There are a number of ways to use the Touch-off Plate. This guide will go through the most basic method, for Z-offsets only. The idea here is that we use the probe to establish the top surface of the touch plate as the Z-zero plane. We then call up each tool and move the machine until the tool tip breaks this plane.
NOTE: Make sure you have the latest DWC files installed (the zip file found here), and upload the attached touchoff_z.g to your machine.
First, attach and connect the touch-off plate.
Mechanical attachment on the print bed is achieved with the outer-most screw positions. (Other holes are for use with other setups such as the dovetail bed or rotary vise). Tighten the screws finger-tight so that the touch-off plate is firmly clamped to the bed.
Connect the 3-pin connector to the mating connector on the back of the base of the machine (behind the X-bellows):
If you plan to leave the cable in place when the touch plate is not in use, make sure you route it along the back of the base casting so that the X-bellows covers do not scrape across it (as shown below). It is not recommended that you leave the touch plate attached to the bed when running the machine, especially during milling cycles. Chips and dust will interfere with proper function of the device.
Confirm that the "E4_STOP" LED is ON, then turns OFF when pushing the pin of the touch-off plate:
In the "Offsets" page, the TouchoffZ button will run the Z-axis down until the touch-off plate is hit (or a maximum of 10mm, whichever comes first).
To get started using the touch plate to set your tool offsets, follow this procedure:
- Call up the Touch Probe (T10)
- Jog the machine in xyz until the probe is centered and approximately 5mm above the touch-off plate stud (Note: when you are in the offsets page, you can bring up the jog interface by clicking "show jog buttons" in the top right corner of the screen)
- Now that the probe is positioned above the touch plate, click TouchoffZ to bring the probe down until it makes contact with the touchplate. The purpose here is to define the location of the touch plate with respect to the probe because all tool offsets are defined in reference to the "probe zero."
- In offsets page, activate an unused Work Coordinate System (59.3 in example) by clicking the button on the right side of the row.
- Adjust the Z offset of this WCS so that the current Z-position of the machine is 0.00 (Note: if you start with a value of zero in the z-offset for this WCS, you can just copy the probed height into the z-offset to get to Z=0.00)
- Jog machine up to a safe height (+50mm) and call up the tool to be calibrated
- Jog machine in xyz so the tool is centered and approximately 5mm above the touch-off plate stud. If additive tool, make sure nozzle is completely clean where it will contact the pin
- Run TouchoffZ probe cycle
- In Offsets page, adjust Z value of the Tool Offset for this tool so that the current Z value of the machine is 0.
- Repeat for any other tools to be set
- Jog to safe height
- Remove touch-off plate
- Return to previous WCS (generally G54)