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501  Mach Discussion / Works in progress / Re: New IPS (Interactive Programming System) Professional Screen for Turn on: August 26, 2011, 11:14:55 AM
Selecting which DRO you'd like to see is fine I think. Don't know though why would someone want the old type DRO - it's either you use the tool table in Mach or not, and if you do you then you have an offset for each tool.

The way I do tapping is by using the spindle as a rotary axis (the SwapAxis command in swaps outputs of spindle and 'A' axis) and then program like this:

G1 Z-10 A10

This will rotate the spindle 10 revolutions and advance the tap 10mm into the workpiece. So this will tap 1mm pitch thread to a depth of 10mm - M6x1 for instance. Then a reverse move to pull the tap out.

An option for a wizard would be entering the pitch and depth and it would calculate the number of turns of the spindle and output the Gcode.

Dan
502  Mach Discussion / Works in progress / Re: New IPS (Interactive Programming System) Professional Screen for Turn on: August 26, 2011, 10:14:12 AM
Hi Wes,

As I said, this screen set is really cool and very useful.

If I may suggest something, I'd love to see the new Tool DRO, Brian implemented for Turn, being added to it. This OEM DRO 246 and it shows current tool and current offset in the format xxyy. Adding a 'T' in the formatting string makes it look even better: Txxyy.

Also, as I have a servo motor on my spindle and do (kind of) rigid tapping and indexing I would like to see a rotary axis DRO as suggested above by Rich.

Dan
503  Mach Discussion / Works in progress / Re: THE LATHE PROJECT - 2011 on: August 19, 2011, 11:03:21 PM
That's COOL, Wes! Very good looking too and I think you succeeded with the "professional look". I know I will be interested in it. When do you think it will be finished? I have another lathe I am converting to Mach3 and I plan to use it for one off''s and was looking for something like this.

Dan
504  General CNC Chat / Show"N"Tell ( Your Machines) / Re: My Emco 120 rebuild... on: August 19, 2011, 01:26:46 PM
Hi Pete,

Congratulations on your first machine rebuilt. Looks like you did well. This is a very good machine to own. I have an Emco C5, which I like, and have been looking at acquiring one of these larger versions with automatic chucks.

Dan
505  Mach Discussion / Works in progress / Re: THE LATHE PROJECT - 2011 on: July 16, 2011, 08:53:05 AM
I also think it is redundant.

Dan
506  Mach Discussion / Works in progress / Re: THE LATHE PROJECT - 2011 on: July 15, 2011, 02:40:49 AM
Scott,

Sorry, you asked about Pro and that was what I was referring to. Thought the "Hobby" version was pretty much finished anyway in terms of concept - it has everything on the main screen.

Dan
507  Mach Discussion / Works in progress / Re: THE LATHE PROJECT - 2011 on: July 14, 2011, 12:29:09 PM
Scott,

I would omit the MDI screen. Don't think a dedicated MDI screen is needed. The MDI is needed both on the setup screen and the run screen.

On the main screen needed also spindle and coolant control buttons as well as tool number and offset DROs - the new DROs Brian has just added. Also, these DRO's are needed on the setup screen. Spindle control is also needed on the setup page, since you touch off on the setup screen.

Dan

508  Mach Discussion / Works in progress / Re: THE LATHE PROJECT - 2011 on: July 10, 2011, 09:43:43 AM
Looks like no one is interested Sad

Dan
509  Mach Discussion / Mach Screens / Re: Arrow Keys Jogging doesn't work with a new screen on: July 04, 2011, 10:17:16 PM
Issue number 2 is resolved - apparently was my fault of some sort. Now seems to work.

Issue number 3 appears to be a touch screen issue - if you statically hold your finger on one spot it just quits after a couple of seconds. Moving the finger around on the button keeps it thinking you're still there. Hope I can find some parameter in the touch screen software to resolve this.

Thanks,
Dan

510  Mach Discussion / Mach Screens / Re: Arrow Keys Jogging doesn't work with a new screen on: July 04, 2011, 01:39:43 AM
Hi Gerry,

Thanks for the tips.

1. Now works. It appears to be the button that is required.
2. Yes. Nothing happens. But put the same screen on this PC and it seems to work... Will go back to the machine PC and see if there was really a problem or it was my fault.
3. Yes, I am positive I am in continuous jog mode. It seems to me like the the touch screen quirk - as if it doesn't like to be held continuously and quits after a couple of seconds. Is it possible? 

Regards,
Dan
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