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441  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: Cut a circle? on: October 23, 2009, 06:29:26 PM
The cut circle routine uses a circular lead in and lead out so you will see several moves besides the circle you want. The ramp in and out are properly handled if you ask for a groove the lead happens above the work- clearly it doesnt help with the cut, but it still makes a lead in.

In addition to the circular lead in there is a linear move to turn on the cutter comp.

As far as I know the circle routine works for all cases, Ive tested it a lot and i use it fairly often.
442  Mach Discussion / Finished Screens / Re: Lathe screen (if you have one) on: October 17, 2009, 09:35:28 PM
I have one I did for my emco lathe. It does the tool changer. Its not really finished but maybe it will be of interest.

I did it for a small touch screen so its only 640x800. It uses many of the screen buttons from the standard lathe screens
443  Mach Discussion / General Mach Discussion / Re: New Mach3 v4 VB Interface on: October 17, 2009, 09:29:13 PM
Id like to see a way get a VB Sub attached to each DRO that would be called when the DRO is changed by the user.

In almost every wizard screen the user can update a bunch of DRO's then finally pushes a'write code' button. Then I have to run through all the DROs to be sure they are valid and pop up error messages.

It would be much cleaner if when the user tried to change a DRO I could instantly error check it and popup an error then, while hes still looking at the DRO.

The VB code would not be run if the system changed the DRO value, or if some other VB code changed the DRO- only when a user enters a new value.
444  Mach Discussion / VB and the development of wizards / Re: Cutting from Template on: October 13, 2009, 05:36:44 PM
Have a look at the CopyCat wizard. With it you would lay your template on the table and manually jog the router around the path you want to follow, clicking on each corner or major feature. When its done the wizard generates a gcode program that will repeat that path.

There is a topic in this forum about CopyCat and its use. There is also a link to a nice doc on how to use it.

See http://www.machsupport.com/forum/index.php/topic,10437.0.html
445  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.
446  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.
447  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
448  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.
449  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.
450  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.
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