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421  Mach Discussion / VB and the development of wizards / Re: Controlling a stepper motor from VB on: October 06, 2009, 06:21:13 PM
Sorry, but you cannot drive a stepper directly from VB. As you have found there are all manner of unpredicatable time delays involved in VB and Windows.

What we speak of on this forum is not really VB- it is a scripting language based on VB, but it is hooked in to the Mach3 software. Mach3 can drive the steppers, this VB like language can issue commands to Mach to move the motors. So you can accomplish many things with this system that involve steppers, but its a bit more complicated that just hooking a stepper to a parallel port and running some VB.

Maybe tell us more of what you want to accomplish and we can offer some ideas.
422  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: Cutting Arc on: September 27, 2009, 10:11:23 AM
The X and Y values entered into the wizard defines the center of the arc, not the starting point of the cut. t seems to me the wizard is doing the correct cut for a center and radius as you sepcified.
423  Mach Discussion / General Mach Discussion / Re: Mach Workshop at Cabin Fever Expo on: September 21, 2009, 07:28:13 PM
We have not settled on an exact plan, but I do not think we will do a full Mach seminar as last year. There will be at least a couple of 1 hr seminars, and I will be running a demo of some kind.

Note the CNC workshop that was held in Illinois has been re-created, and wlil be in Ann Arbor (outside Detroit) Michigan in June 2010. That will be a full week long event and Im sure there will be a lot of Mach sessions. Its all in early planning stages now
424  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: Stock Diameter in "Cut Spline" on: September 20, 2009, 08:46:05 PM
The cut spline uses a subroutine. The sub is saved in the subroutine folder, I think you are just looking at the main routine and only see the rotate moves, not the xy moves.
425  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: Suggestion for a new wizard on: September 20, 2009, 08:43:25 PM
Interesting idea. I think the spline wizard could do the flats. It wouldnt be a hard mod to the spline or gear cutting to do drilling.
426  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: NFW Surfacing Wizard on: September 20, 2009, 08:38:03 PM
Check the wizard version, in the top right corner of the main screen. The latest is 2.83. I think Brian may still have the older version in the mach kit.

The latest wizard can be found in this forum section.
427  Mach Discussion / VB and the development of wizards / Re: Key Trapping Inside Cypress Enable Scripting on: September 11, 2009, 05:17:56 PM
How fast a count do you expect to make? Your VB code will only get to run 10 times per second, so I would not expect to accurately count any pulse of more than a couple per second.

A brain might be a better way to count, then use the VB to handle the logic of the count values.
428  Mach Discussion / Finished Screens / Re: It can change the interface of the wizard? on: September 11, 2009, 05:14:21 PM
I do not understand your question, but one problem you may be seeing is that Screen4 does not get the path correct, so it does not display the bitmaps that are in  your bitmap folder.

The only way around this is to move the .set file and all its bitmaps to the Mach3 folder and to Mach3\bitmaps

I have asked Brian about this and he has tried to fix it but for some reason it is to deep into the Screen4 code to fix
429  General CNC Chat / Show"N"Tell ( What you have made with your CNC machine.) / Re: Made a dust shoe for my router. on: September 09, 2009, 09:52:41 PM
How did you hold the brush strip into the base plate? I see the groove but dont see how its held in.
430  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: Circular pocket problems on: August 29, 2009, 10:37:20 AM
The wizard applies no intelligence to your choice of stepover, so I guess the only solution is to use values that work to your satisfaction.
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