.

* Par dommage matériel, il est entendu dommage ou tout autre effet indésirable sur la maison, tous les meubles et même les animaux domestiques.

À propos des symboles

Le symbole attire l'attention de l'utilisateur sur les instructions importantes ou les avertissements. Le sens précis du symbole est déterminé par le dessin à l'intérieur du triangle. Le symbole à gauche signifie "danger d'électrocution".

Le symbole avertit l'utilisateur de ce qu'il ne doit pas faire, ce qui est interdit. La chose spécifique à ne pas faire est indiquée par le dessin à l'intérieur du cercle. Le symbole à gauche signifie que l'appareil ne doit jamais être démonté.

Le symbole prévient l'utilisateur sur ce qu'il doit faire. La chose spécifique à faire est indiquée par le dessin à l'intérieur du cercle. Le symbole à gauche signifie que le fil électrique doit être débranché de la prise.

Ne pas dé monter, ré parer ni modifier.

Démonter, réparer ou modifier l'appareil risque de provoquer un incendie ou de causer un fonctionnement anormal entraînant des blessures.

Ne pas utiliser avec une source d'alimentation é lectrique non conforme à la norme indiqué e sur l'appareil.

Utiliser l'appareil avec une autre source d'alimentation risque de provoquer un incendie ou de causer une électrocution.

Utiliser l'appareil uniquement avec le fil é lectrique fourni.

Utiliser l'appareil avec un autre fil risque de provoquer un incendie ou une électrocution.

Mettre l'appareilà la terre avec le fil de mise à la terre.

Ne pas respecter cette consigne peut créer un risque d'électrocution en cas de panne mécanique.

Ne pas utiliser l'appareil s'il est dans un é tat anormal (p.ex., é mission de fumé e, odeur de brû lé , bruit inhabituel ou autre anomalie).

Ne pas respecter cette consigne risque de provoquer un incendie ou une électrocution. Couper immédiatement l'alimentation électrique, débrancher le fil de la prise et communiquer avec le revendeur ou le centre de service autorisés de la société Roland DG.

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Pour utiliser en toute sécurité

Pour utiliser en toute sécurité

Ne pas utiliser si le fil ou la fiche é lectriques sont endommagé s; ne pas brancher dans une prise mal fixé e.

Négliger de suivre cette consigne risque de provoquer un incendie ou decauser une décharge électrique ou une électrocution.

Si l'appareil reste inutilisé pendant de longues pé riodes, dé brancher la fiche de la prise.

Négliger de suivre cette consigne peut créer un risque de décharge électrique ou d'électrocution ou

provoquer un incendie à cause de la détérioration de

l'isolant électrique.

Ne pas dé brancher le fil avec des mains mouillé es.

Ne pas respecter cette consigne risque de provoquer des décharges électriques ou une électrocution.

Installer sur une surface stable.

Sinon, l'appareil risque de se renverser et de causer des blessures.

Quand vous avez terminé d'utiliser l'appareil, laver vos

mains pour bien enlever tous les copeaux.

Ne pas endommager ni modifier le fil é lectrique. Ne pas le plier, le tordre, l'é tirer, l'attacher ou le serrer de faç on excessive. Ne pas placer d'objet ou de poids sur le fil.

Négliger de suivre cette consigne peut endommager le fil électrique, ce qui risque de provoquer un

incendie ou de causer une décharge électrique ou une électrocution.

Pour dé brancher l'appareil, saisir la fiche et non le fil é lectrique.

Tirer sur le fil peut l'endommager, ce qui risque de provoquer un incendie ou de causer une

décharge électrique ou une électrocution.

Ne pas laisser de liquides ni d'objets mé talliques ou inflammables s'infiltrer dans l'appareil.

De telles infiltrations peuvent provoquer un incendie.

Faire des coupes à sec, sans huile de coupe.

L'huile de coupe peut provoquer un incendie.

Utiliser un aspirateur pour nettoyer les copeaux. N'utiliser aucun appareil soufflant de l'air comme un sè checheveux.

La poussière répandue dans l'air pourrait nuire à votre santé.

Pour utiliser en toute sécurité

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Pour utiliser en toute sécurité

Utiliser une brosse du commerce pour retirer les rognures de mé tal.

Tenter de retirer les rognures de métal à l’aide d’un aspirateur peut faire naître un incendie dans l’aspirateur.

Faire attention de ne pas insé rer ses mains pendant le fonctionnement.

Ne pas respecter cette consigne peut provoquer des blessures.

Ne pas toucher à l’extré mité de la lame avec vos doigts.

Vous risqueriez de vous blesser en y touchant.

Porter des lunettes de travail et un masque durant l'utilisation.

Des copeaux pourraient être projetés et vous blesser.

Ne pas porter de gants, de cravate ou de vê tement à manches amples.

Ils pourraient se prendre dans l'appareil et entraîner des blessures.

N'utilisez pas l'appareil si le couvercle de l'axe est fissuré ou brisé .

Si le couvercle de l'axe est fissuré, communiquez immédiatement avec un agent de service pour faire effectuer les réparations.

Lorsque vous dé placez l'appareil, le saisir par sa base en aluminium et le transporter à 4 personnes ou plus.

Si l'appareil est saisi par la plaque du dessus, il peut tomber et entraîner des blessures.

Fixer fermement le mandrin, l'outil et le maté riel à leur place.

Sinon, ces éléments risquent d'avoir du jeu lors des coupes, ce qui entraînerait des blessures.

Ne pas utiliser l'appareil au-dessus de ses capacité s ou le soumettre à une force excessive.

L'outil pourrait se briser ou être projeté dans une direction indéterminée. Si vous commencez par inadvertance une coupe audessus de la capacité de l'appareil, l'éteindre immédiatement à l'aide du bouton d'urgence.

Couper le contact et dé brancher le câ ble d’alimentation du ré ceptacle avant de procé der au nettoyage ou à l’entretien de l’appareil.

Une négligence à ce niveau pourrait provoquer des blessures ou une électrocution.

Ne pas toucher l'outil immé diatement aprè s une coupe.

L'outil pourrait avoir chauffé avec la friction et vous causer des brûlures.

Ne touchez pas le moteur de l'axe immé diatement aprè s avoir terminé une coupe.

Vous risqueriez alors de vous brûler.

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Pour utiliser en toute sécurité

Pour utiliser en toute sécurité

À propos des é tiquettes collé es sur l'appareil

Ces étiquettes sont collées à l'extérieur de l'appareil.

Les dessins suivants indiquent l'endroit et le contenu des messages.

Attention : températures élevées. Ne touchez pas immédiatement après avoir effectué une coupe.

Soyez prudent et évitez les pincements. Éloignez les mains pendant le fonctionnement.

Soyez prudent lorsque vous manipulez ou utilisez la lame, sinon vous risquez de vous blesser.

Nom du modèle

Étiquette des caractéristiques électriques Utiliser l'alimentation appropriée

Pour utiliser en toute sécurité

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1. Getting Started

This chapter describes the procedures extending from unpacking the machine to installing it, and also explains such matters as required terminology and other background knowledge.

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1-1. Included Items and Accessories

Follow the steps in "Unpacking and Repacking" on the packing carton to take out the included items and accessories. Before you attempt installation, make sure all the included items are present.

Operation panel : 1

Operation-panel

Power cord : 1

Depth regulator

 

connector cable : 1

 

nose unit : 1

 

Nut

 

 

 

Bolt

 

 

Solid collet : 1 (*1)

Clamps : 4 (*2)

Wrenches

Hexagonal screw driver

 

 

(17 mm : 1, 10 mm : 1)

(2 mm) : 1

Hexagonal wrench

Roland Software Package

User's Manual

(3 mm) : 1

CD-ROM : 1

(this manual) : 1

*1 This is for diameter 4.36 mm character cutters and flat cutters. It cannot be used with diamond scrapers or end mills. *2 The bolts and nuts are installed on the machine. (They are used for attaching the packing retainers.)

* This machine does not come with a cutter or cutter holder.

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Chapter 1 - Getting Started

1-2. Names and Functions

Front

Lock nut

Depth regulator nose unit (Nose unit)

Spindle cover

Pulley

Belt

Spindle motor

Spindle unit

Depth regulator nose unit (Nose unit)

Rail cover

X-axis rail

Spindle head

Arm

T slot

Bed

Guide

Table

Slot cover

Operation-panel

connector Emergency stop switch

Memory-card slot

Guide securing

 

 

screws

Micrometer dial

Nose cone

Retainer nut

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1-2. Names and Functions

Rear

 

Power-cord connector Power switch

Expansion connector 1

Expansion connector 2

This connector is for transmitting the

This is for communication with an

rotation of the spindle to an external

external device using the teaching

device.

feature.

Parallel connector

Serial connector

This connector is for connection to the printer port on the computer.

This connector is for connection to the COM port on the computer.

Operation Panel

ENTER/PAUSE button

Menu button

This displays the main menu.

Connector

X/Y-axis Origin Set button

This sets the reference point for the cutting position.

This enables values you enter. Pressing it while cutting is in progress pauses operation.

Spindle button

This starts and stops rotation of the spindle.

Display

Z-axis Origin Set button

This makes settings such as for the reference point for aligning the cutter.

Copy button

This calls up the menu for the copy feature.

Movement buttons

These move the spindle head forward and backward and to the left and right. They are also used for menu operations.

Dial

This adjusts the spindle rotating speed. It is also used for menu operations.

Z-axis Movement buttons

These move the spindle head up and down.

Feed button

This is used in combination with the movement buttons.

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1-3. Installation and Cable Connections

Installation Site and Operating Environment

Install on a stable surface.

Failure to do so may result in the unit tipping over, leading to injury.

Unpacking, installation, and moving are operations that must be carried out by four or more persons.

Failure to do so may result in falling of the unit, leading to injury.

Use this machine in an environment that meets the following conditions.

Temperature of 5 to 40 ˚C (41 to 104 ˚F) and relative humidity of 35 to 80% (with no condensation).

A level location with no wobble.

Little dust.

Little vibration.

Good ventilation and heat dissipation.

Low electrical noise. For example, avoid installing near an electric motor.

Also ensure that the following amount of space is available.

Maintenance space

EGX-600 / EGX-400

900 mm / 900 mm

(35 in./ 35 in.)

Installation space

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2600 mm / 2500 mm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(103 in./ 100 in.)

 

(Rear)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Main unit

 

1200 mm / 1000 mm

 

 

 

(48 in./ 40 in.)

 

 

 

 

 

(Front)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1200 mm / 1000 mm (48 in./ 40 in.)

2100 mm / 1900 mm (83 in./ 75 in.)

When the spindle motor is run at high speed while at a low temperature, rotation may be unstable for some time. In such cases, allow to warm up by running at about 15,000 rpm with no load for around 15 minutes.

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1-3. Installation and Cable Connections

Connecting the Cables

Ground the unit with the ground wire.

Failure to do so may result in risk of electrocution in the event of a mechanical problem.

Use only with the power cord included with this product.

Use with other than the included power cord may lead to fire or electrocution.

Do not use with any electrical power supply that does not meet the ratings displayed on the unit.

Use with any other power supply may lead to fire or electrocution.

Make sure the power to the machine is switched off before attempting to connect or disconnect the cables. Connect securely to ensure that accidental disconnection does not occur during operation.

Connect the operation panel and the power cable. If you're using a computer, then also connect a printer cable or serial cable.

The printer cable or serial cable is sold separately. Use a cable that is compatible with the computer.

