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Mach Discussion => General Mach Discussion => Topic started by: chad on February 16, 2007, 04:05:02 PM

Title: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: chad on February 16, 2007, 04:05:02 PM
I was noticing that as of this writing we have 2795 members and have only heard from a couple of hundred and an even smaller number of regular posters.

So if you are new around here please post and introduce your self.  You could give a little on your background, hobbies , how you ended up here, whatever!

This is a site to help with mach. There is a great talent pool here already but this is a community driven site and we would love to hear from the silent masses ;)

So stand up and say hi!!

Thanks,

Chad
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: wantcnc on February 17, 2007, 05:45:25 PM
I’m not new new, been around the forum for nearly a year
I am in the process of converting a Warco VMC to CNC control
The current status is that the controller has been build and only needs drives fitting
The machine is now under attack, currently machining the mounts for the motors.

I was born in Holland and moved to England somewhere in 94 for work ( headhunted)
My interest in CNC started long ago
As I helped a guy converting his lathe back in the mid 80 ties  (I did the mechanical work) He used BASIC and a Apple II for control while I was still at school.
Later at the Polytechnic they got a Deckel FPx CNC centre which got used by the teachers. We where kept a long way away from it. (the last 2 years there)
I then set of in a different direction (Stage lighting electronics) so for years no real contact with CNC.
Over the last 10 years I have been more involved in the overall product design.
And thus metalwork is back on my daily agenda, this is mainly sheet metal but I also design machined and moulded parts.
I bought the Warco VMC and a BH600 lathe a few years ago to be able to make special parts and prototypes for work. I also make parts for the observatory, which I have been building for the past 6 years.
My hope is to finish the mill this year along with an enclosure for it.
The next machine on the hit-list is either the Lathe or making a brake press (CNC needles to say)


JB
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: ynneb on February 18, 2007, 10:27:39 PM
Hi my name is Benny, the dumb name I have as my forum name is benny spelt backwards. For some reason it has stuck.
I live In Melbourne Australia. I have been into CNC for a couple of years now, and love the fact that a personal computer can drive a CNC machine. Hence my involvement with Mach3.
I have built two CNC router tables now, and get a kick out of seeing a machine that I built, actually cut something. Its a constant thrill for me. ( But then again I am easily amused. )
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Graham Waterworth on February 19, 2007, 07:54:25 AM
Hi my name is Graham, I am an apprentice trained engineer and have worked 30 years in NC/CNC production, I started programming G-Code in 1978 when you had to make long paper tapes that had to be read and rewound for every run if the machine.

Over the years I have programmed 2,4,6 axis lathes, 3,4,5 axis mills and all sorts of other type machines.  Nowadays I tend to use CAM programs to do the hard work for me but still hand code things just to keep my hand in.

My first hobby CNC was a home built router, DOS based, it was rubbish,  later I retro fitted a Warco lathe to servo control under Mach3, I am now putting the final touches to a Boxford VMC190 mill that will also run with Mach3.

My other hobby is computer programming, I program in several languages and at a good level, but not in Arts league.

I live in West Yorkshire, England.
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: zarzul on February 19, 2007, 03:01:19 PM
Hi all,

I am not very new but new enough.  I use mach3 as a hobby, just started hobby machining a year ago when I purchased a mini lathe.

I got started on CNC because I couldn't cut some of the different threads (metric) that I wanted to and I got real tired of turning those handles.  I am facinated by the machines abilities after converting it.  I then bought a mini mill and converted it also.  I built my own drivers, power supplies and interfaces, designed and built my mounting and drive configurations. 

I enjoy the friendship and community of the forums, everyone is so helpful with even the greenist of users.

My background is a former navy nuc sub sailor, electronics technician and now instrument supervisor in a coal fired generating station.
Never touched a machine before my hobby.

Another of my hobbies is scuba diving and I have been building underwater high intensity lights and video camera housings.  I sell some of these to support the machining monkey on my back. 

Arnie
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: marcel beaudry on February 21, 2007, 09:07:40 PM
Hello
My name is Marcel Beaudry .Maintenance machinist since 1970 ,always need to do some things different ,preparing fossils ,engraving ,sculpture ,faceting stones ,if i had money people would call me eccentric now they just call me crazy . Always love to see what our ancestors did and by what means they did it . Worked on a cnc two years loved it because i could read for hours while the machine did the work .
Title: Self introduction from danfour10
Post by: danfour10 on February 24, 2007, 01:31:10 AM
Hello, thank you for the warm invitation.
 
  The bulk of my work history involves heavy equiptment, hydraulics,fabrication.I've learned quite a bit with computers in the last 10 years at home,or at least about computer assembly and maintenance and the like.I've worked and played pretty hard and spent alot of money to tear myself up physically pretty good thus far.I don't get to work or play hard like I used to so I've been keeping busy at play indoors for the most part.I am now a schoolbus mechanic. I found a Grizzly G0516 lathe/mill in the local classifieds from a man that works for the nearby Grizzly Store in Bellingham,WA.I haven't spent much time with my machine yet as my rented shop is some miles from home.I have been and continue to read and study as much as I can about converting the mill portion of this combo to CNC.I have most things purchased and sitting here while a CNCBridges.com base is being made for me,I am very exited about this base for my mill.I bought the Xylotex 4 axis setup complete(pretty close anyway) with a free 425oz/in upgrade from the 269's.I'm not sure that was the best decision to go with the higher torque but it'll work or he wouldn't have offered them.I have purchased Mach,Rhino and Dolphin level 3 and figure that'll keep me busy for years at this pace.When I called Art about purchasing Mach he suggested I try it before buying which of course made me buy Mach immediately as he clearly had MY best interest in mind.Can't go wrong there!I  have ALOT to learn about all of this and don't quite get it yet but I'm filled with dreams. Mach3 is the best bargain I've made thus far,it's power to cost ratio is beyond fair.With that being said I'm sure it'll be a while before I'm able to give back to this community and likely will require a bit of help from my postings here and abroad.
                                                                                                                                                                      Daniel
                                                                                                                                                             
 
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: CLEENRMN on February 26, 2007, 09:51:51 PM
HI ALL MY NAME IS MIKE ELLIS AKA CLEENRMN AND GOT INTRESTED IN CNC ABOUT 3 MONTHS AGO SO IM NEW REMBER WHEN I POST IM NOT DUMB I JUST DONT KNOW I GREW UP IN THE SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS AND HAVENT CHANGED  THIS SITE IS GREAT IVE LEARNED ALOT FROM JUST READING THANK U ALL ALSO I WANT TO KNOW WHERE CHAD GOT MY PICTURE LOL
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: chad on March 02, 2007, 01:40:42 PM
Thank you all for posting.

It is interesting to see the varied backgrounds of some of the mach users here.

Keep it up!

Chad
 
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: method13 on March 03, 2007, 10:25:30 AM
Hi,
My name is Greg and I live in Alberta Canada, I have been a running CNC machines for 12 years now, and I'm a Interprovincial Certified General Machinist.  We moved from Ontario to Alberta a year ago, I did my apprenticeship in Ontario and most of my experience is in the tool and die/mold industry making tools for the auto industry now in Alberta, I am making parts for the oil industry.

I own a K2 CNC router Kt-2514 and I have plans on making a large router in the next while and would like to add a 4th axis to my router I am currently using. I have a small business that I am trying to run, maybe one day I can do it full time.

I know many different CNC languages Fanuc, Heidenhein, Fidia, and a few others also many CAM softwares such as Powermill, Work NC, Prospector, Lemoine and Mastercam. When I first came to Alberta I started working for a company that fixed CNC machines but there was too much travel involved so I didn't stay with that company. Now I am in a shop running a DaeWoo Ace H100 boring mill using Mastercam it seems like a good place to work they have very good tooling. 

I enjoy drawing, woodcarving, snowboarding and mountain biking. I love CNC and I have benefited greatly from this site and all the people here.

Greg
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: nlicari on March 03, 2007, 12:16:05 PM
Hi, my name is Nick Licari, screename nlicari, I have been cruising different cnc forumns for about 1 1/2 years. I am in the process of gathering parts that I need to build my first cnc router. My backround is I grew around my fathers Machine Tool Shop as a kid (no CnC). Worked 24 years in the oilfeild, the last 16 years in Full service car wash maintenance feild. IE: hydraulics, pnematics, welding fabrication, control wiring, and dabble in computers. My hobbies, RC Helicopters,and Planes, I am a dabbler of sorts and always have plenty of projects to keep me busy. I hope, and will learn alot on this forumn! Thanks Nick
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Will on March 03, 2007, 05:19:59 PM
Hi, My name is Will. I'm brand new to this forum and this product. I stumbled across it as I was searching for a cost effective way to convert some of the Apple IIE based CNC machines our HS owns. I have some basic knowledge of manual CNC programming and also CAD. As our schools budget is quite tight, I hope to learn enough to convert these machines and build a CNC router as well. My goal is to learn enough to teach the students how to design a part using CAD, and then later via proper software generate code and machine it on a one of the CNC machines. I have taught in the  Baltimore Maryland USA area for the past 30 odd years and was curious to see if someone reading the forum who has successfully adapted/built a machine was located nearby.(always great to see something new firsthand)  This activity should l prove to be a good learning experience for both my students and myself.
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: melcat on March 04, 2007, 01:23:12 PM
Hello all,
          My name is Mel Catalanotto and live in the UK. I purchased my first CNC milling machine about eight weeks ago now and getting on very well now. surprised myself on my memory how much I remembered. I have worked as Quailty Engineer for the last 10 years.

I completed an apprenticeship at GM Vauxhall Motors and worked at various machine shops in my area.
I have just started a small business at part time level for the moment. Just had my first couple of big jobs and hope to full time when I can get a few more customers.

Getting a website made for me now and hope this brings in new business.

I have one cnc mill and will convert my manual mill to CNC too. I have a lathe which is OK but probably purchase another to convert CNC.

Problem is my workshop is getting full up now and will need to extend for all the extras.

I have posted a couple picture on show and tell topic, take a look.
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Guergo on March 05, 2007, 05:28:05 PM
Hi
My name is Georgy Simeonov and I am mechanicle engineer - designer. I am also the manager of little firm in Sofia, Bulgaria - Maximum Engineering Ltd. My webpage is www.max-eng.com
I use Mach 3 for Plasma Cutting mashine.
I wish you luck. ;)
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: hobby4now on March 05, 2007, 07:45:16 PM
Hi My name is Rob. I am a Mechanical Engineer and want to get into CNC machining as a hobby and train for my next career.
You'll probably laugh at me but I purchased an x-y table and mounted in on a heavy duty drill press. I thought I'd learn CNC machining from the ground up and practice on this machine with soft materials like wood and foam.

I have about $700.00 into this so far and haven't moved the table a hair. But that's OK, I am just learning.

I purchased the FET-4 dynamo from Stepper world and have downloaded MACH-2. It is a good thing the software is free for now. I can't seem to get it to work with the stepper controller yet. I'll keep trying. I will need help from this forum.

Thanks

Rob
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: daoneua on March 08, 2007, 01:52:41 PM
Hi,
My name is Adam I'm Mold maker for 18 year using Mastercam and proengineer. I have hobby CNC router at home and new to Mach3. I still need alot of help to set up. 
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: ant771 on March 08, 2007, 02:06:08 PM
Hi. My name is Antti, 21 year old student from Finland. I'm studying to automation engineer.

Now I'm working in Metso Automation, using Mori Seiki and Dörries Scharmann cnc-lathes.

And my hobbies: CNC and cars.. okay, many others, like sports etc. :)


I bought Bridgeport Series 1 cnc -milling machine. It uses BOSS controls and everybody knows that it sucks.

So.. I'm thinking to put mach3 and breakout board to control my mill.
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Tony Magri on March 16, 2007, 08:30:32 AM
hi tony my name
i have just become a member and i have 2 small cnc denford lathe and mill
and i am changing the controllers they where build in the late 80's
i have new stepper motors and drivers, i have a question how do you control
the variable spindle speed on the lathe is it though mach or hard wear ? thanks
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: jwlrymkr on March 16, 2007, 09:56:56 PM
Hi, My name is Ken.

I am a jeweler by trade and got into CAD/CAM about 2 years ago. I bought a 4 axis minitech minimill2 about 8 months ago and thats when I learned about Mach3.
I must say, wow! What an impressive program. I never really got into the workings of the program until a week ago when I received homing switches and a tool setting probe and I was forced to learn some of the ins and outs of the program. Now I am addicted and can't seem to get enough  ;D
Thanks to all the good folks here on this forum for the insight and ideas you have sparked!

Regards,
Ken
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Tony Magri on March 17, 2007, 05:06:55 AM
hi ken
thanks for the reply i am a tool maker and run a small engineering shop in Melbourne Australia, which cad program are you using, am i wrong or is the Mach 3 a g code generator, you first need to draw it in cad, your rigth about Mach it is wow program every time look at it does more.
thanks
tony
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: jwlrymkr on March 17, 2007, 08:30:58 AM
Hi Tony,
I am using several different CAD programs. The main one I use now is Rhino for the designs. For the CAM side there is artcam and deskproto.
You are correct, Mach3 just drives the machine, but I must say it does it superbly.
Cudos to Art and all who helped make it what it is today.
Regards,
Ken
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: derekbpcnc on March 18, 2007, 01:37:09 PM
Hi,

Myself and brother Dave, bought a Bridgeport J1 head about 2 yrs ago, fitted it out with steppers on 3 axis 70v 7A drives, (Z knee) and all work a treat.
We changed the original 1HP motor for a 2 hp motor driven by an inverter, driven by Mach3 PWM.
Ball screws on X & Y (metric on x and imp" on y).
X Y 1:1 ratio.
3:1 Z ratio.

Well, success today, our first "real" job.
OK, its only a cutout for a mains IEC connector, but it was a perfect fit!  ;D

We hit the start, Mach started the spindle and after a delay, proceeded to mill out the profile.
When finished, moved to a safe home position and stopped the spindle.
Now we can't wait to see what it can really do.

We are both very pleased and supprised how well the knee axis works, we did wonder if it would move at all! A 7NM stepper, 70v and a 7A drive is more than enough, without counter balance too.

The to do list includes, ....final connection of the coolant solenoids for mist and flood, connect the second inverter to the coolant pump and fit limit and home switches. I'm sure we will go overboard on the design for the brackets for the limits, just because we can. . .now!

Mach is absolutely superb, the forum is great and can't wait to make a mountain of chips.

Best regards,

Derek and Dave.


Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: journeyonline on March 22, 2007, 08:32:03 AM
Hello all, 

I hope to find out a few answers as I learn about mach.  I'm a total newbie here just started to demo it with my frist machine. I want to ask is it ok to post in here if your just demo/trying the software?  If the answer is yes, when I have a question where do I post it?  I have tried just this yesterday and my account was removed with no warning.  I find this odd since I have been totaly respectful in this forum, other then just not knowing the basic rules well.  So I have no idea what has happened, but it did let me recreate my account again even with the same user id.  Hmmm....????

Thanks and where do I post a picture of my machine at?
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: chad on March 22, 2007, 05:13:14 PM
journeyonline:
You weren't deleted on purpose. In the last couple of days art and Benny have moved this forum to a different isp. We basically lost 2 days worth of users and posts, but we now have higher bandwidth and more room to grow. 

 "I want to ask is it ok to post in here if your just demo/trying the software? "

You bet! just look around and try to ask questions in a specific area or just in the general area. There is tons of info around here and lots of great people.!!

Chad
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: andreroest on March 28, 2007, 12:55:22 PM
 ;D
Hi I am Andre Roest from lekkerkerk holland and since a year of five the happy owner of a lathe and a mill which I'm trying to convert into a CNC machine.
I make use of the beautifull mach3 software and the newfangled addons.
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Gandalf on March 29, 2007, 12:05:30 PM
Hello everybody,
From the forum name you might have guessed I'm from the middle of England (more or less). I have just about completed my tabletop router and am about to attempt to get to grips with Mach2. I am now retired after untold years designing rivet placing tools but have been building mostly steam models for far longer. I have no doubt that I will be asking what to most people are the most basic of questions, the sort of things that many will have fogotten about and do not consider to be problems but we all have to start somewhere.
Thanks in advance for your patience that will be needed helping an aged newbie get started.
John.
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: JG on March 31, 2007, 05:06:37 AM
Hi,

I suspect that you won't get 'newer' than me!  I've just downloaded Mach 2 to see what it can do.

I served my time as a toolmaker back in 1957-62 but immediately moved on to other occupations such as photography, Hi-Fi sales, Engineering supplies office manager, DIY shop owner, computer consultant . . . .  I now build PCs and create artwork for posters/programmes to earn a crust but 18 months ago bought a Myford lathe to re-kindle my interest in clocks/clock-making (started in child-hood).

Further bits of machinery have been added including a Proxxon mini-mill and last week I saw an e-bay item which is this same mill with CNC control!  -  at last we get to the relevant point !!

My first attempts at testing Mach-2 have all been abortive. I am well versed in design and can export .DFX files from CorelDRAW but when I import these into Mach-2 - although the outline appears in the 'window' - the 'generate G-Code' button always creates the same code - no matter what the .DFX file is (I've tried 4) -   . . .

G90G80G49
GO Z1.0000
M5
GO Z1.0000
GO X0 Y0
M5M30

Advice as to where to post such a basic question would be appreciated.
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Chaoticone on March 31, 2007, 05:55:15 AM
Hey JG,
     In the general Mach discussion board would be good. Why didn't you download Mach 3? You should give it a try. It also comes with Lazycam, a g-code generating program. ;D

Brett
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: JG on March 31, 2007, 06:11:22 AM
Hey JG,
     In the general Mach discussion board would be good. Why didn't you download Mach 3? You should give it a try. It also comes with Lazycam, a g-code generating program. ;D

Brett

Thanks for the quick response Brett. I was 'bamboozled' by the 'VISTA' :(((  flash  into thinking that Mach 3 was not available for free download.

It was always my intention to purchase Mach 3 once I had worked out if I could use it.

I now have Mach 3 and the .PDF tutorial for setting up the three axis mill so I'll read through that tomorrow (I am committed for the rest of today to other matters) and post to the general forum if (when?) I have further questions.

JG
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Lakeside design on March 31, 2007, 08:44:59 PM
Hello I'm Mike I have now been using mach2 for a week now (My wife bought me a new Tormach for my birthday). I will say that I found mach 2 to be very ez to learn and was very impressed with it. Tormach wil be upgrading to mach 3 later this month . I have reveiwed you videos here and am looking forward to the upgrade. I have been a machinist for over 25 years and will say that Mach is very good software. It is more than what you think if you just give it a quick look. Anyways just wanted to say Hi if any one is going to the convension in Denver on the 10 of april I'll see you there. Regards Mike
Title: HELLOOOOOO!!!!!
Post by: zixem on April 01, 2007, 10:00:54 PM
My name is John and I'm an alcoho.... wait, no... wrong group.
Much like ynneb, zixem is actually john spelled backwards. Ok, so it's not.  nhoj just sounds... wrong. It's just a name I use on many of my video games and other forums.
I'm a printer that converted to a sign maker a few years back. I used to own a small sign shop in Whitewater, WI but for various reasons had to close my doors, swallow my pride and re-enter the work force again.
In that previous life I had a 50w laser and fell in love with dimensional signs/art. I've also discovered that making your own stuff can be really cool. I actually have things in my home now that don't have a little "Made In China" sticker on them.
I'm building a DIY machine from the Joe2006 design found on the cnczone. Joe is using Mach3 to drive his machine and, being a newbie, I figured I'd stick with what they know works. So far everything looks awesome, even though alot is over my head.
I'm really looking forward to learning more and giving Mach3 a shot when I get her done!
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: kudastang on April 04, 2007, 06:43:19 PM
Hi, my name is Mike. I am located in the San Diego area and have a CNC Router S400 that I am trying to use Mach3 to run. I am currently in the US Navy but due to 14 hard years and some injuries I am transitioning to the civilian sector. I am looking to get ANY help or training that I can, even if that means giving up free labor ;). If your in the Southern California area and are willing to give me a little training please email me at kudastang@yahoo.com or call me at 858-228-0947.
Thanks,
Mike
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Brian Barker on April 04, 2007, 09:59:38 PM
To bad you were not in Maine! we could both look at something and say... man that looks heavy! I think we need the tractor :) 

Sorry to hear about the back and please have fun with the software!

