How to flip orientaion?

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  • How to flip orientaion?

    How do you rotate/flip the orientation of an existing program? I'm holding the part in a fixture with the surface of the part facing you in the y+. The part has to go in a new fixture that holds it with the surface of the part facing up in the z+. Basically I need to rotate everything 90 degrees in x-. Thanks in advance.

  • #2
    Just align the fixture, it will take care of it for you, EXCEPT for probe rotations.
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    Originally posted by AndersI
    I've got one from September 2006 (bug ticket) which has finally been fixed in 2013.

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    • #3
      You could make a new alignment recalling your last alignment that looks something like
      Code:
      ALIGNMENT/START, RECALL:***YOUR ALIGNMENT***, LIST=YES
          ALIGNMENT/ROTATE_OFFSET, 90, ABOUT, (either xplus or xminus, depending on your exact situation)
      ALIGNMENT/END

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      • #4
        Change the probe angles in your program to match the new physical part orientation and redo your manual alignment. Part coordinate system and machine coordinate system don't necessarily have to be the same.

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        • #5
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          Ok so i did the offset 90 degree rotation in the alignment which changed the orientation correctly. But what about the machine? As shown in the picture, the probe is at A0B0 which is correct, but it seems like the machine didn't rotate with the part. (if that makes sense).

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          • #6
            All you did is 'rotated' your part alignment. In this case I would 'reorient the machine to the new axis of the part.
            Look at this post:

            https://www.pcdmisforum.com/forum/pc...f-fixture-help

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            • #7
              It will never "look" correct offline anymore when you do this. You will need to change your head angles to the correct new angles. Head angles are basically "dumb" and do not adjust with an rotation change in an alignment. Just as Matt said in the 2nd post.

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              • #8
                I had trouble trying to use the alignment rotation method. Seeing a program flip alignments to incorrect alignments in relation to the machine makes troubleshooting a little harder for me. It was really time consuming too.
                What I've been doing lately is rotating the CAD to the new orientation, copy the code, enter the angle rotation in the "pattern" settings, paste with pattern at the beginning of the program, then delete all of the old code. All you have to do it change the alignment orientations, tip angles, and names if you prefer. I usually just do this in a new program after copying over and rotating the old .cad file. If you do it this way, you must always say "Yes" to the prompt after the alignment changes.
                Once you do it a few times it gets easy, but I'm sure there is an easier way..

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