Printer cable

Use a commercially available printer cable.

Serial cable

If your computer is an IBM AT-compatible personal computer, then use an optionally available XY-RS-34 cable (or equivalent). A straight cable such as a modem cable will not work.

When the connection uses a serial cable, you need to make sure the communication parameters for the machine match the communication parameters for the computer. For more information about the computer's communication parameters, refer to the documentation for the program. The defaults for the programs included with this machine are set up to match without modification.

Configuring the Communication Parameters for the Machine

See p.109 "I/O Submenus"

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1-3. Installation and Cable Connections

Front

Do not insert an Ethernet cable or connect to a modular jack.

Insert until it clicks into place.

Operation-panel connector cable

Rear

 

Power connector

Parallel

Serial

connector

connector

Secure with

 

the clips.

Secure with

 

Printer port Serial port

the screws.

 

 

Power outlet

Printer cable

Power cord

Serial cable

Connect either a printer cable or serial cable.

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2. Basic Operation

This chapter describes what you should know before you try to use the machine, such as the most basic operations and the procedures for safe use and handling. Be sure to read this chapter before you go on to the next step.

Operating the buttons makes the machine move. When operating the buttons, be sure to keep your hands away from the machine.

Do not let your hair, necktie, or the like touch the machine. There is danger of becoming it caught on the spindle or other moving parts.

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2-1. Emergency Stop to Ensure Safety

How to Perform an Emergency Stop

To stop the machine in an emergency in order to avoid danger, press the emergency stop switch. The machine immediately stops operating and quits cutting. Cutting cannot be resumed.

To Cancel an Emergency Stop

To cancel an emergency stop, turn the emergency stop switch in the direction of the arrow. The machine returns to the state it was in immediately after powerup.

Opening and Closing the Spindle Cover

Be sure to close the spindle cover before you start cutting, and never open it while operation is in progress. For safety, opening the spindle cover during operation causes an emergency stop. To recover, switch off the power to the machine. When the spindle cover is open, only head movement using the movement buttons is possible. You cannot use the buttons to rotate the spindle or perform cutting.

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Chapter 2 - Basic Operation

2-2. Switching the Power On and Off

Switching On the Power

Keep your hands away from the machine when you turn on the power. Also, do not place and objects where they may obstruct the operation of the spindle head, X-axis rail, bed, or other components.

Turning On the Power

1

Turn on the power switch on the back of the

 

machine.

The display shows the model name, and while this is displayed, internal initialization is performed. This takes about ten seconds.

EGX-600

Roland DG Corp.

2

When the screen shown at right appears, press

 

.

This machine operates at this time. The spindle head moves to the left and back (to the VIEW position), then stops.

3 The display changes to the top screen, and startup ends.

Hit "ENTER" key

X

0

Y 40700

Z

0

8000RPM

 

 

 

Switching Off the Power

Turn off the power switch on the back of the machine. Do not the emergency stop switch for turning the power on and off in day-to-day use.

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2-3. Moving the Spindle Head

Do not put the operation panel on the machine while operation. Doing so may result in unexpected problems.

Moving the Spindle Head

The spindle head moves in three directions, along the X, Y, and Z axes. When the display shows the top screen, pressing the movement buttons effects movement in the corresponding directions.

Make sure the display shows the top screen. You cannot perform movement

X

0

Y

0

when any other screen is displayed. Press

several times to display the

Z

0

 

8000RPM

top screen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The speed of movement is determined by how you press the movement buttons, as described below.

Pressing and holding down a movement button

Slow continuous movement

 

 

 

While holding down

, pressing and holding down

Fast continuous movement

a movement button

 

 

 

 

Pressing and releasing a movement button

Movement of 0.01 mm per press

 

 

 

While holding down

, pressing and releasing

Movement of 0.1 mm per press

a movement button

 

 

 

 

 

Y-axis direction

Z-axis direction

X-axis direction

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2-3. Moving the Spindle Head

Moving the Spindle Head Out of the Way Quickly

This feature moves the spindle head directly to the back-left position of the table (the VIEW position). This is handy when loading or detaching a workpiece.

Moving to the VIEW Position

1

Press

until the screen shown at right ap-

 

pears.

 

2 Press .

The blinking cursor moves to [VIEW].

3 Press.

The spindle head rises to the highest point, then moves to the VIEW position.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

H

OME

VIEW

 

 

Z1

Z0

Z2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOME

V

IEW

 

 

Z1

Z0

Z2

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2-4. Starting and Stopping Spindle Rotation

Using Buttons to Start and Stop Rotation

Holding down

for 0.5 seconds or longer makes the spindle rotate. Pressing it again stops rotation.

When the spindle cover is open, the spindle does not rotate.

Adjusting the Spindle Rotating Speed

To adjust the spindle rotating speed, you use the dial on the operation panel. The top screen displays the spindle rotating speed.

Spindle rotating speed

Slow

Fast

Avoid turning the dial while cutting is in progress. The feed rate drops momentarily, and the finished results of engraving may be adversely affected.

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2-4. Starting and Stopping Spindle Rotation

Forced Stop of Spindle Rotation

With this machine, you can set whether or not the spindle rotates. When it is set to rotate, rotation automatically starts when a command is received from the computer and stops when cutting ends. When set not to rotate, no rotation at all takes place. (Rotation does not occur even if you press .)

You use this feature at times such as when you are performing scribing using a diamond scraper.

Making the Setting for Spindle Rotation

1 Pressappears. until the screen shown at right

2 Press .

The blinking cursor moves to [OTHERS].

3 Press .

The screen for setting spindle rotation appears.

4

Use

to move the blinking cursor to

 

[ON] or [OFF]. Press

.

[ON] makes the setting for rotation, and [OFF] makes the setting for forced stop.

I/O OTHERS TEACHING SELF

I/O OTHERS TEACHING SELF

REVOLUTION

 

<ON>

OFF

 

 

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2-5. Menu Operations

Displaying the Menus

All settings for this machine are made using menus. Pressing the following buttons displays the menu screens.

Main menu

X/Y-axis origin-point setting menu

 

Pause menu (when pressed during cutting)

Z-axis origin-point setting menu

Copy menu

For detailed information on using the menus

See p.104 "Menu Flowchart"

See p.108 "Detailed Description of the Menus"

Basic Menu Operations

When you display the menus, the buttons function as follows.

Moving to the next screen

Pressing this several times eventually returns you to the top screen.

Moving the blinking cursor

You use the blinking cursor to select items. In the example at right, for instance, you can select either [ON] or [OFF].

Raising and lowering numerical values

REVOLUTION

<ON>

O

FF

Pressing either of these buttons while holding down

increases or decreases the value by large amounts. Hold-

ing down the button makes the value change rapidly.

 

Confirming and executing the selected item

 

Operations with

do not enable settings, they only select the setting values. A setting is

enabled only when you press

. When you enable a setting, the item is displayed enclosed in "< >." You also use

this button to execute things and display submenus.

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2-6. Care and Handling of Memory Cards

This section describes the basic usage and handling of memory cards.

This machine can execute cutting data saved on a memory card, and can save sequences created using the teaching feature. For more information about these operations, see "Executing Cutting Data Saved on a Memory Card" on p.65 and "The Teaching Feature" on p.71.

Types of Memory Cards You Can Use

Use commercially available "SD (Secure Digital) Memory Card" or "MultiMediaCard", which are available in sizes of 16 MB, 32 MB, and 64 MB. Note that copyright-protection functions are not used with this machine.

Roland DG Corp. has verified the operation of the following memory cards.

Manufacturer

Part number

Capacity

SanDisk

SDMB-16

16 MB

 

SDMB-32

32 MB

 

SDMB-64

64 MB

Panasonic

RP-SD016

16 MB

 

RP-SD032

32 MB

 

RP-SD064

64 MB

HAGIWARA SYS-COM

HPC-MC32M

32 MB

 

HPC-MC64M

64 MB

This machine does not detect the write-protect switch on an SD Memory Card, even when the switch is set to "LOCK."

Memory-card Writers You Can Use

To save cutting data on a memory card or to format a memory card, you use a commercially available memory-card writer or adapter. One that meets the following specifications is required.

Compatible with "SD Memory Card" or "MultiMediaCard" you're using

Able to be connected to your computer running Windows

Able to read and write files compatible with Windows

Roland DG Corp. has verified the operation of the following memory-card writers.

Manufacturer

Part number

Operating environment

VICS Technology

RD5

Windows 98/Me/2000/XP

Windows must be able to treat the memory card as a single volume. Nearly all memory-card writers that are compatible with Windows meet this requirement.

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2-6. Care and Handling of Memory Cards

Inserting and Removing a Memory Card

Inserting a Memory Card

1

Make sure the display shows the top screen.

X

0

Y 40700

 

 

Z

0

8000RPM

2

Remove the slot cover.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

Hold the card with the label side facing up and

 

 

the notch on the right, and insert it into the

 

 

memory-card slot. Press it in gently until it clicks

 

 

into place.

 

4

Attach the slot cover.

 

 

 

 

 

Be careful to orient the memory card correctly when inserting it. An incorrectly inserted card will not function and may even cause breakdown.

Before you insert a memory card, carefully clean away any cutting waste from the memory card and the area around the memory-card slot.

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2-6. Care and Handling of Memory Cards

Removing a Memory Card

1

2

Make sure the display shows the top screen.

X

0

Y 40700

 

 

Z

0

8000RPM

 

 

 

 

Remove the slot cover.

3

4

Gently press the card in until it clicks into place, then pull it out from the memory-card slot.

1. 2.

Attach the slot cover.

Do not switch off the power while a memory card is being accessed.

Do not switch off the machine while the display shows a message such as [Now Processing]. Doing so may result in data corruption or malfunction.

Do not insert or remove a memory card in any of the following circumstances.

After you turn on the machine and before the top screen appears

While the memory card is being accessed (When the display shows a message such as [Now Processing])

While a screen for dating or calling up data is displayed (When the display shows a message such as [Select File])

Doing so may result in data corruption, failure to display the correct file names, or malfunction.

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2-6. Care and Handling of Memory Cards

Formatting a Memory Card

Formatting a memory card is normally not necessary. However, the machine may be unable to use a memory card that has been reformatted for use with another device, such as a digital camera. In such cases, use the following method to reformat the card again.

Formatting deletes all data saved on the memory card. Before you format the card, make sure that it contains no data you want to keep.

Performing Formatting

To perform formatting, you use a memory-card writer. For information on the specific method, refer to the documentation for the memory-card writer you're using. Also, give attention to the following points when formatting.

For a MultiMediaCard

Use the standard formatter for Windows. (That is, use the same operation as for formatting a floppy disk.) Depending on the version of Windows you're using, you may be able to choose the file system to use for formatting. In such cases, be sure to select FAT. Do not format as FAT32 or NTFS.

For an SD (Secure Digital) Memory Card

Perform formatting using the same method as for a MultiMediaCard. If a dedicated SD formatter is available, then use that.

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3. Preparations

This chapter describes how to install a cutter, how to load a workpiece, and other preparations you make before you carry out cutting.

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3-1. Selecting the Cutter Installation Method

Cutter Types and What They Are Suited For

You can install any of a wide variety of tools on this machine. You can also choose whether to use the depth regulator nose unit (nose unit). Choose a tool suited to the task at hand, and decide whether to use the nose unit.

