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301  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: NEW!! Drill Wizard on: October 05, 2011, 05:15:36 PM
I use some of the VB  stuff, like #expand, that was added for the mach std mill screens. I dont recall the first version that worked in, but it was about a year ago.
302  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / NEW!! Drill Wizard on: October 05, 2011, 10:30:29 AM
I have developed a new Drill wizard and added it to the Newfangled Suite.

This wizard is useful for one-off drilling jobs, like doing a base casting for a model engine. You have 2 sets of DROs, one for an absolute postion the other for and incremental move. A third set specifies the drill rapid height, depth, plunge rate and peck increment.

If you want to drill a series of holes you first setup the drill parameters. Then if you have an absolute location you fill in the DROs and click the DoIt button. The move occurs. Then you click the Plunge or Peck button and the drill cycle occurs. Next you could move to another absolute position, or move an increment. If you were going to drill a series of holes all spaced the same distance you could do the whole job by alternately clicking the Inc and Plunge button.

The wizard also has the ability to record a file, so you can both do the immediate job and build a Gcode file to re-use. When you click the Start Record button you are prompted for a file name.

The record function will look for a file named GcodeStart.tap and GcodeEnd.tap, which it will inert into the gcode file it builds.

There is a You tube video showing the operation at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzzoybS-QPQ

the code is attached to this file. Just download it, unzip it into the MAch3\Addons folder and you re ready to go.

If you have a Newfangled license you are unlimited, if not it runs in demo mode and gives you a few moves.

Hope you find this useful

Edit, June 13, 2012
V1.03, Fixed screen size to keep reset and exit buttons showing, and ZeroX label

Edit July 2, 2012
V1.04 Removed use of #Expand so that wizards will work with older version of Mach, mostly for Tormach users
303  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: tooltable trouble on: September 18, 2011, 08:15:43 PM
I dont think a reinstall is worth while. If you open the tool table on the settings screen do you have values in that table?

Do you have a standard Mach install, into C:\Mach3?

Your tool table is stored in C:|Mach3\Macros\<profilename>\tools.dat Is that file there?

The wizard cannot create a tool table, it canonly read the description anddiameter values from a table that is saved under the Offsetts screen.
304  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: tooltable trouble on: September 15, 2011, 01:53:26 PM
Sorry, I jumped before complete testing.

The tool table works exactly as it should for me. My tool table was empty, so selecting from it showed an empty table. I made a couple entries and it works exactly as it should.

Unless someone has messed with the screen and lost the button code I cannot see anyway the 'select from tool table' button wont at least show a table- it will be empty if your tool table is empty.

305  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: tooltable trouble on: September 15, 2011, 01:23:55 PM
I just tried it, and the dialog box opens to make the choice, but the box is empty. That means the VB call to get the tool table is no longer working. Ill have to talk to Brian about this, he must have broken it in a later version.

Can anyone that has this working tell us a version so we can figure when it broke?

ron

306  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: NFS Powerfeed XY wizzard V1.1 on: August 08, 2011, 06:29:38 PM
The wizard works by generating lines of Gcode and executing them. So you are in fact running a program with it, so feed hold needs a start button. I dont recall why I didnt put one on the screen.

You could hit the reset button twice, that will clear the stop and be ready to run again.
307  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: Is there any way to have the pocketing ops ramp down rather than directly plunge on: July 24, 2011, 08:39:34 PM
I am sorry to report that I do not understand the ramp angle. Brian wrote that code, and I really hope I never have to dig a bug out of it, because it is strange code.

I believe the ramp angle refers to the slope of the ramp the tool follows down- 90 is a straight plunge, 10 seems to take a long slow ramp, in one circle case it took more than one turn around the circle to get to full cut depth.

Best way to see it is to try a few examples, just changing the ramp angle, then use the preview button to see the code and the tool path.

Dont ask abut Ramp Dist- as far as I can tell it does nothing. Ill try to get Brian to explain it all to me someday.
308  Mach Discussion / General Mach Discussion / Re: G540 and CNC4PC c19 speed controller trouble on: July 21, 2011, 07:45:06 PM
Why use the C19? The G540 has an analog output to drive a VFD. I used the G540 on the MiniMill I did for the CNCworkshop and it was the best speed control I have found.
309  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: Is there any way to have the pocketing ops ramp down rather than directly plunge on: July 20, 2011, 01:50:37 PM
I just did some testing of the pockets wizards. If the ramp angle is greater than 90 the rectangular pocket generates  crazy code, with a huge spiral. I will add a test to the number to clip it at 90.

the circular pocket seems to work Ok with big values of the ramp angle, it looks like the program just internally clips that to 90.
310  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: Is there any way to have the pocketing ops ramp down rather than directly plunge on: July 20, 2011, 01:26:48 PM
The circular and rectangular pockets in the NFS wizards do have a ramp in function- see the DRO labeled Ramp Angle

There is no setting to cause a fast Z to the surface, it makes the Z move from the rapid height to the cut depth at feed rate. It would be nice to add the fast plunge, its 'on my list' for someday.
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