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What’s New August 2020 – Post Processors Edition

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Looking for the latest post processor updates? Look no further!

 

We are continually working hard to bring you updates and improvements to the many open-source post processors we offer for free, but those updates often get lost in the shuffle of other enhancements or big feature releases. This post aims to update you on newly added or improved post processors, so you can stay up to date on posts you use today or look for new posts so you can get the most out of Fusion 360.

 

New! Newly added posts will be marked new like this.

 

Improved! Recently improved posts will be marked like this.

 

This post will get refreshed with notable updates as they’re released, and you can click each hyperlink to go to the mentioned post. As always, you can find the latest in our post processor offering on the Online Post Library where you can search by vendor, type, or name, and see any recent changes to each post.

 

 

Milling Post Processors

 

New! Added a generic post for RichAuto DSP controllers, which are commonly used for plasma cutting and 3 and 4-axis milling.

 

Updated the name and vendor for the EZ-Trak Conversational post from Bridgeport so it is now easier to find.

 

Added a post for the Mazak VC500 machine. The Mazak VC500 is a 5axis machine with rotary/tilt C on B trunnion setup. Out-of-the-box this post supports full 5 axis positional toolpaths, which should minimize edits to the post processor.

 

mazak post processorts

Image courtesy of Mazak

 

Turning Posts

 

New! We added posts for the Jyoti family of turn-mill machines. Be sure to enter the Tool ID Code in the Product ID of the tool, or leave the field completely empty if not used. The full list includes the Jyoti AX 200-M, Jyoti AX 300-M, Jyoti AX 200-MY, Jyoti AX 300-MSY, Jyoti AX-200 MSY, Jyoti-TMC-200, Jyoti TMC-250, and the Jyoti TMC-350.

 

 

New! We also added a generic post for PlanetCNC Turning, in addition to our generic milling post for them. Make sure to use turret 0 for the Positional Turret, Turret 101 for a quick change tool post (QCTP) on the X- post, Turret 102 for QCTP on the X+ post, Turret 103 for Gang Tooling on the X- Post, and Turret 104 for Gang Tooling on the X+ tool post.

 

The Centroid post for both turning and milling is new to our library. Centroid operates out of Philadelphia, and their controls are often used as retrofits for both commercial and hobbyist applications. They are available as DIY kits or full retrofit packages for a variety of lathes and mills.

 

In addition to the Grbl Milling post, the Grbl Turning post is now available! Grbl is one of our most widely used posts on the milling side, so we’re excited to begin offering turning support as well. Since Grbl posts tend to serve a hobbyist audience, we know that paid customization is not often feasible for most Grbl users. We wrote this blog post on Grbl post processors to help provide some guidance on finding, editing, and using Grbl posts.

 

We made several improvements to the Haas Mill/Turn family of posts. Sub-spindle milling was added as well as a property to define the maximum spindle speed for the sub-spindle. We also added a property to allow XY positioning for axial drilling cycles. Finally, We added a property to use G187 Accuracy Control for milling operations, which can set and control both smoothness and corner rounding values when cutting a part.

 

Here is the full list of Haas Mill/Turn posts that were updated: Haas CL-1, Haas DS-30SSY, Haas DS-30Y, Haas ST-10, Haas ST-10Y, Haas ST-15, Haas ST-20, Haas ST-20SS, Haas ST-20SSY, Haas ST-20Y, Haas ST-25, Haas ST-25Y, Haas ST-30, Haas ST-30SS, Haas ST-30SSY, Haas ST-30Y, Haas ST-35, Haas ST-35Y, and Haas ST-40.

 

To accompany recent turning development in Fusion 360, we made several parallel improvements and additions to our library. The compound threading cycle (G76) is now supported in most of our turning post processors. Check for the “Use simple threading cycle” post property to choose between compound and simple threading cycle (G92). Infeed angle support for the simple threading cycle has also been added where applicable. Use the table below to see which posts processors got which upgrades.

 

Post Name G76 Support G92 Support
Fanuc Turning Yes Yes
GSK CNC Turning Yes Yes
Haas Turning Yes Yes
Mach4 Turning Yes Yes
Mazak Integrex Yes No
Mitsubishi Turning Yes No
proLIGHT Turning No Yes
protoTrack Turning No Yes

 

New posts for the Mazak lathe, Masso lathe controller, CNC New GT series mill/turn, and the Mazak Quick Turn machine family.

 

Masso is a promising alternative to pc-based controllers. The post supports basic turning functionality and is a good solution for both high-end and underlying implementations. Find this post here.

 

masso controller new post processors

Image courtesy of Masso

 

The CNC NEW GT are gang tool lathes that use the GSK 980TDi control. These machines also support milling functionality and a variety of other options. Find this post here.