Tool

With nose unit

No nose unit

Character cutter

Engraving acrylic and other (*1)

Engraving plates of aluminum or brass

Flat cutter

plastic plates

Three-dimensional engraving and creating

 

 

reliefs using plastic materials

 

p.37 "Cutter Installation Method 1"

p.42 "Cutter Installation Method 2"

Diamond scraper (*2) Unsuitable

Scribing plates of aluminum or brass (*2)

p.46 "Cutter Installation Method 3"

End mill (*3)

Unsuitable

Creating reliefs and performing 3D cutting

 

 

using plastic materials

 

 

p.51 "Cutter Installation Method 4"

*1 Use of the nose unit may not be suitable when performing raised engraving of text or flat-drag cutting over a large surface area. In such cases, use without the nose unit.

*2 This is suited to relatively small text and can produce finished results that are more attractive and have less burring than engraving with a character cutter. An optionally available solid collet for diamond scrapers is required to install a diamond scraper.

*3 An optionally available collet set for end mills is required to install an end mill.

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3-2. Cutter Installation Method 1 (With Nose Unit)

This is for when you perform engraving using the nose unit on an acrylic plate or the like. The tip of the nose traces the material surface, which facilitates obtaining a uniform cutting-in depth. The tool used is a character cutter or a flat cutter. This method is not suitable for aluminum, brass, or other materials that are easily scratched.

Lock nut : Loosen

[AUTO Z CONTROL] : ON [REVOLUTION] : ON

Character cutter or flat cutter

Cutter holder

(included with a character cutter or flat cutter)

Tool securing screw

Lock nut

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37

3-2. Cutter Installation Method 1 (With Nose Unit)

Installing a Character Cutter (With Nose Unit)

While installing the cutter, do not allow the operation panel to be touched inadvertently. When using the operation panel, keep hands away from moving areas of the machine. Unintended operation of the machine may lead to danger of becoming caught.

Do not touch the tip of the cutter. Doing so may result in injury.

Securely fasten the cutter and workpiece in place. Otherwise they may come loose during cutting, resulting in injury.

1. Installing the Cutter Holder and Collet

1 Open the spindle cover.

3.

2.

1.

2 While using a wrench (17 mm) to keep the spindle immobile, tighten the cutter holder securely.

The cutter holder is reverse-threaded (that is, you turn it counterclockwise to tighten it). Be careful to turn it in the correct direction.

3

Insert the included solid collet from below. While

 

gently holding the collet in place, turn the

spindle by hand until it is finger-tight.

4 Use the included wrench to tighten the collet.

The correct tightening torque is 32 kgf-cm.

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3-2. Cutter Installation Method 1 (With Nose Unit)

2. Nose-unit Installation and Menu Settings

5

Install the nose unit. Tighten fully, then loosen

 

two turns.

6 Fully loosen the lock nut.

Be sure to loosen the lock nut.

7 Use the menus to set [AUTO Z CONTROL] to ON.

(1)Pressseveral times to display the screen shown at right.

(2)Press to move the blinking cursor to [OTHERS], then press.

(3)Pressseveral times to display the screen shown at right.

(4)Press to move the blinking cursor to [ON], then press.

8 Use the menu to set [REVOLUTION] to ON.

(1)Pressseveral times to display the screen shown at right.

(2)Press to move the blinking cursor to [OTHERS], then press.

(3)Press to move the blinking cursor to [ON], then press.

9 Press

several times to return to the top screen.

I/O OTHERS TEACHING SELF

AUTO Z CONTROL <ON> OFF

I/O OTHERS TEACHING SELF

REVOLUTION

<ON>

 

 

OFF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

0

Y

0

Z

0

 

8000RPM

 

 

 

 

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39

3-2. Cutter Installation Method 1 (With Nose Unit)

3. Cutter Installation and Alignment

10

Lower the spindle until the tip of the nose unit

 

touches the table.

 

 

When the nose touches the table, operation stops auto-

 

matically.

 

11

Insert the cutter (diameter 4.36 mm), then bring

 

the tip lightly into contact with the table.

 

When you insert the cutter, orient it so that it will not

 

catch on the collet.

 

 

Yes

No

Cutter

Collet

Stopper

12 Use the included hexagonal screwdriver to tighten the tool securing screw. Raise the spindle.

13 Tighten the nose unit by 4 to 8 ticks on the scale.

The amount you tighten the nose unit determines the cutting-in depth. Adjust it to suit the task. An amount of 4 to 8 scale ticks corresponds to 0.1 to 0.2 mm (0.004 to 0.008 in.). One scale tick is 0.0254 mm (0.001 in.), and one full turn is 25 scale ticks, or 0.635 mm (0.025 in.).

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3-2. Cutter Installation Method 1 (With Nose Unit)

14 Close the spindle cover.

1.

3.

2.

Cutting Parameters When Using the Nose Unit

When you use the preceding method, there is no need to set the cutting-in depth or the cut-out amount by a software or the operation panel. The cutting-in depth is determined mechanically by the amount of tightening of the nose unit.

For more information about how to set the cutting parameters

See p.59 "Setting the Cutting Parameters"

See p.134 " Examples of Settings for Cutting Parameters"

For detailed information about the nose unit

See p.110 "Detailed Description of the Menus," the section " AUTO Z CONTROL "

See p.103 "Detailed Description of the Nose Unit"

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3-3. Cutter Installation Method 2 (No Nose Unit)

This is for when you perform engraving without using the nose unit. The tool used is a character cutter or a flat cutter. This method does not scrape the workpiece, so it is suitable for aluminum, brass and other materials that are easily scratched. Note, however, that in order to obtain a uniform cutting-in depth, the thickness of the workpiece must also be uniform.

Lock nut : Tighten

[AUTO Z CONTROL] : OFF [REVOLUTION] : ON

Character cutter or flat cutter

Cutter holder

(included with a character cutter or flat cutter)

Tool securing screw

Lock nut

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3-3. Cutter Installation Method 2 (No Nose Unit)

Installing a Character Cutter (With No Nose Unit)

While installing the cutter, do not allow the operation panel to be touched inadvertently. When using the operation panel, keep hands away from moving areas of the machine. Unintended operation of the machine may lead to danger of becoming caught.

Do not touch the tip of the cutter. Doing so may result in injury.

Securely fasten the cutter and workpiece in place. Otherwise they may come loose during cutting, resulting in injury.

1. Installing the Cutter Holder and Collet

1 Open the spindle cover.

3.

2.

1.

2 While using a wrench (17 mm) to keep the spindle immobile, tighten the cutter holder securely.

The cutter holder is reverse-threaded (that is, you turn it counterclockwise to tighten it). Be careful to turn it in the correct direction.

3

Insert the included solid collet from below. While

 

gently holding the collet in place, turn the

spindle by hand until it is finger-tight.

4 Use the included wrench to tighten the collet.

The correct tightening torque is 32 kgf-cm.

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43

3-3. Cutter Installation Method 2 (No Nose Unit)

2. Menu Settings

5 Fully tighten the lock nut.

6 Use the menus to set [AUTO Z CONTROL] to OFF.

(1)Pressseveral times to display the screen shown at right.

(2)Press to move the blinking cursor to [OTHERS], then press.

(3)Pressseveral times to display the screen shown at right.

(4)Press to move the blinking cursor to [OFF], then press.

Be sure to set [AUTO Z CONTROL] to OFF.

I/O OTHERS TEACHING SELF

AUTO Z CONTROL ON <OFF>

7 Use the menu to set [REVOLUTION] to ON.

(1)Pressseveral times to display the screen shown at right.

(2)Press to move the blinking cursor to [OTHERS], then press.

(3)Press to move the blinking cursor to [ON], then press.

8 Press

several times to return to the top screen.

I/O OTHERS TEACHING SELF

REVOLUTION

<ON>

 

 

OFF

 

 

 

 

X

0

Y

0

Z

0

 

8000RPM

 

 

 

 

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3-3. Cutter Installation Method 2 (No Nose Unit)

3. Cutter Installation and Alignment

9 Load the workpiece, then move the spindle to above the workpiece. Lower the spindle until the tip of the collet is at a height about 12 to 13 mm (1/2 in.) from the surface of the material.

12 to 13 mm (1/2 in.)

For information on how to load material

p.55 "Loading Material and Setting the Reference Point for Cutting"

10 Insert the cutter (diameter 4.36 mm), then bring the tip lightly into contact with the workpiece. When you insert the cutter, orient it so that it will not catch on the collet.

If the cutter does not reach the workpiece, lower the spindle further.

Damage to the workpiece can be prevented by placing a sheet of thin paper over the workpiece. When you do this it is a good idea to cut in by a depth increased by an amount equal to the thickness of the paper (about 0.002 in.).

11 Use the included hexagonal screwdriver to tighten the tool securing screw.

Yes No

Cutter

Collet

Stopper

12

Use the menus to set the height reference point (Z0).

 

 

 

 

 

(1) Press

.

 

SET

Z1

Z0

Z2

 

 

 

 

 

 

(2)

Make sure the blinking cursor is at [Z0], then press

.

SURFACE

 

<

0 >

 

(3)

Press

to return to the top screen.

 

 

 

 

 

13

Close the spindle cover.

 

1.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.

 

 

 

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3-4. Cutter Installation Method 3 (Diamond Scraper)

This is for when you scribe aluminum or brass plates. The tool used is a diamond scraper, and the spindle is not rotated. Engraving is performed by scraping the workpiece, so it achieves attractive finished results with little burring, but it does not obtain deep cutting-in.

An optionally available solid collet for diamond scrapers is required to install a diamond scraper.

Lock nut: Loosen

[AUTO Z CONTROL]: ON [REVOLUTION]: OFF

Diamond scraper

Cutter holder (included with a diamond scraper)

Tool securing screw

Lock nut

Solid collet for a diamond scraper (optional)

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3-4. Cutter Installation Method 3 (Diamond Scraper)

Installing a Diamond Scraper

While installing the cutter, do not allow the operation panel to be touched inadvertently. When using the operation panel, keep hands away from moving areas of the machine. Unintended operation of the machine may lead to danger of becoming caught.

Do not touch the tip of the cutter. Doing so may result in injury.

Securely fasten the cutter and workpiece in place. Otherwise they may come loose during cutting, resulting in injury.

1. Installing the Cutter Holder and Collet

1 Open the spindle cover.

3.

2.

1.

2 While using a wrench (17 mm) to keep the spindle immobile, tighten the cutter holder securely.

The cutter holder is reverse-threaded (that is, you turn it counterclockwise to tighten it). Be careful to turn it in the correct direction.

3 Insert the optionally available solid collet for diamond scrapers from below. While gently holding the collet in place, turn the spindle by hand until it is finger-tight.

4 Use the included wrench to tighten the collet.

The correct tightening torque is 32 kgf-cm.

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47

3-4. Cutter Installation Method 3 (Diamond Scraper)

2. Menu Settings

5 Fully loosen the lock nut.

Be sure to loosen the lock nut.

6 Use the menus to set [AUTO Z CONTROL] to ON.

(1)Pressseveral times to display the screen shown at right.

(2)Press to move the blinking cursor to [OTHERS], then press.

(3)Pressseveral times to display the screen shown at right.

(4)Press to move the blinking cursor to [ON], then press.

7 Use the menus to set [REVOLUTION] to OFF.

(1)Pressseveral times to display the screen shown at right.

(2)Press to move the blinking cursor to [OTHERS], then press.

(3)Press to move the blinking cursor to [OFF], then press.

8 Press

several times to return to the top screen.

