Personally I would just save out two files and keep your tool number as #1.
OLD: Bad things happen when you try to set tool offsets and the mess with that AvidCNC touch-off plate.
NEW: If you do not have an ATC and you are manually changing your tools, you do not achieve anything by having a multi-tooled g-code file to run. If you use anything other that #1 tool in your files then you run the risk of invoking the Mach4’s Tool Table offsets and getting less than desirable results if the data is incorrect or not accurate. Proceed with caution.
The standard Avid setup is to stop for manual tool change. The only reason I can think of why it wouldn’t stop at the T1 M6 is if it thought tool #1 was already in the spindle. In that case, the tool number would have been shown as 1 in Mach 4.
I’m thrown off by the lack of spaces in the G-code. Have you run a program with a tool change before, and are you using the Avid post-processor?
I’m not familiar with the Vectric tool configuration, but the G-code is what ultimately matters.
Yes I did run it before when the machine was newer and it did stop for tool changes.
yes I am running avid post processor.
This last job it ran all the way till the end. no stopping for the tool change.
I will try out a new file with multiple tool changes and see what it does.
funny thing is when I do the other file which is the chamfer tool path Mach4 go to do the toolchange so I have to press resume…
the 2 last updates I made was…my screenset to the Jn woodworks.
and updated the Ess to a newer version for the laser add ons.
I struggled with the the exact same thing for quite a while. After several conversions with other members of the community and Avid support it came down to a permissions problem in Windows. It seems the Variable for the current tool in use wasn’t being written correctly - hence being ignored as correct. After reinstalling Windows many times and struggling for countless hours trouble shooting computer hardware I decided to replace my computer I have never had the issue again. I bought a Intel i9 NUC with 32gb ram and it is flawless. Maybe your are experiencing a similar hardware/Windows issue like I was.
To abakker… where do I change this is this is the case?
I hope its not the computer not I do not have anything to replace it with for now.
The machine works good.
Today I did another test. ran an air pass. first bit #1
…90 degree chamfer and 2nd bit #2 1/4 upcut.
It started did the v carve pass when it came to M5 on the gcode the spindle slowed down…so I thought it is going to work then the spindle ramped speed again and continue to cut which was suposed to be the other bit.
just for testing purposes I have changed the bit number to #44 in vcarve try it out again
on the mach4 pic attached it shows that the currect and selected tools are the same…
That’s strange. Can you post the entire gcode? You can cut out the actual moves if you don’t want anyone to copy your design, but leave in all the headers and stuff before/after tool changes. Mach4 isn’t sentient and doesn’t just decide to ignore some commands for no reason.
Sometimes the reasons aren’t great, but there’s always a reason!