Additive and subtractive tools are not designed to be concentric - this means there is a significant X and Y offset value necessary for Hybrid operations. For additive-only or subtractive-only the effect is less significant, but it is still important to apply accurate tool offsets to produce high-quality parts.
The H-Series includes a Renishaw-style probe, which is capable of probing in any direction, not just vertically. This means you can print or mill a cavity centered at (0,0) in the slicer or CAM software, then use the probe to find the physical center of the printed part, which corresponds to the X,Y offset of the tool. The procedure for this is as follows:
- Print or mill a cavity at (0,0)
- From Machine Control page, select the "Probe" tool
- Jog the machine until the probe tip is fully inside the cavity
- From Offsets page, click "Find Center" for the relevant tool (see below)
- When probing is complete, click "Set Offset"
- The X and Y Tool Offsets should update to the current machine position. The offset can be confirmed by running the mill or print file again, and confirming that the feature is at Machine (0,0)