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Mike Page
10-03-2008, 1:06 PM
The company I work for is looking at buying a thermwood c-40 (used). If they do its going to be dropped in my lap.

Can someone tell me what software this is going to use and possibly send me a sample program so I can see the G code?

I have been writing and editing code for over 10 years, I just need to see a program for the thurmwood, I think its is standard code but not sure.

Thanks

Mike

Michael Kowalczyk
10-03-2008, 7:43 PM
Hey Mike,
Yes it is standard G-code but the controller will do things that others can not. Your best bet is to find out what the serial # is and then call Thermwood's Service dept and give them the #. They can tell you pretty much everything that has been serviced on the CNC and what controller software is on it.

Hope you get the 2 books that come with the CNC. EXTREMELY HELPFUL!!!!!

Do you know what year it is?

What size table?

Mine are 2002 and running 5.05 (I think) controller software. The new Gen II is really neat but I won't upgrade for a while because I will need to do hardware upgrades also and right now mine work so I won't change them unless I need to. it's about 10K+- each machine if I do the install.

What software are you going to use?

If you do not have any software yet what are you going to be doing with it? You can see some of what I am currently using below. PM me your email and phone# and I can give you a sample g-code but will need to talk to you first to make sure what machine you have and how it is oriented. Even though you said C-40 it depends on what year it is, what OS it is running, how your table is configured?

Here is a quick sample but I stripped the mid section out because it was a customer's project. I also added a G02 and G03 in so you could see arc commands but they will be a little different because they will need an "I" and a "J" in there also.

**** DISCLAIMER: DO NOT ATTEMPT TO RUN THIS ON ANY MACHINE. THIS IS ONLY A SAMPLE FILE TO LOOK AT, NOT TO ACTUALLY RUN.
YOU ASSUME ALL LIABILITY FOR ANY PROBLEMS IF YOU USE IT.******************

(Program Name-testlocationfor2am_P1)
M98PSTRTTIME.SUBL1
G70
G90
[CLS]
SET ZSHIFT = 2.000
(Enter Material Thickness)
[WINDOW ON]
[CLS]
[PRINT "Press START to raise pop-up pins"]
M00
M61L8
[WINDOW ON]
[CLS]
[PRINT "Locate Material then Push Start Button to Start Operation"]
M00
M62L8
M60L-8
[WINDOW OFF]
G09F1
G52L10
T5 M3
S15000
(0.625 inches dia. ball nose)
G0 X0.0000 Y0.0000
G00 Z2.5000
M31
G00 X10.3958 Y22.9649 Z2.5000
G01 Z2.0000 F120.0
G02 X10.4656 Y22.9568 F600.0
G03 X10.5351 Y22.9452

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G01 X10.3958 Y22.9649
G00 Z2.5000
G00 X0.0000 Y0.0000
G00 Z2.5000
M5
G990
G90 G0 Z0
X0. Y0.
M98PENDTIME.SUBL1
M02


Thanks,

Mike Page
10-04-2008, 4:55 PM
Thanks Michael

Your program is just what I needed to see.

1997 thurmwood C-40 (Its on ebay)
Description:
7 HP Vertical router motor
5 HP Piggyback router spindle
(11) Spindle, 32 MM drill bank driven by a 1 HP motor
60" x 60" moving table, fixed bridge
THERMWOOD (P-615) vacuum pump, 10 HP regenerative
THERMWOOD (91000) super controller

Michael Kowalczyk
10-06-2008, 2:08 PM
Thanks Michael

Your program is just what I needed to see.

1997 thurmwood C-40 (Its on ebay)
Description:
7 HP Vertical router motor
5 HP Piggyback router spindle
(11) Spindle, 32 MM drill bank driven by a 1 HP motor
60" x 60" moving table, fixed bridge
THERMWOOD (P-615) vacuum pump, 10 HP regenerative
THERMWOOD (91000) super controller

No problem.
The SN# is listed so I hope you called Thermwood to check on it.
MAKE SURE YOU FIND OUT WHAT THE OS IS!!!!!
Some of them had IBM's OS and most of them had Windows 2000. Call and talk to them to see what replacements costs are for the controller (You may want to upgrade to Gen II), spindle, servo, pump or anything that may be a big ticket item. Being used means you have no idea who ran it or what care they maintained it with so be prepared. That's what I did when I bought my 2nd Thermwood. I was prepared for the worst case and prayed for the best case and it has worked out very well.