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401  Mach Discussion / General Mach Discussion / Re: 3D Printer: Extruder on: January 29, 2010, 09:43:33 PM
I started to do some work with this. I bought the extruder control board from makerbot and did some reading about hooking it up to my mill.

I got turned off after looking at all the parts beng made- they are really rather crude. Its neat to be able to make something this way, But Id like to be able to print parts that could become patterns for casting and everything Ive seen is much to coarse to be usable.

There was one of the thingvers units running at Cabin fever and I got to handle some of the parts it made and they were not very impressive.

I think if you make the extruded filament fine enough to make smooth parts it will require days of run time to build up anything interesting.

I may still move ahead on this, but for now Im kind of put off by it.
402  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: CUT RECTANGLE on: January 12, 2010, 08:27:46 PM
Glad you figured out your problem. I am going to try hard to get Brian to update his copy of the wizards so he stops sending out 2.79. We have done it a couple times and somehow he always winds up going back.

I am looking at dong lathe wizards. I have a lathe nearly ready to run. When its running Ill need some wizards. Im going to focus on the idea of a semi-automatic lathe, more of an automated manual lathe.  If you have a turning center you need real CAM software, but for simple tasks on a semi-automatic lathe wizards seem right.
403  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: CUT RECTANGLE on: January 07, 2010, 10:25:41 AM
Wow, that does sound like a long job.

There is no single wizard to do something like this, and I think its a bit beyond the idea of wizards. I see them as a way to do a simple, quick job.

My first reaction is I would have done this job by using a CAD program to make the layout, then something like Sheetcam or Cut2d to make the gcode.

One way to do it with wizards would be to use the rectangular hole array wizard to create all the  code for the array, then edit that code to drop in the code to make a slot instead of a simple hole. One problem might be that the hole routine uses canned drill cycles, you might have to hack that code a bit, but at least the wizard could generate all the base geometery.

There is also a nesting wizard, not part of the newfangled set that might work. You could use the newfangled to generate the slot code, then the nest wizard to make the array of slots.

404  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: CUT RECTANGLE on: January 07, 2010, 07:21:52 AM
The screen button is programmed to call the wizard as C:\mach3\addons\newfangled Thats where the standard install puts the file.

When I post a new version I name it newfangled283 so it will be clear which version it is. If you simply unzip that package it will wind up in C;\mach3\addons\newfangled283 so the button gets the old script. If you look st the wizard pull down menu you will see both and can select teh one you want.

There is no reason to keep an old version. Delete your file called newfangled and rename the newfangled283 to be just newfangled.

I have had problems that Brian keeps getting an old version into the mach install kit so if you update Mach to a new version it replaces the newfangled with the old one.  Ill try again to get Brian to only use the current version.
405  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: CUT RECTANGLE on: January 06, 2010, 10:26:33 PM
Thanks for all the screen shots- that makes it easy to see what you are doing.

The first thing I notice is you have an old version- 2.79. You should be using 2.83

In the Change log file I have
Quote
V2.80 Nov 24, 08
Fixed Cut Rectangle to include F word after plunge
So I think getting the latest version will fix your problem. Its right here in this forum, down a few topics.
406  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: What am I doing wrong on: January 03, 2010, 09:28:08 PM
Yes, the newfangled wizards use tool offset code, so if you have values inthe tool table Mach will use them.

I think that if you have set up the tool table correctly the wizards will work OK. If you do not use the tool table, and all the entries are 0 then they also work OK.
407  Mach Discussion / General Mach Discussion / Re: Two CNC configurations on one PC, Possible? on: January 02, 2010, 10:13:14 PM
You might try reading the Mach installation manual. It has a full explanation of profiles and how and why to create them. See the documentation page on this site for the manual
408  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: What am I doing wrong on: January 02, 2010, 10:09:25 PM
Sorry, but I do not understand what you are doing.

Are you using one of the Newfangled wizards? which one?

When it returns to Mach do you see the code OK? can you save the code and post a copy here?

409  Mach Discussion / General Mach Discussion / Re: Machine won't move. on: December 03, 2009, 07:39:23 PM
If you are saying you just copied all the old files to the new machine thats the problem. The Mach install process does some stuff to install the driver and sets some registry values. Thats why the re-boot after the first install is so critical.

Download a full Mach kit from the web and run the install process on the new machine. After its installed you can replace the xml with your old xml to get back to your config.

You might also try to download the mach install manual and follow the steps in that. It is clearly spelled out and goes through all the needed steps.
410  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: Wizards on: November 17, 2009, 07:00:49 PM
If you paid for the Newfangled wizards you were mailed a file named WizLic.dat which should be in your Mach3 folder. If you have lost it send a message to license@machsupport.com and give your name and about when you purchased the license. If Scott can find your original purchase he will send you a new copy of the license.
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