Brian
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: GPDC on April 07, 2007, 09:07:17 PM
   George from central New York here, finished apprenticeship '73 & moved on after that, now I have a shop & we make custom automation machines & stuff, truth is we do one's & two's &  for that reason, I've never looked hard @ CNC stuff (other than MasterCam school), just cause I didn't need it....but that little bug in my ear has always teased "come, little boy and play with me!".....so now I am!...you have a wonderfully capable software & can be proud of it
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Omaha_UK on April 08, 2007, 11:16:08 AM
Hi, 
Good forum here.
Just bought a Hobbymat MD65 and was thinking (obviously that's why i am here) of converting to cnc.
Anyone done it to this machine? Would love to hear from you.
Cheers from Doncaster, Yorkshire England. (Where men are men and sheep are worried!!!)
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Roberto on April 16, 2007, 05:31:20 PM
Hi, my name is Robert.  I am a retired physics prof.  I fly free flight model planes in competion and make many of the parts for myself and others.  I have a machine shop in my garage (manual) and am partners with a friend in a Lagunamatic CNC mill.  I have just ordered a benchtop CNC lathe from Syil America which needs a computer to run it.  I have a Dell 8600, but of course it does not have a parallel port. There is a site that has a Quatech Parallel PCMCIA card that they claim will give a true parallel port.  Does anyone know if this card will work or not.  Any help is appreciated.  Thanks.
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: crocky on April 16, 2007, 08:23:41 PM
Hi there,

My name is Bob and I am retired due to a stroke which has stopped the right handed side working, no arm or leg but it is fine. I am building a CNC wood router table at present and this is the software that I will use to control it. Still a while to go, but I have just registered the program :)

Bob
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Brian Barker on April 16, 2007, 09:50:14 PM
Guys,
WELCOME!!!!!

I will tell you that there are many GREAT people in the forum and they are a great help with all the questions that you have.

There is one more thing... Please have fun and enjoy your time working on your machines! When you are done is when the work starts ;)

Thanks
Brian
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: vista on April 23, 2007, 07:08:12 AM
Hi my name is Lawrie and I am in Palmerston North, New Zealand.
I am pretty much a newbe at this cnc game and six months after deciding to build a cnc router I finally got to actually cut something yesterday. This may not be a great achievement to some but in my workshop it was a great leap forward after all this time.
My router table has a cutting area of 25" x 37" with a Z travel of 6". I am running  an Xylotex Package including 269 oz in stepper motors, drive board and power supply.
I still have a lot of work to complete befor my table is finished and running properly but thanks to Mach3, and the support and encouragement I have had (and will continue to need ) from the members of this forum, I am sure I will get there eventually.
My next step has to be installing limit and home switches befor I destroy all my hard work.
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: JJ on April 26, 2007, 05:32:25 PM
Hello!

I currently work for Qualcomm Inc. and we're using Mach 3 to drive a custom made CNC device we're using to stress test our phones.  In a nutshell, the device pushes buttons on the phone and it's touchscreen to automate various phone operations so we can stress the software and debug them.  The configurability of your software makes it a perfect solution for this project!  The screen editor has allowed us to emulate a touch screen changing as you press it while executing the proper G-Code.  No other solution we found could do this except for the Mach series.  I just want to say thank you to all who post on the forums... your questions and the subsequent support have bailed me out many many times!

I do have a question of my own, but it does not pertain to the Mach software in particular.  What I would like to know is what program was used to create all the training .swf files on the video tutorials page?  I'm looking to create something similar to train our engineers on the operation of our device.

Thanks in advance!

JJ
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: INJ on April 27, 2007, 06:31:50 PM
I am building a Plasma table and have hit a brick wall. I have bought a Logitrol Systems CNC 7.0 Amp Extra Duty driver ( 2 Phase ) + a Logitrol 700 Watt 50 VDC Coil Drive & 2 Stepper Motors to suit. The system came with no Hand Book & very little information. I have had a computer Guru set up the computer for me but he knows nothing about making this thing work. I have had this system for coming up 2 years ( a long term project ) and it's time to get it going. I do not have Mach 3 as yet but I will buy it as soon as I understand what to do with it. I need Help! If I buy Mach 3 now, do I down load it to a disc from this computer and load it into my other computer? ( the other machine has no internet available) I want to cut shapes that I draw on Auto cad 14. Do I need other software for this to happen or do I draw in another program. Any help to understand how this all works would be greatly appreciated INJ
 
 
 
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: blackrat6355 on April 28, 2007, 01:31:48 PM
Hello. my name is Jeff and I'm new to this forum. I have a MaxNC CL2 that is 6 years old and I'm hoping to get Mach3 software to work as a controller. I also have the 4th axis and digitzer for my mill. To those that have a mill like mine, and the same vintage, I would greatly appreciate your help in getting my mill running on Mach3.

I also have a vintage 1952 Sears Craftman lathe that would be fun to convert to CNC.

Located in northwest Ohio.
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Bill CNC on April 28, 2007, 01:55:24 PM
Hello All,

I am new to all this and I am sure I will be asking a ton of questions and more than likely they will seem like stupid questions but I will first use the search function and see if I can get the answers I need. I am not new to the use of forums so I will eliminate those questions right off the top.

A little about myself;

My name is Bill, and I am 46 years old. I am a  Model Maker and Prototype Builder by trade and I have been at it a very long time. I can do machining, it's just that I am new to CNC. I bought a HF mini mill and lathe a while back and I have been converting them to CNC. I have made all the parts and am now doing the final assembly on the mini mill. The CNC kit I have built is the Ron Steele kit and the manual was purchased from LMS. My hobbys are just building things and yes, this is one of them.

Here are the specs on my mini mill;


Harbor Freight 44991 Central Machinery Mini Mill/Drill
HobbyCNC 4 Axis HCNCPRO Driver Board Kit
Keling Technology Inc. KL23H286-20-8B 425 oz. Steppers (http://www.kelinginc.net/KL23H286-20-8B.pdf)
Mach3 Version R2.0.065 (Demo Version) ... (until I figure this out, then I will purchase)

Well I guess I am off to use the search function and see if I can find the answers to my questions, if not, I will see you on the boards!

Thank You for a place to come to!

Thanks
Bill


Title: Greetings from Golden Horseshoe
Post by: happymarius on April 29, 2007, 09:32:43 AM
Hello !

My name is Marius. I live in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

I have been lurking on and off in this forum as well. My curiousity about CNC started back in the trade school when I watched machinists and tool and die makers making parts with a NC machine. I work in a factory maintenance department as millwright.

Anyway, now I have my Bridgeport clone "knee type" 10X50 with a 3 HP motor. I managed to collect a few parts that will help me to start a CNC conversion. I attached a few pics.

I have a ton of questions as I don't know how to connect the computer to the Mach 3. Hope to get some help.

Best regards,

Marius
Title: Pics
Post by: happymarius on April 29, 2007, 11:20:26 AM
Hi !

I was unable to upload a smaller pic. Will try this one

Marius
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: lemo on April 29, 2007, 04:05:02 PM
My name is Rainer (German) and my nick is Lemo. I'm located in New Jersey 12 MIles from New York City. I have an engineering background, do wood turning, and now thought I fulfill an old dream and buy a Taig cnc mill. The goal is to pulverize wood, which I turned painstakingly on the lathe, in the most precise and expensive way I can find.
I have a vast experience in Computer 3D and recently bought a permanent (played with the demo for a while) Rhino 4 license.
I also own XSI, C4D, Zbrush and a few other 3d apps which I use to create my art.
Time will tell how I can convert their data into nice reliefs or 3d models.
The Taig Mill has the A-Axis to enable the highest degree of freedom I can afford.
Let's see where this journey takes me. The machine will arrive in the next days...
Till then I'm looking at video's, read docu's, generate tool path which I can stare at in the little blueish Mach3 win...
Software is all set..... Hardware is eagerly anticipated. Interesting how the prospect of a new gadget can turn otherwise matured patience into a waiting frenzy...
So far the intro..
Cheers
Rainer

Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Randyt on May 12, 2007, 12:54:48 AM
Ok, I'm new!! I bought Mach 3 with my stepper motors a couple of months back. I have been scratch building a CNC router project. It has been fun but the work and design has been a challenge. At work I have access to a mill and the guys will make some parts for me on the VF-11 for me. I have just test run my machine and it moved and cut. I was running my machine tonight cutting a logo with lettering for my son. Things went well except that the lettering is backwards. Good thing it was cut on 3/8 lexan. My thought is to reverse the step direction wires. Will this change the direction???

to see my project look at my web page at www.t-3cobra.com/CNC

Thanks Randy
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Brian Barker on May 12, 2007, 09:23:04 AM
Welcome!

To revers your axis you need to check reverse for that axis under Config/Homing and Limits... that should get you up and running

Thanks
Brian
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Astroguy on May 15, 2007, 11:17:45 AM
Hi All, I am new to CNC and milling for that matter. I have a Taig CNC mill on the way so I am trying to get to know the software
a little first. I must say it is a little overwelming at first. I am going to need a lot of help setting up and get things running. Any advice would
be welcome. I am not new to metal work I have been using a lathe for years.

Fred
(Astroguy)
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: fowlerpb on May 17, 2007, 10:22:15 AM
Hello all,

My name is Paul Fowler and I live in Albany, NY.  My primary occupation is "Senior Architect Consultant" for large IT shops.  I have been there and done that with regards to software and large software projects...

I have two little girls (ages 4 and 6) and a lovely wife and I have recently wanted to start actually developing things that I could touch and feel.  In particular, I want to make things (games) for my wife and family.  Why buy a board game when I can make a 3-D game which has input from the whole family?

So, I just purchased a sherline lathe and mill package (I know it generally makes hobby / smaller items), I setup Mach3, and I put together a fairly impressive package of free software related to 3D Scanning / Mesh correction / Drawing / CAD / CAM / File Conversions / Calculations / CNC Simulations / and of course, Mach 3.

I went to scrap yards and found good aluminum, purchased some good end-mills and engravers from harvey tools, and spent the last month experimenting with the Mill.  I am loving it and my wife is seemingly very impressed with the results.  I just made one little girl a neclace charm and the other a sign for her bed out of a jpeg that she drew...  Cool ?

I will be around these forums for a while.

Fowler

Title: Hi all
Post by: Lindsay on May 21, 2007, 10:42:04 PM
My name is Lindsay (it is a man's name by the way.) I'm fairly new.
I've done lots of stuff. My last paying job was doing estimates for a drilling- blasting company then I got laid off, before that I was a product designer at Volvo Construction Equipment.
Now I live in a small town in cottage country in Central Ontario - my home town - not as a transplanted tourist.
I built a CNC router and would like to make a living at that. However as soon as I got it up and running, people started wanting things built or fixed. So right now I spend most my time doing renovations for people as my source of income.
I'm a Mech. Eng. Technologist and anything related to CNC, I learned on the side or bugged other people for information.
I used to be able to program a bit in VB, but forgot all that. Tried Python (why?). So now I admit I can't progam 'Hello world' in any language.
Built a few cnc machines. Moved from steppers to servos. Maybe when the construction market slows down, I'll have my machine doing exactly what I want and I'll be poised like a leopard to be a router mogul.
Use Mach 3 mostly and am mucking around a bit with some DOS and Linux interpreters. I have Rhino and some other CAD software.
My only advice....make sure the blue smoke stays inside the electrical doodads.
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: patmul on May 22, 2007, 01:50:02 PM
Hello, all!

My name is Patrick Mullarky...Pat, usually...

I've been on this forum and CNCZone for a while, but I thought I'd introduce myself so you all will know that I'm not just a lot o' Malarkey  ;D

My day job is electronic product design, specializing in microporcessor and FPGA embedded designs. Been doing electronics since before there *were* microprocessors and FPGAs...and a good deal before that! ...would you belive vacuum tube designs?...

I've been into metalworking since I was a youngster. I got started in a Jr. High Metal Shop, where the teacher was excellent. I eventually got to operate every machine in the shop...and since been doing metalwork off and on for over fifty years.

Since my day job is electronics, I naturally gravitated to CNC.

My usual shopwork involves restoring old machine tools...or elderly microscopes...sort of the big and the little of it all.

Lessee...my shop at the moment:

Bridgeport 2J with Acu-Rite MillPWR CNC
South Bend 10L Toolroom Model lathe
Bridgeport (!) 12x6 Surface Grinder
Really cheap Enco 4x6 Bandsaw...been cutting metal with it for a decade without trouble...
New 8x14 Lathemaster Lathe in the process of being CNC'd
Totally(!) redesigned and rebuilt MAXNC 10 mini CNC mill
Small home-brew 12"x12" table top CNC Router
A good complement of grinders, a small press, a buffer, etc., etc.
A gazillion (technical term) hand tools and measuring tools

I'm using Mach3 on the little MAXNC and the Router, and I will also be using it on the Lathemaster 8x14 lathe.

Finally, I think Art and Brian have done an absolutely amazing job of producing Mach3. I don't know how they do it. Program design, coding, debugging, writing excellent manuals, producing really excellent how-to videos, responding ever-politely to a continuous blizzard of forum activity and emails...it is an awsome performance!

Patrick Mullarky
Kirkland, WA



Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Bertho on May 27, 2007, 11:49:42 AM
Hi,
My name is Bertho Boman, originally from Sweden, but I have been living in S. Florida for decades.
I am in the process of converting a Bridgeport style mill to CNC but I needed a CNC mill for some
business projects and ran out of time so I bought the Taig MicroMill DSLS 3000 and MeshCAM.

I also have a Universal 60W CO2 laser that I am interested in controlling with Mach-3.

My main business is electronic product design and I am using the equipment for creating prototypes.

My website is: www.vinland.com
Bertho
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: ardor on May 30, 2007, 05:45:32 PM
Well I am a newby as well. Due to budget restrictions in education here in Michigan I am looking at building a CNC Router style mill although I would call it a gantry type. So here I am researching my options and they look really good. I am not considering retrofitting a machine but rather using extruded alluminium as a frame and taking it from there. Any ideas or feedback on the easy way to accomplish this would be greatly appreciated.
                My back ground has been in manufacturing since i was apprenticed in England at the grand old age of sixteen. Made it all the way to a nice high profile management job only to find that I was bored and did not like being disconnected from the shop floor. So I went back to school and got my teaching certificate in Michigan and have been doing it for seven years now. My only regret is that I did not do this earlier in my life.
                                                Richard G.
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: archimedes on June 10, 2007, 11:46:08 AM
greetings all,

i too am new to the Artsoft/Mach3 experience but not to the CNC retrofit
experience overall.  i started my 1st retro using  the Ah Ha! control and DOS
on a Turnex NC machine purchased from my place of employment.  this was
in 1997.  i became a true old school machinist when i had to design and build
a tool turret indexing plate because i managed to snap the original into 2 very
nicely engineered pieces!  that was the start of a precious and rewarding
journey that grows every time i think about something to do in my shop. so now
i have a moog mill and a south bend chipmaster mill with the moog the highest
priority and i never seem to tire of brainstorming for another digitally optimized
process --- hummmmmm, a home built cmm . . . . .before or after the sheldon
17" lathe retrofit (this machine came with the turcite already installed).
i am not very strong on many things and i find i really have to wrap my head around
many different info sources to finally arrive at some rational gest of what i am working
with.  so i tend to be quiet and just research and absorb. some people might call
this "lurking" . . . . . i wish success to all who whose hopes, dreams, ideas or
romantic wanderings have deposited them to this forum and its kindred populace.

scott
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: RandyC on June 12, 2007, 07:52:01 AM
Hello all,

Well you asked for it,, I am new to the hobby and I probably will have a lot of questions. As an introduction, I am 55 years old and live in Ohio. I work for the local government with the Handicaped and Retarded. My hobbies are Radio Control Airplanes, My Wurlitzer 105 Band Organ that I build from scratch and general wood working. I have made most of the furnature in my home. Mostly from old orange crates scavenged from the local grocery store (  :)  ) . And I have 7 grandchildren,, if that wasnt enough to keep me busy..

I am starting with a home brew machine and have it up and running, well, moving,, :) . I am using Mach 3 2.0 and am having a problem getting the machine to move to the home switches. I have downloaded the tutorial on homing and followed it to the best of my ability. ( it really would help if the video could be paused as something is being done)

I have the switches monted. I have them wired from pin 11 for X and pin 12 for Y with the other  side of the switch to ground (pin 18-25).
I can open the diagnostic screen and when the swithes are flipped the yellow lights come on in the proper places. When I go to the program run screen and push the ref all home switch nothing happens, well the readouts all go to zero but no motors move. any ideas what could be the problem? If I load a g code the motors will run the program so I know the motors work.


Randy C
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Rkjohn on June 14, 2007, 09:21:44 PM
Hello everyone. I'm new to this forum..... I have been looking at CNC machines for years & I'm now ready to buy one..... or build one.....
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Signguy on June 14, 2007, 10:15:59 PM
Hello. everyone...Ive been in the sign bus.  for 30 years now...specializing outdoor illuminated signs,,,especially Neon signs, they are the best looking eye attraction.....I bought a router about a year ago , haven't been able to git it operating correctly....it has slo-syn  2000 drives,,,Superior elec. steppers...
The program that came with it is HPGL that takes my design from Corel draw & tells the LPT program then sends signals to the drives..  All I have accomplished is straight line cuts it does not interpet fonts correctly WARNING! please don't fall for this ...the wiring is direct from 3 parallel ports. There is a HAM (hardware assist module)connected to the motherboard port(378) joystick connected to the back of the HAM.  I have been worrying with this too long
I am so glad that I have run across this website that is so informational ... Yes I need your help to get this router up & running.... who can tell me where to
buy the "isolated breakout boards" & your comments about the drives & steppers I have ,,,,will they work  with Mach???   
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: jim9183 on June 16, 2007, 12:37:06 AM
Hi my name is jim and i live in melbourne australia. i have just set up a home enginering work shop and saw a small home made cnc milling machine on the web and i am going to make one. i am also in the middle of making a home build air plane called a hummel bird.  http://flyhummel.com/index.htm  there is the link if you would like to see what thay look like. I brough planes for a cnc router on ebay and mach3 demo was included. i have loaded this but, and here comes my first problem the screens are to large for my monitor it seems. 1 is this because it is a demo version or can i solve this some how by changing some settings. some help on the subject would be help full. and in time i may be able to help someone else.
thanks jim
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: AndersonMachine on June 19, 2007, 08:06:05 PM
Hi Folks,

Earl here, from Anderson Machine Service.  My day job, for the last 33 years, has been an I&C tech in a nuclear power station.  In ’95 I opened a one man (me), part time job shop.  Most of my paying jobs have been dirt track race car parts.  My brother builds those cars for a living and he has contracted my shop (me), to make some of these parts.

I wanted to learn G-code programming, so my first CNC machine was a MAXNC 10-2, which I’ve had for several years now.  I used to program the MAX by hand.  Figuring all that trig gave my calculator a work-out. I used absolute coordinates to keep track of where I was.  Reverse engineering was a real test.  I finally got BobCad-Cam in ’03.  My trig calculator has been retired since that time.

In ’04 I bought a ‘80s vintage Series 1 Bridgeport knee-mill equipped with a Bandit controller.  The Bandit’s dialect of G-code is very different from the norm and I had to hand edit the code as produced by BobCad.  The machine is in most excellent condition, and has made many parts for me.  The Bandit controller is obsolete and a while ago the Y-axis drive broke.  $300 of transistors later, the drive functions, but not properly.  Since I’ve been contemplating a retro-fit for some time anyway, here we are.

I got Bob Campbell’s MACH 3 enclosure and internal stuff and new steppers from him as well.  The controller/ computer stand is complete and the new motors have been fitted to the Bridgeport.  I have to get another computer soon as the newest of the several I have has “Windows 98”.  When the computer arrives, into MACH 3 I shall jump.  I have made a few race car parts lately the old school way with the rotary table, but my version of the “old school” does not make as nice a part as CNC does.  Tough to turn those hand wheels just right to make an arc.

