Probe only X & Y

how about an option to only probe X & Y? A lot of times I set my z off my spoilboard but put multiple different items on that require me to reprobe my xy (like when I am using up scraps). But each time I have to either manually set my x and y or I have to reprove xyz on material surface them have to probe z again off spoilboard surface. It’s a big time killer. Would be much easier if I could keep my z set on my spoilboard and then just probe (reset) my x and y.

Hi @marnio, welcome to the community!

The only issue I see with doing that is that before executing an X-Y probe routine, the tool bit must first register the Z location in reference to the probe block, so it knows how far to extend/retract the tool bit when completing the X-Y probe routine.

I thought about that too. I am not a programmer but i assume the original z could be stored when xy probe is chosen and then recalled after or the new z could possibly just be ignored.

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have you considered placing your items in known locations on your spoilboard, and programing that way?

If you utilize a grid and put the home position for each piece of material in the code, it removes your concern.

Personally, I think I could manually set x/y faster than using a probe and an x/y only function.

I do use a grid and typically do place material in a know location however oftentimes i am using scraps which sometimes are odd shapes or not consistent shapes so there is still a need to set a new x and y each time. But agreed, when possible I try to utilize this type of method but it doesnt always work. I do currently have to set x amd y manually but sometimes i need the accuracy of the probe vs manually eyeballing an x anf y 0 point

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totally understand. Only other work around I could suggest is to put in a v bit or TBN and find more exact start points, record them and then manipulate the file. Again, not ideal, but may save time in the long run if you have a bed full of “scraps” and odd ball pieces.

I do the the same with my scraps!

It would also be useful when using a sheet thay covers the entire work area. It would allow me to zero off my spoilboard first then i can put my material down and set x and y. Now i have to probe z then “guess” where my material 0 point is.

Definitely second this feature proposal. Currently, it’s only of use for those who carve inlays and have z0 set to the top of their material. If you cut, you zero to the spoil board, and currently that means you can’t use the full cutting area because it forces you to probe z after xy&z, so you have to leave enough spoil board exposed to accommodate the block after x & y.

Bump for this request from me also. I’m a bottom up guy. Prefer to understand how much I’m going to cut into my spoilboard (or how far away I am from my machine table).

Could still have the full probe XYZ sub-routine, but not record the Z value.

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