PartMaker Manual – Config Post User Guide & Video

Introduction to ConfigPost
The process of generating an NC Program for a specific CNC machine is called Post Processing.
Many CAM systems generate what is known as a CL file (Cutter Location file). Such CAM systems convert this CL file into a G-code program for a selected CNC machine by running a collection of computer programs called “Post Processors”.
PartMaker bypasses the intermediate step of generating CL-Data; it generates CNC programs when the user chooses the “
Generate NC Program” command from PartMaker’s Job Optimizer menu. Since formats of CNC programs vary from machine to machine PartMaker needs to know the program format structure for every specific machine.
The CNC machine specific program structure is described using the ConfigPost application and its description is stored in a file that the ConfigPost application produces. Such a file is called “
Post Processor Configuration File“, usually abbreviated as “Post Config File“, “Post Processor“, or most commonly, to “Post File“.

Two Types of ConfigPost/Pro: Basic and Advanced
There are two types of ConfigPost/Pro: ConfigPost/Pro Basic and ConfigPost/Pro Advanced. Both types will support the ‘Config-by-Click’ feature. The PartMaker CAM modules that they support are described below.
The ConfigPost/Pro Basic is required to create Post files for the following PartMaker applications:
PartMaker/Mill without 4-axis and 5-axis options
The ConfigPost/Pro Advanced is required to create Post files for the following PartMaker applications:
PartMaker/Mill with 4-axis and 5-axis options

Using Reserved Words in ConfigPost
A reserved word is a symbol that represents a numeric value, a string (a sequence of alphanumeric characters such as MO4), a logical variable, or a conditional statement in a part program.
You define reserved words in program formats (Linear Move, for example) by enclosing each word with angular brackets (< >).
For example,
<tool-offset> identifies a tool offset number used in the PartMaker Tools dialog. Additional ASCII characters used in program formats such as X, Y, Z,and F specify the letter for each word address.

ConfigPost Advanced Features
Assigning Values to Reserved Words
Reserved words’ values are assigned when PartMaker generates an NC program,i.e., reserved words in the Post file are substituted by their corresponding values and machine tool codes (called G and M codes) from the Process Table. ConfigPost also allows you to assign values to reserved words within the Post file itself.
Reserved words can be assigned values in any of ConfigPost’s program formats as shown below:
~<reserved word being assigned>VALUE BEING ASSIGNED<eob>
The example below shows how to set the reserved word <tool-num> to 10:
Another example shows how to assign a value of one reserved word to another:

ConfigPost for Turn-Mill and SwissCAM
Using ConfigPost for PartMaker/Turn-Mill and PartMaker/SwissCAM
Turn-Mill Centers and Swiss type lathes are capable of producing parts with greater precision at lower cost than other CNC machines because they eliminate the need for human intervention between turning and milling operations. A complex part can be completely manufactured on one machine, with only one setup.
These machines perform a full set of lathe operations: facing, turning, grooving and threading while also being able to mill and drill holes on different surfaces. Multiple turrets and dual spindles further increase the machines’ productivity and complexity.
ConfigPost for PartMaker/Turn-Mill and ConfigPost for PartMaker/SwissCAM tool station has been structured to handle this increased complexity by incorporating programming formats for both Milling and Turning. Users of ConfigPost for PartMaker/Turn-Mill and PartMaker/SwissCAM will notice both the Configure Mill and Configure Turn menus are enabled when in this application. ConfigPost for Turn-Mill and SwissCAM can also handle configuration of all Milling and Turning post configuration files supported by PartMaker.


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