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Creating a New Machine File in Editor 6.0
What happened to all of the Machine Templates in CNC Editor?
In version 6.0 every template is now stored within a single Microsoft Access
database. In previous versions templates were stored in multiple INI files.
Therefore the templates from earlier version of Predator CNC Editor are not
compatible with v6.0.
This document outlines how to modify an existing machine file to match your
You need to define what type of machine you will be using. In basic terms all we
really want to know is it a 3, 4, or 5 Axis Mill, is it Horizontal or Vertical or is it a
Lathe. Because the Machine Template will be used for both DNC
communications and 3D back plotting, it is important we know what type of
“Open the machine file”
Open the Predator CNC Editor
Go to “file” then “open”
Navigate your way to “C:\Program Files\ Predator Software\Common
This directory contains several .mch files. Choose the one with the description
that is closest to your machine. Open the file.
“Save the machine file”
Once you have the .mch file open, go to “file” and “save as” and rename the file
something descriptive for your machine.
EXAMPLE: Hass 3-Axis Mill.mch
“Choose your control”
Next we need to define the control that is to be used for this Machine File.
With your new .mch file still open, go to “file” and “open”.
Go up one directory to “C:\Program Files\Predator Software\Common Files\” and
choose the Rpost 5.0 Directory.
Then choose the directory for the type of machine you are defining. EXAMPLE:
“Mill”. Browse through and find the control that matches your machine.
Write Down the exact path and name of the “rpm” file. EXAMPLE: C:\Program
Files\Predator Software\Common Files\R Pos