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461  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: Suggestion for hole drilling wizards on: March 31, 2009, 06:25:03 AM
A lot of topics getting mixed in here.

On the license question, Newfangled did not attach a specific license to the wizards.  There is a code protection scheme with a password, but its not to hard to get around. Obviously we would be greatly upset if someone took the code and tried to sell a modified version. But if a user figures out how to modify it for his own use there really is no restriction.

My worry is that modified version will get out and make support impossible, Its hard enough when there are old versions around, but trying to support code that has been modified by a user is impossible.

There are countless ways to restructure screens and wizard like functions. I have started a lathe set that has screens for manual mode, running programs, facing, boring, tapering, etc. These are a bit like power feed screens where they do the operation when you push the button, not generate Gcode for later use.

My lathe screens are not finished, and I just sold my lathe so it will be a while before i have another lathe running and can get back to work on the screens.

I had along talk with Brian last night about screen issues. There are some problems with the way it currently works- seen by the long time it can take to paint screens when you load wizards or screens. He has some fixes in mind that may get into Mach V4. That would make much quicker to switch screens and make a many page set possible.

Back to the original question, Im not sure I understand what you want by a single hole drilling. Do you mean you want the wizard to make stops at each location, like a 2D machine would? Because of the complexity of getting into and out of the wizard a choice for a single hole seems more trouble than its worth.
462  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: Suggestion for hole drilling wizards on: March 29, 2009, 08:22:59 PM
I have only recently started to let the control do drilling. I was always afraid to drill under power, especially for small drills. I would let the wizard generate the code, then Id run it in Single Block and just hit start after I drilled each hole. My mill has the motor on the knee and a free quill.

I have lately been just letting the program run and so far it has not broken a drill.

I has occurred to me I could do a better job of feed rate calculation. Now the wizards figures a feed rate base on a milling move, then uses 50% of that for plunge. I could actually calculate the feed rate based on chip load and tool RPM. I will do some experiments and see what I can do.
463  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: CNC newb needs Wizard or Help with G code for K baffle on: March 27, 2009, 06:46:57 AM
If you followed the recommendations in the Install manual you created your own profile and xml file. Then when installing a new version of Mach your file will not be changed.

If you are running on the default xml mach usually does not alter it on a re-install, but there are cases when it has,

In any case all of your custom settings are in your profile XML file and only that file needs to be saved.

I doubt a reinstall will fix anything. Mach determines from the profile it starts up what screen set to run. If its told to tun a .lset it means a lathe setup and the wizards are pointed to the correct lathe wizards.

Try to select the lathe screen set and see if Mach then thinks its running on a lathe.
464  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: CNC newb needs Wizard or Help with G code for K baffle on: March 26, 2009, 08:25:04 PM
You will only see the lathe wizards when you are running the Turn version of Mach. If you only see the mill wizards you are running mill.
465  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: 2.83 ready on: March 26, 2009, 08:22:05 PM
That must be some kind of processor or graphics card issue. Nothing in VB or wizards has any control over the display updating. Are you running on a very slow cpu?
466  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: V2.82 ready for test, also for Tormach users on: March 23, 2009, 07:32:18 AM
V2.82 has a bug in the preview code of the surface wizard.

The wizards are built so that you can assemble one large program by running several steps. As an efficiency each step keep track of the tool used, and saves it in a var. When code is generated it looks to see if this code will use the same tool last used, if so it does not output the tool change code.

The surface wizard has a bug in preview that changes the current tool setting. Then when the post code is generated it looks at current tool, sees we are using the same tool we used last time so it does not issue the tool code. The preview should not change the tool setting.

I have fixed this in v2.83.
467  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: 2.83 ready on: March 22, 2009, 08:27:58 PM
I know about the inch/mm LEDs, its the best I could do since I added them on after all the screens were designed.

The mach version should not matter, as long as its fairly recent- the last year is probably OK. What I fixed for the comp moves was to always make a linear move for the comp exit. That was always OK, after the recent fix its mandatory. So the wizard generated code will run with the old comp fine.
468  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: 2.83 ready on: March 22, 2009, 11:15:12 AM
No, not needed now. I fixed that in 2.82 so that the wizard figures out the path name.
469  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / 2.83 ready on: March 22, 2009, 08:16:22 AM
I fixed a couple more issues related to the new cutter comp, and a couple related to the use of tool zero and not putting the tool change info in code correctly.

As usual Ill post this here, I hope some of you try it and let me know of any errors. If no problems are found in a couple weeks Ill pass it to Brian to include in the release mach kit.

Update: I just replaced V2.83 with a very minor change.  The original still put the comment in the code that said v2.82. I wont change the v number for so minor a fix, but the code is changed as of  this edit
470  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: V2.82 ready for test, also for Tormach users on: March 22, 2009, 08:12:57 AM
I do not see that problem. Could you post a short file here generated by the wizard?

I am going to put a new version, 2.83,  in a new topic.
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