Any way, that’s where we are,
AMS 

Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: retro-crusauder II on June 22, 2007, 12:21:06 PM
 Hey there, My name is Leroy. I am ??? new to this site. I'm a journeyman tool and diemaker. I just bought (for home) a late 80's vintage Alliant (Bridgeport copy) mill with a anilam crusauder II 3 axis controller, I don't think the controller works but everything is there and overall the mill is in good shape. I purchased from a woman who had lost her husband a few weeks after he had bought this for his use and she could not tell me if the thing works. It really doesn't matter if the box works as it is obsolete anyway. I would like to retrofit the thing myself but do not know if this is the correct route? Has anyone out there done a retrofit on this type of machine with this controller? I've broused a while and it seems that I should be able to use much of what is here as far as motors and such. thinking about gutting out what I don't need and adding new motor controller (GECKO drives keep getting mentioned) and so on. This is for use at home for general use and to use for hobby purposes so I cannot spend thousands on doing this, unless I decide to live in the dog house if you guys now what I mean. Any help would greatly be appreciated. Leroy
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: AndersonMachine on June 24, 2007, 07:04:57 AM
Leroy,
AndersonMachine here.  My "New People" posting is on the page previous to the page our posting is on.  As I mentioned, I'm doing what you are thinking about.  I finished the stepper adaptor plates Friday and now have the motors installed on the mill.  Am in the process of sorting through the wiring to seperate the spindle motor contactor, mist coolant sov and the air brake sov.
Check out the campbelldesigns.com web site to look at his products.  I bought the completed Mach3 enclosure and am satisified at this point.  Usually I reinvent the wheel on most of my projects, but this time I let the pros do it.
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: drunkeNwhippeT on July 05, 2007, 04:37:24 PM
hello everyone!  my name is Jim, i think my job title is officially vertical mill operator, i went to a vocational school the last 2 years of high school taking precision machining technologies, graduated in june.  been an electronics hobbyist since before i was in school, i just recently started playing with PICs, was into CB and some other bands for a little while but that got me in trouble, ive been an overclocker for a few years now, started on a 66mhz P1 but due to work and the female i dont have much time for that stuff any more.

im in the process of buying an old warner & swasey no. 4 lathe, in which i want to eventually do a cnc conversion to.  it has a 6 position turret at the tail and room for 5 tools on the cairrage.  i intend to make the adapter plates and such to mount the servos, im sure i could cut gears if i absolutely have to, i want to build all of the electronics to interface the servos and limits and DRO pickups whatever they're called, spindle sensor and maybe a speed control even, i dunno.

i still have to get the area its goin into ready, need to pour a concrete slab and do somethin about the power issue, 3 phase motor and single phase source.  if i can find schematics and everything for a phase converter i'd build one, otherwise i guess we'll have to buy a single phase motor.

ive been lookin aroud a little while and i havnt found much info on the hardware to interface with the comp the software is on.  anyone have any links i probably overlooked to stuff on that?  even a few products that are ready to run so i can get an idea od price? 

thanks and i hope i get to spend some time here with the ahead adventure.
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Csaba911 on July 05, 2007, 07:08:41 PM
Hi my name is Csaba,

I was born in Hungary 1968 on the border to Serbia. I grew up in Switzerland lived in the US, Australia, Spain and now back in Switzerland again. My interests are music, electronics, DIY Modular Synth and now CNC. I started out building my first router a year ago and kind of gotten stuck with it. I then purchased a Proxxon PF70 to route/mill my work .Soon I discovered that it can be converted into a nice little CNC machine which I successfully did. I have also built it's own enclosure
and of course all the drivers/interface. For me the main idea for a CNC would been engraving frontplates. Which this guy is unfortunately to small. But still I'm just getting into working with the machine and learning. I have recently licensed MACH3 mainly so I have support. I am very satisfied with the Software and I haven't even scratched the surface yet.

Many thanks for all the helpful people out there

Csaba
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: chad on July 06, 2007, 08:43:17 AM
Hi guys, Just thought I would come in and say hi. The other mods and I don't respond to every post in here but rest assured we read them all and are glad you are here!!

Just a side note. This thread is really just a place to drop in and introduce yourself. If you are having a specific problem please feel free to post in the general mach discussion and your chances of getting help will improve greatly. Please don't get me wrong we are not trying to ignore anyone we just are trying to keep this thread on topic :)

Any way.. If you are having a problem or just need some help please do drop in the main section and speak up!! That what this board is here for!

Thanks, and welcome!  It won't be long until you are hooked like the rest of us!! It is really a wonderful feeling going from a box of parts to something you draw on a computer and can then hold in your hand.. Have fun!

Chad
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Getpicker on July 09, 2007, 03:05:48 PM
Greetings All!
My name is Getrpicker, live in the lone star state.  New to hobby cnc. I want to switch from Turbocnc to MAch3.
I have soooo many questions, but don't know how to ask.  Files that i use in turbocnc don't seem to work
properly in Mach3, so, any ideas about converting would be of help.
Thanks
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: rev on July 12, 2007, 08:31:38 PM
G'day, my name is Revine I live on the gold coast, Australia.
I have been in the automotive industry for thirty years and more and love to tinker with anything mechanical.
My hobby since knee high to a grasshopper has always been building model air craft and flying anything from models to hang gliders and ultralight aircraft.
The models has grown to ultralight aircraft, the parts need to be made got whole lot more that's why I'm here hoping to learn.
I'll be asking if you all could help.
Many thanks,
Revine

Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: mhickler on July 14, 2007, 10:14:16 AM
I'm Mark Hickler. I am new to CNC. I am developing special tools for building banjos. My current project is a CNC lathe with two cross slides. see www. hicklerbanjo.com. I bought a four axis controller from Mike Beck. It has not shipped yet. I'm going to need some help!
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: lovebugjunkie on July 15, 2007, 12:33:39 AM
Hello all.
Real name is George and have never have ran a CNC machine. About to buy small one to see if I have can learn something about CNC. Will be using Mach3 and VcarvePro/PhotoVcarve.

 I needed some MDF cut and took it to a local guy who has a shopbot and after watching him I was hooked.

Day job is telecom tech.  Spent a little over 6 years in the US Army in computer operations. Got out and stuck with computer operations and or network types of jobs since.  Hope to learn enough about CNC in the next 3-5 years so it will be able to support itself as a hobby when I retire from my day job.
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: adchin on July 20, 2007, 05:29:10 AM
Hi

I am Adrian from Penang, Malaysia.  I have a small shop with CNC machines, and we are on the lookout for low cost solutions.  I have been introduced to this site by a friend who swears by the product and services offered. So here I am today.

Thank you for any advice and support that I may request.

Adrian Chin
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: BigKahunaFL on July 23, 2007, 11:27:07 AM
Hi gang!

As the saying goes, "When life hands you lemons, make lemonade".  In my case, life handed me a sack of lemons and all I got was an eye full of citric acid!  ;D  Got laid off from my full-time job thanks to outsourcing, or as the company calls it, "Right-Sizing".  ???

I'm an Engineering Designer by trade specializing in tooling, fixtures and jigs, etc. for manufacturing as well as production lines, R&D and pilot lines.  I've been doing this sort of work for the last 25 years or so.  I used to operate some of the earlier wire E.D.M. machines which used paper-punch tapes for the program.

I am now interested setting-up a small, table mount, gantry type, CNC engraver/mill for fabricating/detailing parts for my custom Corvette.  I also have small setups for powder-coating, anodizing and plating.  Holy cow!  With all this stuff, maybe I could start making some lemonade! ;)
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: carve 1 on July 24, 2007, 03:08:13 PM
Hello, I am carve 1. I  am very new to cnc ( Dont Know Nothin ) but hope to apply cnc to my wood carving work.
I am interested in touch probing to reverse engeneer  ( duplicate and enhance ) my carvings.
I have a machine with Animatics smart motors and Jen cnc software.
I need advise to fill in the blanks ( and there are a ton of blanks to fill )  to make my machine run.
Anyone with touch probe experiance ( I hope ),,,, I can use your direction,, this thing has smacked me stupid,,, many thanks, carve 1
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: carve 1 on July 24, 2007, 05:36:23 PM
Hi,
I have a three axis router, which Mach 3 trial do I need to down load ?The nearest application I see is Mach 3 Mill.
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Kent McVicker on July 25, 2007, 06:26:40 PM
I'm kent mcvicker.  from marion, louisiana.  a very small village in the middle of the woods.  i envy all of your great sounding jobs.  i'm just a truck driver.  hual chemicals.  bought a ez router with mach 3 in november of 06.  been trying to master everything in my spare time, since.  hope to be able to use my new "toy" to turn my woodworking hobby into at least a part time business.  i'm not good enough with the software to help anyone yet.  everytime i use my router, i understand just how much i have to learn.  it's slow for an old fellow.

kent
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Post by: onin66 on July 27, 2007, 12:06:26 PM
Hi, I'm Nino
I'm from Spain.
I have no idea of cnc, cam, dnc, ... stepper motors, servo motors, drivers ...
But in the last two months or so I have begun to learn a little because I need a cnc table for plasma cutting and can not afford for a commercial one.
I was almost in despair till yesterday that I found this site and mach3, I think I can do it now.
By now I can help very little but i'll try to help all I can.

When I remember the days when i made my own press brake (3000 mm wide, 100 Tons) five years ago, and didn't even think of a cnc because it seemed to me it was
some kind of  STAR WARS devie ... ;D.

I'm not an engeneer, nor electronic, I'm just a self employed welder, but I like machinery and if  I can make a machine myself ... 

Now my next challenge is the cnc table. I have a lot to learn and maybe its out of my limits but I hope to be able to do it with all the help that can be breathed in this site.

Thanks to all in advance.

Regards.
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Post by: Sweeney on July 28, 2007, 03:46:22 PM
Hi,

Just getting my feet wet in CNC as a hobby to start.  I bought a Taig mill well over a year ago along with Mach2 and I'm just now starting to tinker with it... sad, I know.
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Post by: coogrrr on July 31, 2007, 05:09:33 PM
Guess I should have posted by now but yes I am too bitten by the DIY CNC bug and I am nearly done! I will also be working on some nice flash screens for new users or people who want a good 3D look at things! watch for the thread it will show up soon!


Coog
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Post by: XLR84x4 on August 03, 2007, 09:47:01 PM
Hi All,

Great forum. I'm in australia and have been building a composite material cutting table.

I have got the x and y moving so now onto building the Z.

Great software with excellent support by this forum



Jason
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Post by: joez71 on August 08, 2007, 08:32:28 PM
Hi All, first post woo hoo.

I am based in Melbourne, Australia. Discovered cnc routing a couple of weeks ago (I am totally new to all this)  I am just putting together a cnc router should be up and running by the end of the month. Just purchased a kit from mike beck (not sure if hes a member here).

Just trying to sort out the software I need/want i'll be buying mach3 for sure :)


joez71
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Post by: Crash on August 11, 2007, 10:38:25 AM
Hello. I am Jerry Dotson and live near Pensacola, Fl. 61 years old and retired control technician. I have been interested in CNC a long time. I saw an old tape machine in 1969 at Piper Aircraft making landing gear parts.  I was hooked. I built my CNC router in 2002. I started with Stepperworld drivers and soon grew tired of 20 IPM and got Gecko 210's. Now I get 120 IPM rapids. Leadscrews get to whipping above that speed. I make model airplane parts and small signs. Just a hobby nothing more. I use Mach3.
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Post by: BobW4ATM on August 19, 2007, 01:07:01 PM
Hi, All,


My name is Bob and I'm from Melbourne, FL.  We are near the Kennedy Space Center and get to enjoy launches from the back yard, from work, or where ever we might be.  I'm an electrical engineer, radio designer, and almost lifelong electronics hobbyist.  I've worked in wood, and now metal and wax - for jewelry making. 

Back in '03, I was reading the Sherline mailing list - I had a non-CNC lathe, and found a listing for not-working CNC training center built around a Sherline mill.  I bought it and got it running from scratch within a couple of months.  I used TurboCNC.  Earlier this year, I rebuilt the mill using the A2ZCNC extended X/Y axes and their precision leadscrews.  Replaced the original controller with a Xylotex 4-axis special.  So it's now got Sherline Z and A axes, and A2ZCNC X and Y.  270 in-oz steppers on all 3. 

Over the last few months, as my G-code files have gotten longer, I started running into troubles with TurboCNC and started looking for a replacement.  Bought Mach3 yesterday.  Looking forward to mastering this system.  High on my to-do list is to turn my old controller and steppers into the guts of a CNC router.  It's all for fun here - for now.


Bob
W4ATM

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Post by: dgapilot on August 19, 2007, 03:23:23 PM
Hi,
My name is David Schober, and I am in the process of purchasing a CNC Shoptask Bridgemill used. I hope to have it home in the next week or so. Meantime I am trying to learn as much as possible so when I get it I can dig right in.

I used to run, set up, and program  CNC machines back in the '80s, but a lot has changed since then.

Thanks,
David
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Post by: temptat on August 27, 2007, 03:58:50 PM
Hi,
My name is Frank and I'm from the SF Bay area.
I bought a homemade CNC router and it is in the mail now.  I don't know squat about any of this stuff.  I have a sign shop and want to use this for signs and engraving. 
My problem is which software do I use for the router.  I looked at the mach tutorials and I saw ones for a mill and a bore machine. 
Is there a tutorial for routers?
Sure can use a bunch of help.
Thanks, Frank
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Post by: Chaoticone on August 27, 2007, 05:38:29 PM
Hey Frank,
    Just ask you questions in the boards. Lots of people here to help.

Brett
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Post by: Anfänger on August 31, 2007, 05:33:23 PM
Hallo!
My name is Anton and i am coming from Austria. I am registered in the German Forum since last year and now here. I want to learn more about Mach, Cnc milling maschines and Cnc lathes. In the German Forum, i have the same Nick.
I can not help some people in this Forum, but my English is very bad.
Greetings
Anton
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Post by: ChrisLT on September 04, 2007, 09:04:56 AM
Hi All,
I'm Chris Lusby Taylor, from Newbury, Berkshire, England. I'm trying to start a business making sundials. Not your regular sundials but ones I've invented that do special tricks. Tricks such as having minute "hands", showing British Summer Time in the summer, GMT in the winter, ...
Anyway, this involves some machining and lots of engraving of scales. So I've got a CNC lathe (not using Mach), a small milling machine (not CNC), an old Alexander pantographic engraver (not CNC, yet...) and a large home-made 3 axis CNC engraving table. This does use Mach3.
I'm thinking us adding leadscrews to drive the pantographic arms of the Alexander, and using Formula Axis Correction to map XYZ to the leadscrew values needed, but I don't really need that machine at all, now, I think.
Some of my dials are cylindrical, and I'm planning to use Formula Axis Correction to engrave them, too, using 2-D engraving gcode.
Anyone else making sundials?
Chris
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Post by: ferralla on September 04, 2007, 05:26:36 PM
Hallo!
My name is Jose and i am coming from Alicante (Spain)
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: dilshan on September 05, 2007, 12:22:15 AM
Hi All, I am Dilshan from Sri Lanka, I run a metal ceiling factory and is fascinated with automation. I am not new (46yrs old), and i am currently looking for help in using Mach3 in running a turret punch. Scott says that there was a guy who had done, so if you know please let me know. Thanks and great to see the discussions.
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Post by: normann on September 08, 2007, 05:06:49 AM
Hi everybody.
I am "normann" and my location is in Norway. I am new to the cnc hobby, so I think I will come up with many questions. I have just finnished my own router gantry design, and now it is time to wire the electronics. I will make a post of all the problems that I am meeting. I am looking forward to spend some time in this forum among you expirienced cnc'ers.

Regards Normann
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Post by: manuel.rivas on September 10, 2007, 05:32:25 PM
Hello, My name is Manuel and I live in the Dominican Republic. I own an EZ router powered with mach 3, I am new to the cnc business. I am using my router for cnc sign carving and also to build aluminum parts. I have been working with my router for about a year and found mach 3 to be a very interesting and easy to use controller. Most of my code is generated using V-carve software, which I recomend for any one working on signs and any 2.5D parts program because it is a very intuitive and easy to use software. Also have bobcad 2007 and V-19, but it does not generate flawles code as V-carve Pro.

I am a very satisfied user of mach3. 
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Post by: Alonzo on September 21, 2007, 07:09:42 PM
Hello Folks
        My name is Alonzo. I am new to cnc. and forums,  and ask for your patience while I learn my way around. I am 61 years old, and
have spent the last 40 years as a brick mason. I have allways had an intrest in woodworking,but my trade and it's physical demands left
little time or energy for it. I had a bad hip for years,and bought some woodworking tools(table saw,band saw,router,drill press etc.)
knowing that my bricklaying time was getting short. After a hip replacement I now have the time. Now for the reason that brings me
here. I would like to learn cnc to use in my hobby woodworking shop. I would like to learn to run MACH3 ( installed)in simulator mode.
Any help pointing me in the right direction for setting up,configuring,and running will be greatly appreciated.

                                                                                                                                     Thanks Alonzo
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Post by: M250cnc on September 23, 2007, 04:58:04 AM
Hi ny name is Phil am have just been converted to Mach Jeez i can't how good this is but you already know that.

Anyway i am based in the UK and started life out as a toolmaker although i haven't been in the trade for about 24 years.

As manufacturing is dying in the UK it means machinery is reasonably priced and over a period of time i have built up a comprehensive workshop.

Mostly my machinery is old and solidly made although i have a far eastern made mill CNCed and a metal cutting bandsaw up to 8" dia.

So i will no doubt be here from time to time picking your brains.

I have already been in touch with Art by email and boy what a helpful guy.

Phil_H
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Post by: Hodges on September 24, 2007, 12:07:41 AM
Hey everybody!
I am as new to all of this as new can be, but I have just purchased my first hobby CNC machine and now just bought a registeration for Mach3. I know absolutely nothing about any of this, but I learn quick. I think I'll do more reading than posting for a while, just know I'm here and paying attention.

Ken
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Post by: rcjarvis on October 16, 2007, 01:19:50 AM
Hi yall, I'm new, Had my router ( 5X 10') 2 weeks ago. I love this addition to my sign shop and hope to get some R/C projects underway this coming winter !!!

Dan !
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Post by: budman68 on October 21, 2007, 10:25:15 AM
Just wanted to stop and introduce myself. My name is Dave and I'm extremely new to anything CNC based. I've been a manual machinist in a manual based prototyping shop for about 24 years now , and yes, I've been in the dark ages all this time and finally wanted to learn CNC on my own. Just bought a Taig micromill 3000 to get started and I'll be using Mach 3 with XP pro on a Dell D600 laptop.

I've already encountered my first worry though. I've read that the printer port on the laptop may not be enough voltage for the connection to the control box but I can't find any info through Dell to actually know the actual voltage that it has. If anyone has any info, it would surely be appreciated.

I look forward to being here and leaning from all of you and in time, hopefully I can contribute in some way.

Thanks in advance-

Dave
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Post by: stevebeale on October 24, 2007, 07:59:07 AM
Hi all my name is Steve I'm in Licolnshire in the UK i have just joined the group, I'm a retired pilot who's now into flying model aircraft of all types from electric to gas turbine, i also have a big interest in PC,s lathes and mills , so i have decided for this years winter project to convert my supper lux mill to cnc, so far i have most of all the components apart from my interface PCB which as gone a stray in the post. But so far i have converted my vertex vH8 to Cnc (rotary table) using a nema34 size
stepper home made mounts and converted the shaft to take thrust bearings in side the table,, as you can guess I'm no the worlds best with text i do suffer from dyslexia so your will have to forgive me for getting things wrong.
any ways next up is converting the axis to ballscrews but I'm sitting in poorly at the mo so its back to reading all i can find on making these type of conversion
Steve
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Post by: Chaoticone on October 24, 2007, 10:16:57 AM
Welcome Steve,
     You'll get along just fine. Lots of good people here to help.

Brett
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Post by: Repmo on October 27, 2007, 08:00:00 AM
Hello :)
My name is Fred, I live in Quebec, I work for machine tool repair and service corp
I am Heidenhain and acurite dealer
I had build My first mach2 CNC machine 2 year ago, It was cincimatic boring mill that I control with mach2 with touch screen
I was keep spindle quill conventional with linear scale, and i had 4 axes cnc ( XYZ and rotary table )
after 2 year, my machine run very good


tank
fred

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Post by: Al on October 29, 2007, 11:45:55 AM
Hello, My name is Al,

I recently purchased a CNC Mill/Drill with a rotary table. 

The purpose is to learn CNC operations on this unit and then I will add a Large format CNC router.

