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441  Mach Discussion / General Mach Discussion / Re: outputs frome keyboard strokes? on: July 14, 2009, 06:01:50 PM
To add VB code to a button you must first use screen4 to make it a VB button. Then open the screen, use the menu bar, operator, then Edit Button Script. All the buttons that are defined as Vb will blink, click the one you want to edit. An editor window will open.

see the VB topic in this forum for examples of button code.
442  Mach Discussion / General Mach Discussion / Re: Mach3 error: No Shuttle of type selected on: July 10, 2009, 07:39:03 PM
The no shuttle error is a warning that you have the shuttle plug-in installed, but do not have a shuttle plugged in. Just delete the shuttle.dll file form the plugin folder and restart mach. Or just ignore the message, its harmless.

443  General CNC Chat / Show"N"Tell ( Your Machines) / Re: single phase vs 3 phase VFD's on: July 08, 2009, 07:48:52 PM
Ive hooked up many VFDs, and all of them Ive seen are designed for 3 phase in and out, but work fine with single phase in. They must be de-rated about 1/3 or so, but they will work just fine.

You definitely need the correct manual, because most of these have about a thousand parameters you can set and without the doc s you havent got a chance to get it right.
444  Mach Discussion / General Mach Discussion / Re: outputs frome keyboard strokes? on: July 07, 2009, 09:04:19 PM
Put a button on the screen that has VB coded in it to activate the output. There are many examples of this in the VB section of this forum.

Assign a hot key to the button.

If you dont want to see the button on the screen make it real small, or hide it on the edge.
445  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: Do NFS Wizards ignore Mach3 stepper acceleration and speed settings? on: July 05, 2009, 06:47:39 PM
The wizards simply generate G code, the code runs as a normal Mach run. There is no way for a wizard to change the acceleration.

The wizard does set a feed rate, so it is possible that if you didnt enter correct tool sizes and material selection it might set a very high Feed. But no Feed on a G01 move can ever go faster than the motors are tuned.

It might be better to run a few real simple MDI commands, just moving each axis an inch or two at a time until you confirm the machine settings are correct. Running a whole program happens very fast and a lot can go wrong quickly. Or maybe set to single step before you run the wizard code.
446  Mach Discussion / General Mach Discussion / Re: Mach 3 cutting undersized on: July 01, 2009, 09:20:09 PM
Sounds like your tool may not be exactly to size- are you using a re-sharpened end mill?
447  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: x axis stops on: July 01, 2009, 09:15:42 PM
Once a wizard has created a file and returns to Mach you are  simply running gcode, the wizards are no longer in control. I see no way a wizard could cause a machine to fail like this, unless you have requested a feed rate greater than your machine can handle.

Can you post the code generated by the wizard.
448  General CNC Chat / Show"N"Tell ( Your Machines) / Re: What The World's Been Waiting For - Yet Another Power Drawbar Design on: June 17, 2009, 09:08:02 PM
The Z-bot power drawbar works exactly like this See http://littlemachineshop.com/products/product_view.php?ProductID=3034&category=209730719. Brian has one running at the CNC workshop last summer, and we had it running at Cabin Fever in January..

I talked to the guy that developed it and he told me about 600-800 pounds was enough for the Tormach tools.

I built a similar, but simpler one on my Jet knee mill. I have my table move for the z axis, so my quill is free to operate by hand. I put the bellville washers under the drawbar, then I added a simple metal bridge above the top of the drawbar. To change a tool I simply drive the quill up with the hand feed until the top of the drawbar hits the bridge, then push a bit further to compress the springs and pop out the collet.  It works fine, but I am a little light on the bellvilles, so I did have a collet slip once.
449  Mach Discussion / General Mach Discussion / Re: ATC/ Rapid changer by Hightechsystems????????????? on: June 17, 2009, 08:56:33 PM
Fred Smith of IMService has shown one  of them running at the last Cabin Fever and NAMES shows. He was running a program that just kept changing tools, but it seemed to work OK. I think it is his unit shown on the videos links of link posted.

The holder is a simple plastic finger, you program the tool to slide into it, then lift the z. The finger grabs the bottom of the holder.

450  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: Cut Circle,Passes,and Cutter Comp on: June 12, 2009, 08:18:35 PM
Ive had a few discussions with Brian about changes for the next version. At this time I dont think we will try to make any functional changes, just make sure everything works with the new comp and all the other changes. When we ar esure its all stable under the new release Ill look at making other changes.

You are right that the cut circle could be more efficient, but the basic idea of the wizards was to be simple and reliable.
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