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441  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: some little annoying issues on: June 10, 2009, 08:59:02 PM
The reset is happening because the screen update time is long enough to trip t0eh watchdog timer in Mach. It happens on slower machines and large screen sets like the NFS wizards. You can turn off the 'use watchdog' in the config page, or get a faster machine.

Thats how the wizards are programmed, always going through the material select and tool select. No real way to change that. For a single screen wizard the "run last wizard" button is more useful.

The Zstart or Ztop issue is one tha tis oftem discussed, but since the current way it works is burried in many screens its just to big a change to make. It would impact every screen of the set.
442  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: ODD Comp Move on: June 05, 2009, 06:26:27 AM
There is something very strange here- line 10 in your example is a peck drilling cycle. There is nothing in the cut circle wizard that does peck drilling. Have you edited that code? Since there is no G80 to cancel the peck cycle the rest of the code is very strange.

It also appears you ran the wizard 3 times in the one program.

How about a simple example, just one run of the wizard.
443  General CNC Chat / Show"N"Tell ( What you have made with your CNC machine.) / Re: Video of my milling process - need advice on improving efficiency on: June 03, 2009, 08:39:41 PM
A shellac or other sticky way to hold parts is fine for one off stuff, but if you really want to make these in large numbers make a holding fixture. Id buy my stock in a width just enough to make one part. Start it in a vise, with just  a bit more than one half sticking up out of the vise, Cut your part half way down.

Next make a soft vise jaw and cut into it the image of the part- some call this a 'nest'. You flip the half cut part into the nest, tighten the vise, and do the other half.

Id also program an arc in and out on the cut to minimize the cutter marks, and Id program the part over size by about .010. Then Id make one final pass around the part at exact size as a finish cut.

I agree with the Bridgeport size machine. You ought to be able to run much faster than on the Taig. If you really want to buy a ready to run machine also look at the Tormach.
444  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: ODD Comp Move on: May 31, 2009, 08:05:46 PM
Can you post a sample code that does this? It sounds like some init condition, but you say a reset clears it.
445  Mach Discussion / General Mach Discussion / Re: Any one used xylotex boards to upgrade an EMCO lathe? on: May 02, 2009, 11:20:36 AM
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Ron, I think your motors where just rated too high a voltage. I think if you had 2V motors, you would have gotten acceptable performance.

I bought the xylotex kit, with their motors, board and power supply. When I found them to slow I replace the board with geckos and raised the power supply voltage to about 48v. That worked well.

The simple fact is that voltage equates to speed with steppers, and the Xylotex board with its 24v useful limit is just slow. With the Gecko 251s available (they were not when I started the project) I see no reason to ever buy a Xylotex board.
446  Mach Discussion / General Mach Discussion / Re: Any one used xylotex boards to upgrade an EMCO lathe? on: May 01, 2009, 05:59:36 PM
I had a Compac PC-5 which I converted to Mach. I bought motors and a Xylotex board. With the Xylotex board the machine was slower than with its old steppers. I replaced the xylotex with  geckos and got acceptable performance.

I have since decided the machine was to small for my use and have sold it. Im looking aorund now for a bigger lathe for my next project
447  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: 2.83 ready on: April 29, 2009, 08:04:18 PM
Not until. after Brian releases the new cutter comp. As soon as that is out, and stable, I will fix the wizards.
448  Mach Discussion / VB and the development of wizards / Re: VB defines/header file? on: April 28, 2009, 05:52:08 PM
I do not know of one. There was a recent list of all the DROs posted, but its only a list with descriptive names, not useable variable names
449  Mach Discussion / General Mach Discussion / Re: Help with Mach3 config. on: April 27, 2009, 08:17:43 PM
I suggest you also print, or buy a copy of the printed, Install Manual The complete sequence of setting up a machine is detailed very well.

See the downloads tab at teh top of this page.
450  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: COPYCAT - "KOOL" on: April 16, 2009, 08:49:37 PM
Yes a probe can be used to pickup accurate points. That was added recently so be sure you sue the latest version which is on this forum, not the one in the mach install
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