Hope to chat with some of the members soon


"""just a footnote..I love that this forum has a spell checker, because without I would sound like a blithering idiot :-) ... But I do find it amusing that the spell checker does not recognize "CNC"  :-)"""

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Post by: Holger0815 on October 30, 2007, 02:52:37 PM
Hi all
my name is Holger. I'm living in Germany, building and piloting model airplanes, especially control line planes but also R/C, model yachts and milling by my self-constructed CNC mill since 2002.
My machine is a 1100mm(X)x660mm(Y)x150mm(Z) portal mill with a Proxxon driven spindle. Control is by Ostermann's (NC-step) electronic (Step3D plus extension+relais board & optocoupler board). Software was up to now PCNC DOS version. That's why I'm used to Keyboard shortcuts and HPGL data.
Materials I'm working withs are wood (balsa to mahagony) mostly, but also plastic and alu. As electronics takes a great slot of my hobbies also drilling+milling of PCBs is done by the mill.
Due to the loss of the next floppy drive due to dust in the workshop I looked around for a state of the art software replacement using common OS and LAN functionality. My choice after testing several available programs was to order Art's MACH3. I'm convinced by the open, flexible user interface and the great community around.
So far the first parts are milled by my new MACH3, I'm becoming more and more familiar with it and in my imagination there are already the first helpful things under construction: Jogging wheel, web cam for positioning when drilling PCBs (hardware already mounted).

Meanwhile I determined some problems. May be this comes from lack of experience or lack of some hints how to do. I'll use this forum to ask those things.

Let me apologize just now if I ask things handled by older threads here. I'm new here and I'm not a native Englisch speaker, so I may miss some phrases to search for. Please direct me to the proper threads then. Thank you and happy milling!

Regards
Holger
 :)
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Post by: KOS on November 08, 2007, 02:44:24 PM
My name is Dan, I live in Austin TX, and I have an X3 cnc'd with gecko 203Vs and running mach 3 of course :). Have had a small aftermarket parts business for a few years now but I am starting to move into the direction of cnc made stuff instead of manual labor.

Currently in the process of adding a 4th axis to my mill that will be stepper controlled as well as run from the motor for turning operations. From there I will add in the joystick, and hoping to add in some video equipment as well.

I am new to Mach as I ran turbo cnc on my last mill, so I am interested in learning a ton on the forum..

Thanks!
Dan
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Post by: edmond on November 12, 2007, 11:52:57 PM
Hi

My name is Edmond, I live in Cape Town, South Africa.I have been a CNC Router Operator and Programmer for the last 5 years.I have recently started building a small CNC Router for hobby use with the idea of eventually being able to start a small business at home on the sideline, the machine is almost done.Thanks for the warm welcome.

Kind Regards
Edmond
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Post by: PPDLT on November 13, 2007, 11:40:21 PM
Hi All,  my name is Eric, and I am a true machining beginner.  I actually pay the bills working as a cop, so CNC is a hobby.  I have recently converted a Harbor Freight Mini Mill to CNC.  I had a few questions about tuning the motors, and figuring the motor revs with a timing belt and tooth pulleys.  I was able to get the formulas correct with forum help, so now its time to focus on the CAD/CAM part.  I have TurboCad professional, but know little about creating toolpaths and getting a drawing into Mach3.  From what I see, BobCad seems like the best route, but its cost is astronomical.  Any suggestions on inexpensive CAD/CAM options to try and learn on would be helpful...

PPDLt
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Post by: Hllrsr on November 16, 2007, 01:42:15 PM
Aternoon Folks,

New guy to the forum, and Mach3, but I've been doing the cnc building thing for a while.
Currently have 4 working routers running TCNC, Emc2 (closed loop), and I've just set one up with the trial version of Mach for digitizing.
What got me looking closer at Mach was a posting on the CNC Zone about Art's laser scanning adventures, and if they pan out I'll have to bite the bullet and actually pay for a control software.

I'm a firm believer in supporting a company/individual who develops affordable gizmo's to feed my hobbies.. ;)

Been working industrial maintenance since leaving college in 91, and currently have a lot of time on my hands with having to go on disability. So to keep from going insane from boredom I'm trying to learn VBA to customize Mach.

Check back in ohh..2-3 years and I may understand what the VBA for Dummies book is trying to tell me. :P

Iain
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Post by: enytned1 on November 18, 2007, 02:07:25 AM
Hello everyone,
I have worked in the furniture and wood machining industry in Ontario, Canada since I was legally allowed to work.  I'm originally from Poland and came to Canada when I was 9 years old.  Started from the bottom and worked my way up to operating and in the last 8 years programming CNC routers.  My education is in the CAD/CAM field in both metal machining and woodworking. 

A few years ago I started to become interested in purchasing a machine to work from home.  My first hobby machine was a Maxnc mill which I quickly realized was not made to take the punishment I imposed upon it.  This lead me to look for a more robust machine I could buy and rebuild.  My second machine was an old Technoisel full step stepper controlled machine that was missing the control software and cards necessary to run it.  I was already familiar with Mach2 from spending time reading many CNC hobby forums.  I converted the Techno machine to run on Mach,  but eventually I realized that a full step prehistoric control was not going to work.  I then purchased Servo motors and 4-axis control from Camtronics and have been very happy with my setup since. 

My only contribution to the Mach community has been the ellipse macro I posted for Mach users.  You can view videos of my converted Techno machine and some videos of the machines I program in my day jobs below.  Yes, fortunately i have more than one job, but I actually really enjoy what I do so the more the better.

http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=enytned1

Incredible software and support, certainly gives us peasants a chance in these turbulent manufacturing times.

Thanks,
Alek




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Post by: CJEls on November 21, 2007, 02:02:53 PM
Hi All !

My name is Cobus if been repairing machine tools for the last 25 years. I live in JHB in South Africa. I never wanted to own a cnc machine But is in the process of trying to fit new controls to a lathe and mill.I do repair cnc machines and most of them
with Fanuc Controls.That Is were I learned Ladder logic.Mach Looks like A good package and at a fair price.Fanuc controls is to expensive and very expensive to maintain.I will ask for some help As vb scripting is new and i do  want to run the turret on the lathe and the tool changer on the mill. the first machine is the lathe with gecko stepper drives and a inverter for the spindle control.I did try Desk Cnc but was not Happy with it.Mach Has a lot of functions that seems to fit my way of doing stuff.

Hobby Wise I fly RC planes and use the equipment to make spares and motors for my hobby.

Enjoy your day
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Post by: cliveastro on November 23, 2007, 03:13:02 PM
Hi
My name is clive I live in the UK.
I have various hobbies that normally involve making things, these items range from furniture. guitars, Hi Fi and recently machining items from metal on my relatively simple X2 mill and lathe.
At present I am converting my slightly non standard X2 mill (nothing standard fits) to cnc. Therefore I have had to design and make all the parts, this includes machining my own ballscrews (with a bit/lot of help). The ballscrews however were not turned on my lathe they were turned at work, my part was to remove the tough outer skin then my colleague finished them off on our cnc lathe (super finish).
If anyone is interested I will post some pictures of the assemblies (only one part to finish machining and then some plating).

Clive
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Post by: cabledude on November 24, 2007, 10:47:21 AM
Hi all-

I have two Bridgeport Series 1 mills, 1 BOSS 5 and 1 BOSS 6.  I'd like to convert both of them from the steppers out.  I'm here for advice, guidance, etc.

I learned BASIC back when they were still inventing it.  I used to be fluent in things like BASIC, Fortran, Algol and have experience writing in dBase/FoxBase, etc.  Unfortunately, nothing used today.  I majored in ME and minored in EE.  I have quite a bit of design, implementation, and production experience.  I have written hundreds of Gcode pgms for our production on the above two machines.  I design in AutoCAD 2002 and would love to streamline the bridge between the drawing board and machine.

Since my BOSS 6 machine is still running (sort of), I'd probably start on the BOSS 5.  My BOSS 6 machine has a Haas stepper rotary table (8RT) as a "semi" 4th axis.  I'd like to be able to control it as well via new software/hardware as a "true" 4th axis.  Possible?

Anyhow, that's a little about me and why I'm here.  I'd appreciate any guidance one might give.  Thanks.

Rob
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Post by: Wayne P on November 27, 2007, 06:06:54 PM
Howdy,

My name is Wayne and I am brand new here and using CNC equipment. I work in etched and engraved glass, marble and granite and decided to try working in wood. I purchased a CNC router which came with Mach3 and have just started setting it up. I just loaded the software and began going thru the tutorials. Already I'm in trouble. When I hit the "driver test" line go all over he place. the tutorial says to get an optimization text file?? and that will walk me through it. I have two questions, first do I need to be hooked up to the CNC router when trying this test? If not, where do I find this file? any/all help is appreciated. I look forward to picking yalls brains and becoming dangerous at making sawdust.....
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Post by: Chaoticone on November 27, 2007, 07:34:16 PM
Hey Wayne, you don't need to be hooked to the machine to run a driver test. The optimazation file is at the top of this page, downloads tab. It is a set of instructions.

Brett
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Post by: ibcanman on November 29, 2007, 12:10:03 AM
Hi, all,
        My name is Chuck, am a 35 year old trapped in a 68 year old body and hooked on cnc. A friend bought a plasma cutter which I thought was interesting so I got mach 3, built a cnc router and started my learning curve. That was two years ago and just now at a point where I can cut stuff, so, I'm building a second cnc machine, larger (24"X48") to cut bigger stuff. I am retired Air Force as well as having done a bit on the Hellfire engineering staff, for Rockwell Missile Systems Division, Duluth GA. I have a pretty complete machine, R&D, wood shop in the back yard where I cut, bang, burn, and generally mutilate stuff. It keeps me busy. The canman title came from building small motorcycles from Harley-Davidson Daytona Bike week beer cans, which I don't do now. I  enjoy reading the questions and can relate to most of the problems folks have with cnc. Mach3 is the best pgm I've seen for cnc. Later: Chuck (canman)

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Post by: Cncman2nv on December 11, 2007, 07:03:02 PM
HI  I am  Adam from nebraska Iam 27 years old I enjoy learning and trying new things i have been watching artsoft and Mach users grow like a wild fire in the past years all tho i have never put Mach to use i enjoy seeing what people have done with their minds and machines 
 To date I am working a local Manufacturing company that produces aluminum pipe and products then for a side jobs I fabricate Granite counter tops for people building new or remodeling their homes this is what keeps me busy in the summer and fall winters are slow in September I bought a Fryer MB-15 cnc mill off eBay so now i have the machine to build with
So Thank you for welcoming me in to the group and feel free to drop me a line any time with suggestions on great starter machines
   
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Post by: Teknoguy on December 12, 2007, 11:43:48 AM
I am a new member as of today. I am located in Sudbury Ontario Canada and am looking for somway to revive a couple of CNC machines at the  High Sch that I teach at. I am hoping that someonere has had experience with Phoenix lathes and is able to steer me in the right direction.
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Post by: freshwatermodels on December 14, 2007, 09:08:30 AM
HI,

I'm Jack located in Rochester,New York.   I just purchased a Xylotex outfit and am waiting forit to be delivered.   My first project is to retro fit an X2 mini-mill and hope to eventually retro the mini-lathe and build a small cnc wood router.   Anyone in RochesterNY area?

Jack
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Post by: tjs45d on December 15, 2007, 08:18:35 PM
Hi, I have been using Mach 3 for about 8 months now on a CNC router table. So far I really like the software, but there are a couple of glitches I have experienced that someone on here may be able to help with? When running a program the feedrate override button allows me to change the speed, but there is a variable length time lag before the machine responds to new feedrate... Any ideas? Also, at the end of a program I normally program the machine to return to x0, y0, and a safe Z of 1.5 for example. Mach 3 returns the machine to the proper coordinates, but changes the Z value on the screen to some random numbers.. I have to remember to re-enter the proper Z value before I move the Z axis or run a program again with the same tool.. It normally throws a value 2 to 3 " negative below the actual Z 0. Does anyone have a suggestion for how to solve these problems? Thanks in advance for any ideas...!!
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Post by: robotix on December 16, 2007, 01:30:06 AM
Hello,

My name is Jim. I am a robot enthusiast, so mechanics and electronics are my hobbies. I own a Shopmaster Tri-Power CNC lathe/mill. I am fairly new to CNC, but as I am an engineer in real life, I am familiar with the concepts. At the time of the posting, I am fine tuning Mach3Mill and Mach3Turn on my machine. I intend to use the machine to make parts for robots. I am very impressed with the quality of the Mach3 software. I write software in C, so I understand what a challenge it is.
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Post by: woffler on December 30, 2007, 08:11:18 PM
hi every one this is woffler from arizona i finally foud this place ive been lost
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Post by: Techtchr on December 31, 2007, 09:22:37 PM
Hello All,
I am , as my screen name indicates, a technology education teacher. I am new to this forum but I have been using mach for about three years. So far I have built a desktop engraver machine from scratch(just to see if I could do it) using hobby cnc electronics and Mach2, I've converted a seig mini mill with my own home built drive components and a  xylotex controller and a fairly large cnc wood rouer 3' x 4' x 4". W/Hobby CNC electronics  All of my machines are executed in steel and aluminum with a little bit of acetal thrown in here and there. Currently I am using my router at school to make lapsteel guitars.  We've been using a 2 flute carbide spiral cut (down) router bit in a porter cable 1hp router. Been cutting at 20 IPM with .2" increments in oak cherry and maple, although one of the kids for got to change his posted code and was running .100" increments at about 60IPM... It was scarey at first...but it worked.

OK, I joined this forum because I've been using the bare minimum capabilities of the software. My machines are running without limit and home switches or spindle control. I would like to learn more about the circuitry and control. Was hoping there was also a user to bounce questions off of near my home in Auburn NY, or at least someone willing to experiment with me.

Matt
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Post by: Rademacher on January 01, 2008, 10:13:03 AM
Hi,

My name is Wayne, I live in Minnesota.  Although I am a electrical engineer by trade, my life long passion is for machines and figuring out how they work.

I built my first CNC gantry mill about 10years ago, it was controlled by CNCpro and/or SuperCam....neither one was very good.   When I stumbled across Art's software about 4-5yrs ago, I thought I died and had gone to heaven, it worked perfect and did everything I wanted and more.

My machines are mainly used to support my other habit, RC aircraft. I have literally built thousands of airplanes parts over the years, in-fact, I cut so many parts on the machine....I think I might have forgot how to use an Exacto knife.

Over time I have built 3 more machines: Precision "desktop" 4-axis mill, 4'x5' plasma cutter, 36"x24" foam cutter. My latest project is a lightweight, low-cost, "scalable" desktop cutter that focuses on the RC builders.  Perhaps I will share some photos as the design/build for the new machine progresses.

Regards,
Wayne
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Post by: machinejack on January 04, 2008, 05:21:35 AM
Hello:
  Machinejacks the name machining the game. Journeyed tool maker for 35+ years. Old school dinosaur. Hands on machining all my life. Got the chance after rearing 4 kids and chasing that almighty dollar to play some. Built a small cnc from the ground up. I say small 15" X 10" X 8"  half the size of my Bridgport, but still lots of room. Hope to start  a cnc lath soon.
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Post by: natsnot on January 06, 2008, 05:23:14 PM
Man!  This forum is great!  My name is Stan or screenname natsnot and I hail from Iowa.  In the early startup of an engraving business and have a nice laser engraver, sand blast cabinet for sand carving, and purchased a CNC Router a few weeks ago.  I don't have much time during my days right now, so am intimidated about the learning curve I face with the router and I can REALLY use it in this business.  It's a Masters CNC with a 12"x24"x4" work area.

Our website should be ready to launch within the next 1-2 weeks with a good start at our product offerings.  I hope many of you will check it out after the launch (I'll announce it here somewhere that I might be permitted to do that, but you can find it in my profile too) and let me know what ya think!

I may be hit and miss on visiting here for a while, but I have a feeling I'll be here a LOT before long to I can shorten my learning curve on that cool new router I have!
Peace,
Stan
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Post by: traindriver on January 06, 2008, 08:32:55 PM
Hi I'm Chuck, living in SE Wisconsin.

I got interested in metalworking about 5 years ago when I started selling some car accessories I had designed, and got tired of paying others to make parts for me. Eventually I bought a mini-mill, first built a Shumatech DRO for it, then did a full CNC conversion using Xylotex, and TurboCNC. A couple of years ago I left GE Healthcare after 20 years as a Senior Product Development Engineer where I designed X-ray tubes for CT scanners, and started my own product development firm. We have a Milltronics 4 axis machining center, which I must say is a really nice machine and a manual Prince 1340 lathe along with a Scotchman cold saw. Although the mill is very easy to progran conversationally, we also use SheetCAM. I use Solidworks and COSMOS FEA for all of my designs. I'm in the process of adding CNC to the lathe. For this upgrade I'm using servos instead of the steppers used on the minimill, and Mach3 turn instead of TurboCNC. I hope to use the lathe for producing components for our soon to be released medical/aerospace pump.

Regards,
Chuck
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Post by: wil trower on January 07, 2008, 12:56:40 PM
Hi..I am new to this world of cnc, only a couple months. I live in missouri, I have been in a wheelchair for 37 years since Vietnam. I built a small lawn and garden business in 1983, just retired from it in 2004 due to shoulder surgery, they say your arms are not ment to replace your legs and they are so right. Not whinning just history. Hobbys are drag racing alchol funny car and just started building models of some of my cars, this is why i wanted to get into this field to maby build small parts for my projects. What i have done so far has been all out of scrap metal around the shop. i have a medium size manual jet mill works fine just wears you out cranking the wheels, this is the reason i bought this Terco mill, maby not the best choice but did'nt want to spend to much on a machine, maby i couldn't run, i won't give up but will be asking some dumb questions! There is my life, welcome to it!!  Wil :)
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Post by: rbowe6 on January 11, 2008, 04:13:57 AM
While new to the forum I registered my copy of Mach 3 about a year ago. No I've not done much with it nor with the Emco Compact 5 CNC lather and Emco F1 CNC mill both of which I've completed 90% of a retro fit. Both are in my lounge room and before I complete the fit outs I need to build in a room under the house. This is proving costly and time consuming (it's rained over my 4wks holidays and I've not been able to do a thing due to the inclement weather).

I teach Industrial Technology in a high school on the east coast of Australia. While I am not a formally trained as such a teacher I do have a couple of trades and have a Dip Mech Eng. Most of my working life has been in the heavy transport industry and basic science labs. The current school that I am at has a Hercus CNC lathe (a PC200) and a Hercus CNC mill both of which are Australian made. Having run some Fanuc machines I am finding these Hercus machines frustrating due to non standard G codes. Can Mach 3 be used with these without a retrofit? Also we have a Adept Pro (?) and it would be nice to run Mach on this too.

Anyway I'll keep tuned in here and when the rain stops I'll attend to my building works so that one day I can finish the rertro fit I started 18mth ago.

rob
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Post by: ecotectoo on January 14, 2008, 01:30:18 PM
Hello --

My first time here. I'm a total newbie to the machining, CNC and Mach3 world... and am floundering bigtime! I hope to get productive with your help!

Productive... what I do - we do actually as I have a small company - is make concertinas which you can see here http://www.buttonbox.com/morse.html. Each one has about 1100 small parts of which we design and currently job out to others to produce. We've just received a TigerTec http://tigertec.us/6090-2.html CNC router and hope to now (or soon anyway) make most of our parts in-house.

My background is that I'm an architect and that music is my hobby. I've played many instruments though squeezeboxes were the ones that really appeal to me, and I got into fixing, buying/selling, then making them. Slowly my hobby turned into a business, and now it's the other way around - architecture has been relegated to hobby status. Who'd a thunk?

-- Rich --
THE BUTTON BOX
www.buttonbox.com (http://www.buttonbox.com)
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Post by: mar999 on January 15, 2008, 05:00:19 AM
Hi everyone im new to this forum (but not mach 3 or lazycam)  been using it for about 2 years now >fantastic programs i must say anyway HI  ;)
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Post by: softselect on January 22, 2008, 03:30:20 PM
Hi I am Friedrich von Möllendorf and I live in South Africa
Done my apprenticeship as machine builder at Siemens in 1972
After 15 years I changed direction an turned electronic design engineer, done development for battery charging and logging systems for high power Battery systems (Zebra), after Anglo American closed us down 9 years ago I started my own Engineering Shop, Softselect Domicile Engineering. Apart from doing the run of the mill engineering components, I service and calibrate 3D measuring machines for Wenzel. I got in to CNC at home with a Bridgeport Series1, bought it with a blown control. Made up some custom electronics to drive the original Stepper drivers with step and dir software, the first software was Millmaster pro from Microkinetics, this ran for a few years till the lightning took it out. I then relaced it with CNCpro from Doug Yeager. This is still running today. when I don't have work for it I will replace the drivers with Geckos (already on the shelf here) and Mach3. I have a Harding CNC lathe fitted with a NUM control, very nice. Where Mach3 comes in is my small BV20 Chinese converted lathe was also running Turnmaster Pro from Microkinetics, after the control card got popped by lightning, I moved over to Turbocnc but got frustrated with the tool offset problems. Tried EMC, but I don't speak much Linux, and the Linux forums suck. So this is where I am now.
I am just rebuilding the control  interface (BOB) and rewiring the whole thing just to be sure I am not creating problems for Mach3.
The BOB i am developing is a bus system where you can plug in cards to suit you needs, once done I will post some pictures
I will keep you posted on the progress.
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Post by: BluePinnacle on January 29, 2008, 06:51:05 AM
Hello - Alastair, west midlands, England.

