June 18, 2020

QUICK TIP: Enable 4th and 5th Axes in your Post Processor

Looking to enable a 4th or 5th axis in your Fusion 360 pos processor? Many of our posts are written to support multi-axis code, but the additional axes are disabled by default. See how easy it is to enable these axes manually in the post configuration file, or through post properties! View a written version of this guide here: https://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/autodesk-hsm/learn-explore/caas/sfdcarticles/sfdcarticles/How-to-make-a-3-axis-post-processor-from-the-HSM-post-processor-library-support-4-or-5-axis-motion.html

Parameter Details:
actuator: Specifies the actuator type (ie. either "linear" or "rotational").
The default is "rotational".
table: Specifies whether the axis is located in the table or the head. The default is true for table.
axis: Specifies the axis vector as a 3-element array (e.g. "[0, 0, 1]").
[Axis rotates around X, Axis rotates around Y, Axis rotates around Z]
ex: A-axis rotating around the X-axis would be: [1, 0, 0]
offset: Specifies the axis offset as a 3-element array (e.g. "[0, 0, 25]").
The default is [0, 0, 0].
coordinate: Specifies the coordinate used in the ABC vectors (ie. "X", "Y", or "Z"). The given number will define the letter for the axis:
0 = “A”
1 = “B”
2 = “C”
Note: This is the only way to influence the axis letter for the output.
cyclic: Specifies that the axis is cyclic. Only supported for rotational axes.
Only used when a range is specified. The default is false.
range: Specifies the angular range for the axis in degrees as a 2-element array (e.g. "[-120, 120]"). You can also specify a single number to create an axis for an aggregate.
The default is unbound.
preference: Specifies the preferred angles (-1:negative angles, 0:don't care, and 1:positive angles). The default is don't care.
resolution: Specifies the resolution. In degrees for rotational actuator. The default is 0.

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