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341  Mach Discussion / Works in progress / A lathe screew with buit in wizards on: February 06, 2011, 06:59:18 PM
I have been working on a lathe screen set for a while. It is based on the idea of wizards on the main screen set.

Someone posted a link to a Haas LT-1 lathe, and my set does all the same stuff.

The top set of panels is the same on every screen. Down the left edge are buttons to change screens, there is a manual screen and run screen and several wizard like function screens, turn, face, taper, thread cut, bore etc.

On each function screen you fill in the blanks to define your part. There are two buttons, one called 'Do it' will immediaetly do the function you just defines. The 'Post' button will add this function to a complete Gcode file.

It works great for common turning jobs, The thread has a built-in table that lets you select a thread from a list, I have all the normal US threads, 1/4-20, 10-32, 8-32 etc defines, but its just a simple file the user can edit to add his favorite threads.

I hd most of this working at the CNC workshop last June. Ive been kind of ignoring it for a while, but if there seems to be interest I will finish it up and release it as a Newfangled wizard.

342  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: wizard nesting on: February 02, 2011, 07:24:40 PM
I looked at the code. The wizard takes your ode and treats it as a subroutine. Thats why it  must end in M99 which is the subroutine end macro.

The wizard does just generate a series of rapid moves to each location, then runs the sub. You should see an M98 in each move.

Mach does not show the tool path of each sub call, but I think the wizard works correctly.  Try a simple code and see it it actually ruins as expected, dont just look at the path screen.
343  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: Screens and Wizards on: February 02, 2011, 07:20:46 PM
A wizard should be in C:\Mach3\Addons\[wizard name] In this folder there must be a [wizard name].set file and maybe a folder called Bitmaps that has any graphic files the wizard needs. After the wizard has been run once there will also be a [wizard name].def file that contains the saved values of the wizards DROs


The wizard should have two labels on its first page, one with the content "Author [name] the other should be "Desc [description of the wizard]

These labels are read on start up and build the menu form you see when you choose 'pick a wizard'
344  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: General questions on installing Newfangled Solutions add on on: February 02, 2011, 07:15:03 PM
One other thing to note, the Mach kit has often not had the latest version of the wizards. For some reason every time I poke Brian about it it gets fixed for a while, then later falls back to an old version.

The latest version is 2.85 and is here in this forum under its own topic. The version number appears in teh upper right corner of the main wizard screen.

If you do not have the latest version just download the .zip file and unzip it into the folder C:\MAch3\Addons
345  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: wizard nesting on: February 02, 2011, 07:04:49 PM
The nesting wizard is not part of the Newfangled set, it was contributed by Olivier Adler. I dont know anything about it, but Ill have a look and see if I can figure it out.
346  Mach Discussion / General Mach Discussion / Re: Pocket Wizard by Brian / Kiran on: January 22, 2011, 02:46:35 PM
Now that you have a fixed copy why not save it and post it here. Just save the .set file under Addons
347  Mach Discussion / General Mach Discussion / Re: Need some help, using a digitizing probe to find the center of a bore on: January 21, 2011, 09:14:24 PM
Be careful with probes to find circle center. I have been doing this for a while with a probe from IMserv. The other day I decided to check the accuracy of the center and found quite an error.

If you run the probe once and find center, then rotate the probe 90 degrees and do it again you may have several thou error.

I talked to Fred Smith of IMserv and he said that was expected of a probe- they are not made to be concentric and you need to first probe a known reference and set compensating values for the error.

I bought a Wildhorse Innovations probe. It has a much stronger spring, and is designed to let you make an adjustment for centering. I now have mine so Im within 1 thou of true center.
348  Mach Discussion / General Mach Discussion / Re: Pocket Wizard by Brian / Kiran on: January 21, 2011, 09:05:52 PM
it looks pretty easy to fix. Use the edit button script menu to edit the POST CODE button.

near the bottom of the code are two subs, that start like this

Code:
Sub Finish_ClimbMill(Xpos, Ypos, length, Width, DEPTH, RadTool, finishamount, FeedPlunge, FeedRough, Feedfinish)


Code "X" & Xpos + length / 2 & " Y" & Ypos - finishamount * 2 - RadTool
Code "G0 Z" & (-1 * DEPTH) + Clearance
Code "G01 Z" & (-1 * DEPTH) & " F" & FeedPlunge

Add the variable Zjob to these lines, like
Code:
Code "G0 Z" & Zjob-(-1 * DEPTH) + Clearance
Code "G01 Z" & Zjob-(-1 * DEPTH) & " F" & FeedPlunge
Do the same for the Finish_ConvMill sub

I have not tested this, but it looks like it ought to work.



349  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: user manual for nfs on: January 15, 2011, 09:48:12 PM
No, I haven't updated the manual. I think most of the changes have been bug fixes, but have not altered the use or the screen view.
350  Mach Discussion / General Mach Discussion / Re: Win a CNC mill at Cabin Fever Expo, Janaury 14, 2011 on: January 14, 2011, 07:28:51 AM
Not me, Im going home lighter- I put several items in the consignment sale area.

But of course i will scan the vendor tables frequently for something I NEED
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