RhinoCAM file prep notes for Laguna Puma

These are working notes – stay tuned for a more complete tutorial.


  1. Set the digital model in negative Z territory.  This means you’ll be zeroing the relative position of the machine Z to the top of your stock to be cut.
  2. Load the tool library instead of defining tools from scratch.
  3. When you’re ready to post, make sure that the Laguna post-processor is selected.
  4. The .nc file must be renamed to .prg.  Don’t bother trying to do this while posting, as RhinoCAM will just add .prg after .nc.  Instead, rename the file by right clicking it from the finder.  Keep the file name small and descriptive.
  5. Transfer this file to an empty USB drive.

Laguna Puma

  1. Plug the USB drive into the Laguna controller.
  2. Navigate to the TBA screen and press access USB .  Press up and down to find your file, then press copy .
  3. Remove the USB drive and press access CF card .  Navigate to your file.
  4. Load the first tool you’ll use in the cut.  If you’re turning on the machine for the first time of the day, there should be no tool in the spindle.  You should see 0 listed under the current tool in the Run screen.
  5. Enter the MIDI command  TXM06  (where X is the number of the tool you want) and pres execute .
  6. Jog this tool to the stock surface and  teach tool length  and set tool data .  Repeat steps two and three for every tool you plan to use.
  7. Jog any tool to the spot you want set as the X/Y origin.
  8. Navigate to the Coordinate screen.  Press  reset relative  then teach zpos .
  9. Navigate to the Run screen.  You should see all zeros on the position display.

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