I'm busy refurbishing a large Pinnacle CNC mill. It had a Northwest Electronics control unit fed with tapes, from when tapes were very new and exciting and punch cards were more the thing. I've got a Routout 10 amp stepper driver powering the three fairly hefty steppers and a variety of isolation/control boards made in-house to propel the contactors and pumps. My objective is to make it into a heavily productive machine again. mechanically it's in fine form, the power electrics are all in, the steppers step very nicely, but the second parallel port is giving me no end of grief. but that's another post... I'll whinge somewhere else on the site.

Hello to everyone here, there's a lot of very clever and determined folks doing some wonderful work helping old machines and old computers to keep each other alive and useful! Be well, stay safe.

 :)
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Post by: allansr on February 01, 2008, 10:05:32 PM
Hi my name is Allan, retired schooldirector (1100 students age 14 ..20   technical / administration & restaurant service) in Aruba. I was trained as a technical instructor in Holland ( instrument maker). In my spare time I do some metalworking and woodworking, building a CNC router is a challenge I have set for myself.
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Post by: chris_jarvis on February 05, 2008, 06:52:11 PM
Hello All
My name is Chris Jarvis and I live in Mexico, wherre I was born and raised although I have spent a few years in England, the US, and Canada, and have been back in Mexico for the last couple of years. I grew up in an area where we had no electricity or luxuries, and as necesity is the mother of all invention, I spend many years designing and building things, which I have done ever since.
I have built lost foam foundries, manufacturing plants, designed products and gadgets, and am alright on most things mechanical, and have managed to get by so far on the electrical and controlls side, although I find myself scratching my head constantly on these issues.
I am beginning to build CNC equipment here in Mexico, as well as retrofit machinery as there is a decent market for used CNC machinery (most here cannot afford new). I like the idea of using PCs to control machines, and so it is that I end up on this forum, with many questions. I wouldlike to use Mach to interface with the machines I am building and retrofitting. I need to understand a few basic things:
 I have a bunch of very nice Emerson Drives and Servos, older vintage but all new. PCM 11 drives and DXM-340CB/NE34 servos. Can somebody be so kind as to explain what else I need to, if any, to interface with these drives and servos. I presume I need some boards for the PC (what are some recomended?). Do I need additional software or hardware for the Emerson Drives?
I appreciate being able to ask many smarter than I and I look forward to hearing your words of wisdom!
Chris
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Post by: rkowash on February 07, 2008, 06:57:37 PM
Hi all,

I am Roger, and have been building a CNC chainsaw for the last couple of years.  I have been in and out of it, and now I am on it full time.  This chainsaw is going to be used in the house building industry.  I live in southern Oregon and have been an automation engineer for about 11 years.  I have lots of questions, and am going to see if I can't stretch the boundaries.

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Post by: Garyv on February 07, 2008, 08:01:37 PM
Hello All,
  My Name is Gary as in my screen name, been around a few years and have had MACH for probably 5 years now.
   I have a shoptask bridgemill fit with servos , been in and out for the last few years mostly do hobby stuff with my mill -lath combo
I use Bobcad V21 for CAD , but have never really sat down and studied it but now semi re-tired and back into the fun of cutting metal and I have to say everyone here has been a lot of help
getting My CNC running and answering questions..
Glad to be here ..
Gary
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Post by: steppin on February 07, 2008, 11:29:31 PM
ok here I am. I just started school at the age of 49 (cnc,cad,cam) for some reson i cant get mach3mill to work HM
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Post by: ldemrys on February 09, 2008, 06:15:37 PM
OK I can play...

My name is Stuart (screen name ldemrys) and by profession I am an auto mechanic. Just recently I was fired from my last job and decided to go back to school. The college I selected offered courses in manufacturing technology and I've wanted to be a machinist since I was a kid. Due to circumstance (and "life") I was unable to pursue that dream. Now, 30 some odd years later, I have my chance. As well as taking the basic machine shop courses, I am taking the introduction to CNC milling. While looking for software to help me understand G-code (among other things) I found this site. I'm hoping that I can find answers to questions that I have or may have.
Not being able to afford Mach 3 right now, I have downloaded Mach 2 and have managed to figure some of it out on my own. Unfortunately, there seems to be a great deal that, as yet, I do not understand. So far though Mach2 seems to be what I need...
We have 2 HAAS mills and the class instruction is geared to that. I'm still learning basic G-code and I want to use Mach 2 for running simulations of my homework.
In the absence of any specific questions I have at the moment, I welcome any comments and/or advise that anybody here may have to offer...
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Post by: SmoothOperator on February 11, 2008, 01:48:00 PM
Hi my friendly Forum folks. I am a CNC OPerator for my job ! Am constantly trying to learn more about the Mach3 Mill & its ad ons. Just recently got back to CNC Operation after a year or more. Prior to now, was using G-Mover. So, I am looking forward to learning from those of you who are more experienced. If there is some helpful info I can offer along the way, I will be glad to do so.

Thanx for the warm welcome!!!!!!
"SmoothOperator"
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Post by: Beyaz balina on February 12, 2008, 08:33:03 AM
Hello my name is Gerard van Rooijen i am retired and move from holland to turkey and run a hotel in the summer and in the winter there is plenty of time to work on my hobby
metalworking with a lathe and a mill i buy a mill and a lathe from a local turkish machine manufacturer and together we  rebuild the machines to cnc
now i work with hardware and software from pcdreh from germany
i want to change everything to mach3 now the hardware works with all the directions over one pin number pin number 1
so the x,y and z axes all use the same pinnumber for direction and different numbers for tact is this a problem in mach3
i started and strange things are happening sometimes the motor works and sometimes not, could the common pinnumbers the problem
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Post by: Vince Endter on February 15, 2008, 04:14:31 PM
I used to log in as N4NV, but finally got around to fixing that so I can log in with my name.  I have converted 5 machines to CNC with Mach 3. 

Is there any chance of getting a convention here on the west coast?  I realize there are only about 2 of us Mach users west of the rockies, but you east coasters could come out here to get some sunshine.

Vince
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Post by: Tweakie.CNC on February 17, 2008, 08:37:12 AM
Hi everybody,

I'm new to the forum, completed 'Tweakie' my CNC machine just before Christmas 07 and now I am looking to find new things to make with it.

I have also just completed my web site with many pictures of Tweakie during construction. If you are interested take a  look at  http://www.cooperman.talktalk.net  .

Look forward to chatting to you all in the future.

Regards, Cooperman.
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Post by: jallitt on February 21, 2008, 04:56:26 AM
Hi,

My name's Jon, I'm in New Zealand. Downloaded and registered Mach3 a couple of days ago so I can replace the built-in RS232 controller in a chinese router I picked up second hand. It's about 4 or 5 years old, 500x300 working area, 24000rpm water cooled spindle and has a cast iron frame (weighs 230kg so mechanically it's rock solid). Controller board is pretty primitive though and at 20mm/sec feedrate on renshape you can clearly see where the tool pauses between each goto while the controller figures out the next move (and it's insanely unsmooth at 50mm/sec). I figure I can hook a breakout board straight into the existing XY drivers but I 'm replacing the Z axis stepper and adding a driver since Z seems to be driven directly from the controller board. I'm hoping this will increase my Z axis speed since I have to slow it right down to stop it skipping at the moment.

I have a breakout board, driver and stepper on the way from Australia. I'm also looking forward to smoothstepper so I can use a laptop (I have a PCMCIA parallel port card but I don't think it's going to work)

I've also been running a Roland MDX-20 for a couple of years (to make scale model parts) but it was starting to get a bit small :)

I also have a lathe which I'd like to retrofit and I can also run that from Mach.
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Post by: rjgfly on February 21, 2008, 03:30:10 PM
My name is Robert Gaither.  I have a little different reason for being here.  I bought a airplane company 4 years ago and we have cnc router built in 1993 by the engineer I bought the company from.  The machine runs on a Toshiba 486 laptop.  We are now trying to update the machine and run standard controls. I am totally excited about learning motion control and how it works.
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Post by: Dragon5X5X5 on February 23, 2008, 12:39:00 AM
Hello All, I'm Art  aka Dragon5X5X5. I am a Hydro Field Mechanic U.A. member. I have a little jet lathe I got a few years back I play with, and I just got a CNC TL512  to play with. I'm not real  hip to CNC AND all the lingo yet. Been interested for some time, and look forward to learning a thing or two from all you, I hope. I'm live in Central , California and try to enjoy all I can.          Art
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Post by: boslab on February 23, 2008, 07:49:08 PM
hi, just fumbled into this site from hsm [timewarp's post] watched a couple of the vids and got hooked, i have a reasonable workshop with all the usual machines, but never thought about having a go at cnc, too scared i guess, but i have a nasty feeling that that may change, I'm looking for something to occupy myself as a lot of the heavy stuff is now off limits due to a little heart surgery, i think something like this would give me a bit of a lift as it were, anyway the next bit is which one to build? any advice fore a complete beginner would be appreciated
regards
mark
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Post by: spanky on March 02, 2008, 01:22:53 PM
I am a new user and am trying to setup a maxnc cl system on a laptop.
I have been in cnc for 30 years but I aint too smart on the PC side.
I want to use my system for my alter ego's of art and engineering.
my personal web sit is www.weatherlycustomdesigns.com.
check it out.
P/S is it possible to run the controller through the usb port of a laptop or do I need to use a docking station??????????????
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Post by: sour kraut on March 03, 2008, 04:42:46 PM
Hi, I'm Dan and I'm a cnc junky, (hi Dan). :P I've worked for a major cnc maker for 8 years now and finally got around to getting my own small machine. I found mach 3 and decided it has the best possibilities for customizing.  Now if I could just learn Flash!!!  :D
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Post by: miketmbt on March 04, 2008, 06:55:54 PM
Hello,

 My name is Mike.  I am in Las Vegas, Nevada.  I am very new to CNC machining and just purchased my Mach 3 license.  I see there is a lot of info in this forum and I am sure it will answer any questions I may have.
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Post by: tahustvedt on March 05, 2008, 02:06:56 PM
Hi, I'm Tor Arne. I built my own 3 axis router last year and use it mainly for RC model work. This machine is my first experience with CNC or machining, though I've wanted one for many years, and I love making stuff with it. I am an aircraft technician by profession.
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Post by: northray on March 06, 2008, 04:58:20 AM
Hi all,
I am very new to CNC and hope to gain a lot from this forum it looks very good.

I am retired after selling my business and have for several years been wood turning and general wood working so decided to have a go with a CNC router it is being delivered today so wait for the screams of frustration as I try to get my head around it all. Regards Ray
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Post by: northray on March 06, 2008, 06:22:25 AM
Hi all,
I am very new to CNC and hope to gain a lot from this forum it looks very good.

I am retired after selling my business and have for several years been wood turning and general wood working so decided to have a go with a CNC router it is being delivered today so wait for the screams of frustration as I try to get my head around it all. Regards Ray
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Post by: skyratcalls on March 17, 2008, 02:28:46 PM
Jeff George here, phsyics teacher, wood turner, cnc hopeful. I am considering buying a mill, converting to cnc. I want to engrave my name in the brass bands of my custom duck calls. Perhapes even do some "fancy" carving on them. Is this possible with a cnc mill with mach3 running. I am completely ignorant of cnc and mills for that matter. I do know that a rotary table will be needed, can the rotary table be treated as the y-axis for carving on a round duck call? Any help will be much appreciated. You can email me directly at skyratcalls@yahoo.com. Help with understanding what to purchase, steppers, mill, ect. also appreciated. Still throwing around the idea of building my own machine as I have noticed several plans on the net.
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Post by: zephyr9900 on March 18, 2008, 08:50:18 PM
Hi,

I'm Randy, a recently liberated (downsized) mechanical engineer.  I've been running Mach for about a year and a half in the guise of PCNC3 on my Tormach mill.  I'm building up a lathe and want to use Mach3 on it, but am having a heck of a time downloading a clean copy of either 2.63 or 3.037.  The MD5 sums keep changing (on four copies of each!) and fc shows 115-130 words difference on each copy.

But aside from that, my interest is in model railroading, specifically in modeling the 1930's streamlined passenger trains in N scale.

Best regards,

Randy

Edit:  Brian the webguy is now putting the current Mach version on the FTP site along with the downrevs.  Thanks, Brian!
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Post by: AllGaveSome on March 20, 2008, 03:46:33 PM
Hello, my name is Stephen, and I am brand new to this.  I am in Maryland, and I have a general question.  I am looking at buying a lathe, it is a 1982 TOS currently running an AH HA cnc controller.  My father the one while will be using the lathe mostly is not very comfortable with the AH HA software, and wants to use a control package that is up to date. 

I am wondering if anyone has, or has any thoughts about, using the Mach 3 software to power the AH HA motor controller on this machine.  The lathe was retrofitted some years ago with the AH HA software and motor controller.  Does anyone have any experience with the reliability or fixibility of the AH HA motor controller?  Also has anyone used the AH HA motor controller with the Mach 3 software?  Has anyone made this conversion, and how successful was it?

Can anyone point me to any resources on this?

Thank you very much.
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Post by: Crotalus on March 27, 2008, 03:34:34 PM
Hello I am new to using Mach3 and I am having some issues.
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Post by: cncorbust on April 07, 2008, 03:50:22 PM
Hi I'm Mike alias CncorBust.
Built my own machine - Table travel 12" by 8" Stepper driven. I can move X at 40" ipm and Y at 18" ipm. Cheap 20 TPI All thread on Y axis but I can keep backlash down to 0.001". X is ball screw but back lash is only slightly better than Y, just more consistent.
Work mostly in brass. Hate Steel, plastic is not much nicer.

Now I am trying to post a question about Lcam. Call me dense but damned if I can figure out how to post a new topic, seems the system is insisting that I can only "reply" to existing messages.

I posted my question on the Yahoo site but the folks there seem to bound up discussing the various merits of acceleration, G forces, Newtons etc..

I had several questions, my main question was how to tell Lcam to not insert G90.1, G40, G41 H3 as part of the post procssing, I don't need those codes and it gets irritatiing to have to edit them out. I'd also like to know how to write a post processor but that appears to be a closely guarded secret.

Any more talk of an interim instruction book on the care and feeding of Lcam? Yeah, I know there are some pretty good videos but they don't cover all the itsy bitsy steps in getting good Gcode out of Lcam.

Mike

Incidently I do have a license for Lcam and Mach3. I am also not so sure I will able to find my way back to this thread to pickup any answer that might be forth coming.

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Post by: K3HTK on April 15, 2008, 12:29:04 PM
Greetings All!

My name is Ed and I am located in Indianapolis, Indiana.... Just started getting very interested in CNC because of my love of engineering! Buy day I am a Network Security / Design Professional and now at night I am doing everything I can to learn how to CNC.

My CNC setup is a hombrew BigBear CNC using the Xylotex 3 Axis Kit. Check out http://www.bigbearcnc.com for plans! I got them for $5.00 and the credit for the design goes to Mike Walach! He has been very helpful with questions as well. Overall cost to build my CNC was around $600 for ALL materials. Machine built from HDPE Plastic. Using Rotozip for spindle although I am trying to find good bits to use with it for engraving and such.... Any suggestions on where to find good bits and what bits to use for different types of CNC'ing? 

Currently working on using laser to retro fit to my CNC for small cutting projects (3mil or less). Using 200mw red laser (650nm) with adjustable lens. Plan to work on relay switching from Mach 3 to turn on and off.....

Other Hobbies

Ham Radio Operator (General Class License) - Call Sign K3HTK
Restoration of Antique Radios
Racing - Member of NHRA SuperComp team http://www.hornetracing.com
Musician - Bass, Drums, Guitar
General Electrical Engineering projects....

Nice to meet everyone!

-Ed-
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Post by: FarReachFarm on April 15, 2008, 09:02:01 PM
Ya know... I've been on the forum for a few weeks and never intro'ed myself.

I'm Scott Leatham in Duvall Washington, living on a small ranch named (you guessed it) Far Reach Farm.
I have two machines, The first is a Shop Task 3in1, upgraded to steppers and controlled by AhHa, but I'll be changing this to Mach 3 soon due to "animal damage" to (er read as "on") the computer. So if I have to buy a new computer, I'll update the S/E.
The 2nd machine is a Bridgeport Discovery 300 VMC, upgraded a lot.  Currently it's running Camsoft, Galil motion controller, Advanced motion servo drives, opto-22 G4 SSRs, and a Control Techniques vector flux spindle drive/controller.  Since I really don't like Camsoft, I'm converting to Mach3l (I was so happy to learn Mach supports Galil).

I use Solidworks for design work (I have a legal license), then a local local machine shop allows me to use SoftCam or MasterCam to produce G-Code.

As for myself, I'm a manager in the software & embedded systems industry; OS/Systems, mobile devices, gaming consoles, and robotics.  I like sailing, diving/snorkeling, horseback riding (I have 2000lb drafthorse), art-blacksmithing, and cutting out parts on my CNC machine.  A friend uses my machine to make parts for underwater diving equipment (rebreathers, dive computer housings, custom flashlights).  The item is my picture is a small robotic telescope mount for a 6" mead.  I've done some mold making for a cell phone snap on skin that actually went into production.  I've also written machine control operator interfaces for a couple hydraulic manufacturing equipment.  But, sadly I get so busy at work, that I end up having to re-learn everytime I start a new project or resume an old one!  So I'm a newbie at times too!

--Scott
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Post by: kthomson on April 26, 2008, 09:36:24 PM
My name is Ken Thomson. I just converted my CNC router (a Glentek, similar to a Warthog) from WinCNC to CandCNC and Mach3. I just ran my first program on it today, and the results were excellent. It did a semi-complex 3D part in half the time of my previous setup with comparable results (though at the speeds it was running I may have to put some replacement servos on the shelf ...). I'm just starting to learn the software, and look forward to learning the macro and VB language. I have found at least one serious deficiency between Mach3 and WinCNC, but I'm sure a macro can correct it. I'll post that in another area.

Thanks
Ken
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Post by: cnichols33 on May 03, 2008, 09:18:36 AM
My name is Calvin Nichols I am in N.C.  I have been working in the machine shop setting for about 21 years most as a supervisor and set up.I run a lot of prototype parts.I am a custom knife maker and looking to use the mach3 to do inlays and pocket knives. no telling what I will get into with it..
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Post by: Rene Nuñez Paz on May 03, 2008, 02:13:05 PM
HELLO, EVERYBODY, MI NAME IS RENE, IAM NEW IN CNC WORLD, RECENTLY I FINISH A JGRO CNC MACHINE, WITH HCN PRO DRIVER FROM HOBBYCNC, I AM TRYING TO GO FAST BUT IAM NOT UNDERSTAND SO GOOD ENGLISH AND IS DIFICULTS FOR ME, I NEED SOME HELP TO GO AHEAD, BUT I PREFEAR TO OPEN A NEW THREAT WTH MY QUESTIONS, WHEN I LEARN SOMETHING, WHIT GREAT PLACER I GIVE YOU MY EXPERIENCES, BYE

RENE
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Post by: Kitforth on May 07, 2008, 04:33:37 PM
Hi, I'm Kit, been writing embedded software for 30 years. I live in Pembrokeshire, West Wales, UK, the closest part of the UK to the USA! My current project, for myself, is retrofitting a Weeke BP30 Overhead router with new electronics. This is a large beast, 4.5m travel in X, the head that moves in Z weighs 98Kg (about 200lbs), 2 and 4KVa brushless servo motors, AMC sinusoidal amps and a Galil 1750 card. Moves nicely using Galil Smart term, rapids at 1870ipm. Trying to install Mach3, realised I was using old version, hope to clean everything off and reload latest software. Stand by for lots of questions! Did I see something about a get together in the UK this summer? Cheers.
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Post by: paulie1982 on May 08, 2008, 02:36:42 PM
Hello everyone,

My name is Paulie and i'm new to mach 3 and machining. I'm pretty good with CAD software and have worked with them in a civil engineering company for a few years. I like to try to invent things so i thought the next logical step would be to try and make the things i design in CAD and bring them into reality.

