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561  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
562  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
563  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
564  Mach Discussion / Works in progress / Re: 3 PAGE LATHE SCREEN - WIZARD ADDITIONS on: January 07, 2011, 02:03:23 AM
Good ideas guys. I agree on most of the things. While I am not a programmer and never built a screen, I will try to contribute as I can.

Dan
565  Mach Discussion / General Mach Discussion / Re: Making a list of things that need fixed in Turn on: January 07, 2011, 01:40:45 AM
Holding down the Ctrl key while using the jog buttons will switch you to incremental mode.

Dan
566  Mach Discussion / General Mach Discussion / Re: Making a list of things that need fixed in Turn on: January 05, 2011, 09:36:26 AM
The way it works now (OK, should work...) you will utilize your whole available speed range in the above example. Do you want to restrict it?? Don't follow you.

Dan
567  Mach Discussion / General Mach Discussion / Re: Making a list of things that need fixed in Turn on: January 04, 2011, 02:10:21 PM
Actually, none of the G81 to G89 canned cycles are implemented.

Also, G77 and G78 are not implemented, although appear in the manual.

Dan
568  Mach Discussion / General Mach Discussion / Re: Making a list of things that need fixed in Turn on: January 04, 2011, 02:07:10 PM
Also the G73 High Speed Peck Drill Canned Cycle.

Tool Path display.

Spindle Override..? What's wrong with it? Seems to work here...

Dan
569  G-Code, CAD, and CAM / G-Code, CAD, and CAM discussions / Re: Milling parts from end of stock on: January 01, 2011, 02:15:02 PM
Just to add up to what Rich and Dave said about carbide end mills. Avoid hand spraying with carbide tools as the fast temperature drop may chip them.

Dan
570  G-Code, CAD, and CAM / G-Code, CAD, and CAM discussions / Re: Milling parts from end of stock on: January 01, 2011, 11:41:12 AM
Russ,

Good evacuation of chips is certainly desirable. I haven't investigated how they effect the tool life, but they sure cause an awful noise if not evacuated to clear the cut. Just hearing that noise makes you think it's going to break the cutter, so haven't had the courage to leave it like this for more than a few seconds Wink

Dan
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