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  1. #85
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    Re: Ezilathe, a useful aid to lathe programming.

    Fantastic! I think the left to right , if it lets us cut left right left right... will be a big help and make it way more productive.

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    Re: Ezilathe, a useful aid to lathe programming.

    Planebuilder - Sorry, it does not do what you wish currently, as it would limit the tool shapes you could use.

    However, if your programs are anything like mine that you cut, by far the greatest time saving is to remove as many non-cutting moves done at feed.
    The major example of this is the tool retract to the safe diameter at the end of the cut. By default done at feed in case of a tool undercutting a shoulder, but can be done at rapid in many cases depending on tool shape and work piece.

    To make this simple, the last two versions uploaded had a new check-box to allow the tool retract at rapid, saves time, but need to know what you are doing.
    More overrides will be added in future versions such as only retracting to minimum dia instead of standard retract to Material dia + Clearance.
    Possibly an override such as your request could be added (it has been noted), but currently my priority is to get all planned features working (and bug free).

    Hope this helps.

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    Re: Ezilathe, a useful aid to lathe programming.

    Stutank. Just found the new video on Youtube, Is this an example of what can be done with the new version, and do you have a release date yet. Looks good, I assume you can do almost anything with this mode, including what Planebuilder was asking for.

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    Re: Ezilathe, a useful aid to lathe programming.

    Yes. The Video reflects what can be done with the new version, and is just 1 of the updates included. This feature was the result of a user request to address a particular requirement. The Polyline Follower does just that, it follows the the polyline 9or polylines) from start to finish, with Rough cuts generated simply by offsetting the polyline in "X" only.
    Other features include Cutting Left to Right, but not an alternating L-R R-L cut (could be fiddled with the above).

    When will it be Finished ? - I do not know at this point, still undecided on some features (Interface issues mainly) and some very persistant but minor bugs.

    Possibly could upload as a beta version, leaving the tried / tested and documented version available.

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    Re: Ezilathe, a useful aid to lathe programming.

    I have just uploaded a new version under Downloads/Post Files/Ezilathe Beta Version called Ezilathe1630.exe. This version has many new features and fixes, but is only partially tested for bugs (takes too long these days).
    Major new features are cut direction and Polyline Follower, all will be covered in a new PDF to be Uploaded soon, but worth a play. Selection of entities is as before (new dialog box however), but note the following

    All modes except Polyline follower
    - Dialog box as before opened using speedbutton between page tabs.
    - Select / Deselect single entities on screen
    - To select Complete Polyline use Dialog box and check in the box beside polyline description.
    - Only allows 1 Polyline to be selected, and will clear any current selections.

    Polyline follower Only
    - Dialog box as before opened using speedbutton between page tabs.
    - To select Complete Polyline use Dialog box and check in the box beside polyline description.
    - Allows Multiple Polylines to be selected, and will not clear any current selections
    - Select / Deselect single entities on screen. (Adds to or Subtracts from Polylines)
    - If only 1 polyline in DXF, Dialog will not show, polyline automatically selected.

    Note Lines / Arcs can be included in Polyline follower, but not recommended as directions are not sorted in other modes. This may not work as expected.

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    Re: Ezilathe, a useful aid to lathe programming.

    It has taken a while, but a new version of Ezilathe has just been posted. The new version has major bug fixes especially to std turn and grooving functions.
    Also a new PDF Manual has been posted.

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    Re: Ezilathe, a useful aid to lathe programming.

    New Version of Ezilathe has just been posted (Ezilathe V1.6.4.4) under Ezilathe Beta Download in the Downloads / Other files section.

    Includes :-
    Many Bug fixes

    Improved Polyline support with new Dialog, Reverse loading, and New Trepanning mode for polylines.
    A Wizard to support 3 axis Lathe (Main Spindle indexing, and milling head) Have a look at YouTube Video "Boxford125 3axis Mach3"

  8. #92
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    Re: Ezilathe, a useful aid to lathe programming.

    Gotta say, I'm really looking forward to being able to use this software - I'm still in the process of planning my CNC conversion, but I've mainly been held up by the lack of decent lathe toolpathing options out there at an acceptable price. Imagine my delight when I see some actively developed software that's at the best price of all

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    Re: Ezilathe, a useful aid to lathe programming.

    GerryG. I hope that Ezilathe works well for you. I still check out other options, but Ezilathe still works the way I want. It probably helps me that if I have a need, I just build it into Ezilathe.


    I note that you have to-date only Downloaded 1 file, You need more at this time.

    The last 2 entries under "post files" are
    1) "Ezilathe" currently V1.6.4.0 complete with all the required files, you need to unzip to C:\Ezilathe, and copy the files from the Sample Imperial or Sample Metric to your C:\Ezilathe directory.
    2) "Ezilathe User Guide" PDF format guide the same as the included help file above.


    After all that, Unzip the "Ezilathe Beta Version" (Ezilathe.Exe Version 1.6.4.4) to the same directory to overwrite the older Ezilathe.exe (Version 1.6.4.0).

    The newer version has seen a lot of work done in the area of bug fixes, but also improved Polyline handling including reverse loading. (Some cad system seem to have a fixed direction for polylines)

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