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211  Tangent Corner / Polls / Re: Depth of cut strategy on: September 01, 2012, 04:34:14 PM
OK, I see the light. I have figured out how to offer both options. On the New job dialog there is a radio ox called Z strategy. the choices are "equal' and "as entered'

I have fixed the code for circular pocket with the new code and it seems to work, now I need to move that code into the other mill functions.

thanks for the feedback.

212  Mach Discussion / General Mach Discussion / Newfangled wizards for Mach4 on: August 31, 2012, 07:18:51 AM
I have been writing the new Newfangled wizard set for Mach4. I currently have a few testers looking at it and a question has come up again about the strategy for depth of cut. I have opened a Poll in the Poll section of this forum to get some input on the choice. Please see http://www.machsupport.com/forum/index.php/topic,22319.0.html for the poll.

I have also started a topic on the wizards in the Newfangled section of this forum at http://www.machsupport.com/forum/index.php/topic,22320.0.html

213  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Newfangled wizards for Mach4 on: August 31, 2012, 07:06:44 AM
I have been working on the wizards for Mach4. This is a total re-write, using C++ At the present it is a standalone program, but it will become a plug-in to Mach4.

It is great to have the full power of a real programming language to work with and has allowed me to make some interesting improvements. Among the changes:

  • you now have the choice to select a filename for the code
  • the material data has a form to edit for your preferred values
  • There is an integrated Help system
  • All of the old operations are included
  • There is a text engrave option, with font choices


Below is a screen capture of the main screen.

I will be looking for a limited number of testers son, but I would like some input on a question about depth of cut strategies. I have created a poll in the poll section of this forum. Please look at it and give me your view.
214  Tangent Corner / Polls / Depth of cut strategy on: August 31, 2012, 06:51:34 AM
I am working on the Newfangled wizards for Mach4. I have some mixed views from the early testers about the preferred depth of cut strategy.

The user will enter a total depth of cut and a step cut amount.
 If the values result in an integer number of cuts use them- for example if the request is for .5 total cut and cuts of .1 then 5 steps of .1 will be used.

 The problem is if the values don't make an integer number of cuts- for example, request .5 total in steps of .2.

Option 1) use the requested values and let the last cut be smaller- in the example make 2 cuts of .2 then the last cut of .1

Option 2) calculate a value so that all the cuts are the same, but less than the requested increment.

215  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: NFS Turn Wizard on: August 29, 2012, 05:38:04 PM
no, not that I am aware of.

It is interesting that through most of the development of the turn wizards I planned to make them a screen set instead of a wizard. That way they would come up directly with mach. At the end we decided to go to a wizard format for reasons related to the license and distribution.
216  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: NFS Turn Wizard on: August 18, 2012, 08:14:00 PM
Im looking for a 'round to it' I have been working a lot on the new mach4 mill wizards, getting close to done now. I will get it, hopefully soon.
217  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: NFS Turn Wizard on: July 18, 2012, 06:08:01 AM
OK, Ill try to get Brian to look at it. There is really nothing unusual about the NFSturn wizard that should trigger an error.
218  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: NFS Turn Wizard on: July 18, 2012, 05:58:39 AM
That is an internal Mach error, not a wizard error. Does it happen every time you try to start the wizard? Does it happen when starting any other wizard?

How about if you start the machine with a mill profile and try to start a wizard?
219  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: NFS Turn Wizard on: July 17, 2012, 06:33:18 AM
The folder structure should be  as follows.

TurnAddons
    NFSturn
        Bitmaps
          (many bit map files)
        ChangeLog.txt
        GcodeEnd.tap
        GcodeStart.tap
        Init.m1s
        NFSturn.set
        NFSturn.set.def
        Threads.txt

If this doesnt help please tell me what the error message says is missing.
220  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: NFS Turn Wizard on: July 07, 2012, 11:47:10 AM
I have fixed a couple issues, see topic 1 for the new zip file
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