Plasmac Post Processors

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23 Feb 2020 02:44 - 28 Apr 2021 04:34 #158267 by phillc54
This thread is for user donated post processors for CAM software that has no native post processer for QtPlasmaC/PlasmaC.
I'll make this sticky and unlocked and just keep current versions here.
If there are comments or corrections I will delete them after they have been actioned.

Current PP's:
PP creators need to be aware that LinuxCNC does not allows analog/digital input or output while cutter compensation is active.

All work product by the author is provided ​“AS IS”. The Author makes no other warranties, express or implied, and hereby disclaims all implied warranties, including any warranty of merchantability and warranty of fitness for a particular purpose
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02 Mar 2020 22:14 #159042 by docwelch
Replied by docwelch on topic Plasmac Post Processors
Fusion360 post processor for use with PlasmaC. There is also a manual and a test file included.
Please use cautiously at your own risk. It is working for me, but there could still be errors.
Please post any problems or questions over in the existing topic: Fusion360 Post Processor Topic

You will need to remove the .txt extension from the post processor file and the Fusion360 test file.
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03 Apr 2020 12:36 - 03 Apr 2020 12:39 #162574 by taloot
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pronest 2019 post for plasmac
rename to CFF

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08 May 2020 02:24 #167003 by rodw
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I've been speaking to Fastcam who have been in the profile cutting software space for a long time regarding a post processor. They asked me If I could provide:
Working Sample code for your Controller
A Matching drawing for the code (DXF / CAM)
Programming manual, if available
I thought it might be a good idea if we could come up with this test suite and place it here so that it is available for any other requests.
I don't mind designing a part that has every Plasmac feature in it and running it through Sheetcam, but it would also need to be output from Fusion360 which has kerf offset compensated code.

So starting with a square part, can we brainstorm the features that need to be on that part to exercise every feature of Plasmac.s Gcode. eg holecutting, spotting, tool change, feedrate setting, kerf compensation (F360), engraving. What else?

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23 Oct 2020 23:22 #187048 by benbenben
Replied by benbenben on topic Plasmac Post Processors
Also i wanted to share my PP for Solidworks (Camworks). it is basically a copy of phils Sheetcam PP.

Its not fully tested, so always check trough the gcode, for my spotting, marking etc it works. No scribing and it is setup for a metric machiene .

the attached Plasma001.ctl is the compiled PP file. Under your machiene setup in camworks point to this file. The file location should also contain the attached info files with Plasma001_L.rtf,Plasma001_S.rtf, Plasma001.pinf and Plasma001.lng

it might be necessary to compile the PP on your machiene yourself. U need to download the UPG (universal post generator) from the camworks site. You open the source file Plasma001.gpsd in the EC Editor (The UPG wont recognize the file, u cant open it with the UPG). Under the section Library files u change the path to the Plasma001.lib file to the location you have it on your computer, the same for the Master Library file from camworks Mill.Lib.

You save the Plasma001.gpsd file and now in the UPG Program you go to File--> compile source and select the freshly edited Plasma001.gpsd. After sucessful compilation, select it again in your solidworks machiene setup and regenerate the toolpaths.

that should do the trick
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05 May 2021 16:11 #207986 by sm2wmv
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Is there no post for QtPlasmaC and SheetCAM yet? Or is that a straight up PlasmaC PP that is used?

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05 May 2021 16:53 #207991 by tommylight
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sm2wmv wrote: Or is that a straight up PlasmaC PP that is used?

Yes, i think.

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05 May 2021 17:35 #208000 by sm2wmv
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The Sheetcam post processor does not contain kerf-width stuff etc though, which the Fusion 360 post has got.

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05 May 2021 17:48 - 05 May 2021 17:49 #208006 by rodw
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sm2wmv wrote: The Sheetcam post processor does not contain kerf-width stuff etc though, which the Fusion 360 post has got.

Sheetcam outputs kerf compensated code so its not required.

The gcode has not changed between plasmac and qtplasmac so the post has not changed.
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06 May 2021 01:08 #208050 by phillc54
Replied by phillc54 on topic Plasmac Post Processors

sm2wmv wrote: Is there no post for QtPlasmaC and SheetCAM yet? Or is that a straight up PlasmaC PP that is used?

There is no 3rd party SheetCam PP here, there was one but some folk didn't like the way it did spotting so it was removed.

I believe SheetCam has a built in one, I have never used it.

Les from SheetCam is/was working on one that is somewhere in this thread

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