 

 

 

 

I/O

 

O

THERS

TEACHING

SELF

 

 

AUTO Z CONTROL

<ON>

 

 

OFF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I/O

 

O

THERS

 

TEACHING

SELF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REVOLUTION

 

ON

 

 

<OFF>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

0

Y

0

Z

0

 

8000RPM

 

 

 

 

 

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3-4. Cutter Installation Method 3 (Diamond Scraper)

3. Cutter Installation

9

10

Lower the spindle until the tip of the collet is at a height about 5 to 10 mm (1/4 to 1/2 in.) from the surface of the table.

Insert the diamond scraper, then bring the tip lightly into contact with the table.

5 to 10 mm (1/4 to 1/2 in.)

11 Use the included hexagonal screwdriver to tighten the tool securing screw.

12 Close the spindle cover.

1.

3.

2.

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3-4. Cutter Installation Method 3 (Diamond Scraper)

Cutting Parameters for the Diamond Scraper

When you use the preceding method, there is no need to set the cutting-in depth or the cut-out amount. The cutting-in depth is determined by the pressure of the cutter. (The preceding method produces a uniform cutter force for the machine.)

For more information about how to set the cutting parameters

See p.59 "Setting the Cutting Parameters"

See p.134 "Examples of Settings for Cutting Parameters"

For detailed information about the cutting-in depth and cut-out amount

See p.110 in "Detailed Description of the Menus," the section "AUTO Z CONTROL"

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3-5. Cutter Installation Method 4 (End Mill)

This is for when you perform three-dimensional cutting of reliefs and the like using an end mill. An optionally available collet set for end mills is required to install an end mill.

Lock nut : Tighten

[AUTO Z CONTROL] : OFF [REVOLUTION] : ON

Lock nut

Collet for end mills (optional)

End mill

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3-5. Cutter Installation Method 4 (End Mill)

Installing an End Mill

While installing the cutter, do not allow the operation panel to be touched inadvertently. When using the operation panel, keep hands away from moving areas of the machine. Unintended operation of the machine may lead to danger of becoming caught.

Do not touch the tip of the cutter. Doing so may result in injury.

Securely fasten the cutter and workpiece in place. Otherwise they may come loose during cutting, resulting in injury.

1. Installing the Collet and End Mill

1 Open the spindle cover.

3.

2.

1.

2

Insert the end mill into the optionally available

 

end-mill collet.

3

Insert the end mill and collet from below. While

 

gently holding the collet in place, turn the

spindle by hand until it is finger-tight.

20 to 25 mm (3/4 to 1 in.)

4 Use the included wrench to tighten the collet.

The correct tightening torque is 32 kgf-cm.

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3-5. Cutter Installation Method 4 (End Mill)

2. Menu Settings

5 Fully tighten the lock nut.

6 Use the menus to set [AUTO Z CONTROL] to OFF.

(1)Pressseveral times to display the screen shown at right.

(2)Press to move the blinking cursor to [OTHERS], then press.

(3)Pressseveral times to display the screen shown at right.

(4)Press to move the blinking cursor to [OFF], then press.

Be sure to set [AUTO Z CONTROL] to OFF.

I/O OTHERS TEACHING SELF

AUTO Z CONTROL ON <OFF>

7 Use the menu to set [REVOLUTION] to ON.

(1)Pressseveral times to display the screen shown at right.

(2)Press to move the blinking cursor to [OTHERS], then press.

(3)Press to move the blinking cursor to [ON], then press.

8 Press

several times to return to the top screen.

I/O OTHERS TEACHING SELF

REVOLUTION

<ON>

 

 

OFF

 

 

 

 

X

0

Y

0

Z

0

 

8000RPM

 

 

 

 

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3-5. Cutter Installation Method 4 (End Mill)

3. Aligning the Cutter

9

Load a workpiece and move the end mill to the

 

top surface of the material.

For information on how to load material

See p.55 "Loading Material and Setting the Reference Point for Cutting"

10 Close the spindle cover.

1.

3.

2.

11

Hold down

 

for 0.5 seconds or longer.

 

 

The spindle rotates.

 

 

12

Lower the spindle a little at a time, and stop it

 

 

when it is just barely cutting the surface of the

 

 

workpiece. Press

to stop the spindle.

 

13

Use the menus to set the height reference point (Z0).

 

 

(1)

Press

.

 

 

 

(2)

Make sure the blinking cursor is at [Z0], then press

.

 

(3)

Press

to return to the top screen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SET

Z1

Z

0

Z2

SURFACE

<

 

0 >

 

 

 

 

 

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3-6. Loading Material and Setting the Reference Point for Cutting

Securely fasten the cutter and workpiece in place. Otherwise they may come loose during cutting, resulting in injury.

When you're using a clamp or other jig, give sufficient thought to positioning so that the tool and spindle unit do not collide during operation. The tool may break and fly off, resulting in injury. Breakdown may also result.

Loading Material

You use the following method to load a workpiece. The table has T slots, and you can also install other jigs. There is also a guide for positioning on the side of the table.

Clamp

This is included with the machine. Pass the bolt through a T slot and tighten the nut.

Adhesive sheet

This method uses an optionally available adhesive sheet for attachment. This is suited to tasks that involve a relatively light load, such as plate engraving.

Center vise

This method uses an optionally available center vise for securing in place.

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55

3-6. Loading Material and Setting the Reference Point for Cutting

The Loaded Position of the Workpiece

You may load the workpiece anywhere on the table.

Butting the workpiece against the guide is a handy way to ensure that the workpiece is always loaded at the same position. Adjust the height of the guide to match the thickness of the workpiece.

Setting the Reference Point for the Cutting Position

This machine lets you freely change the cutting position. The place where you should set the reference point for the cutting position changes according to how the data was created with the program. Always loading material at the same location and keeping the reference point for the cutting position on the machine fixed may make positioning easier.

The reference point for cutting is the location where the X- and Y-axis coordinates are both zero (that is, the X- and Y-axis origin point). This is also called the home position. This is initially set at the front left of the table.

Setting the Home Position

1

Move the spindle to the location you want to be

 

the reference point for the cutting position.

2

Press

, then press

.

3

Press

to return to the top screen.

SET HOME POS

<

0 > <

0 >

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

0

Y

0

Z

0

 

8000RPM

 

 

 

 

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4. Performing Cutting

Using a Computer

This chapter describes how to perform cutting using a computer. It explains important notes when sending commands from a computer, differences among programs in how to make the setting for the cutting parameters, and the procedures for installing and setting up the included programs.

57

4-1. Procedures for Performing Cutting Using a Computer

Before you send cutting commands from a computer, you first need to set the cutting parameters. You make the settings for cutting-in depth, feed rate, spindle speed, and other values to match the cutter and the workpiece. The method you use to make the settings differs from one program to another.

For more information on how to set the cutting parameters

See p.59 "Setting the Cutting Parameters"

This machine starts operating immediately when it receives commands from a computer. However, you should close the spindle cover before sending commands. For safety, the machine does not operate while the cover is open.

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4-2. Setting the Cutting Parameters

Types of Cutting Parameters

You can make the settings for the following five cutting parameters on this machine.

Spindle rotating speed

Feed rate in the X- and Y-axis directions

Feed rate in the Z-axis direction

Cutting-in depth (Z1)

Amount of cut-out during feed while raised (Z2)

You can make the settings for these either on the machine by using the menus, or by using the program. When you make a setting both on the machine and in the program, the program's setting is the one that takes effect. This means there is no point in making the same setting both on the machine and with the program.

Differences in Setting Items Between Programs

Programs may differ in how many of the five cutting parameters they let you set. Some programs may allow you to make the settings for all five, but with others it is necessary to make some of the settings on the machine. For information about what settings must be made on the machine, refer to the program's documentation.

Also, with some programs for solid, three-dimensional cutting, flat parameters such as the cutting-in depth and the cutout amount have no meaning.

Cutting

Dr.Engrave

3D

Engrave

Example of another

Parameters

(2.5D driver)

 

 

program

 

 

 

 

 

Spindle rotating speed

Program

Program

 

Machine

 

 

 

 

 

X- and Y-axis feed rate

Program

Program

 

Program

 

 

 

 

 

Z-axis feed rate

Program

Program

 

Machine

 

 

 

 

Cutting-in depth

Program *

Not valid

Machine *

 

 

 

 

Cut-out amount

Program *

Not valid

Machine *

 

 

 

 

 

*This setting is generally not required when using the nose unit or a diamond scraper.

See p.41 "Cutting Parameters When Using the Nose Unit"

See p.50 "Cutting Parameters for the Diamond Scraper"

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4-2. Setting the Cutting Parameters

Making the Settings on the Machine

Spindle Rotating Speed

Setting the Spindle Rotating Speed

1

Press

several times to display the screen

 

shown at right.

2

Use

to set the spindle speed, then

 

press

.

SPINDLE RPM

<8000RPM >

You can also change the spindle speed while at the top screen, by turning the dial. Note, however, that when the machine is turned off, the spindle speed returns to the value you set using the procedure described above.

Feed Rate

Setting the Feed Rate

1

Press

several times to display the screen

 

XY-SPEED Z-SPEED

 

shown at right.

 

 

 

 

 

<

 

mms > < 2mms >

 

 

 

2

2

 

 

 

 

Press

 

to move the blinking cursor

 

to [XY-SPEED] or [Z-SPEED].

 

[XY-SPEED] sets the X- and Y-axis feed rate, and [Z-

 

SPEED] sets the Z-axis feed rate.

3

Use

.

to set the feed rate, then press

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can change the feed rate while cutting is in progress. Follow the steps below to make the change.

(1)While cutting is in progress, press . Cutting pauses.

(2)Press . The screen shown in step 2 described above appears. Make the appropriate setting.

(3)Press , then press . Cutting resumes at the new feed rate.

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4-2. Setting the Cutting Parameters

Cutting-in Depth and Cut-out Amount

Setting the Cutting-in Depth

1

Press

. Press

to move the blinking cursor to

 

[Z1].

 

 

2

Use

to set the cutting-in amount. If the value is

 

[------], then hold down

until it changes to a numerical

value.

At this time the spindle moves up and down and the position when cut- ting-in is performed (the Z1 position) is displayed. You can set the cut- ting-in depth as you verify the actual Z1 position.

3 Press.

Important Notes on Setting the Cutting-in Depth

 

 

 

 

SET

Z

1 Z0

Z2

DOWN

<

0 >

 

 

 

 

The cutting-in depth is a setting that indicates the amount of lowering from the Z-axis reference point (the Z0 position). If the Z0 position changes, then the cutting-in position (the Z1 position) also changes by a corresponding amount.

The Z1 position cannot be set above the Z0 position. When the spindle is above the Z0 position, the value displayed is [------], indicating that the setting cannot be made at this position.

Unit of Measurement for the Numerical Values

The measurement unit for the displayed values is 0.01 mm. When [-20] is displayed, for example, the cutting-in amount is 0.2 mm.

Setting the Cut-out Amount

1

Press

. Press

to move the blinking cursor to

 

[Z2].

 

 

2

Use

to set the cut-out amount. If the value is

 

[------], then hold down

until it changes to a numerical

value.

 

 

 

 

SET

Z1 Z0

Z

2

UP

<

0 >

 

 

 

 

At this time the spindle moves up and down and the position of cut-out (the Z2 position) is displayed. You can set the cut-out amount as you verify the actual Z2 position.