So, here i am ;D
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Post by: banjo_art on May 12, 2008, 08:16:15 PM
Hi:
I am using Mach 3 to control a Taig CNC mill. I'm also using Bobcad software to create my G code and Solid Works for my 3D design.
I've made some knife parts so far but have light years to go before I'm comfortable with the hardware and software. I am making progress.
Thanks
--Art
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Post by: JPWaite on May 14, 2008, 12:10:00 AM
This is my first post. I have been a Mach user for three or four years now. I check out the website periodically, just to keep in touch. I guess the reason I have never posted before is because it seems that any question I come up with has already been asked and answered. I really appreciate the people dong all of the hard work, leaving me to enjoy the projects in front of me. My machine is a homemade cnc router built almost entirely from Ebay shopping. My control is from Hobby CNC (Great Service from them). My projects seem to revolve around framing art.

Keep up the great work!

JP
FiveSPirate
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Post by: hatewinter on May 16, 2008, 07:48:30 PM
Hi Guys...

Lucas Jacobson... Musical instrument designer...

Question about Sherline... I have a Sherline, but with a third party stepper motor system (Low cost CNC retrofit) I have the machine set up and dialed in with a dial indicator for distances, however when I run a program, the x axis is not accurate in running the program. the x axis drifts allot..... Should I use the Sherline pulse setting to correct this drift??? I have checked the mechanical, they are fine, and the travel is dead on when I jog in .100" steps.. Even the backlash is set dead on when using the dial indicator.. Any suggestions?? I'm running X axis at 10 IPM is that too high??

Help...
Lucas
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Post by: rglindholm on May 17, 2008, 04:43:30 PM
HI, My name is Ray, I have been involved with cnc for many years, many on bigger machines, Motion Master routers running on Mastercam and Powermill.  I have recently started at the Science Museum of Minnesota and picked up an incompleteproject. It involves a Pilot Pro Hobby cnc router, a Hobbycnc chopper card.  I am attemting to interface them all with Mach3 at this time.  I am trying to locate setup instructions at this time as the card has power, but the card isn't getting data from Mach3 and need help to figure out the ports and pins, I think to make it move...Any helpis appreciated..
Ray
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Post by: toolins on May 18, 2008, 02:14:09 PM
Greetings to all. I'm a new member in the process of swapping a mach 3 control onto my balding vertical mill. I've used dos-based "ah-ha"cnc  on my mill and lathe since the late nineties--its my only cnc experience. I plan to set the mach 3 up beside the ah-ha so I can run either one, so I can get up to speed with mach 3 before making the switch permanent. I have a very busy 1 person shop; most of the parts I make are pretty simple, so I'm in the habit of writing a lot of quick, simple programs manually. For much of the work I do, no cam program could ever be as quick or flexible. The ah-ha system, though crude, has an editor with a graphic display (quite crude but adequate) that tags indigestible lines of code for correction. Is there an equivalent editor for mach 3?  Right now it calls up notepad, but it's obviously set up for other editors. Another question--can the mach 3 toolpath display ever show grid lines? I've spent so much of my life seeing them, when they aren't there I get a weird light-headed feeling and think maybe I'm too old for new tricks. I ought to say, I'm a metalworker more than a computer user, self-taught in both.
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Post by: Herman on May 19, 2008, 04:27:08 PM
Hi,
My name is Herman and I live in Texas, I have some years programming PLC , but now  I'm very interested to learn about the CNC and specific in Mach is amazing !!!! You don't need this expensive control to obtain excellent results...the next week begin to built my CNC Router.

HC
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Post by: cletusrace on May 21, 2008, 01:45:25 AM
Hi my name is Aaron aka cletusrace.  I found this sight looking for some info. on master5 software and looking for info. on the stepper3 driver board.  I have been using cnc equipment for about 13 yrs.  Looking for some info. on trying to retrofit a brigdeport cnc with a boss5 control to use a stepper3 board and was going to us master5 software, but see they don't make that software anymore and are useing mach3 now.
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Post by: Nyquist on May 25, 2008, 12:18:47 PM
Hi Folks

I’m new here and am hoping that you might be able to point me in the right direction. I have built a 4 axis machine controlled by Mach 3, the machine is called a concrete or mortar printer. It’s a bit like 3D plotter with a tangent controlled trowel. The machine is very simple in that it pumps premixed mortar from a hopper to the print nozzle, the pump is started and stopped like the pen on a plotter going up and down.

To create a concrete structure one starts printing layers from the ground up. Each layer of mortar is about 5/8” deep and 1” wide. I know this sounds like a wacky project but it’s for an artist (need I say more).

Please could any of you answer the following:-

Why when using tangent control do I need to brake an arc down into less than 180 degrees? From my experimentation, if an arc is grater than 180 then the software (Mach3) will calculate the tangent for the opposite shorter path while the XY path remains on course, at least that’s the way it appears, it seems like the tangent dose not see cw/ccw direction over/above 180 degrees.

At present I am having to construct each 3d model by generating the tool paths by hand using 2D layered DXF files and then using Lazy Cam to separate each layer by entering it’s height above ground. Is there a method of automatic layering by say entering a relative incremental height? I’m talking about entering around 500 layers by hand.

Is it possible to command the spindle (in this case the mortar pump) to stop before the end of a run by (n) seconds?

I am sure there is already a software solution for creating vectored tool path layers of a 3D model (slices), I know there are CAM packages for milling machines. But I am not sure if it works for a positive layering machine, and if it kicks out G-code can it be custom post proceed. Can anyone suggest a suitable package please?

If any of you can help with any of this then thank-you and much appreciated. I am very impressed with the features and adaptability of Mach it has made possible a project that would have required many years of custom programming. I look forward to seeing your replies.

Thanks,
Dwight
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Post by: GTRacer on May 29, 2008, 09:14:48 AM
Hello all,

The name is Steve. I work in the aircraft industry. We're using a ShopCAM x150 y64 z7 sized router table, with a Colombo 7.5hp spindle and Micro-Step Stepper motors (960 oz/in). I'm taking panels drawn in AutoCAD 2005 and use MasterCAM X2 for the programming. We'll be cutting mostly Fibrelam, a fibreglass honeycomb panel, and Teklam, an all aluminum honeycomb panel. I'm still testing in MDF until we get things right as the honeycomb panels run around $1000 a sheet. I'm here to get some help as ShopCAM just went out of business recently and we're on our own.
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Post by: larryc on May 30, 2008, 09:34:18 PM
 ;D hi my name is larry charlton or larryc as I will be known on tis forum I just built a 4.5 foot by 8 foot cnc router macine it still is a long way from being finished but I have just installed mach 3 and got my licence. I am having some roblems getting everything going and getting registered on the forum but it is all coming together well.  I am from canada ontario from walford up here in the north.  Just interducing myself.......
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Post by: keithcat on May 31, 2008, 06:02:36 PM
Hello,
 My name is Keith and I am setting up a Granite 1340 lathe/mill for a client in Scottsdale. It has been challenging as the machine is a little sloppier than what I have become accustomed to calling a CNC machine. The reason for my opinion is the acme thread lead screws. Anyway - I like the software with one exception - there are no limit switches installed on the machine yet and without fail i have to touch off on the workpiece with an edge finder because something in the software loads unusable values into the DROs. This happens at the end of each run of a program. I have tried to understand what is supposed to be happening in the offset section of the program but there does not appear to be any way to zero everything out. It's like these useless numbers keep leaking back in and messing everything up. How can i keep Mach 3 from digging up mystery numbers and polluting my hard won setup coordinates/ I know that this is probably not the way to introduce myself but - oh - by the way - hello and thanks for the forum.
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Post by: maloneyandco on June 08, 2008, 11:31:42 AM
Another newbi,
 Hello my name is rob and have been using a Techno-isel machine for about 6 years and am still using a dos based controller card.  I would like to change to mach3 but I don't know what cable to use to connect to the printer port. I think I have a scsi connection at the box.  Any advise would be great.  Thanks in advance

Rob
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Post by: Race Builder on June 12, 2008, 11:22:59 AM
Hello All!!  First timer, here!!  I'm in desperate need of a GIBBSCAM programmer!  atiracing.com  Baltimore, MD USA. Email me at alabadie@atiracing.com if you're interested in learning more!!!
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Post by: luv2c_cnc on June 18, 2008, 04:35:31 PM
Hello, My name is Bill. 
After a 22 year career in Naval Aviation, I bought a used, poorly fabricated cnc table to make some parts for my many automotive projects.  Wound up making many improvements to the table (live and learn) , upgraded the software, and replaced the computer etc. Used the machine sucessfully for about a year and a half.  Moved cross country and built a new house and shop (myself) took almost 5 years.
Just dug my machine out of mothballs, added a new computer and MachIII.  Learning curve was steep at first, but i have thus far gotten the machine sorted out and operating as it should. I am now trying to learn to use LazyCam to turn my DXF's into g code so I can actually cut something
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Post by: Mjolnir07 on June 20, 2008, 02:24:59 PM
Wave......

My name is Michael, I'm a wheelchair bound former US Marine. I live in Texas and have built a machine based off of the plans for a Joe 4x4 CNC Hybrid. It has a 4' x 4' cutting area, running Gecko 203v's some 425 oz Nema 23's and a CNC4PC Controller Board. I currently have a Hitachi 2 1/4 router on the machine. I will be making various plaques, yard art, and holiday decorations. Thanks in advance for your help and guidance to this new CNC addict :)
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Post by: edvaness on June 28, 2008, 03:24:34 AM
My name is Ed V. from Whitelaw WI. US.  I'm 68 years old,retired machinist/tool & die maker/engineer. been in this trade since 1962. bought my first machine in the 60s, a 1918 # 2 Kempsmith horizontal mill. I took out the bronze bearings,bored out the casting , and put in all Timkin bearings. It has power feed on all 3 axis. {original} I also have a vertical Gorton Master Mill, which I totally rebuilt. Also an old Hamilton engine lathe-18" X 70".  A made in Taiwan {JET} 15" x 50" lathe which really works great. A Yamazen vertical mill w/ 40 taper which I retro fitted 2 years ago with the Ajax cnc kit.. I am now doing a Ex-cell-o vertical model 602 / w 40 taper with Mach 3 and Gecko 340s and PMDX bob. Mach can do way more than the Ajax, and lots cheaper. ALSO mig and tig welders,plasma cutter, bandsaws, drill press, bead blaster.hyd press, and lots of tooling. collect a lots in almost 50 years. Had to buy a big building just for all my stuff :D I also used to build custom Harleys.[ had a couple in Easyrider]
 Enjoy this forum, and think its the GREATEST, for any cnc people, A special thanks  to Art and Artsoft for the greatest program ever, and everyone else on this forum for all
there support.









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Post by: Ferrall on June 28, 2008, 11:38:28 PM
Hi to all:
I am new to this group but not new to CNC.  I am an old CNC programmer of 20 some years. I am presently building myself a CNC Plasma system.  I will start by asking a basic question.  In Mach3 are there provisions for telling the different axis that one axis has a lead screw that is one inch per revolution and another axis is .200 per revolution?  Or is this operation handled by the motor controller?  I ask these questions because I already have a very nice XY table with ball screws of these pitches.  It will be nice if the difference in pitch can be handled in software rather than hardware (gear reduction).
I am looking forward to getting into the real mechanics of CNC not just programming.  I look forward to hearing from many of you. Thanks Ferrall
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Post by: Perfo on July 12, 2008, 10:20:49 PM
Hello. I'm an engineer started life designing hardware then got in to software now doing neither. I built a CNC pcb drill machine over twenty years ago designing and building all the parts including software and stepper drivers etc (good old Qbasic). I started doing some Google searches on CNC machines as I want to convert my Chester 626 mill then hopefully my Chester craftsman lathe. Finding this Mach 3 software and the boards from CNC4PC as well as the drivers from motion control products showed me just how far behind the times my designs were and with them being so reasonably priced it really isn't worth my time and effort to try and redesign all the bits again. :) Forgot to mention I'm in N Wales UK.
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Post by: avoca_motor on July 24, 2008, 11:43:41 PM
hi all. name is brad
we just got a new tormach pcnc 1100 at work
we make little tiny medical devices
hobbies are model trains,
i find live steam have some fantastic projects to practice on
regards
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Post by: LeBird on July 27, 2008, 12:17:43 PM
Hi;
My name is Claude and I live in rural Manitoba, Canada. I was given a cnc that was built but never worked. It was basically complete but was dismantled for transport. It appears  the rails for the x axis are too small and bind under the heavy load of the gantry. I have never worked with cnc but have done a lot of work with steppers. My main hobbies are electronics, computers, phtography and fixing things. I have my ham radio license but now the internet has made that hobby redundant. I am now retired after having spent a lifetime crunching numbers as an auditor.



I am presently building a computer controlled fountain for my wife's flower garden. I still have a little ways to go so I have had to temper my desire to get to the cnc machine.

I have downloaded the Mach 3 software and sort of went over it. Seems the documentation was written in Greek. haha. I have a serial controller so will have to buy a CNC4PC c11g as the cnc came with three gecko drives 210g. My first project will be to use the PWM signal for spindle control and try to use it along with a zero crossing detector to control the router at 110v.

Anyway, I still have to fix the cnc first. Ordered some heavy tubular rails and bearings so will see what gives. 
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Post by: grnmon97 on July 28, 2008, 10:00:10 PM
Hello all, my name is BillC. I am new to CNC on DIY level, but have been programming and operating industrial machines for a short while.  I am getting started with Mach3, with hobbycnc drive and Kollmorgen steppers.  Looking forward to learning from all of the posts and eventually building a hot-wire foam cutter with 4-axis.  Love the site and hope to someday be able to contribute.
BillC.
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Post by: mattrulz123 on August 07, 2008, 04:00:14 AM
Hi matt here, sorry about the crappy user name im not very creative when it comes to that stuff. I have had mach3 for about a year now and am only just getting time to try using it. I am an cnc operator by day, mainly just 3 axis mazak's, although did my apprenticship just punching straight g-code into old fanuc controllers. have built a very small 3 cnc mill from printer motors and scrap ally just to see if i could and it seems to work ok so far. no good for actually cutting anything... i ripped the whole head off it trying to cut .2mm deep with a 4mm e/m. i thought it was funny anyway ;D
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Post by: PCH on August 07, 2008, 06:12:53 PM
Greetings,

My name is Patrick Herforth.  I am a furniture artist.  I have just gotten into the cnc realm with great enthusiasm.  I see a need for the mundane operations I do that could best be served by the cnc router.
I am electronics's challenged but I learn fast.
Right now I have just purchased the license for Mach3 in hopes it would take care of my problem.  It has not.  I had been running the trial for a couple of months and getting the motors up and running and all was working fine yesterday.  I turn my machine on and double click the Mach3 icon and the signal form pc to controller goes dead.  I can restart the computer and the signal from pc to breakout lights up but as soon as I double click the icon and the program starts the signal is lost.
Hope someone can help me.  I would love to start using this machine.
Any help is welcomed.

Thanks.
Pat
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Post by: vintageracer on August 07, 2008, 08:27:09 PM
Hi everyone,
I'm Timothy and I live in Niagara Falls. I started in CNC programming in 1991 at the local college with punch tape. Mill was an old but never used Ex-Cell-O mill with a bendix system 5. Didn't do anything with the education since there wasn't much work in the industry and other intrests were calling. Got back into it in 2001 and ended up buying the very same mill from the college. Ran it for about 6 months till the boards started failing then sold it. I continued to program for other shops, all mill and VMC though. (some wire EDM)
Just bought a DynaMyte 4400 for a retrofit and bought Mach3 to run it.
Thinking of creating a web page to chronicle the adventure. I'll post the addy when its up and running, the web site that is.  ;D
 
Timothy
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Post by: Perfo on August 08, 2008, 02:58:36 AM
Greetings,

My name is Patrick Herforth.  I am a furniture artist.  I have just gotten into the cnc realm with great enthusiasm.  I see a need for the mundane operations I do that could best be served by the cnc router.
I am electronics's challenged but I learn fast.
Right now I have just purchased the license for Mach3 in hopes it would take care of my problem.  It has not.  I had been running the trial for a couple of months and getting the motors up and running and all was working fine yesterday.  I turn my machine on and double click the Mach3 icon and the signal form pc to controller goes dead.  I can restart the computer and the signal from pc to breakout lights up but as soon as I double click the icon and the program starts the signal is lost.
Hope someone can help me.  I would love to start using this machine.
Any help is welcomed.

Thanks.
Pat
Hello Patrick. There's no shortage of help in this forum and I'm sure the great and good will sort you out. However they may not pick up on the message in here. Scan around the other posts to see if there's anything similar or start a new thread something like PC/Mach was working now dead--help please. Put as much detail as posible in your opening post.  :)
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Post by: davepag on August 08, 2008, 11:14:42 AM
Hi All, My name is Dave and I'm just outside of Boston. I'm a web application programmer by trade and have had the home brewed CNC bug for a long time now. I've worked in several fields that have given me opportunity to harvest components and materials from various manufacturing machinery over the years and have been squirreling it away with the intention of putting together a 3 axis router. Alot of the materials are courtesy of Raytheon surplus so I've been lucky to have the best of what tax payer dollars can buy and then be throw away. I've made it to the point that it's about 80% built and the controller is under power and working (so far -- thanks to Mach3) and I'm really getting itchy to finish it and start carving! I've only recently stumbled accross this forum and it looks like I'll be spending alot of time here because it has been a huge benefit already! I'll post some pictures of my frankenstein in the show and tell. Thanks in advance to all of the contributors here for the answers that I'm sure I'll find here!
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Post by: sparky38t on August 13, 2008, 04:34:27 PM
Hi My name is Terry Myers and I am having a problem with my axis enabled and disabled.  My A axis is dead and i want to convert the enable the Z axis for the A axis.  in other words kill the A an enable the Z where the A was so I can use my spindle controller automatically.
I was noticing that as of this writing we have 2795 members and have only heard from a couple of hundred and an even smaller number of regular posters.

So if you are new around here please post and introduce your self. You could give a little on your background, hobbies , how you ended up here, whatever!

This is a site to help with mach. There is a great talent pool here already but this is a community driven site and we would love to hear from the silent masses ;)

So stand up and say hi!!

Thanks,

Chad

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Post by: 57phillip on August 15, 2008, 11:44:40 AM
Hello,
you are all veterans compared to me, I was a autobody shop owner the last thirteen years of hard duty work. I got in to how to repair watches and found it is interesting, when you put on the eye loupe it is almost like working on real parts. Then I bought this very good engraving machine a vanguard 7000, to engrave watch dials. Problem is it came with no computer and besides it was DOS based and old but the machine is in really great mechanical shape. I took all the electronics out and mailed them to a fellow that volunteered to look at it for me. I have been looking around and reading and I think I will use Mach3 and see what is recommended for electronics and cad/cam to go with mach3 the best. Need any advise on cutting a car in half let me know have done a few of those.
Later,
Phil
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Post by: danc on August 16, 2008, 10:26:27 AM
Hi, My name is Dan.

I live in Portsmouth, NH.  I am switching from another controller software to Mach3. ( I won't name the software because the developer is a super nice guy. )

Hopefully I can make this transition as painless as possible. 

Cheers to all the SNHCNCC people in the group.

Dan
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Post by: rol on August 18, 2008, 04:18:08 PM
Hi,

I am a total newbie to cnc, so I dived in the deep end and recently purchased a small cnc lathe hoping to go hi-tech, but unfortunately as cruel as life can be I'm struggling to find the time to learn how to use it properly and was hoping someone knows where I can find some sound beginners advice.

I am quite converse in using software such as AutoCAD and SolidEdge, but that's as far as I can go at this time. I also have MasterCam9 but have not really used it. My understanding of the process involved is that once a 3D model has been created say in SE then I would need to export this model to MC9 which generates the G-code, however this is where I start having difficulties with the concept as the Mach3 software can't just take this G-code and start machining.

I would be nice if someone has an idiot's guide to Mach3 and CNC to be able to learn the basics and get going.

