Imaginary Tool Tip and Direction

Classic Control - Lathe Operator's Manual

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It is not easy to determine the center of a tool radius on a lathe. The cutting edges are set when a tool is touched off to record tool geometry. The control calculates where the center of the tool radius is by using the edge information, the tool radius, and the direction the cutter is expected to cut in. The X- and Z-axis geometry offsets intersect at a point, called the Imaginary Tool Tip, that aids in determining the tool tip direction. The Tool Tip Direction is determined by a vector originating from the center of the tool radius and extending to the imaginary tool tip, see the following figures.

The tool tip direction of each tool is coded as a single integer from 0 to 9. The tip direction code is found next to the radius offset on the geometry offsets page. It is recommended that a tip direction be specified for all tools using tool nose compensation. The following figure is a summary of the tip coding scheme along with cutter orientation examples.

note: The tip indicates to the setup person how the programmer intends to measure the tool offset geometry. For example, if the setup sheet shows tip direction 8, the programmer intends the tool geometry to be at the edge of and on the centerline of the tool insert.
Tip Code Tool Center Location 0 No specified direction. 0 is not usually used when Tool Nose Compensation is desired. 1 Direction X+, Z+: Off tool 2 Direction X+, Z-: Off tool 3 Direction X-, Z-: Off tool 4 Direction X-, Z+: Off tool 5 Direction Z+: Tool edge 6 Direction X+: Tool edge 7 Direction Z-: Tool edge 8 Direction X-: Tool edge 9 Same as Tip 0

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