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271  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: Wizard problem on: November 23, 2011, 07:15:40 AM
You must be using the auto calculator, the on screen popup keypad. It does require the 0, or some digit, before the decimal. Thats not a wizard problem, its how the keypad works.

There is a a known bug that causes the 'last screen' button to fail to load all the wizards graphics if its the first thing called after bootup of mach. If you select the wizard from the menu it works fine. Brian knows about the bug, I guess he hasnt fixed it yet.
272  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: NFS Turn Wizard on: November 22, 2011, 09:10:46 AM
On the depth of cut I guess I cant win- some like it each way. I had some complaints on the Mill wizards about not following the requested cut. Ill see how ugly it would be to add a check button for user choice.

Face will be fixed to assume Zend means end of stock and first cut will be off that. Same issue here as in turn as to even cuts or follow the entered number. Again, if its not to ugly in the code ill offer a choice.

Radius could be set to zero to get a sharp corner- at least as sharp as your tool.

I got out my Smid book and have been reading about turn and radius. Since this is so common you would think Id find an example, but I will keep digging.

Thanks for the inputs.
273  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: NFS Turn Wizard on: November 21, 2011, 07:40:54 AM
OK, I agree, stock size as Xstart makes sense. It is the starting X value, and the wizard will make its first cut at Xstart- cut depth.

Ill get a new version out with that and a few other fixes soon.

EDIT!

In the current version I calculate an actual cut value that is less than the one specified, but will make an integer number of cuts. In my new code I  make the cuts as requested, and the last cut may be some small value. Is this better?

I just realized that the Face operation does the same thing-- it makes its first cut at the Zstart value. Is this OK? or should I also assume Zstart means the end of the stock before the face operation.

On another topic, Id like to add a filet at the end of the turn operation. That seems like a common need. But I dont understand how to specify the G03 move. If I use I,J mode how do I deal with Dia vs, Radius/ Anyone understand filets in turn?
274  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: NFS Turn Wizard on: November 18, 2011, 07:58:49 AM
I agree that the stock size makes sense on the turn operation. But then in other screens, like face or taper, it seems Xstart should be the exact start size of the first cut. So if I made turn be stock size it would make Xstart inconsistent.

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Would it be hard to add a mm/inch button? This way you could have 3.4 for inch and 4.3 for mm?

That cannot be done, the size of the DROs is set in the screenset design process, it cannot be altered by code. Do guys really use 4 decimal places in turn code? Im happy when I get my turn stuff right to a thou :-)
275  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: NFS Turn Wizard on: November 14, 2011, 03:22:58 PM
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Also still cant bore due to the negative values for X that I need, do you think you will get that worked out or is it going to be a problem?

I fixed the DRO so you can enter negative numbers. I still have the test and error message. I suppose I could make the message just a warning, and go ahead and post the code. If you are using a back tool you will understand the message.

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One thing that gets me every time is the Start X , I keep putting in the dia of the stock and it will run a pass at that dia so have to remember to deduct my DOC from stock so as not to waste a pass. Also similar on a finish pass, say its 52mm dia and I want to take to 50mm with DOC of 1mm then it will do two passes if I put in 52 as start and 50 as end, first pass being 52mm. So what is needed is 50mm for X start and 50mm for X End, just seems a bit strange to have to do that?

I thought about that for a while. It seems wrong to make Xstart the stock value, then start cutting at a different number. Making Xstart be the actual start value seems more correct.
276  Mach Discussion / General Mach Discussion / Re: Win a KX1 mill at Cabin fever Expo (and meet Brian Barker) on: November 14, 2011, 02:32:40 PM
I dont have the link yet, it was supposed to be up some time today.
277  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: NFS Turn Wizard on: November 14, 2011, 01:56:24 PM
The tool change issues were fixed in the latest version. Go the top reply in this topic to get the code.

The wizard creates a file called New Program.tap No changes are made to the file when you exit from the wizard, unless there is no license. I dont see how you can see  different code when view directly in Mach. The file end button adds an M30 to the end of the file. If you exit the wizard without the file end you wont have that M30 so Mach may not display the end of the file correctly
278  Mach Discussion / General Mach Discussion / Win a KX1 mill at Cabin fever Expo (and meet Brian Barker) on: November 14, 2011, 01:24:26 PM
Its time to start thinking about Cabin Fever Expo, January 13-15, 2012 See http://www.cabinfeverexpo.com/

This year we will be doing another seminar, with a raffle to win a KX1 milling machine from Little Machine Shop http://littlemachineshop.com/products/product_view.php?ProductID=3501&category=1241045623

The seminar is titled "CNC for the model Engineer, from art to part" We will show you how to take a part drawing from a printed article or book, plan the work holding, develop the Gcode needed to run the part, then setup the mill and run the part. We will show several examples, running each one right to making the parts. We will be using Cut2D from Vectric as well as the Mach wizards to make the parts.

The Seminar will be conducted by Ron Ginger and Brian Barker.

Seating is limited to fit the classroom, so everyone will have a good view of the work, and a good chance at winning. Ticket sales are by Little Machine Shop, so visit their web for the details. Tickets are $60, with $10 of that for admission to the Expo, so with one ticket you are good for the seminar, the auction and 2 days to see the expo. Last year tickets sold out well before the seminar, so if you want to be there get your ticket early.

This year Tormach has added a great second prize of $750 worth of Tormach Quick Change tooling. Additionally there will be copies of Mach3 and Cut2d. You do not have to be present to win, so if you are simply a gambling man you can have a chance to win a mill worth over $4000 for a $60 ticket. But you would miss the Ron and Brian Show :-)

Cabin Fever Expo is always a great event, the seminar is a nice addition to let you learn something and maybe win a great prize. Someone is going home with a KX1 milling machine, complete with a Tormach PC.

279  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: NFS Turn Wizard on: November 12, 2011, 11:40:18 AM
V.004 is now up. Fixed DROs, tool change to do safe move before tool change and edit button works on Run screen
280  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: NFS Turn Wizard on: November 12, 2011, 08:30:23 AM
You are correct on the tool change, I  will fix that.

Ive got to think about the negative values. Ive got to fix the DROs that wont allow negative values, I guess I better make all of them allow negative.
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