3 Press.

Important Notes on Setting the Cut-out Amount

The cut-out amount is a setting that indicates the amount of rise from the Z-axis reference point (the Z0 position). If the Z0 position changes, then the cut-out position (the Z2 position) also changes by a corresponding amount.

The Z2 position cannot be set below the Z0 position. When the spindle is below the Z0 position, the value displayed is [------], indicating that the setting cannot be made at this position. This means that you cannot set a cut-out amount when the Z0 position is at the highest point on the Z axis.

Unit of Measurement for the Numerical Values

The measurement unit for the displayed values is 0.01 mm. When [100] is displayed, for example, the cut-out amount is 1 mm.

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4-3. Installation and Overview of the Included Software

Software Included with the Machine

The included Roland Software Package CD-ROM contains the following programs. Install and set them up as required.

Dr.Engrave This program is for flat engraving of nameplates and the like. It can use any TrueType fonts registered with Windows. It also comes with its own stroke fonts. You can even import images and engrave items such as logos. There is even a feature that lets you import data from a list of names and engrave nameplates one after another.

3D Engrave This program is for designing and engraving reliefs (raised engravings). This lets you easily add thickness to text, shapes, and imported images, and create three-dimensional reliefs.

MODELA Player This program is for freely cutting three-dimensional shapes. You cannot perform designing using this program alone. MODELA 3D Design and MODELA 3D Text are included.

2.5D driver This is a Windows-based driver required for sending data from a computer to the machine. Be sure to install it when you are using any of the programs just described.

Virtual MODELA This program is for performing simulations before you actually carry out cutting using 3D Engrave or MODELA Player. It lets you verify the finished results for shapes, the time required for cutting, and other factors. This can help reduce loss in terms of material and time.

This document does not explain how to use these programs. For information about program operation, refer to other documentation such as the manuals in electronic format found on the CD-ROM.

See p.4 "Documentation Included with the Machine"

Installation and Setup

System Requirements

Operating system

Windows 95/98/Me/NT4.0/2000/XP

 

 

Computer

Computer running Windows (Pentium processor or better recommended)

 

 

Drive

CD-ROM drive

 

 

Monitor

Windows-compatible monitor capable of displaying 256 colors or more

 

 

Memory (RAM)

32 MB or more recommended

 

 

Free hard-disk space

32 MB

required for installation

 

 

 

Interface

Printer port or COM port

 

 

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4-3. Installation and Overview of the Included Software

Installation and Setup

Installation and Setup

1

Switch on the computer and start Windows.

 

If you are installing under Windows NT 4.0/

 

2000/XP, log on to Windows as a member of

 

the "Administrators" or "Power Users" group.

2

Place the CD from the Roland Software Pack-

 

age in the CD-ROM drive.

 

The Setup menu appears automatically.

3

EGX-600

Click the in [Click here], then choose [EGX-

 

600] or [EGX-400]. Click [Install].

If there are programs you don't want to install, then clear their check boxes before you click [Install].

4

The Setup program starts. Follow the messages

 

to carry out setup and finish setting up the pro-

gram.

 

When the setup for one program finishes, the setup for

 

the next program starts. In the interval until the next setup

 

starts, a dialog box showing the progress of processing

 

is displayed.

5

If the following screen appears while installing

 

the driver, click the drop-down arrow and

 

choose the port for the cable connected to the

 

computer.

 

When using a serial cable : [COM1:] or [COM2:]

 

When using a printer cable : [LPT1:]

6 The driver settings appear. When you make the

settings for the communication parameters of this machine, make the parameters match the values displayed here.

Click [Close] to finish installing the driver.

EGX-600 Driver Install

Settings:[EGX-600]

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4-3. Installation and Overview of the Included Software

7

When all installation finishes, the screen shown

 

at right appears. Click [Close].

8

After returning to the menu screen for installa-

 

tion, click .

9

Remove the CD-ROM from the CD-ROM drive.

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4-4. Executing Cutting Data Saved on a Memory Card

Working with Cutting Data on a Memory Card

You can take cutting commands sent from the computer and save them as data. You can then save this data on a memory card and import it into the machine. This means that you can receive data with a memory card in exactly the same way as receiving commands from a computer via a connector cable.

This lets you distribute cutting data using just a memory card, making it possible to operate a number of machines in locations where no computer is available.

Requirements for Saving Cutting Data

To save cutting data on a memory card, you use a commercially available memory-card writer.

See p.31 "Memory-card Writers You Can Use"

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4-4. Executing Cutting Data Saved on a Memory Card

Saving Cutting Data

First, connect the memory-card writer to your computer running Windows. For information about how to make the connections, refer to the documentation for the memory-card writer.

This section describes how to use the included programs to save data on a memory card.

Saving from Dr. Engrave

To save cutting data output from the included Dr. Engrave engraving program on a memory card, follow the steps below.

Saving from Dr. Engrave

1

Load a memory card into the memory-card

 

writer.

2

Start Dr. Engrave, go to the [File] menu, and

 

click [Print Setup]. Choose the EGX-400 or the

EGX-600, then click [OK].

3

Create the design to engrave, then go to the

 

[File] menu and click [Print].

 

The [Print] dialog box appears.

4

Select the [Print to File] check box, then click

 

[OK].

 

The [Print to File] dialog box appears.

5

For [Save in], select the memory-card drive.

 

Type in a file name, then click [Save].

The cutting data is saved on the memory card.

Use a file name of eight characters or fewer, with a file extension of three characters or fewer. File names that do not meet these criteria are not displayed correctly on the machine.

Do not try to save in a subdirectory. This machine does not recognize subdirectories.

Detailed Information About File Names

See p.70 "Important Notes When Saving Cutting Data"

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4-4. Executing Cutting Data Saved on a Memory Card

Saving from Another Program

For a program such as the included 3D Engrave, follow the steps below. You can also use this method with other programs (as long as the other program uses a driver for Windows).

Saving from Another Program

1

If you are using Windows NT 4.0/2000/XP, log

 

on to Windows as a member of the "Adminis-

 

trators" or "Power Users" group.

2

Load a memory card into the memory-card

 

writer.

3

Open [My Computer]. Note the drive name of

 

the memory card.

In the example shown in the figure, the drive name is "E:."

4

For Windows 95/98/Me/NT 4.0/2000:

 

Click [Start], then [Settings]. Then click [Printers].

 

For Windows XP:

 

Click [Start], then click [Control Panel]. Click [Printers

 

and Other Hardwares], then click [Printers and Faxes].

5

Right-click the icon for the EGX-600 or EGX-

 

400 driver, then click [Properties].

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6

For Windows 95/98/Me:

* Windows NT4.0/2000/XP

 

Click the [Details] tab.

 

For Windows NT 4.0/2000/XP:

 

 

Click the [Ports] tab.

 

7

Make a note of what is selected for [Print to

 

the following port] or [Port] (this may be [LPT1:], [COM1:], or the like). Next, change this to [FILE:]. Click [OK].

* Windows 95/98/Me

8 Start the program and select the EGX-600 or the EGX-400 as the output destination. Create the design to cut, then perform output.

The [Print to File] dialog box appears.

9 For [Output file name], type in the memory-card drive name you noted in step 3, followed by a backslash (\) and a file name.

For example, if the drive name is "E:" and you want to use "CUTDATA.PRN" as the file name (with the file extension), then type in "E:\CUTDATA.PRN" here.

Use a file name of eight characters or fewer, with a file extension of three characters or fewer. File names that do not meet these criteria are not displayed correctly on the machine.

Do not try to save in a subdirectory. This machine does not recognize subdirectories.

10

11

Detailed Information About File Names

See p.70 "Important Notes When Saving Cutting Data"

Click [OK].

The cutting data is saved on the memory card.

Follow steps 4 to 7 to restore the port to the setting you noted down in step 7.

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4-4. Executing Cutting Data Saved on a Memory Card

Importing and Executing Memory-card Data

To operate the machine using cutting data saved on a memory card, follow the steps below.

Importing and Executing Data

1

Insert the memory card on which cutting data

 

is saved into the memory-card slot.

 

2

Press

several times until the screen

 

shown at right appears. Make sure the blinking

 

cursor is at [RUN], then press

.

The screen for selecting the file appears.

There may be a slight delay of several seconds to several dozen seconds until the file-selection screen appears. During this time, do not try to remove the memory card or switch off the power.

3

Turn the dial to display the file name for the

 

cutting data that you want to import.

 

Press

.

The cutting data is imported and operation starts.

RUN

Now Processing...

Select File

OUTPUT03.PRN

The execution of cutting data is exactly like operation when commands are received from a computer. Coordinate values are displayed during execution, and the pause menu is also available. Make the settings for the home position, the Z0 position, and cutting parameters using the same procedures as for when receiving commands from a computer.

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4-4. Executing Cutting Data Saved on a Memory Card

Important Notes When Saving Cutting Data

Valid Characters for File Names

Use the following characters for the file names you assign when saving cutting data.

Letters: A through Z

Numerals: 0 through 9

• Special characters: $, &, #, %, -, _, ~ (the space character cannot be used)

Also, use a file name of eight characters or fewer, with a file extension of three characters or fewer.

Using a file name that does not meet these criteria may result in character corruption or the file name failing to be displayed on the machine.

A Note on Creating New Folders

The machine does not display files saved in folders (subdirectories) created on a memory card. Cutting data for use with this machine must be saved in the root directory.

The Number of Files That Can Be Saved

This machine can handle up to 512 files saved in the root directory. It is possible to save more than 512 files in a subdirectory, but the machine cannot use them.

Note that the actual number of files that can be saved depends on the available space on the memory card.

Deleting Cutting Data

To delete cutting data, load the memory card into a memory-card writer and drag the file or files you want to delete to the Recycle Bin in Windows.

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5. The Teaching Feature

This chapter describes how to use the teaching feature. It provides detailed explanations of how to create and save sequences, how to execute the sequences you create, the commands you use, and more.

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5-1. Overview of the Teaching Feature

What Is the Teaching Feature?

This feature lets you teach operation instructions directly to the machine without using a computer. You use the operation panel to enter the operation instructions. Each operation instruction that you enter is called a "command," and a collected set of commands is called a "sequence." You can save created sequences in the built-in memory or on a memory card. Once you have made a sequence, you can make the machine move in the specified way whenever you like.

The teaching feature lets you do things like those described below.

Basic Operations Possible with Commands

Linear movement to specified coordinates (simultaneous three-axis movement is possible)

Arc movement

Starting and stopping spindle rotation

External-equipment control using the expansion connector 2 (input-port monitoring and output-port control)

Positioning Functions

Registering an optional origin and calling it up in a sequence

Setting an I level and an R level

Functions for Creating Sequences

Specifying labels

Executing conditional branches in programs using jump commands

Subroutine execution through call commands

Important Notes When Using the Nose Unit

When you use the teaching feature to operate the machine, the [AUTO Z CONTROL] function is disabled. Please note that the cutting-in depth and the amount of cut-out are not set automatically even when you use a nose unit or perform scribing using a diamond scraper. The cutting-in depth and the amount of cut-out must be specified entirely within a sequence.

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5-2. Basic Steps for Creating and Executing a Sequence

In this section you learn the basics of using the teaching feature through a explanation of the steps for creating and running a very simple sequence. For details about the functions of each command and about other functions and features, refer to later sections.

Step 1 Decide on the Mode of Operation and the Origin Points

First decide what movement you want to perform. In this example we'll try cutting a quadrilateral, then moving the spindle out of the way.