Any help will be appreciated.

Thanks
R
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Post by: crsatter on August 20, 2008, 08:29:41 PM
Hi. My name is Craig. I have had a Shopmaster Patriot for a couple of months. I am now ready to put CNC on and am sure I will need help.
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Post by: josh on August 20, 2008, 08:37:56 PM
craig
you came to the right place you will be blown away
of how much knowledge you can find here. and not
only that people are very cool here
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Post by: Smiler on August 24, 2008, 04:41:18 AM
Hello everyone,

My name is Jeff and I live on the Isle of Arran, Scotland. Just finishing up my CNC router build and starting to get to grips with Mach3. I've used Solidworks for many years and although CAM software is a little different, I'm not having too many problems with it. Mach3 however is a different kettle of fish  :) I have a few questions right off the bat (but for another section) so any help anyone can give will be graciously received.

Regards, Jeff.
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Post by: gianluca1962 on August 25, 2008, 05:37:54 AM
Hello everyone,
I'm Gianluca from Italy .
I'm enjoying  Mach 3 since few months despite had some electronic and software problem being of mechanic background .
My cnc machine is a lathe converted to cnc by driving the main feed screw and installing an additional slide on the bench.

best regards and thanks

Gianluca
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Post by: james_flofull on September 01, 2008, 09:52:40 PM
hi all ....
i'm james, i'm new about CNC,i come from indonesia, i learn about mach3.
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Post by: marcinpl on September 07, 2008, 02:19:17 AM
Hi my name is Marcin I'm from Poland. I build my own plasma cutting table and now I start learn mach3 controll software. On this forum I see that people can do amazing things with Mach3 so i want introduce and start learn :). My machine works good with THC I need to add auto tool zero position on function G28 (it is easy) but I have one problem. When I start Mach3 every time I have to change scale on X and Y axis to 1.0066 and sometime I forgot do this. If sameone know what I can do to make change scale on startup mach in best option will be great. Now I can set scale in VB macropump but  I suppose that it isn't good way (is another better options)
I try in this week put photo or film how my machine work
best regards
Marcin
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Post by: HimyKabibble on September 08, 2008, 11:08:19 PM
Ray Livingston here, from Santa Cruz, CA, USA.  I'm on my second CNC conversion.  The first was a stepper conversion on a Grizzly mini-mill.  The current one is a servo conversion on a full-sized knee mill, using Gecko G320s and Mach3.  Today I added a SmoothStepper.  I'll be doing low-volume production of a variety of parts for old Jaguar cars.

Regards,
Ray L.
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Post by: alex850 on September 11, 2008, 10:43:10 PM
i just joined tonight! i have been using the older free demo for the last 2 years ,and never took time to find the forum. i have been posting questions on the yahoo group,but never new about this place at all . i downloaded the new version last week and purchase a key tonight.  i love the mach product ,and very excited to have finally found the forum. thanks a head of time to all of the support i will be recieving on this forum!

alex shunnarah
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Post by: Scootie on September 17, 2008, 09:48:47 AM
Thanks to all for the invite!
I'm very new to CNC work, in fact my machine hasn't even arrived yet (Ez-Router 48) but I have been wandering around looking at software, downloading demos and studying a lot to get a little headstart on it. Been watching the Mach3 video tuts and learning from posts from all the wealth of knowledge on this BB.
My background is commercial graphics, been in the sign business in rural western Tennessee for over 40 years, started when practically everything was done by hand. I have hand-carved, sand-blasted and hand painted signs since the beginning of my sign career and have had computerized vinyl cutters for the past 20 years. My small business offers a broad range of services from graphic design, illustration, photography, website dvelopment, hand lettering and dimensional signage. My main desire for CNC ability was to do the rough out on wood signs to save time and cut stress on the old hands but I'm already realizing there will be a lot more valuable uses for it.
 Hope to be able to add to the BB in the future.

Larry Elliott
Elliott Sign & Design
 ;Daka Scootie
 
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Post by: VeiledRoar on September 24, 2008, 09:30:58 AM
Hi all,
I'm a mechanical engineering technology student at the University of Maine. I'm using Mach 3 to control a cnc plasma cutter I just finished building. Just saying hi and introducing myself.

Travis
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Post by: servant74 on September 28, 2008, 03:53:46 PM
Howdy,
  I am finishing up my desktop CNC rig based on HobbyCNC plans.  I would prefer to use open source software
(like EMC2 under Ubuntu) but have had some significant patience issues on my part.  I plan on giving Mach a try,
if it works like I think I am seeing, I may have to get over my dislike for anything Gatesian (based on his Open
Letter to Computer Hobbyists from the 1970's - dinosaurs like me have long memories) and just get the job done.

Getting into CNC as a hobby. ... Jack in TN (near Nashville)
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Post by: ashish on October 02, 2008, 02:40:50 AM
Hi all,
This is ashish from india, Professionally i am into industrial automation and machine development.
working with embeded is my passion but ended up into industrial embedded.
worked on Allen Bradley, Control Techniques, Hakko, Delta, Fatek.
Key skills    Plc, Hmi, Servo's, A.c Drives
Persuing    Motion controllers, Multi-axis Motion controllers, SCADA, Mach3, Adruino

Thanks for sharing ur knowledge with us.
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Post by: corrie on October 04, 2008, 09:49:33 AM
Hey all, new here. I have been using cnc machine for a few years now,home use only not as a profesion. I,m In Canada , Whitby ontario. I decided to join this forum for a few reasons. One being the amount of growing mach users and the cost factor of useing Mach software. As of right now I,m still useing CncPro which most of you know is DOS based,but not that happy with it and that is why i will switch over very soon. Why not switch over now you might be asking yourself, well for one I,m realy confused on which Pc is gonna work with Mach. I would hate to get stuck with a bunch of computers not being used. Anyway my hobbies are wood related ,such as building guitars, 3d carving and plain old driving the wife mad with always being in the shop L.O.L..I notice some of you from The Zone. Well i hope to gain some more insight from this software in the very near future and get my machine running to more than it is capable of doing now,cheers to all. :)
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Post by: MAlvarez on October 06, 2008, 11:40:13 PM
Hi,
i have been using Mach (from Master5) for a few years. I have evolved from having a small MAXNC10 to converting a bridgeport mill to CNC with Mach3 as he controller. It has been fun> I do not read the threads as much as I should, as my processes are stable, but i noticed there is a lot of new features on the software.
Thanks Art,
Marco.
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Post by: Danno123 on October 06, 2008, 11:56:25 PM
I am new to this whole thing but I sure like reading all the posts.

Thanks Guys!!
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Post by: mjrockwellus on October 07, 2008, 12:12:46 AM
Hi folks,

My name is Mike Rockwell and I got into hobby machining last year when I bought a Sherline CNC Mill and Lathe.  I didn't like the control software so I poked around online and found Mach which like much better.  I recently bought the Smooth Stepper but haven't connected it yet.

I have since bought an old Mori Seiki Engine Lathe that I'm looking to convert to CNC control and am in the process of buying a larger Mill.

My day job is working in engineering at Dolby Labs in San Francisco.  I read the Yahoo Mach group as that appears to be where most of the action is.

Best,
Mike Rockwell
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Post by: warpedmephisto on October 07, 2008, 12:13:05 AM
I'm a long time lurker, but haven't had much time to read the forum lately.  I've been using Mach for the past year and a half or so and love it.  Thanks for putting together a superb program, Art and maybe I'll see you again at the CNC Workshop (couldn't make it this past year).
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Post by: adrxian on October 07, 2008, 12:20:18 AM
Names adrian, use mach on several machines. I'm building a 7 axis machining center and laser cutter both using mach (hopefully). I read a lot but don't post much since i rarely have questions and things seem to get answered before i see the questions.
just posting this from a prompting in an email.
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Post by: defex on October 07, 2008, 12:26:50 AM
My Name is Jim, I have been slowly building a Servo powered Taig mill. work and the summer kind of put a halt on it, but i hope to have it going this winter. I just have to finish the motor mounts and put it all together really.
It is allready running a variable speed treadmill motor, which works great.
I bought mach a while ago so i could learn the program.

The machine is already used manually for a few bits and pieces of projects.

Also have a manual lathemaster lathe and some other small machines.

I am not a machinist or anything i am actually in IT. but i enjoy making things myself
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Post by: HerbD on October 07, 2008, 12:33:09 AM
Recently retired.  New to CNC machining.  Have a HF mini mill and 7 x 14 lathe.  Divide my time between fabricating mounts for the stepper motors on the mill (Fignoogle drawings/plans), building case and wiring for Xylotex driver, and learning Mach 3.  With more time now it seems like the honey-do projects keep popping up too. 

Also still making parts and accessories for the mill and lathe, anxious to move on to learning G-code better and creating more complex shapes on the mill when the CNC add-ons get running under Mach 3.
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Post by: strcklyneo on October 07, 2008, 12:38:59 AM
Hello to all.  I'm currently completely rebuilding a 24x36 wood router I purchased about a year and a half ago and which turned out to have serious limitations and problems.  It did come with Mach 3 installed though and I really like the program.  I've replaced just about everything on the original machine--the linear guides, the drive screws, the stepper motors, the power supply, the drivers, etc., etc.  I'm real close to having it working again but it's hard to find time.  I'm a furniture maker-woodworker by profession and in spite of the crashing economy I am swamped with work right now.  Very lucky and trying to make hay while the sun shines.  It's frustrating though because i could really use the router in my work but I have no time for the inevitable trouble shooting required for anything connected with computers.  Oh well.  I'll let you know when it's up and running and try to post some pictures.  Thanks to everyone for sharing.  I would have never made it to this stage without generous support.

Strcklyneo
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Post by: mike bush on October 07, 2008, 12:47:47 AM
Well I've been given an untimaltum or perish. So, does anyone understand what "units/per" means? It is on  the M
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Post by: Alan A on October 07, 2008, 12:52:43 AM
Hi, My name is Alan, retired, from Sydney, Australia, I have just finished assembling a Sieg Super X3 with CNC conversion  running on Mach3, I found the X3 a bit short on quality, the reclaimed steel made drilling difficult, some holes did not line up with Sieg CNC conversion centres. I fitted optical limit switches on the Z axis and magnetic reed switches on X and Y axes. I also made a USB hand controller using a Logitech keyboard PCB and wiring the key functions with wirewrap wire to the pushbuttons. Also fitted a coolant pump solid state switch controlled by the software. I used a PCI dual parallel port card instead the motherboard port to connect to the mill so that any user failure would protect the PC. Previously I had let 12 volts get to one pin of the parallel port on the motherboard, this motherboard is now crippled. Alan
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Post by: zane on October 07, 2008, 12:57:34 AM
Ok, I'm being forced into this but I often need a kick in the butt.  Converted a round column mill about a year ago and now I'm amazing all my friends with my "cooler than yours" tools. 

P.S. I'd love to see more advancements with Lazycam as I can't afford a CAM program. Mach 3 rocks!
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Post by: Chaoticone on October 07, 2008, 01:03:25 AM
Thanks guys, this is just a housekeeping move. I expect to see many more first time posters in the next 24 hours. Now that you have taken the plunge, find the appropriate board and ask away or give out some of that good advise.  :)

Thanks for posting,
Brett
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Post by: bcer960 on October 07, 2008, 01:09:49 AM
Not that new here, but haven't posted in a long time. I built a Jgro machine 2 years ago, and have been slowly up grading it. Love the Mach 3 program, just trying to find more time to use the machine... too many hobbies.

Ray
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Post by: vanwyk on October 07, 2008, 01:19:06 AM
Hi to everybody. I'm watching this forum long now. I've got a IS 600 engraving machine. Bought it from my work. All the electronics was burnt. I replaced the electronics with L278, L279 drivers and used Mach 3. It is running smoothly. Want to build a big machine sometime.
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Post by: leadbelly on October 07, 2008, 01:26:10 AM
Hi to everybody.  I'm a retired software developer who is building a 32x42 router.  It's taken a lot longer than I thought it would, but I've had to go to Jr College to learn how to mill the parts I need.  I'm getting better at coding and playing with Mach3, but still have a ways to go before my machine will be ready to go.  I live in Southern Illinois.

Leadbelly
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Post by: ned-seith on October 07, 2008, 01:34:53 AM
Greetings,

Just another endangered zero . . .

If I tried that tactic on my forum, the membership would probably drop to zero . . .  :)

I have converted a Grizzly Go619 (Sieg) Super X3 mill to CNC using the Syil America kit and significant additional adaptation.

I purchased Mach3 with the Syil CNC conversion kit.

I have used the Write wizard more than any other aspect of Mach3 and discovered a bug in the Write wizard.

You probably don't want to hear that from a zero . . .

I have tried several CAM demos and I am having some confusion deciding on a full featured CAM program.

So perhaps, I have graduated to the ones endangered list . . .

Zeros and ones are welcome at my web site:

http://www.home-machine-shop.com

Ned

 
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Post by: rotonone on October 07, 2008, 01:36:51 AM
gday all, i have been apart of this site for about 6 months and so far and have got a lot of very useful ideas out of it. i am currently designing and building a 1/4 sheet router which is bench mounted and have nearly finished designing a full sheet router with tool changer, that's the tricky bit, but both are moving along nicely. i should hopefully have the 1/4 sheet router up and running by Christmas if my little girl will give me some time to my self. i also have some rough designs for a twin turret lathe that will hopefully be be getting into later next year.

alittle about my back ground, i have never used a CNC in my life but i am a fully qualified fitter welder with a  background in both instrument making and pressure vessel welding. i currently work for a premiere science museum in Australia where i design and build interactive exhibits. CNC's have always fascinated me but building one will always be more enjoyable than driving one, except for the first few times, as i tend to get bored with things very quickly once they are working properly so i always have to improve on them.

my ultimate goal is to design and produce a small size router which is affordable by people who do not have the necessary skills to build one for themselves and is easily shipped and put together. i believe that i have a pretty good design and when i think it is good enough i will post it here and get some much needed feed back on it from the people who do use them. i have to assure people i am not in this for the money i just love making things.
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Post by: cuebuilder on October 07, 2008, 01:37:34 AM
Hi, I live in Iowa. I build Pool Cues. I have a taig milling machine and use Mach 3 with bobcad to write programs for inlays in my cues. I'm posting so I don't get removed. I might have a question or two someday, but I can usually find the answers in another post somewhere. Hope everybody has a great day!!!!!!   Thanks for all the help through the posts.
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Post by: MikeGersh on October 07, 2008, 01:41:41 AM
Hi,

My name is Mike Gershowitz and I'm an electrical engineer who's been hobby machining since high school (back in the early 70's).  I've got a Bridgeport mill with a Futaba CNC retrofit - runs like a charm, but is only 2 axis.  I've also got a Jet 1340 lathe, which I intend to convert to CNC and use Mach as the machine controller.  After doing the normal activities of (manually) machining lots of replacement parts for friends and neighbors, and making a bunch of tooling for my own machines, I took a liking to building miniature steam engines.  Now I'm hooked on 1/8 scale live steam, and spend a fair amount of time fabricating parts for my own 4-4-2 Little Engines "Atlantic" locomotive and our club trains (Golden Gate Live Steamers in the San Fransisco CA area). I live in San Jose CA, and I'm not yet retired.
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Post by: rbritt on October 07, 2008, 01:42:27 AM
After a little prompt , I now should step fwd and be seen . Ive been watching with interest for some time, but alas time is a rare commodity. I live in Melbourne, Australia and have all but retired from toolmaking. I have a small lathe and mill at home that I hope to do something with as far as CNC goes some day.
Regards Rob B 
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Post by: byron on October 07, 2008, 01:43:10 AM
Hello my name is byron.

I have built a small engraving machine with a high frequency spindle doing 20,000rpm.

The rpm really helps and gives a good finish doinf speeds of 3000mm/min.

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Post by: LZ1TWB on October 07, 2008, 01:44:44 AM
Hi, I'm Todor

I've been using MACH for the past 3 years and will say it's a great software that is available and affordable for the average cnc user. The support is great and the bug fixes are released fast. Thanks for all the work done there.

I am currently building a wood router, gauntry type and have struggled quite a bit with the DIY servo drives I decided to go with. Anyway, the metal work is almost done, will have to do some massive wiring to get the thing moving.

Regards
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Post by: jjae6 on October 07, 2008, 01:46:14 AM
Ok, I'm Jordi from tallereseas.com.

Thanks.
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Post by: cyborg on October 07, 2008, 02:31:57 AM
Bill from White plains. Can wizards be made and run outside mach3 or standalone?
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Post by: rklaassen on October 07, 2008, 02:37:47 AM
Hi everyone

My name is Ralph Klaassen and I live in Perth, Western Australia.

I completed a Model C metric machine build in May based on the plans from Rockcliff Machine. You can see the result in attached photo CIMG0238reduced.JPG

No major dramas in building the machine -- the fun part soon started in terms of getting it to do what I want.

I've progressed well in terms of picking up and understanding G-code but then I've been designing and programming microprocessor/microcontroller based circuits for more than a little while now. Of course that background hasn't helped me to understand the relationship between feed rate and spindle speed in different materials so I've trashed a few mills along the way. :) So most of my learning curve has been around machining concepts.

My goal is to use the machine to mill out custom control panels for model railroad layouts. Custom within limits of course -- as a customer you'd use a layout application on the web and get to choose from a set of standardized images of things like turnouts and track sections, combine them by laying them against each other like domino blocks within the available area and then submit your custom layout for manufacture. You'd be able to get a PDF back that you could it cut out and put it somewhere on you layout to visualize what it might be like. I'll convert the layout data directly into G-code using a pre-processor from my data format to the G-code. From a programming perspective there will be some interesting optimizations needed to cut what would be represented as discrete sections of straight track into single cuts. Now of course none of this is my day job so progress hasn't been as fast as I'd like.

To give you an idea of what the panels might be like I've attached a photo of one of the prototype panels that I built for my friend who is into modeling railroads. See attached photo S6300033reduced.JPG. This prototype was manually constructed and drilled using a bench press. The results are OK but frankly lacked a certain precision :). It was the desire to improve the quality of the finished result that led to the desire to build my own milling machine.

As things move forward on this project I could provide progress updates to anyone interested.

Anyway, that's a brief background. Good luck to you all with your respective CNC endeavours. It's been a fun ride so far.

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Post by: SSIRON on October 07, 2008, 02:42:00 AM
Hi - Don't delete me
My name is Ron.  I have been automating industrial equipment, processes and plants for25 years.  Mostly PLC and Plant Wide Supervisory and Data Acquisition Systems but i have always been intrigued with CNC.  I am winding down in business and and have now successfully built a router, a plasma cutter and upgraded an engraver.  I have currently working on a 4 by 8 router and plasma cutter.     
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Post by: Dr_Mark_Vaughan on October 07, 2008, 02:45:18 AM
Not sure whether I've posted here or not before. I usually use the yahoo group, which communicates by email rather than having to log on all the time.
It also seems a bit silly to delete all the zero posters, many people just use this forum to study the problems and solutions of others.

Anyhow to comply, I am Dr Mark Vaughan, have a large Avon CNC mill under mach3, a Harrison M280 still under development, a large router in a crate somwhere on it's way from China which will be on mach3, and who know what else. Most of you know me anyway, so that should do for the post.
Regs Mark
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Post by: dpot on October 07, 2008, 02:48:47 AM
Hi my name is Dave and i run my home built cnc router i used acad and kcam to produce model aircraft projects for production and need to get in to match 4 to do sum 3D stuff and foam work and it is nice to have a spell check first one i have seen and as you will see i need one


I was noticing that as of this writing we have 2795 members and have only heard from a couple of hundred and an even smaller number of regular posters.

So if you are new around here please post and introduce your self. You could give a little on your background, hobbies , how you ended up here, whatever!

This is a site to help with mach. There is a great talent pool here already but this is a community driven site and we would love to hear from the silent masses ;)

So stand up and say hi!!

Thanks,

Chad

I was noticing that as of this writing we have 2795 members and have only heard from a couple of hundred and an even smaller number of regular posters.

So if you are new around here please post and introduce your self. You could give a little on your background, hobbies , how you ended up here, whatever!

This is a site to help with mach. There is a great talent pool here already but this is a community driven site and we would love to hear from the silent masses ;)

So stand up and say hi!!

