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601  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
602  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
603  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
604  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
605  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
606  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
607  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
608  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
609  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
610  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
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