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271  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: Newfangled wizards for Mach4 on: November 25, 2012, 07:53:41 AM
Beacuse the V4 wizard is being done in C++ I have access to all the normal windows controls- like list boxes, sliders, etc. The program steps show up in a list box, and a right click on an item brings up a popup with Edit, Delete, MoveUp, MoveDown. I also plan to have the ability to save a template file, which can be opened and then edit one or more operations to create new Gcode.

With Brians help we have developed a very good program structure. We can later make specialized wizards. like for Turn or Router fairly quickly.

That thread wizard has always driven me nuts. With all the combinations of left, right, inside, outside, climb, conventional its very hard to keep straight. I have not hear other reports of metric issues, but I will look at it and see if I can find anything.
272  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: NFS Turn wizard not loading on: November 24, 2012, 07:45:30 PM
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in the Cam Function Addons window NFSturn is listed. But under description it says "No Description", and under Author it says "UnKnown"

This can only mean the wizard is not properly installed, although I dont see how it could show up in the list of Function Names.

The wizard should be unzipped so that the NFSturn.set file is at C:\Mach3\Turnaddons\NFSturn\NFSturn.set There should be 6 files in this folder as well, Changelog.txt, GcodeEnd.tap, GcodeInit.tap, Init,m1s, NFStrun.set.def, and Threads.txt, as well as a folder called Bitmaps.

If teh Init.m1s is missing things dont get setup right in teh wizards. If either Gcode file or the Threads file is missing it will get an error, which should show in the Error window.

I really need to work on the code so that it tests for teh files and gives an error message in a box, not just on the error line.

273  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: NFS package complete? Or separate installs? on: November 19, 2012, 08:45:53 AM
The wizards are all independent products. Each must be downloaded and installed separately.

However, they all use the same license, so you only need one license, installed into the c:\mach3 folder.
274  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: Newfangled wizards for Mach4 on: November 14, 2012, 09:01:02 PM
The V4 wizards do not have a copy cat feature at this time and are not likely to have one with a video screen in the foreseeable future.

sorry,
275  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: Removing tool changes in a multi op wizard? on: November 13, 2012, 09:53:34 PM
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If the tool was to remain the same, could I remove the M6 T# of each op with no other changes, or if there were other changes that would need to be made. What would they be?

Yes, just knock out the unneeded M6 T commands. There may also be an M3 (spindle on) after the tool change that could be removed, but it wouldn't hurt to leave it.

I do not recall exactly the condition when it includes a tool change or not.
276  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: Removing tool changes in a multi op wizard? on: November 13, 2012, 08:01:15 PM
Each operation screen will always start with a tool screen. It should open  with the same values you used for the last tool, so there should be no need to make any changes, just click Continue.

When the code is generated it tries to only put in a tool change gcode if there has been a change. There are some places where this doesnt always do as you expect it to.

There is a radio box on the config screen that lets you ignore tool change. I agree, this is not often a wise choice. The choice to stop and wait for a cycle start is usually the wise choice.

There may be extra stops for tool change that are not really necessary, but the opposite- not stopping when a tool change is really needed is usually very bad.

Yes, .125 mills dont hog well at all!
277  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: Newfangled wizards for Mach4 on: November 12, 2012, 09:06:37 PM
I have been wanting to put up more on the V4 wizards, but I have been working on them a lot and have not had time to make screen shots to post.

We have moved them to a strong Job orientation. A job will have certain properties- like Units (mm or in), material, and a couple choices of things like the Z strategy. A NewJob operation always brings up a Tool Select operation, which stays in effect until you select a new tool.

The main screen has a list box showing the job elements, and a right click on the list will let you edit the element, delete it, or move it up or down in the list. This is much greater job control than the Mach3 version.

The main screen also has a large toolpath display, with full interaction to rotate, pan, zoom, etc.

You will be able to save a Job Template and re-open it, make an edit to one or more ops, then re-post the code.

It is really a lot more capable than the V3 product, and it will be offered for Linux, and Mac as well as PC. I am pretty excited about it, and every time I think I can make a release copy Brian comes up with some neat new idea that sends me back to the keyboard.
278  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: Newfangled wizards for Mach4 on: November 12, 2012, 06:09:52 PM
Yes, that is exactly how the current NFS wizards work. Aftre each operaton is completed you are returned to the main menu screen where you may select another operation. There is no limit to how many operations can be strung together.

My standard demo is to do a bolt cirlce, followed by a pocket in the center of it, then a circle cutout around it to create a pipe flange, which is a common model part. That can all be saved as one file and reused as needed.

In the V4 wizards there is similar functionality, but even more it allows editing of operations, deleting one, re-arranging them, etc.
279  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: NFS Wizards on Tormach on: October 26, 2012, 04:17:15 PM
What wizard version are you trying to run? If its not 2.86 then get it from this forum at http://www.machsupport.com/forum/index.php/topic,18321.0.html

I assume you mean the Continue button doesn't work. That button needs to open the material file, and it should find it even on a Tormach system- I fixed that several versions back.

I need to figure out how to use the error trap function in CB so I can display a decent error message. Ill try to work on that soon.
280  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: Plus & Minus (rectangular pocket) on: October 20, 2012, 12:49:38 PM
I assume you mean Z axis? Plus at the top and - going down is the standard for G code. You ought to change the settings to the standard convention or else the wizards will not work right.
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