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281  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: I broke it?? on: September 18, 2012, 06:42:19 AM
Ok, the line you are hitting tries to establish a fileSystem Object. I had not thought about that, but it likely does call outside Mach into some MS stuff. You must be right that its something you deleted from windows  if a clean mach install and a clean wizard instal doesnt fix it.

I am sorry,but I dont have anymore good ideas. Ill see if Brian has any.
282  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: I broke it?? on: September 16, 2012, 11:58:24 AM
does the button to select material work? It should display a list box of materials. Also try the Help button.

283  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: I broke it?? on: September 16, 2012, 09:43:12 AM
Not likely to be another library. Mach is very self contained and doesnt require any other stuff.

We need to see if any VB buttons will work. On the main mach screen use the operator menu and select edit button script. That will cause all of the Vb buttons to blink. Click one of them and it will display the code in a window. Click the Run arrow in the top toolbar. That will run a VB script. You cannot do this on a newfangled wizard, they are password protected.

284  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: I broke it?? on: September 16, 2012, 07:11:47 AM
That is strange. Please try another of the Newfangled wizards, like copy cat or drillwiz. Also try another non-newfangled wizard. I want to see if this is wizard specific or a mach issue.

Actually, the wizard code never looks for the license, that is handled by mach when the wizard exits, not on startup, so I dont see how adding a license would stop the wizard.

What if you remove the license files from the c:\mach3 folder? dont loose them, make sure you have a copy somewhere else. Try removing wizlic.dat first, restart mach and see what happens. No need to re-boot, just a restart of mach.
285  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: I broke it?? on: September 15, 2012, 07:48:01 PM
I suspect you have somehow deleted the Materials.txt file that should be in the Addons/Newfangled folder. The continue button tries to open that fie to get the material specs. If it gets an error the script just ends and doesnt go to the next screen.

A reinstall of the wizard ought to fix that.
286  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: NEW!! Drill Wizard on: September 03, 2012, 02:50:08 PM
I thought I had fixed that. The DRO is the one that shows actual RPM, not the one to set it. For now just set the RPM in the main screen before you call the wizard.

You are seeing it correctly, the wizard just shows up in the list of all wizards, it should show the Author as Newfangled. The main screen button only starts the Nfs Mill addons.
287  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.

288  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

289  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.
290  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.

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