The important thing here is to decide on the origin points for the X, Y, and Z axes ahead of time. The cutting location changes according to the home position and the Z0 position. It may not be possible to perform the same cutting every time unless you decide on definite origin points. The direction of the approach to the workpiece is also important. You must move to the start point while avoiding the jig or the like used to secure the workpiece in place. That is, you need to consider in advance what kind of jig is to be used to secure the workpiece.

Home position : Front left edge of the table (machine origin point) Z0 position : Workpiece surface

Cutting-in depth : 0.2 mm

X- and Y-axis feed rate : 15 mm/s Z-axis feed rate : 2 mm/s Spindle speed : 10,000 rpm

Start

Machine origin point

 

 

(2000, 4000)

 

1.2 mm

 

20 mm

10 mm

(2000, 1000)

 

Home position

 

 

 

Finish

: Specified feed rate : Highest feed rate

50 mm

(7000, 4000)

30 mm

(7000, 1000)

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Step 2 Create the Sequence

Now let's actually create the sequence. First carry out operations without loading a workpiece. We'll assume that the Z0 position is set at the surface of the workpiece.

Example of Sequence Creation

1

Press

several times to display the screen

 

shown at right, then move the blinking cursor

 

to [TEACHING]. Press

. Move the blink-

 

ing cursor to [EDIT], then press

.

2

Specify creation of a new sequence. Make sure

 

the blinking cursor is at [Yes], then press

.

 

The sequence editing screen appears.

 

3

Turn the dial to make the display change to [1

 

MOVE-LIMIT]. Press

.

 

You have now finished entering the commands to move the spindle to the machine origin point at the highest speed as the first step. When you finish making the entries for the first step, the display changes to the input screen for the second step.

I/O OTHERS TEACHING SELF

 

RUN

DELETE

 

 

 

 

E

DIT

SETTING

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edit

New File ?

 

Y

es

No

 

 

 

 

1:

< 1 MOVE-LIMIT >

4

Turn the dial to make the display change to [10

 

SP OFF]. Press

, then turn the dial to dis-

 

play [ON]. Press

 

again, then turn the dial

 

to display [100]. Press

.

Now you have entered the commands for rotating the spindle. [100] means rotation at 10,000 rpm. Now the input screen for the third step appears.

5

Turn the dial to display [3 MOVE-ZM]. Press

 

.

The screen changes to the coordinate view.

6

Press

to move the X

 

and Y axes to the first cutting point (X 2000, Y

 

1000). Next, press

to move the Z axis to

 

a location 1 millimeter from the surface of the

 

workpiece (Z 100). Press

.

Check the displayed coordinates as you perform movement. Now you have entered the commands for moving the X and Y axes to the specified position, then lowering the Z axis at the highest speed to a position close to the surface of the workpiece. Next, the input screen for the fourth step appears.

2:

< 10 SP ON 100 >

3:

3 MOVE-ZM

X

2000

Y

1000

Z

100

8000RPM

 

 

 

 

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7

Turn the dial to display [8 CUT-3 2]. Press

 

 

, then turn the dial to display [3].

 

Press

.

The screen changes to the coordinate view.

8

Press

to move the Z axis to where it cuts

 

into the workpiece by 0.2 mm (Z -20).

 

Press

.

Now you have entered the commands for cutting into the workpiece at a feed rate of 3 mm/s. Next, the input screen for the fifth step appears.

9

Turn the dial to display [8 CUT-3 2]. Press

 

 

, then turn the dial to display [15].

 

Press

.

The screen changes to the coordinate view.

10

Press

to move the X

 

and Y axes to the (X 7000, Y 1000) point.

 

Press

.

Next, the input screen for the sixth step appears.

11

In the same way as for steps 9 and 10, input

 

the commands to move to (X 7000, Y 4000), to

 

(X 2000, Y 4000), and to (X 2000, Y 1000).

 

Now you have entered the commands for cutting a quad-

 

rilateral at a feed rate of 15 mm/s. Next, the input screen

 

for the ninth step appears.

12

Turn the dial to display [3 MOVE-ZM].

 

Press

.

 

 

 

The screen changes to the coordinate view.

 

13

Press

to raise the Z axis to its upper limit.

 

Then press

 

to move the Y axis all the

 

way to the back of the table. Press

.

 

Now you have entered the commands for raising the Z

 

axis to the upper limit, then moving the spindle out of

 

the way. Next, the input screen for the tenth step appears.

14

Turn the dial to make the display change to [10

 

SP OFF]. Press

.

 

Now you have entered the command for stopping rotation of the spindle. The input screen for the eleventh step then appears, but the procedure is finished. The final step must always be [22 FINISH].

4:

8 CUT-3 3

X

2000

Y

1000

Z

-20

8000RPM

 

 

 

 

5:

8 CUT-3 15

X

7000

Y

1000

Z

-20

8000RPM

 

 

 

 

6:

8 CUT-3 15

9:

3 MOVE-ZM

X

2000

Y 40700

Z

4128

8000RPM

 

 

 

10:

< 10 SP OFF >

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Step 3 Save the Sequence

Next, you save the sequence you have created.

Procedure for Saving a Sequence

Press and hold

for a short while (1 sec-

 

Save Sequence ?

 

1 ond or longer). Press

.

 

 

 

Y

es

No

Cancel

This quits the sequence editing screen and displays the

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

screen for saving a sequence.

2

Assign a file name. Press

to move the

 

blinking cursor. Turn the dial to select a char-

 

acter, then press

to move to the next

 

character.

 

 

You can repeat this to assign a file name of up to eight characters.

3 Press.

The sequence is saved and the machine returns to the teaching menu.

Select File

Int. TEST

Step 4 Execute the Sequence

Let's try executing the sequence you created. First, to verify the operation, let's execute it without installing a cutter or loading a workpiece.

Procedure for Executing a Sequence

1

Press

several times to display the screen

 

shown at right, then move the blinking cursor

 

to [TEACHING]. Press

. Move the blink-

 

ing cursor to [RUN], then press

.

2

Call up the saved sequence. Turn the dial to

 

select it. Let's try selecting the [TEST] you cre-

 

ated earlier.

 

3

Press

.

 

Operation starts. The screen successively displays the

commands being executing.

I/O OTHERS

TEACHING SELF

 

 

 

 

 

R

UN

DELETE

 

EDIT

SETTING

 

 

 

 

Select File

Int. TEST

The [Int.] to the left of the file name means the sequence has been saved in the built-in memory. Sequences saved on a memory card are displayed with [Ext.].

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5-3. Correcting a Sequence

If You Make a Mistake in Input

You can go back to a previous step and revise it at any time if you discover an input error when creating a sequence. You can also insert steps and delete single steps.

Correcting a Previous Step

1

Press

to move the blinking cursor to the

 

step number.

 

2

Turn the dial to display the step you want to

 

revise.

 

 

3

Press

to move the blinking cursor to the

 

line below. Follow the same procedure as for

 

entering new commands. You can also change

 

the values of commands. When you've finished

 

making the revisions, press

.

4

Press

to move the blinking cursor to the

 

step number. Turn the dial to move to the final

 

step. Press

to move the blinking cursor

 

to the line below, then resume normal input op-

 

erations.

 

 

11:

< 22 FINISH >

5:

< 8 CUT-3 78 >

5:

8 CUT-3 15

Change

Change

a command

a value

11:

< 22 FINISH >

Inserting a Step

1

Press

to move the blinking cursor to the

 

step number.

 

2

Turn the dial to move to the location where you

 

want to insert.

 

 

The new step is inserted just before the displayed step.

3

Press

to move the blinking cursor to the

 

line below. Turn the dial to display [INSERT

 

NEW STEP]. Press

.

The new step is inserted. Turn the dial to select the command you want. This is initially set to the [23 DO NOTHING] command.

11:

< 22 FINISH >

9:

< 10 SP OFF >

9:

INSERT NEW STEP

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5-3. Correcting a Sequence

Deleting a Step

1

Press

to move the blinking cursor to the

 

step number.

 

2

Turn the dial to display the step you want to

 

delete.

 

 

3

Press

to move the blinking cursor to the

 

line below. Turn the dial to display [DELETE

 

THIS STEP]. Press

.

The step is deleted.

11:

< 22 FINISH >

9:

< 15 BREAK >

9:

DELETE THIS STEP

You cannot delete the last step. Every sequence must have at least one [FINISH] command.

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5-3. Correcting a Sequence

Revising a Saved Sequence

You can call up a saved sequence, revise it, and save it again.

Calling Up and Revising a Sequence

1

Press

several times to display the screen

 

shown at right, then move the blinking cursor

 

to [TEACHING]. Press

. Move the blink-

 

ing cursor to [EDIT], then press

.

I/O OTHERS TEACHING SELF

2

Press

to move the blinking cursor

 

to [No]. Press

 

.

3

Turn the dial to choose the sequence you want

 

to revise. Press

.

The sequence editing screen appears.

The [Int.] to the left of the file name means the sequence has been saved in the built-in memory. Sequences saved on a memory card are displayed with [Ext.].

4

Use the same procedure described earlier in

 

"If You Make a Mistake in Input" to revise the

sequence.

 

RUN

DELETE

 

E

DIT

SETTING

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edit

New File ?

 

Yes

 

N

o

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Select File

 

 

I

nt.

TEST

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5

Press and hold

for a short while (1 sec-

 

ond or longer), then press

.

6

Turn the dial to choose the file to overwrite, then

 

press

.

 

 

7

Make sure that it's okay to overwrite, then

 

press

.

 

 

 

If you want to cancel the save and overwrite operation,

 

use

to move the blinking cursor to [No],

 

then press

.

 

 

Save Sequence ?

 

Yes

No

Cancel

Select File

Int. TEST

 

OverWrite

File ?

 

Y

es

No

 

 

 

 

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5-4. Detailed Description of the Sequence Editing Screen

This section describes the button operations of the [EDIT] menu in detail, and also explains other practical functions.

Screen Layout and Button Operations

Basic Layout of the Sequence Editing Screen

Step number

This shows the number of the step. You can input up to 1,000 steps per sequence.

Label name

You can assign names to steps as required. These names are called "labels." Labels are used with commands such as [JUMP] and [CALL].

2:LABEL

<10 SP ON 200 >

Command

This is the instruction for operation. When you select a command, the angled brackets ("< >") disappear. Pressing to confirm it and finish input makes the angled brackets appear.

Value

A command may have one or more values. There are also commands that have separate, detailed screens that let you specify even more values.

Main Functions of the Control Buttons

These are some typical functions of the buttons you use for operation. Depending on the command you select, the buttons may also have special functions. For more information about the button operations for each corresponding, see "List of Commands" on p.87.

These move the blinking cursor.

This is used to increase or decrease the value or to select the command at the location of Dial the blinking cursor. Turning the dial while holding down increases or decreases

the value by 100 units at a time.

Pressing this while a step number is displayed changes the screen to the coordinate view. While at this screen, you can move the spindle head and rotate the spindle with the same button operations as when you're at the top screen. You also use this at times such as when you want to verify the position of the spindle head while you're creating a sequence.

Also, holding it down for a short while (one second or longer) ends sequence creation. Pressing this at any other screen cancels input.

This enables what you have input. You also use it to go to a detailed screen, depending on the command.

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5-4. Detailed Description of the Sequence Editing Screen

Setting a Label

A label is used to specify the jump destination for [JUMP], [J], [CALL], and [C] commands. When you use any of these commands, you must be sure to assign a label. If you try to save a sequence without assigning a required label, the machine displays [INPUT LABEL NAME], then returns to the sequence editing screen.

