Both the upgraded predator editor and Virtual CNC can provide cycle time for givin programs.
NOTE: The editor will provide cycle time for any givin program while the Virtual CNC will only give run time for programs produced by BobCAD.
BACKPLOT The editor back plot uses a header, reverse post and machine template file to create a 2D or 3D backplot of the G-code program. These items will need to be set up to the end users specifactions.
CYCLE TIME The cycle / run time is generated by using several factors. First of which is calculated based on the distance the machine travels and the feed rate at which it moves. The other factors that effect the cycle time are things such as tool change time and distance traveled for returning to home. The cycle time for this reason reads / parses the G-code and makes these calculations using two things , a template file and a reverse post. Both the template and reverse post will need to be set up to the end users specifacations.
The machine template controls how the editor reads the G and M codes and identifies things such as tool changes and cutter compensation.
To set up the predator template first launch the editor then EDIT then COPY TEMPLATE choose a new name for the template and choose to copy the template that is closest to your machine type.
(While you can modify the original templates, modify a copy as to not destroy the original template)
Click on EDIT then TEMPLATE choose the new template that was created then follow through each dialouge box making nesasary changes.
SEE VIDEO BELOW ON HOW TO SET UP THE EDITOR TEMPLATES
Reverse Post: The revese post controls things such as how the editor handles canned cycles , by default the editor will handle long coded parts without fail , however is programming using canned cycles the reverse post will need to be configured to read and handle these cycles. By default the cycles that are pre-definded in the editor are basic and "fanuc" style canned cycles.
Attached below is a .PDF manual that explains some of the reverse post functionality.
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