Good point. I drove a twin commanche for several years and I have a little experience with sideways. I’m still here to talk about it. Really hadn’t occured to me how a checklist for a tool change, or program change, could give my adhd a run for its money. Not to mention saving me a few bucks on expensive bits. Gonna get on that.
I used to have a version of Mach where I had a fixed too touch off plate, and modified tool change script that would prompt you to change a tool every time a different tool was called. After you changed the tool it would re-measure the tool from the touch off and keep on cutting.
It was called the “meat tool changer”
It did require some custom scripting, and a re-think of how our version of Mach measures tools, but it did work.
Oh interesting! That’s probably the path I need to go down.
Maybe I’ll reach out to Mach and see if they’ll take mercy and help with the custom script.
Checklist is pretty high on my list too. But I’m a big fan of implementing things that “force” doing it right whenever possible.
It’s interesting to see the “don’t use tool changes” thought that some have. I personally really enjoy the tool change feature in Mach with my avid machine. And I’d end up with like 9 files if I went the 1 file per bit route. So I’ll stick with trying to figure out getting the tool change workflow perfect.