The smartprobe.ngc program could be further enhanced to have a local estimate of slope and even curvature, further reducing the number and length of in-between probing steps for typical surfaces.
Another trick: program G91 G38.3 Z.00001 F10 / G90 to store the current location in parameter #506x. There are bound to be interesting uses for this in O-word subroutines (e.g., to work relative to the initial point without using G91 relative motions through the whole subroutine).
Fenn suggests that another nice probing program would use a waterline
(constant Z) to find contours on the object. This should also be possible
with the new probing primitives, and I hope somebody will contribute a script
to do it.
(originally posted on the AXIS blog)
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