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311  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: NEW!! Drill Wizard on: December 06, 2012, 08:19:58 AM
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Also how do you use Metric units with the wizard?

I have not tried, but if you enter a G21 in mDI before starting the wizard, then simply entering your metric values should work.

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In the video you popped up the editor window, how do you do this?

Do oyu mean the keyboard popup? Thats called AutoCalculator. Click on the Operator Menu then click AutoCalculator. It will stay work until you click again to turn it off. Then simply a click in any DRO and the keypad pops up. I love it at my desk because I can do all entries without letting go of the mouse.

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Can I record a file and save it, and then just run it in the Mach 3 window?

Yes, thats exactly the idea of the record function. The saved file is simply Gcode, it does not need the wizard to run.

No problem asking questions, thats why the forum is here.
312  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: NFS Turn wizard not loading on: November 25, 2012, 07:58:48 AM
Those dont look like bad sizes. The Gcode files are basically empty unless you have special code you wish to put there, like some kind of machine init routine. The changle log is just a few lines of text, and the Threads file has only a few lines of sample data- its up to you to edit it to contain the threads you commonly use, and the values you like for thread depth.

But I would expect better luck with un-zip on the PC not the MAC.
313  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.
314  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.

315  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.
316  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,
317  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.
318  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!
319  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.
320  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.
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