 

Mazak Quick Turn is one of the most requested post processors, so we are happy to support this entire family of live tooling lathes. This includes the M, the MS, which has the sub spindle added, the MY, which has Y-axis but not a sub spindle, and the MSY, which has Y-axis and a sub spindle. Each post processor supports its respective configuration, the max spindle speed, and Y-axis limits.

 

The full list includes Mazak Quick Turn 100-M, Mazak Quick Turn 200-M, Mazak Quick Turn 250-M, Mazak Quick Turn 350-M, Mazak Quick Turn 400-M, Mazak Quick Turn 450-M, Mazak Quick Turn 100-MY, Mazak Quick Turn 200-MY, Mazak Quick Turn 250-MY, Mazak Quick Turn 350-MY, Mazak Quick Turn 450-MY, Mazak Quick Turn 100-MS, Mazak Quick Turn 200-MS, Mazak Quick Turn 250-MS, Mazak Quick Turn 100-MSY, Mazak Quick Turn 200-MSY, Mazak Quick Turn 250-MSY, and Mazak Quick Turn 350-MSY.

 

 

Probing Post Processors

 

New! Added a results generator for the inspect surface strategy. Posting Inspect Surface toolpaths will generate a measurement result file in the standard MTIL format.

 

Angular probing Renishaw macro (O9843) has been added to all posts that previously supported Renishaw cycles. This allows you to probe walls at an angle where previously only walls that were along the X or Y axes were supported.

 

angled probe post processor

 

3-point bore and boss measurement Renishaw macro (O9823) has been added to all posts that previously supported Renishaw cycles. 3-point measurement allows you to measure partial holes as opposed to a 4-point measurement where this is not possible.

 

Image courtesy of Renishaw, Inc.

 

Simulation Posts

 

New! A cascading post to VERICUT is now available. This post integration allows automatic simulation of generated NC programs in VERICUT.

 

 

Robotics Posts

 

New! An ABB robot post is now available. This is a generic post for ABB robots, so make sure to refer to the User Guide for some specification and samples prior to running your robot. Always be sure to validate in Robot Studio before you load any toolpath onto your ABB robot!

 

Plasma Posts

 

New! We’ve added Masso Plasma to our selection of plasma post processors, in addition to supporting their turning controls. Masso a good option for entry level or higher-end commercial applications.

 

 

Routing Post Processors

 

New! Added a post for Maslow, an open source, upright CNC router kit for cutting 4′ x 8′ sheets of material.

 

New! Added a generic post for the BobsCNC family of router kits.

 

New! Added a generic milling post for PlanetCNC controllers as well as one machine specific post for Mekanika routers with PlanetCNC controllers.

 

New! Added a generic milling post for Estlcam.

 

New! Added a post for the VOLTER ACP Series routers, which are specifically designed for processing composite panels, HPL panels, fiber cement boards, and aluminum sheets.

 

 

Additive Post Processors

 

New! In addition to the posts below, a post for AnyCubic printers is now available for Fused Filament Fabrication. This post will simply export the toolpath in gcode format and should work with any AnyCubic family.

 

 

 

We developed our first additive post processors for Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF). Post processors for the Bresser, XYZprinting, Prusa printer, ANET 3D, Ultimaker 2, Ultimaker 3, Ultimaker S5, and Bigrep One, Studio and Studio G2, and Creality family of printers are now available for download in our online library.

 

dditive post processors added

 

Be sure that you select the printer model in the post properties of the Bigrep post processor to get the correct NC code for your particular printer model. We are excited to add support for these machines in Fusion 360 and look forward to continuing to develop our additive selection.

 

Posts in Development

 

The following post processors are in development, which means they are currently in the testing phase. If you choose to use one of these post processors, you assume all inherent risk in using it, and we ask that you proceed with caution. That being said, if you feel safe doing so and are willing to test any of them and provide feedback, let us know at cam.posts@autodesk.com.

 

  • Siemens-840c Turning
  • SBC
  • OmniTurn
  • EZPath Conversational Turning
  • EvoTech
  • Acramatic 850sx Turning
  • ESAB Plasma
  • NC Studio
  • Gerber
  • Kuka CNC
  • Makino
  • Masterwood
  • Masterxu Conversational
  • Masterxu G-Code
  • DMG CTX 800 Beta Tc
  • Metabeam Meta 4C
  • TurnMaster Pro
  • Philips Turning
  • Mazak Integrex
  • Mitsubishi Laser
  • CNC Router Parts (Avid) Plasma
  • Mazatrol Fusion640M
  • Fanuc Laser
  • isel Iso
  • Matsuura Mx520
  • Power Automation
  • Koike Plasma
  • Vimill
  • Mazak Quickturn
  • Anilam Turning
  • Anilam Crusader Turning
  • Belotti Fanuc
  • Belotti Osai
  • Belotti Siemens-840D
  • Hurco Inspect Surface
  • Biesse Iso
  • D-Electron CNC Z32
  • BCN3D
  • Evotech
  • Milltronics Turning

 

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