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    Header vs Setup Sheet

    I posted this in business practices, but didn't get any responses, hopefully this section has more traffic and I get more luck.

    Simple question, what is the difference between a setup sheet and a gcode header?

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    Re: Header vs Setup Sheet

    A setup sheet is a document with information about the project and machining operations.

    https://www.cnccookbook.com/art-setup-sheet/

    The G-Code header is the block of codes at the beginning of a g-code program that sets the required modes on the machine.
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    Re: Header vs Setup Sheet

    I see, thanks Gerry.

    I think I get it now. A gcode header basically points to the correct setup sheet.

    I actually read another article on cnccookbooks that confused me:

    https://www.cnccookbook.com/g-code-b...ucture-blocks/

    But reviewing it again:

    "– Program file name.

    – Program author

    – Version date

    – Modification history–a line for each version telling what changed, who made the changes, and the date.

    – Machine and control the program is intended for

    – Units: inches or mm

    – Setup information: What stock material is expected, what size, etc.?

    – Work Coordinates: What’s expected by way of work coordinates? Where is Part Zero?

    – Customer info: Job shops will want information about what customer and job # the program is part of."

    There isn't as much overlap as I remembered after all. I think it's the stock material, work coordinates/where is part zero lines that really threw me off.

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    Re: Header vs Setup Sheet

    A gcode header basically points to the correct setup sheet.
    I guess it could, but it doesn't have to contain any information that's in the setup sheet.


    A setup sheet is basically an instruction sheet for machining your part.

    You can add comments to the g-code with the same info, but it's not required.
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    Re: Header vs Setup Sheet

    Yep gocha. I just like Bob's way of putting it "A CAD File, CAM File, G-Code File, and a Setup Sheet might be all we need to fully document a program if there’s enough meat captured by the Setup Sheet." So going off this, I just wanted to make sure each component complemented each other, didn't contain redundant information and all 4 components were generated.

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