What’s New June 2020 – Post Processors Edition

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Looking for the latest post processor updates? Look no further!

We are continually working hard to bring you updates and improvements to the many open-source post processors we offer for free, but those updates often get lost in the shuffle of other enhancements or big feature releases. This post aims to update you on newly added or improved post processors, so you can stay up to date on posts you use today or look for new posts so you can get the most out of Fusion 360.

New! Newly added posts will be marked new like this.

Improved! Recently improved posts will be marked like this.

This post will get refreshed with notable updates as they’re released, and you can click each hyperlink to go to the mentioned post. As always, you can find the latest in our post processor offering on the Online Post Library where you can search by vendor, type, or name, and see any recent changes to each post.

Improved! Updated the name and vendor for the EZ-Trak Conversational post from Bridgeport so it is now easier to find.

Added a post for the Mazak VC500 machine. The Mazak VC500 is a 5axis machine with rotary/tilt C on B trunnion setup. Out-of-the-box this post supports full 5 axis positional toolpaths, which should minimize edits to the post processor.

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Image courtesy of Mazak

New! The Centroid post for both turning and milling is new to our library. Centroid operates out of Philadelphia, and their controls are often used as retrofits for both commercial and hobbyist applications. They are available as DIY kits or full retrofit packages for a variety of lathes and mills.

New! In addition to the Grbl Milling post, the Grbl Turning post is now available! Grbl is one of our most widely used posts on the milling side, so we’re excited to begin offering turning support as well. Since Grbl posts tend to serve a hobbyist audience, we know that paid customization is not often feasible for most Grbl users. We wrote this blog post on Grbl post processors to help provide some guidance on finding, editing, and using Grbl posts.

Improved! We made several improvements to the Haas Mill/Turn family of posts. Sub-spindle milling was added as well as a property to define the maximum spindle speed for the sub-spindle. We also added a property to allow XY positioning for axial drilling cycles. Finally, We added a property to use G187 Accuracy Control for milling operations, which can set and control both smoothness and corner rounding values when cutting a part.

Here is the full list of Haas Mill/Turn posts that were updated: Haas CL-1, Haas DS-30SSY, Haas DS-30Y, Haas ST-10, Haas ST-10Y, Haas ST-15, Haas ST-20, Haas ST-20SS, Haas ST-20SSY, Haas ST-20Y, Haas ST-25, Haas ST-25Y, Haas ST-30, Haas ST-30SS, Haas ST-30SSY, Haas ST-30Y, Haas ST-35, Haas ST-35Y, and Haas ST-40.

To accompany recent turning development in Fusion 360, we made several parallel improvements and additions to our library. The compound threading cycle (G76) is now supported in most of our turning post processors. Check for the “Use simple threading cycle” post

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