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561  Mach Discussion / General Mach Discussion / Re: Locating question on: January 18, 2011, 09:10:25 AM
Hi Ray,

It is a display error in Mach. The actual movement will be correct though.

Dan
562  Mach Discussion / General Mach Discussion / Re: Locating question on: January 16, 2011, 09:56:24 AM
Hi Ray,

The best option is using the G52 offset. Suppose you cut the first one at X0 Y0. Then you want another one at X-3 Y0 and next one at X3 Y0. This is how the program will look like:

(your code to cut rectangle here)
G0 X-3 Y0
G52 X-3 (this will offset the current point by -3 making it X0. Y remains the same)
(your code to cut rectangle here)
G52 X0 (set the offset back to zero)

G0 X3 Y0
G52 X3
(your code to cut rectangle here)
G52 X0
M30

In the same way you can offset in the Y as well.

Dan
563  Mach Discussion / General Mach Discussion / Re: Windows Project (;-) on: January 13, 2011, 01:33:44 PM
I can have CamBam open and be using it while cutting but not with the parallel port.

This is what I was meaning. That the SS frees up a lot of CPU resources which in turn can allow running other processes along with Mach3. Not the case with the PP, so if you're judging based on a SS system that might not be true for a PP system.

Dan
564  Mach Discussion / General Mach Discussion / Re: Windows Project (;-) on: January 13, 2011, 10:29:58 AM
I can tell that stripping all the unused features of XP using the XPlite software made the PC (which is far not the best out there nor a new) boot VERY fast. 23 seconds to fully load Windows! About 20 seconds faster than before I stripped it. Not that it runs Mach3 better this way, I just like it being loading fast.

BTW, Jeff, isn't it with the Smooth Stepper? With the SS I can switch screens and such (but still prefer to avoid doing it) while running a program and nothing wrong happens.

Dan
565  Mach Discussion / Works in progress / Re: THE LATHE PROJECT - 2011 on: January 11, 2011, 01:57:53 PM
No nicking Wink , but it's just a good example of a good screen, I think. Besides, his is a mill screen while we need a lathe screen.

Dan
566  Mach Discussion / Works in progress / Re: THE LATHE PROJECT - 2011 on: January 11, 2011, 01:53:09 AM
Wes,

The conversational interface as you call it, will be very good. Most of the work I do on the lathe I don't use any CAM, just the wizards or manual coding. And I also like the look of Gerry's new mill screen. Looks very clean and easy to look at.

Dan
567  Mach Discussion / General Mach Discussion / Re: Two heads on: January 11, 2011, 01:42:11 AM
Right Hood. Steve did this with an external board which receives a signal from Mach and swaps the pins of two axes. Using two of this boards should do what's asked for. He was intending to be selling them, so may be contact him and ask.

Dan
568  Mach Discussion / General Mach Discussion / Re: Two heads on: January 10, 2011, 01:46:23 PM
This is correct, Gerry. At least with the Smooth Stepper it is. Unless you do ResetAxisSwap() after a SwapAxis() using another SwapAxis() wouldn't work.

Hood's first suggestion seems to be the only way. Of course you can also go to the Ports and Pins and swap the pins manually as well.

Dan
569  Mach Discussion / Works in progress / Re: THE LATHE PROJECT-2011 - THREADING WIZARD ONLY on: January 09, 2011, 01:56:56 PM
Making the simple threading wizard on a single page would be nice. Often forget to go to the settings page. Also, the code output by the simple threading wizard does a move in machine coordinates to tool change position (not noted in the wizard) which in my mind has to be omitted. No other wizard does this and all of my programs I never use machine coordinates. Had few crashes when forgot to comment out that move.

Cannot comment on the other threading wizards as I have never used them.

Dan
570  Mach Discussion / Works in progress / Re: THE LATHE PROJECT - 2011 on: January 09, 2011, 01:51:20 PM
I agree, Rich. The screen which comes with Mach3Turn is very annoying to use with its jumping back and forth between the screens. A screen set providing all the day to day features on one screen is a good improvement. However, the biggest advantage, of the 1024 screen set is its simple screens with only few buttons and you don't have to look for that single button all over the screen. so we need to be careful not to get carried away by trying to put everything on the main page.

I like large buttons and DRO's. The DRO's on Phil's screen are too small for me. I like them being distinct from the other stuff on the screen. Scott's screen has lot's of unused space. I think it's a waste. buttons could be made bigger.

Also, would be nice to have FRO percentage slide bars like in Mach Mill, and not some arrows that change the feed by a set amount.

Dan
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