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501  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: New Comp Code,G41 & G42? on: January 02, 2009, 06:11:02 PM
Many of the wizards have always generated code using G41/42. As I noted in another topic I have found at least one that fails with the new comp code., and Ive almost got it fixed. I am testing all the rest to see if they have a problem with the new comp code.

I think all the wizards use the P word form, but they also use the tool number if you select a tool number.
502  Mach Discussion / VB and the development of wizards / Re: Wizard questions? on: January 02, 2009, 06:03:39 PM
You can simply add a screen to the standard screen set. Make a button on the main screen to go to your page- DoButton('page number')

Mach will save all the DROs and LEds into the xml of the base screen set. You dont need to use SaveWizard()

The only problem with this is you are sharing the DRO numbers with the base screen set- you will have to look through the screen set to be sure you dont duplicate any of them. You are also sharing the number set with any macropump that runs. If you stick to the higher end of the numbers- say 1200- 1256 you might be OK.
503  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Wizards and the new cutter comp on: December 31, 2008, 10:17:53 PM
Brian has just made a major change to the cutter comp, and it looks like this has broken at least one wizard- the circular groove.

One of the new rules is that comp must always start and end on a straight move, never a g02 or g03. Im going through all the wizards now to test for other cases and will be fixing them and releasing a new version as soon as I can, but I expect it may be a while. some of this comp code is strange!

504  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: Thread Mill Rough on: December 31, 2008, 10:13:48 PM
I agree that using the multi-step ability of the wizards is the best way to handle this. Im not likley to make basic changes to the wizards now when there is an easy way to do the job
505  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: Rectangle do a oval? on: December 31, 2008, 10:12:20 PM
I dont think it works very well. I just tried a few examples and when the corner radius gets to big to fit within the rectangle strange things happen. Im not sure if this is a feature of the new cutter comp or it always worked like this. Im testing more now.
506  Mach Discussion / General Mach Discussion / Re: Mach Workshop at Cabin Fever Expo on: December 30, 2008, 07:19:23 PM
I met with Brian yesterday and we have added some detail to the seminar agenda. It now looks like this:


Friday
9:00-10:30    Brian, Ron, Dave, Scott N., Scott S.   
  Introductions,
  Mechanical Considerations. Some example machines. Stepper, servos, ballscrews, belts, pullies, etc

11:00-12:30  Dave, with Brian, Ron
  Electronics, BOBs, SS, Geckos, Power supplies, Limit switches, spindle sensors,  general wiring hints.

1:00-2:30   Brian
 Installing Mach and basic config, ports and pins, motor tuning, basic test and debug

3:00-4:30   Brian
 General config, choosing the right answers.
 Operator interfaces- Shuttle Pro, Xkeys, Ipac, PoKeys, MPGs, pendants

Saturday

9:00-10:30   Brian Barker
  Basic Mach operation, loading programs, running, operator control, CV

11:00-12:30  Ron Ginger
  Using Wizards, Screen4, Intro to VB

1:00-2:00   Scott Schaffer
  Customizing screens with Flash.
  Flash screen, examples, what can be done, brief How to.

2:00-2:30 Tom Hubin
  3D video scanning

3:00-4:30   Brian, Karl
  The new cutter Comp,

Sunday

9:00-10:30   Dave, Brian
 Other I/O options, modbus, PLCs, Brains, tool changers.

11:00-12:30  Brian
  Plug-ins, using and writing.

1:00- the end  All
   Wrap up, feedback, General Q&A.

Im still working on the plans for Friday night, but there will at least be a reception room at the Holiday Inn where we can all have a drink talk.

Saturday will be a reception (free beer!) at the York Museum of Industry.

We will have a router making signs, an Emco lathe with tool changer, a mini mill with tool changer and likely a few more demos.

I have also been told there is more good machinery in the auction, by at least double, any previous year.

Its going to be a great session, dont miss it.
507  Mach Discussion / General Mach Discussion / Re: Mach Workshop at Cabin Fever Expo on: December 30, 2008, 07:11:42 PM
There are many other hotels in the area.  Look at www.cabinfeverexpo.com there is a page of other hotels on that site.

 I just talked to the show promoter, and he said the hotels are starting to get requests for rooms for the Inaugration- its almost a 3 hr drive to Washington DC!
508  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: V2.82 ready for test, also for Tormach users on: December 29, 2008, 11:40:17 AM
Thanks,that was  the info I needed, although I dont like the answer :-)

The VB in Mach is very weak- there are no debugging tools. All you can do is put msgbox notes in the code.

Ill look at it and see if I can figure it out.
509  Mach Discussion / General Mach Discussion / Re: Mach Workshop at Cabin Fever Expo on: December 28, 2008, 10:24:41 PM
You might also check Harrisburg PA- thats barely an hour drive, but maybe not good flights from CA. Also check Baltimore, its south, closer, and better Freeway connections.

510  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: V2.82 ready for test, also for Tormach users on: December 28, 2008, 08:59:54 PM
OK, I see what you are doing- you create a description by taking the tool number and diameter.

In my display I show the tool number, and the diameter. If the system has a description I show it, otherwise I show 'unknown'

I have talked to Tormach and they will be updating their version to include the GetToolDesc. for now I'm going to leave the wizard as it is.

What I need to know is does my test work OK on a tormach system- does it display 'unknown' in a tool table, or does it give  VB error message?
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