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501  Mach Discussion / Works in progress / Re: New IPS (Interactive Programming System) Professional Screen for Turn on: September 05, 2011, 10:10:54 AM
Hi Wes,

For me personally an MDI is a must on every screen. Don't like switching between screens just because I want to change a tool for instance - I have an automatic turret and I must call my custom M6Start macro to change tools. This is just an example, I also use the MDI for all sorts of other stuff like changing the feedrate or switching between G94 and G95 or setting a spindle speed. I don't have a touch screen so it's much faster for me to use the keyboard than reaching for the mouse to click on buttons.

Dan
502  General CNC Chat / Show"N"Tell ( Your Machines) / Re: The Laser Project. on: September 02, 2011, 01:35:24 AM
Actually no Tweakie - I figured it was about that small, judging by the zoom level (background is quite blurred Wink ).

The reason for my question in the first place was you saying it was cut from wood. It looks not more than 0.5mm thickness... didn't you mean to say "paper"? Cheesy

By the way, the size adds very much to its charm.

Dan

503  General CNC Chat / Show"N"Tell ( Your Machines) / Re: The Laser Project. on: September 01, 2011, 12:13:06 PM
Nice, Tweakie. What's the size?

Dan
504  General CNC Chat / Show"N"Tell ( What you have made with your CNC machine.) / Re: Cylinder Heads on: September 01, 2011, 02:27:39 AM
Hi Steve,

Been a fantastic thread to follow. The photos of your progress almost made me feel like I was building it Smiley

Thanks,
Dan
505  Mach Discussion / FAQs / Re: Losing Steps or something on: August 30, 2011, 03:16:26 AM
Hi Pete,

Don't know how it would be a resolution issue since the Smooth Stepper obviously hasn't change that. But what matter I guess is you got it working correctly now Smiley

Dan
506  Mach Discussion / FAQs / Re: Losing Steps or something on: August 29, 2011, 02:10:11 AM
Hi Peter,

The strange thing about your experience is losing position on an axis which has not been used. This sounds like a problem in wiring (internal one in the PP card? Not likely, I think, being on 2 computers) such that each time there is a direction signal in one of the axes (probably X since your direction changes where in X?) it somehow finds its way to the step line. May be your outputs were not pulled down (or up) and the Smooth Stepper takes care of this.

Dan
507  Mach Discussion / Works in progress / Re: New IPS (Interactive Programming System) Professional Screen for Turn on: August 26, 2011, 01:20:16 PM
What was the first version to include this new DRO so I can make sure I add a note on the screen option setting?

Mach3 v3.043.038 as per the change log.

Dan
508  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
509  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
510  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
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