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281  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / NFS Turn Wizard on: November 08, 2011, 05:56:15 PM
I am pleased to announce the Newfangled Solutions NFS Turn package.

NFS turn is a conversational or interactive package. Its aimed at the toolroom kind of lathe work- making things like bolts, bushings, shafts, etc. You choose from a menu of common lathe operations, like turn, face, thread, chamfer, drill,  bore, etc. Each operation presents a simple screen where you fill in the blanks for the operation you want.

A unique feature of NFS turn is the ability to do an immediate operation. When you have filled in the blanks, you have two buttons- "Do IT" and "Add to File". The Do It button will immediately run the operation. Add to File will let you build a complex part composed of many operations.

There is a Youtube video of this wizard at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiuQ9dKVzBM

NFS turn operates under the same license as the Mill Addons, so if you already have an NFS license you are good to go. If not see the links above to purchase a license. NFS turn will work in demo mode, but it wont save a file.

To use NFS turn download the zip file, and unzip it into C:\Mach3\Turnaddons

Please post any bugs or questions to this topic of the forum. I also read the Mach Yahpoo group, but I prefer to keep bug issues here on the forum.

EDIT: changed spelling of the title for you Ron Wink

Latest Version
Version 0.08 is now attached.
 
Added a pitch entry on OD Thread for metric users. Both TPI and pitch fields are on the screen- one of them must be 0 (zero)
The threads.txt file no needs a pitch field as the final entry. If you have made a custom threaads.txt file simply add a ',0' to the end
of each line.

Sorry I had to break the thread file, but now it can work for both inch and metric threads

Remember when you unzip the folder the wizard must wind up in Turnaddosn\NFSturn without the version  number

If you have modified your thread table be sure to save it before unziping or you will overwrite your changes

282  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: NEWFANGLED SOLUTIONS SOFTWARE - LATEST VERSION on: November 08, 2011, 04:43:08 PM
Thanks for the compliments on the improvements. I have tried to make it a better wizard.

You are right on the feed. I looked at the code quickly and see that in a couple of the conditions it adds a Feed to the first G01 move, but it never adds one to the G2 or G3.

Its going to be a problem to fix in a neat way, because all the G2 or 3 moves are inside a loop and if I add Feed it will be added to every G2 or G3 line. There  is nothing wrong with that, it just makes the code look ugly.

I am just finishing a major project in a set of Turn wizards. I'm sure after I release that I'll get a few bugs to track down. But I will get to the thread problem as soon as I can.
283  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: spindle did not run on: October 17, 2011, 07:12:10 AM
The first topic in this forum always has the latest version. There are some instructions there on how to load them.
284  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: spindle did not run on: October 16, 2011, 09:06:45 PM
This is one of those problems that is a feature, not a bug.

remember, one feature of the Newfangled suite is that you can string together several procedures into one big gcode file. If you are doing that, you would not want a spindle on command and tool change in each process. So the wizard looks to see if this operation is using the same tool as the last one, if so it does not include the spindle code.

Thats nice, but if its the first operation, and the tool is tool 0 (zero) then the program gets confused and doesn't turn on the spindle. I fixed this by setting the current tool variable to -1 in the init.m1s file, which runs when the wizard starts up.

If you are seeing this problem I guess you are using tool 0 and running an old version of the wizards.
285  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: New Guy with an Old Question on: October 14, 2011, 02:37:02 PM
I will try to set this straight.

When I make a distribution kit for a new version it gets names with the version numbers appended, like Newfangled286.

If you just let unzip do its thing you wind up with a folder Addons\Newfangled286.

But some of the wizard data, like the Materials.txt data and the help files are hard coded inside the wizard to look in Addons\Newfangled. So if you leave the 286 on the name it doesnt find the files.

The right way is to unzip the new version. delete the old version, then rename the new to just Newfangled with no version number. If you really want to keep the old one make it something like NewfangledOLD, but remember it wont work correctly under that name.
286  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: New Guy with an Old Question on: October 12, 2011, 08:26:07 PM
Ok, the screen shot helped. You are running an old versiion- 2.79 The current is 2.86

See the first topic in this section for the latest version and how to download it.

You also must be using tool number 0. The wizard didnt put in tool changes if it thinks you are suing the same tool as the last operation- you already have the tool, so you dont need to change. But that got confused in tool 0.

I made some fixes on that stuff a while back.

I think if you use a tool number other than zero you will get the tool change and M3 S********* code properly in your code.

For this drilling job my new DrillWiz would be a much neater solution. See the announcement topic in this section.
287  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: New Guy with an Old Question on: October 12, 2011, 11:31:23 AM
Windows has a built in screen capture.. Put the mouse in the window you want to copy hold down the ALT key and hit the <print screen> key. That is usually on the very top row, just right of the F keys.

Once you have captured the screen open the windows Paint program and do a PASTE function, That will put you screen capture in Paint, then do a save as and save it as a jpg- be sure to choose jpg, otherwise paint will save a bmp which is huge.

Once you have the screen shot just save that file to a memory stick, take that to the mac browse to this topic and write a message. On the screen you will see a button for Attachments, click that and attach you screen file.

The Gcode can be inserted right into the text box on the browser, just cut and paste.
288  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: New Guy with an Old Question on: October 11, 2011, 08:37:55 PM
can you post a copy of the gcode from one of your drilling jobs?

I dont understand your problem. It might also be helpful if you can post a screen shot of the wizard page after you have filled in all the blanks.
289  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: Newfangled Solutions on: October 11, 2011, 05:36:26 PM
I am responsible for the Newfangled wizards, and I try to check this forum at least once each day. I do prefer to keep topics related to the wizards in this section, so I only have to check one place.

I do my best to check at least once a day, sometimes more. And I try to fix issues as quickly as possible.

290  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: New Guy with an Old Question on: October 08, 2011, 08:36:47 PM
If you are using the newfangled wizards, then you must be trying to surface the stock. That wizard allows for starting the tool off the edge of the stock, and it allows you to set the stepover by percent. Id guess you have some combination of these values set to cause the 'air cut'

There is a manual for the NFS wizards, you can get it off the documents tab at the top of this page. Most of the screens have pretty obvious descriptions, but some may not be clear, and the manual will explain them. The manual version is old, but the information is  current- the wizards have been fixed for various bugs, but none of the basic operations have changed.

Try to give me a better idea of what you mean by 'air cutting' and Ill see if I can help
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