Setting a Label

1

At the sequence editing screen, display the step

 

where you want to assign a label.

2

Use

to move the blinking cursor to the

 

location shown in the figure.

3

Turn the dial to select a character, then press

 

 

to move to the next character. You can

 

assign a label name of up to five characters by

 

repeating this operation.

4

Press

.

2:

<10 SP ON 200 >

2:

<10 SP ON 200 >

2:LABEL

10 SP ON 200

2:LABEL

<10 SP ON 200 >

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5-5. Detailed Information on Saving a Sequence

Destinations for Saving Sequences

You can save sequences either in the machine's built-in memory or on a memory card. You can save up to ten sequences in the built-in memory. The number you can save on a memory card varies according to the card's capacity. Note that the maximum is 512.

Specify either the built-in memory or a memory card for saving or calling up a file. A file displayed with [Int.] is in the machine's built-in memory, and one displayed with [Ext.] is on a memory card.

When saving a file, if you want to save it as a new file with a different name, select [new file], then enter the file name. If you want to save it by overwriting the existing file, select the name of the existing file. When you do this, a prompt is displayed to confirm that you want to overwrite the file.

 

Select File

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Int. new file

 

 

Int.

new file .................................. Saving as a new file

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Built-in memory

 

Int. File name 1

 

...................... Saving by overwriting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Int.

File name 2

 

the existing file

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ext. new file ................................. Saving as a new file

...............Memory card

Ext. File name 1

 

...................... Saving by overwriting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ext.

File name 2

 

the existing file

 

 

 

Dial

OverWrite

File ?

A prompt to confirm overwriting is displayed.

 

Yes

No

 

 

 

 

There may be a slight delay of several seconds to several dozen seconds until the file-

Now Processing...

selection screen appears. During this time, do not try to remove the memory card or

 

switch off the power.

 

 

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5-5. Detailed Information on Saving a Sequence

Backing Up a Sequence

You can back up sequence saved in the machine's built-in memory to a memory card. Back up important data to a memory card.

Backing Up from the Built-in Memory to a Memory Card

1 Insert a memory card into the machine's memory-card slot.

2

Press

several times to display the screen

 

shown at right, then move the blinking cursor

 

to [TEACHING]. Press

. Move the blink-

 

ing cursor to [EDIT], then press

.

I/O OTHERS TEACHING SELF

3

Press

to move the blinking cursor to [No].

 

Press

.

 

 

4

Turn the dial to select a sequence saved in the

 

built-in memory. Press

.

 

 

The sequence editing screen appears.

 

5

Press and hold

for a short while (1 sec-

 

ond or longer), then press

. Turn the dial

to select the memory card as the destination for saving. Also, assign a file name here.

6 Press.

A backup copy of the sequence is saved on the memory card.

 

RUN

DELETE

 

E

DIT

SETTING

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edit New File ?

 

Yes

 

 

 

N

o

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Select

File

 

Int.

TEST

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Select

File

 

Ext.

new file

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Select

File

 

Ext.

BACKU

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5-5. Detailed Information on Saving a Sequence

Deleting a Sequence

You can delete saved sequences.

Deleting a Sequence

1

Press

several times to display the screen

 

shown at right, then move the blinking cursor

 

to [TEACHING]. Press

. Move the blink-

 

ing cursor to [DELETE], then press

.

I/O OTHERS TEACHING SELF

2

Turn the dial to choose the sequence you want

 

to delete. Press

.

3

Move the blinking cursor to [Yes], then

 

press

.

 

The sequence you selected is deleted.

RUN

D

ELETE

EDIT

SETTING

Select File

Int. TEST

Are You Sure?

 

Yes

No

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Cutting Positions Used with the Teaching Feature

The origin points used with the teaching feature are basically the same as the ones used when you perform cutting with a computer. That is, the cutting position is based on the home position and Z0 position (workpiece origin) set with the machine. The coordinates for movement destinations specified by commands such as [MOVE-ZM] and [CUT 3] are all workpiece coordinates.

About Workpiece Coordinates

See p.102 "Coordinate Systems and Origin Points"

Optional Origins

In addition to the workpiece origin point there is a special origin point used only with the teaching feature. This is called the "optional origin." Choosing an optional origin with the [SEL ORG] command makes the cutting position change, and operations thereafter use the optional origin as the reference point.

You need to register an optional origin ahead of time. You can register up to 99, from No. 2 to No. 100.

One important matter about optional origins that you need to give attention to is that the position of an optional origin is determined using the workpiece origin point as the reference point. If you change the home position or the Z0 position, the location of the optional origin also changes accordingly. This means that you can modify the locations of all 99 optional origins at once.

Registering an Optional Origin

1

Press

several times to display the screen

 

shown at right, then move the blinking cursor

 

to [TEACHING]. Press

. Move the blink-

 

ing cursor to [SETTING], then press

.

2

Turn the dial to choose the number for the op-

 

tional origin you want to register. Press

.

The screen changes to the coordinate view. These are relative coordinates (workpiece coordinates) that are referenced to the home position and Z0 position.

You can check the coordinate values of the registered optional origins at this time by pressinginstead of. To go back to the original screen, press. When nothing has been registered, the display shows (X 0, Y 0, Z 0). That is, it is the same as the location of the workpiece origin point.

I/O OTHERS TEACHING SELF

RUN

DELETE

EDIT

S

ETTING

 

 

 

OPTIONAL ORIGIN

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3

Use

 

 

to

 

move the X, Y, and Z axes to the location you

 

want to make the optional origin. Press

.

 

This registers a single optional origin. To cancel and re-

 

turn, press

instead of

.

 

4

Repeat steps 2 and 3 as to register a second

 

and third optional origin. When you're done,

 

press

several times to go back to the top

 

screen.

 

 

 

X 3000 Y 4000 Z -15 8000RPM

I Level and R Level

These are special points used for positioning the Z axis. You use them only with the teaching feature. They are used with the [MOVE-ZI], [CUT-ZM], and [CUT-ZI] commands. When you use any of these commands, you need to register the I level and R level in advance.

The I level and the R level both take the Z0 position as their reference point. If the Z0 position changes, the locations of the I level and R level also change accordingly. Also, selecting an optional origin in a sequence using the [SEL ORG] command makes the I level and R level change to locations that reference the selected optional origin.

Using these makes it simple to change such things as the distance for operating the Z axis at the highest speed, and lets you make fine adjustments to perform operations with less wasted effort. This can help make for efficient cutting as a result.

Registering the I Level and R Level

1

Press

several times to display the screen

 

shown at right, then move the blinking cursor

 

to [TEACHING]. Press

. Move the blink-

 

ing cursor to [SETTING], then press

.

2 Press several times to display the screen shown at right. Move the blinking cursor to either [I LEVEL] or [R LEVEL], then use

to raise or lower the value.

This value indicates the number of steps above (positive value) or below (negative value) the Z0 position. As with coordinate values, one step is 0.01 mm.

3 Press .

The I level and R level locations are registered.

I/O OTHERS TEACHING SELF

RUN

 

 

DELETE

 

EDIT

 

 

 

S

ETTING

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I LEVEL

 

 

R LEVEL

<

0

>

<

0 >

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This section describes in detail all the commands you can use with the teaching feature. Refer to this section when you want detailed information about how to screen a command, including screen displays and button operations.

1 MOVE-LIMIT

Function This moves the spindle head to the machine origin point.

Value None

This moves the spindle at the highest speed. It raises the spindle to the upper limit, then moves it to the location all the way at the front-left of the table. This command has no function for rotating or stopping the spindle.

2 MOVE-ORG

Function This moves the spindle head to the home position.

Value None

This moves the spindle at the highest speed. It first raises the spindle to the upper limit. Then it moves to the home position (the workpiece origin point for the X and Y axes). (When an optional origin has been selected using the [SEL ORG] command, however, the X and Y axes move to that position.) This command has no function for rotating or stopping the spindle.

3 MOVE-ZM

Function This moves the spindle head to the specified X, Y, and Z coordinates.

Value X, Y, and Z coordinates for the movement destination

Basic Screen

 

Detail Screen 1

 

1:

 

 

X

1000

 

Y

1000

3 MOVE-ZM

 

Z

-500

 

8000RPM

 

 

to cancel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Detail Screen 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

1000

 

Y

1000

 

 

 

Z

-500

 

 

Dest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This moves the spindle at the highest speed. The operation is as follows.

1.Move the Z axis to the upper limit.

2.Move to the specified X and Y coordinates.

3.Move to the specified Z coordinate.

This command has no function for rotating or stopping the spindle.

Detail Screen 1

Specify the X, Y, and Z coordinates for the movement destination. At this screen you can use button operations to move or rotate the spindle. You can decide on the movement destination as you verify the on-screen coordinate values and the actual position. To set the present location of the spindle as the movement destination, press the [ENTER/PAUSE] button. To cancel and return, press the [MENU] button.

Detail Screen 2

This displays the X, Y, and Z coordinates of the set movement destination. Use this screen to verify the settings.

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4 MOVE-ZI

Function This moves the spindle head to the specified X, Y, and Z coordinates (via the I level). Value X, Y, and Z coordinates for the movement destination

Basic Screen

 

Detail Screen 1

 

1:

 

 

X

1000

 

Y

1000

4 MOVE-ZI

 

Z

-500

 

8000RPM

 

 

to cancel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Detail Screen 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

1000

 

Y

1000

 

 

 

Z

-500

 

 

Dest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This moves the spindle at the highest speed. The operation is as follows.

1.Move the Z axis to the height specified for [I LEVEL] at the [SETTING] submenu.

2.Move to the X and Y coordinates specified here.

3.Move to the Z coordinate specified here.

This command has no function for rotating or stopping the spindle.

Detail Screen 1

Specify the X, Y, and Z coordinates for the movement destination. At this screen you can use button operations to move or rotate the spindle. You can decide on the movement destination as you verify the on-screen coordinate values and the actual position. To set the present location of the spindle as the movement destination, press the [ENTER/PAUSE] button. To cancel and return, press the [MENU] button.

Detail Screen 2

This displays the X, Y, and Z coordinates of the set movement destination. Use this screen to verify the settings.

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5 MOVE-3

Function This moves the spindle head to the specified X, Y, and Z coordinates, moving all three axes simultaneously. Value X, Y, and Z coordinates for the movement destination

Basic Screen

 

 

Detail Screen 1

 

1:

 

 

X

1000

 

Y

1000

5 MOVE-3

 

 

Z

-500

 

8000RPM

 

 

to cancel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Detail Screen 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

1000

 

Y

1000

 

 

 

Z

-500

 

 

Dest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This moves the spindle at the highest speed. It moves all three axes simultaneously to the specified X, Y, and Z coordinates. Unlike [MOVE-ZM], it effects linear movement to the specified X, Y, and Z coordinates. This command has no function for rotating or stopping the spindle.

Detail Screen 1

Specify the X, Y, and Z coordinates for the movement destination. At this screen you can use button operations to move or rotate the spindle. You can decide on the movement destination as you verify the on-screen coordinate values and the actual position. To set the present location of the spindle as the movement destination, press the [ENTER/PAUSE] button. To cancel and return, press the [MENU] button.

Detail Screen 2

This displays the X, Y, and Z coordinates of the set movement destination. Use this screen to verify the settings.

