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Sample Tutorial
Lead Through Teaching with Teach Pendant:

Note: Hyperlinks will work when it is viewed from the tutorial system.

Advantages of lead through teaching vs. importing scanned images.

1-  Not restricted to drawings or pictures that will fit on a scanner bed.
2-  No need to task swap between programs to correctly format data.
3-  Quickly and easily program complex or geometric forms.
4-  Allows programing of original artwork in any size desired.
5-  Easily reproduce existing artwork or part forms.
6-  Very short learning curve, no previous programming experience required!
7-  Maximize material utilization.

Lead Through Teaching:
To begin, Connect the teach pendant to the DB-15 connector on the back of the controller.

Click on the teach button "T" on the side tool bar in the software.

Set your jog speeds by left clicking on the appropriate button on the bottom of the screen and then entering the value you want. Click OK.
A slow speed of 10 and a high speed of 125 work very well for most applications.

The left button on the teach pendant is the speed change button. Pushing this button will toggle between the two selected speeds.

Click the "ACTIVE" button on the bottom of the screen. The pendant is now active.

The right button on the teach pendant adds a new point to the G-code. Pressing this button will write the current torch position to the next line in code.

If desired, press <CTRL-P> to bring up the D.R.O. display window. This brings up a large digital read out window to display the current X and Y positions. This will allow you to read the exact torch position while using the teach pendant.

Moving the joystick will jog the machine at the set jog speed. Push the left teach pendant button to toggle between the set speeds.

Position the torch over the pattern you are tracing and press the right button for each new point you want to add. You can tape a scribe or other pointing device to the torch or use our optional laser pointer for more precise positioning.

Take a minute to look over the part you are tracing and determine cut order and start and end points. It is generally best to cut the interior features first and move on to the outer perimeter last. This helps prevent the material from moving during the cutting process. You can also program your lead in/out points during lead through teaching. As each successive point is added it will show on the screen.

After you have taught all positions, save the file. <CTRL-S>

Turn off the D.R.O. display. <CTRL-P> and bring up the G-code editor screen. <CTRL-E>

Left click the editor window to place the cursor on any line and scroll up to line number one. You will notice as you scroll up and down the list in the editor window that the crosshair in the main screen window follows the coordinates in the G-code editor.
You can now set the tool path speeds and torch on/off commands to your G-code.