AGIE 123 is quite different than any other control, and requires that very
specific requirements be met. Please check out this great page for info
on the AGIE's code requirements and quirks.
main purpose of this page is to inform Mastercam users of the nature of
the AGIE control and to further develop the AGIE .GEO+.JOB post
processor. This post processor will output a GEO file as well as its corresponding JOB
Why do we need a JOB file?
don't necessarily need a JOB file, since the operator can create one
from a template, but it makes things much easier and adds power to
Mastercam if one is automatically output. The JOB file controls the
current technology used as well as the, taper, height offset and cutter
compensation direction. Having a JOB file will allow Master cam to
output a file that can have multiple technologies, tapers, heights and
The table bellow lists the options available from the JOB file as per cam-1's page, and what this post aims at supporting.
Job File Functions
|Technology file(s) to be used
||different technologies per pass - (controlled in wire power pass comment)
|Geometry file to be used.
||supports one GEO file
|The taper values if necessary
||Tested. CNC ANG MIR supported also.
|Z heights (H1/bottom, H2/land, H3/top)
||Tested. Multiple sets of height and land values supported.
|Special offsets (negative)
||Not necessary, post uses HOL CCW, HOL CW instead
|Die face up or down / land top or bottom
||fully supported. CNC ANG MIR command also supported.
|Offset direction for contouring
|| Will take master cam left/right CC directions and output them to JOB file.
|Fast Positioning moves in JOB file
||supported currently turned off if downloadable post. User can switch on.
|mirror image rotation.
||not planned - but can be in a transform operation
Instructions on using this post processor:
There are two methods that can be used to program the AGIE with this post processor -
1 - Compensation in the AGIE control
2 - Compensation in Master cam
Method 1 (control compensation):
This is the pickiest method. In order to write a good program, you must
first make sure there are no internal sharps or radiuses smaller than
the radius of the wire being used. The job file will contain the
correct D offset register. The correct overburn need not be specified
in master cam, but if it is it will backplot correctly.
the total offset of any pass must not be more than the wire radius. If
it is, the offset pass will become sharp. This will make a fishtail
motion on the AGIE. Other programs like the antiquated SF CAM, will
automatically make new Geometry with a larger radius! Master cam will
actually do this (add radius in the corners dialog box), but only when
using computer compensation. Se method 2 for a more robust programming
Method 2 (computer compensation):
This is the most versatile method. Traditional AGIE procedures need not
be followed since master cam is doing the compensation! D00 is always
output in the GEO file, and the wire will not compensate to the right
or left. The operator is free to program any way master cam will let
you. The only down side to this method is that the operator will not
see the outline of the final geometry on the control.
Bellow is a timed post processor for Mastercam X4 that will run on any sim. After the time runs out a new updated version will be posted.
please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for any changes or customization that you may require. .
Issues: NONE. This post is now fully functional.