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6 CUT-ZM

Function This moves the spindle head to the specified X, Y, and Z coordinates (at the specified feed rate and via the R level). Value Z-axis feed rate (0 to 50 mm/s)

Value X, Y, and Z coordinates for the movement destination

Basic Screen

 

 

 

Detail Screen 1

 

1:

50

 

X

1000

 

Y

1000

6 CUT-ZM

to cancel

Z

-500

 

8000RPM

 

 

 

Detail Screen 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

1000

 

Y

1000

 

 

 

 

Z

-500

 

 

Dest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This moves the spindle. The operation is as follows.

1.Move at the highest speed to the upper limit of the Z axis.

2.Move at the highest speed to the X and Y coordinates specified here.

3.Move the Z axis at the highest speed to the height specified for [R LEVEL] at the [SETTING] submenu.

4.Move at the specified speed to the Z coordinate specified here.

This command has no function for rotating or stopping the spindle.

Basic Screen

Specify the Z-axis feed rate to use when moving from the R level to the specified Z-axis coordinate. Specifying [0] sets a speed of 0.5 mm/s. After you input the speed, press the [ENTER/PAUSE] button to go to the settings at Detail Screen 1.

Detail Screen 1

Specify the X, Y, and Z coordinates for the movement destination. At this screen you can use button operations to move or rotate the spindle. You can decide on the movement destination as you verify the on-screen coordinate values and the actual position. To set the present location of the spindle as the movement destination, press the [ENTER/PAUSE] button. To cancel and return, press the [MENU] button.

Detail Screen 2

This displays the X, Y, and Z coordinates of the set movement destination. Use this screen to verify the settings.

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7 CUT-ZI

Function This moves the spindle head to the specified X, Y, and Z coordinates (at the specified feed rate, and via the I and R levels).

Value Z-axis feed rate (0 to 50 mm/s)

Value X, Y, and Z coordinates for the movement destination

Basic Screen

 

Detail Screen 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1:

50

 

X

1000

 

Y

1000

7 CUT-ZI

to cancel

Z

-500

 

8000RPM

 

 

 

Detail Screen 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

1000

 

Y

1000

 

 

 

 

Z

-500

 

 

Dest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This moves the spindle. The operation is as follows.

1.Move the Z axis at the highest speed to the height specified for [I LEVEL] at the [SETTING] submenu.

2.Move at the highest speed to the X and Y coordinates specified here.

3.Move the Z axis at the highest speed to the height specified for [R LEVEL] at the [SETTING] submenu.

4.Move at the specified speed to the Z coordinate specified here.

This command has no function for rotating or stopping the spindle.

Basic Screen

Specify the Z-axis feed rate to use when moving from the R level to the specified Z-axis coordinate. Specifying [0] sets a speed of 0.5 mm/s. After you input the speed, press the [ENTER/PAUSE] button to go to the settings at Detail Screen 1.

Detail Screen 1

Specify the X, Y, and Z coordinates for the movement destination. At this screen you can use button operations to move or rotate the spindle. You can decide on the movement destination as you verify the on-screen coordinate values and the actual position. To set the present location of the spindle as the movement destination, press the [ENTER/PAUSE] button. To cancel and return, press the [MENU] button.

Detail Screen 2

This displays the X, Y, and Z coordinates of the set movement destination. Use this screen to verify the settings.

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8 CUT-3

Function This moves the spindle head to the specified X, Y, and Z coordinates, moving all three axes simultaneously (at the specified feed rate).

Value Feed rate (0 to 50 mm/s)

Value X, Y, and Z coordinates for the movement destination

Basic Screen

 

Basic Screen

 

 

1:

50

 

X

1000

 

Y

1000

8 CUT-3

to cancel

Z

-500

 

8000RPM

 

 

 

Basic Screen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

1000

 

Y

1000

 

 

 

 

Z

-500

 

 

Dest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This moves the spindle at the specified feed rate. It moves all three axes simultaneously to the specified X, Y, and Z coordinates. Unlike [CUT-ZM] and [CUT-ZI], it effects linear movement to the specified X, Y, and Z coordinates. This command has no function for rotating or stopping the spindle.

Basic Screen

Specify the feed rate. Specifying [0] sets a speed of 0.5 mm/s. After you input the speed, press the [ENTER/PAUSE] button to go to the settings at Detail Screen 1.

Detail Screen 1

Specify the X, Y, and Z coordinates for the movement destination. At this screen you can use button operations to move or rotate the spindle. You can decide on the movement destination as you verify the on-screen coordinate values and the actual position. To set the present location of the spindle as the movement destination, press the [ENTER/PAUSE] button. To cancel and return, press the [MENU] button.

Detail Screen 2

This displays the X, Y, and Z coordinates of the set movement destination. Use this screen to verify the settings.

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9 ARC

Function This moves the spindle head in an arc.

Value Relative location from the start point to the center of the circle (X and Y coordinates) Value Angle from the arc start point to end point (-360 to 360 deg.)

Value Resolution (0 to 120 deg.) Value Feed rate (0 to 50 mm/s)

Basic Screen

 

 

 

 

 

1:

 

 

 

 

9 ARC

 

 

 

 

Detail Screen 1

 

 

 

 

RELATIVE CENTER

to cancel

X

Center

X

500

Y

500

 

End point

 

 

 

 

 

Detail Screen 2

 

 

Y

Angle

 

 

 

SET ANGLE

90

to cancel

 

 

 

--->

 

Start point

 

Detail Screen 3

 

 

 

 

SET TOLERANCE

to cancel

 

 

 

--->

5

 

 

 

Detail Screen 4

 

 

 

 

SET SPEED

20

to cancel

 

 

 

--->

 

 

 

This moves from the present location in an arc of the specified angle. Arc movement is possible only on the X and Y plane.

Detail Screen 1

Specify the center of the circle. Specify relative coordinates from the present location, which is the start point. Note that these are not coordinates referenced to the workpiece origin point. To go to Detail Screen 2, press the [ENTER/PAUSE] button. To cancel and return, press the [MENU] button.

Detail Screen 2

Specify the angle from the start point to the end point. The direction of turning is determined by whether the value is positive or negative. A positive value yields counterclockwise turning and a negative value yields clockwise turning. To go to Detail Screen 3, press the [ENTER/PAUSE] button. To cancel and return, press the [MENU] button.

Detail Screen 3

Specify the resolution (smoothness) of the arc. Smaller values result in greater smoothness, but the apparent feed rate becomes slower. Specifying [0] sets the machine's highest resolution. To go to Detail Screen 4, press the [ENTER/ PAUSE] button. To cancel and return, press the [MENU] button.

Detail Screen 4

Specify the feed rate. Specifying [0] sets a speed of 0.5 mm/s. To finish setting the value, press the [ENTER/PAUSE] button. To cancel and return, press the [MENU] button.

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10 SP

Function This makes the settings for rotating or stopping the spindle, and for spindle rotating speed. Value Rotation or no rotation (ON: rotation, OFF: stopped)

Value Spindle rotating speed (80 to 300 x 100 rpm)

1: 10 SP ON 80

This rotates the spindle at the specified spindle rotating speed, or stops rotation of the spindle. Commands to move the spindle, such as [MOVE-ZM] and [CUT-ZM], do not rotate or stop the spindle by themselves. You specify this with the [SP] command. A setting of [80], for example, sets a spindle rotating speed of 8,000 rpm.

11 P

Function This controls the state of the output ports for expansion connector 2.

Value Output-port state (1: High, 0: Low, *: Maintain state)

1:

 

00000000

 

 

11 P 00000000

Output port 1 Output port 8

 

 

 

This command changes the state of the output ports for expansion connector 2. There are eight output port (numbered 1 through 8), and this controls the state (high or low) of each one. [*] means no change in state -- that is, to leave high if high, or to leave low if low.

When you turn on the machine, all output ports are at the low state. When you execute this command to set a certain port high, the port is maintained in that state until you switch off the power. (The state does not revert to low even when sequence execution ends.) If initialization of the port is required, it is useful to insert a command such as [11 P 00000000] at the start or end of the sequence.

For information about the specifications of expansion connector 2, see p.143 "Expansion Connector 2."

12 WAIT

Function This stops sequence execution for the specified interval of time.

Value Wait time (0 to 10,000 ms)

1:

12 WAIT 10000

This pauses sequence execution, waits for the specified time interval, then resumes execution. A setting of [3000], for example, specifies a wait time of 3 seconds.

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13 WAIT KEY

Function This pauses sequence execution and waits until any button is pressed.

Value None

This pauses sequence execution and goes into standby, displaying the following screen. Pressing any button on the operation panel resumes execution.

PUSH ANY KEY <13 WAIT KEY>

14 W

Function This pauses sequence execution and waits until input ports on expansion connector 2 go to the specified state. Value Input-port state (1: High, 0: Low, *: Either)

1:

 

 

00000000

14 W

0000000

Input port 1

Input port 2

 

 

 

This goes into standby while monitoring the state of the input ports on expansion connector 2, and resumes execution when the specified state occurs. Standby continues until all eight input ports go to the specified state (high or low). [*] indicates that the state may be either high or low.

For information about the specifications of expansion connector 2, see p.143 "Expansion Connector 2."

15 BREAK

Function This pauses sequence execution and waits until any button is pressed.

Value None

This pauses sequence execution, displaying the following screen while in standby. Pressing any button on the operation panel resumes execution.

PUSH ANY KEY <15 BREAK>

This command is available only when [BREAK POINT] at the [SETTING] submenu is set to [ENABLE]. When this is set to [DISABLE], the machine does not go into standby or display this screen. This point is different from the [WAIT KEY] command.

16 JUMP

Function

This jumps to the specified label.

Value

Label name

1:

16 JUMP Label name

This vary changes the order of step execution. Execution does not proceed to the next step, but instead jumps to the step to which the specified label name has been assigned.

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17 J

Function

This jumps to the specified label when an input port on expansion connector 2 is at the specified state.

Value

Label name

Value

Input port number (1 through 8)

Value

Input-port state (1: High, 0: Low)

17 J Label name 10

This checks the state of an input port on expansion connector 2, then either executes a jump if the input port is at the specified state or proceeds to the following step if not at the specified state. This checks one of the eight input ports and determines whether it is at the specified state (high or low).

For information about the specifications of expansion connector 2, see p.143 "Expansion Connector 2."

18 CALL

Function

This jumps to the specified label, then returns to the original step.

Value

Label name

1: 18 CALL Label name

This jumps to the step to which the specified label name has been assigned. When a [RETURN] command is encountered thereafter, execution returns to the step where the jump occurred and resumes with the following step. This is uses to call a subroutine. You cannot call a second subroutine from within a first one (that is, nested subroutines are not permitted).

19 C

Function

This calls the specified label when an input port on expansion connector 2 is at the specified state.

Value

Label name

Value

Input port number (1 through 8)

Value

Input-port state (1: High, 0: Low)

19 C Label name 10

This checks the state of an input port on expansion connector 2, then either executes a call if the input port is at the specified state or proceeds to the following step if not at the specified state. This checks one of the eight input ports and determines whether it is at the specified state (high or low).

For information about the specifications of expansion connector 2, see p.143 "Expansion Connector 2."

20 RETURN

Function This signals the end of a subroutine called using a [CALL] or [C] command.

Value None

This is used in conjunction with the [CALL] or [C] command. When a [RETURN] command is executed after a jump made using these commands, execution returns to the step where the jump occurred. Nothing happens if this command is executed before a jump has been performed.

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