Thanks,

Chad

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Post by: 18001rpm on October 07, 2008, 02:49:08 AM
Hi, I'm Martin

I'm a design engineer and bought a Heiz400 this year. I'm currently machining a model of the 2003 Bentley Le Mans winner out of Blackwood. It's fun but I can't run it whenever I'd like because it's on my desktop in my study! My wife does not appreciate the noise! I'm a South African living in Lincolnshire, UK.

Cheers
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Post by: Graham H on October 07, 2008, 02:55:38 AM
Hi,

Introducing myself at your invitation.  I have a hobby interest in CNC, though my machine has in fact been doing some earning lately.

My CNC Mill is a much modified and improved Seig X2.  It has a ball screw z - axis, re-machined x, and y - axis leadscrews, currently fitted with anti backlash nuts (lead screws and nuts are true square threads, cut on my Premo 5.25" lathe).  There is also a 4th axis rotary table with adjustable tailstock.  No-load position accuracy is approx +/- .001" on x y and z axises, so I am well pleased with the re-work.  There is a DRO on the z axis.  Main wish list is a 10,000 rpm spindle - I am working on that one!  2,500 rpm is much too slow for small end mills.

My stepper drives are home built using EAS PCBs (microstepping at 8 step). I run from 2 x 40 Volt DC 3 amp power supplies, home designed using toroidal transformers and regulated supplies. 

I recently purchased cut2d and find it to be an excellent 2D CAM program.  The machine is, of course, running on Mach3.

Graham H  -  Sydney, Australia


 

   

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Post by: vraned on October 07, 2008, 02:57:33 AM
Hi,
Please don't delete me.  I've been running Mach2/3 on a 3/4-scale chinese bridgeport clone for a about 3-years to make parts for a bmw e9 restoration http://www.vranedom.com.  I use Mach2 for most of the work, but also use Mach3 to digitize parts for reproduction.  Is Mach 4's camera interface better than Mach 3's?  I also just got a thrashed Victor 618 toolroom lathe and will likely convert it over to CNC as part of its refurb.

Thanks for the great resource,
David 
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Post by: MikeCaulier on October 07, 2008, 03:08:59 AM
Hi,

I'm Mike from Belgium and I'm using mach3 to make fish floats.  I've created a lathe specially for this purpose.
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Post by: brucet on October 07, 2008, 03:09:47 AM
Hi all,
I've been around for quite a while, just reading, as I don't have CNC on anything yet. I intended initially to use it with my Myford ML7 lathe, and have some stepper motors, an Advantech embedded PC104 computer put aside for this.
I keep on getting sidetracked, I've been following the development of E-LeadScrew, but I think Mach is more suitable for my lathe.

I also like the idea of the Quorn tool and cutter grinder, and the thought of using CNC to control that is tempting, although I will need to make a Quorn first!

I have loaded and dry-run Mach s/w and I like the ease of the interface, so I intend to make use of it, just got to stop sitting here reading...
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Post by: liaoh75 on October 07, 2008, 03:24:14 AM
Hi to all,

I recently purchased Mach3 after playing around with it in trial for about 6 months.  I built a Mechmate and have been running it for a little over a month.  I'm still learning about all the functions of Mach3 and its been a real blast.  I'm located in Taiwan. 

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Post by: wfd on October 07, 2008, 03:28:04 AM
Hi my name is Benny, the dumb name I have as my forum name is benny spelt backwards. For some reason it has stuck.
I live In Melbourne Australia. I have been into CNC for a couple of years now, and love the fact that a personal computer can drive a CNC machine. Hence my involvement with Mach3.
I have built two CNC router tables now, and get a kick out of seeing a machine that I built, actually cut something. Its a constant thrill for me. ( But then again I am easily amused. )
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Post by: Denis on October 07, 2008, 03:34:57 AM
Hello,
My name is Denis  and I'm french. I run my homebuilt plasma router .
Thanks for this forum where I'm fishing a lot of tips.
Denis
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Post by: wfd on October 07, 2008, 03:37:10 AM
Hi I'm Bill
I enjoy readig the posts - its a pleasure to be part of this forum. I am presantly building a small 3 axis mill. I enjoy using Mach with a small 3 axis mill that I previously built.
Looking forward to being a member of this forum.
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Post by: danpines on October 07, 2008, 04:04:58 AM
Hi

I am not new here, I just never posted.
I distribute sherline tools in israel, I have a cnc lathe and a cnc mill. these are used for demos to customers and I run them with  turbocnc because although limited compared to mach3 it is a low cost entry system, not only the softare but mainly the required pc. I currently use an obsolete laptop with DOS.
I have no doubt that for actual production of anything I would switch to mach3 - quite a few of my customers did that

regards
dan
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Post by: dickshuford on October 07, 2008, 04:13:12 AM
Hello,
I am dickshuford and have been running Mach2 for some years.  I have a homemade cnc wood router (mach2) plus a cnc plasma cutter but running on Torchmate Software.   I mostly wanted to just introduce myself and say that I have been pleased with the support I have gotten from Art and the group. 
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Post by: john123 on October 07, 2008, 04:20:14 AM
Hello,
I am from the netherland and i am using mach for my machine (routertable)
The machine i build is 2.5 meter long and 1,5 wide and works with servo`s .
The floor can be taken out and then you have a plasma table as well.
It fun to build but it take`s some time and think work .
He isn`t running yet but this won,t take weeks any more and will then start using mach 3 again .

thanks CNCworks.nl
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Post by: gn3dr on October 07, 2008, 04:26:49 AM
Hi there
Just introducing myself. My name is Ger. I'm located in Ireland and have a Syil X4+. Using Mach of course to run the machine and BobCad for CAD / CAM. I'm pretty new at cnc so still learning. Main interest is in cars and the machining is a spin off from this. I qualified frmo college as an Electronic Engineer.
I also have some manual machines - a Denford Viceroy mill and a Warco BH600 lathe. Would like to eventually get a cnc lathe as well and build a cnc plasma table also. I sell Tig's & Plasmas in my spare time so already have the  Plasma cutter - just need the time and space for a table!
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Post by: breaker on October 07, 2008, 04:29:06 AM
Hi,
My name is michel, i live in france in the south west, i've build a MECHMATE from the plan and use Gecko's and HSD Spindle with a CNC4PC C11G card, i use V-carve and cut 3D with Corel and Sheetcam. my website is http://www.decoubois.com
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Post by: CaptainRichard on October 07, 2008, 04:33:43 AM
Hi
My Name is Richard Burns
I built one of Bob Campbell,s Designs and use  Mach 3 to drive it. I also use SolidWorks and VisualMill, as well as Vcarve 4 pro.
Presently I am looking at a 5 axis upgrade.
 
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Post by: cncman on October 07, 2008, 04:44:42 AM
Hi all
My name is Vassili Finellis and i'm new to  Mach3.
I build and trade cnc milling centers using various controllers ( hardware ) from the market.
It's time to check out the Mach3 controller on a Maxnc CL controll hardware, with no luck.
Nice to see you here guys!
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Post by: LizardKing on October 07, 2008, 04:45:45 AM
Hi,

I am a new guy here.
I have a Taig mill and would like to make ham radio parts on it.
Just here to learn about Mach and what it can do.

thanks,
TheLiz
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Post by: spiyda on October 07, 2008, 04:45:45 AM
>>>>all members with 0 posts will be deleted<<<

this is my post to prevent deletion   :(

I have an x1 which I converted running mach3
in West Mids UK

(-=Spiyda=-)
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Post by: barryc on October 07, 2008, 04:53:09 AM
Hi all,

My name is Barry and I live in Banbury, UK.

I have been lurking in the Mach3 background for some time now and am just about to build a wood framed 3 axis mill.

I have purchased/manufactured all the parts including electronics and all that remains now is to find the time to get down and assemble it!

As a result of reading many CNC forums, I bit the bullet and bought high quality parts as it appears that although many start out with a wooden framed rig they very soon migrate to a sturdy, larger and more practical metal frame. Rather than invest twice, I reckon it best to splash out on good quality kit first time around. This does need a fair amount of research (and dosh!) but that is where the forums come in and I am not afraid of learning from others ... absolutely NO point in re-inventing the wheel is there?

I am still not quite sure which path to take regarding the Achilles heel of a CNC jig - the Z axis - there are a few really nice design ideas about which can be copied or used as a basis for a good working design.  Again, it needs thinking about well before committing to cutting metal. One obvious (?) point is to consider exactly how much lift is going to be required in order for the tool tip to clear the work piece which in turn determines the limitations of what exactly you are going to be capable of manufacturing on your rig. Very easy to design yourself a rig with extremely limited capabilities.

With a software, CAD and electronic background this stuff is really fascinating and I can't wait to get up and running.

My projects will be biased towards the modelling world - mainly aeromodelling, but my first "order" is for two engraved brass name plates for my pals 4" Burrel traction engine which is nearing completion so time is pressing to say the least. 

On the same subject I just finished a 2 axis foam cutting rig for cutting wings and fuselage parts (1 metre table width) and I am currently on the steep learning curve of mastering GMFC Pro software - THE foam cutter's software, as Mach3 is for CNC work!

Final interesting point - the spell checker in this software does not recognise the term   CNC   -    Brilliant  !!
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Post by: mark s on October 07, 2008, 04:53:12 AM
Hi, Im Mark I live in San Diego California. I have have put together two cnc machines. The first one is a hot wire 12' x 3' for cutting EPS foam. The second is a router 15' x 6'. Im just getting started with Mach3 and the router. learning how to use the programs and the machines is all most as much fun as building them.
Mark
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Post by: Newton on October 07, 2008, 04:55:24 AM
Well, I'm not new either but I have simply not been up here to much since my machine has a DSP controller.
The general idea however is to modify my Exitech to be controlled by MACH, but up to now I have not dared
to knock in a break out board to do so....
There have been not to many who have done this with their Exitech machines so I'm kind of sitting on the fence
and waiting. I have looked at Campbells boards and also "The Brain" and I guess I have to make a decision soon.

The main reason for changing my DSP was to be able to control a 4th axis and potentially do some probing with
a touch probe. If I only managed to get this up and running, I would be sleeping a lot better  ;D
Some of the machine has been sold with Mach 3 support from the factory,
but there has not been to easy to get a feedback (from the factory) on how to convert the machine from DSP to Mach 3.

SW wise I'm using OneCNC, and that's it. Both CAD and CAM is done in this.

Kent
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Post by: kcib on October 07, 2008, 04:58:42 AM
Hi all
my name is Alan I live in Norfolk UK and have been a member for around two years , I have two machines a Boxford 250pc which is converted to run on Mach and a Boxford 300vmc which will be converted very shortly using a DL06-DR PLC and Mach
Alan B.
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Post by: donrus on October 07, 2008, 05:15:45 AM
Hi..  Got the email.   Sorry I haven't posted much.  Business and Personal life have kinda been upside down the last 3 years. 

I have a couple of home built CNC machines.  One is in the Hobby class and the other that I use with Mach is a heavy built horizontal router.  I will put up pics when I get a chance.  I am located in SC.

A good day to all....   Don
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Post by: owlsnest on October 07, 2008, 05:34:31 AM
Hi
I've been lurking a while mainly reading up and trying to get my head around things.
I am building a router to use for making model parts and enraving.
Useing Mach3 and Cut2D.
I live in Cairns Queensland Australia.
In the Navy for twenty years, then Computer Systems Tech, Now heading for retirement.
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Post by: WilDun on October 07, 2008, 05:46:00 AM
Hi, I live in Auckland, New Zealand and I've been a member of this forum for a couple of years, since I downloaded and bought the software, although I've never used it (not yet anyway).
 
I was intending to use the forum eventually as I found it necessary, but the message from the top has sped things up somewhat!
 
I am 6 months from retirement and have started to retrofit an old (but good) H-Square engraver, - I hope to use this program in conjunction with Sheetcam and a Xylotex controller for my retirement business.

Hope to have some useful discussions with many of you in the future - I have a lot to learn!

Regards,
Will.
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Post by: ampmanuk on October 07, 2008, 05:48:34 AM
Hi, I'm Bernard.
I am in UK, and have been an industrial control engineer for longer than I would care to admit.
Among other things, I also build high end valve amplifiers for musicians. If you are interested you can find me at www.maughanamps.com.
I have also done lots of motion control over the years, from mechanical then analogue electronic copying systems for large lathes,
through to intelligent motion control for multi-kilotonne hydraulic presses and automated industrial packaging systems.
The idea of intelligent motion control using a PC appealed, and I'm presently getting a 3-axis stepper controlled machine ready to install in my own shop. That's how I found ArtSoft on the web. When I get it up and running (hopefully using Mach3) then I'll report back.
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Post by: locoau on October 07, 2008, 05:57:27 AM
Hi

I am one of the zero posters BUT I read most messages and am learning a great amount from other members questions. I have not asked any questions as I do not know the question to ask yet! I am still in the initial building stages and have not yet started to run MACH so do not know what problems I will run into.

I am  Frank from Australia and have a part built router and a CNC converted Sieg X2 Mill which I hope to get running in the near future. Then I will be asking questions

Please - keep me on the list!!


Frank from OZ
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Post by: sigbjornsson on October 07, 2008, 06:07:52 AM
My name is Jesper from Sweden.

Have built a mill for cutting foam and wood and are using Mach3. Works fine!
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Post by: bfreedland on October 07, 2008, 06:20:16 AM
Hi All,

I'm Barry

I'm a professor of sculpture in sarasota the moment.  I am one of the zero posters, but usually find answers to my questions from reading other posts.

I started 4 years ago with converting a sherline to cnc with a xylotex kit, and later built a 2ft x 4ft router also with the help of a xylotex kit.

I'm primarily working with rhino and madcam to convert to gcode, and then obviously using mach to execute it.

lately i've been playing with the video digitizer, thanks for that one Art.

-barry
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Post by: chich2 on October 07, 2008, 06:23:38 AM
Hello everyone,
I am Chich2. I have been on this Forum for a while now but my activity is not viery high.  I use MACH3 to controll a 3 axis (one day it will be 4 axis) Hafco HM-52 Metal Master knee mill.    The machine has 2 spindles. One is verticle and the other one is Horizontal.  On the horizontal Spindle I place a 3 Jaw Chuck and use it as a CNC lathe when needed. SO I run Mach3 Mill and also Mach3 Turn on the same machine.  Absolutely love the software and it's useability.

Anyone who is interested can see my MACH3 machine on http://www.cnczone.com/forums/showthread.php?t=25895
There are also many video's on youtube by searching for chich2
Here is the most recent video of the machine using MACH3 Mill and Turn. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSDWpi44LGI

MACH3 is awesome!!!!
Chich2
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Post by: teamtexas on October 07, 2008, 06:25:35 AM
Good morning all, i've been lurking around for a while and have found the answers to most of my questions without needing to post.  I've built a 3 axis router table that I use to produce some plastic parts I sell on ebay.  I'm running Mach 3 with Gecko drivers and a CNC4PC BOB.

Dan
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Post by: snakebit95 on October 07, 2008, 06:26:08 AM
My name is Wayne, and yes.....I do read the forums on occasion; mostly at times of troubleshooting.  I have a Bridgeport Boss 6 retrofit running Mach3.  I am employed as a Mechanical Engineer during the day and machine race parts in the evenings / weekends.

Wayne
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Post by: stedgar on October 07, 2008, 06:26:41 AM
Hi,
 My name is Steve and I work full time as a Field Service Engineer for ESAB cutting systems. Most of my work is on plasma machines. When Home I enjoy making things on my Tormach PCNC 1100 and 12X36 Lathe. I am currently working on details to convert my Lathe to CNC. I have an interest in MAch 3 as that will run the Lathe just as it presently runs my Mill.

Thanks for the forum
Steve
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Post by: ldeblaay on October 07, 2008, 06:45:07 AM
I'm Larry and I enjoy reading the posts.  I use a Taig to build wooden models.  Keep up the good work.

Larry
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Post by: Baltazar75 on October 07, 2008, 06:59:10 AM
Hi I'm Mark from Stockholm Sweden,

I'm farly new to CNC. I'm planing to use it for hobby design prototypes. Mainly wrist watch design but some other projects as well.
I use a converted Optimum BF20 with Motioncontrol dirvers, CNC4PC breakout card. I'm still evaluating my choice for Mach3 as I have had some problems with both the chargepump signal and Brains not functioning correctly with my MPG pendant.

Thank you for all the insightfull posts!
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Post by: berty on October 07, 2008, 07:12:37 AM
hi
my name is Bert

i live in Kent in UK

my aim is to make small model internal combustion engines for my model aeroplanes

i have a small table top mill drill successfully converted to cnc and running on mack2

in proses of updating two denford orac lathes to gecko drives and vfd spindle control

thanks
bert :)




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Post by: mudder on October 07, 2008, 07:13:51 AM
Hello,

I've been a member for about a year now and I've been reading and absorbing all the information that I can.
I have a 4 axis Taig mill and I've been slooooowwwwllllyyyy learning how to use it. I also have a 7x 10 mini-lathe that I'm gathering parts to convert to cnc.

I've seen a lot of creativity and ingenuity on this board and I hope that some time in the future I might be able to contribute.
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Post by: efrag on October 07, 2008, 07:31:27 AM
Hi, My name is Emmanuel, I live in Greece and until now I have convert and help to convert 5 Proxxon machines to CNC
(MF70 X 3 , FF400 and BFW40)
here is my first attempt http://www.hellasat.gr/efrag/Proxxon.htm
now I'm building a new machine from scratch about 60X40X20 cm

I mainly use the for wood and aluminium and to create PCBs
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Post by: jcledford on October 07, 2008, 07:36:16 AM
  :) Hello, I am Joel.  I am now Old Man.  Up and Down with health problems....keep on  ;D.  I have a Compumill 1500.  It is a bed mill with approximately 24x by 14y by 19z envelope to work within.  It has a DynaMill 10 processor which has about 65 k of memory.  Use it mostly in the jog mode as the processor is just to difficult to use and has some sort of problem with turning on the spindle and acknowledging the nc command programs.  Plans are in the works to convert to the MackMotion and use all the power and stuff, simply use the MackMotion through the Rutex connected to the Copley Servo Drives which are Baldor.  I wish I had a picture of it and if I can find one, I will add to this forum entry.

I am 63 going on 17..... ::) sorry, 64, I am a college grad with 2 year degree in middle management, 4 year seminary degree, approx 4 years intense electrical engineering (no certificate) specializing in Power theory, Transmission Theory, Basic Physics, Basic electronics, Advances Electronics, Statistical analysis.  Additionally, I have several years of test bench and in service Baseband, Carrier, Transmitters and receivers (analog and Digital) Antenna Theory and actual maintenance (all the way from Low Freg to High Freg into the 6 gigabit range).  My training includes Everything from a single strand of copper to Fiber Optics as at one time I managed 850 miles of Fiber Optics..... and .... and o, give it up....  My time is tapering down and now it is all of your times to do your thing.  I have managed Database units, computer systems on a very large scale, I remember when I could do basic and make little funny faces on the crt....to long ago.  I am familuar it tube type computers and optical computers....I said familuar.....

If I had my way and some youth, I would build a fiber optic link between the processor and the servos with the interpretor mounted at the servo and the other end connected directly to a light generator at the processor and just not have all the stuff in the middle.  I don't know will it work, maybe one of you youthful types will build one......  well, maybe I should also mention, I am a trained Safety specialist, Instructor, etc....  With all that, let me end by saying, In the business of working with cnc and or manual machining, If you lose it, you may not be able to reattach it...be careful.....
 ??? ::)
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Post by: Abrian1937 on October 07, 2008, 07:39:14 AM
My name is Brian Ellis and go as Abrian. I am running Mach 3 with a Steig mini mill, still having some problems doing things. My hobbies are CNC, motorcycles, flying and any other mechanical things. I have in my shop a plasma cutter, three welding machines, tig, mig, and stick however not really proficient in tig. Have done a lot of things in my 72 years. Email is Abrian@att.net
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Post by: Overloaded on October 07, 2008, 07:56:48 AM
Welcome aboard Mr. Ellis.
Glad to have another "Flyer" in the house.
RC
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Post by: bgriggs on October 07, 2008, 08:03:41 AM
HI,

I'm Bill and I have been using Mach for about 3 years. I am a slow poster because I really haven't had any problems with Mach3... I have a thread going on Rcgroups that talks about my cnc machine Routezilla II and Mach3. My posts there have slowed because I am working on a bigger machine, a Joe CNC 4x4 hybrid slant bed modification.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=702944&page=11#post10694175
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Post by: mleedix on October 07, 2008, 08:08:56 AM
:) Michael here... We built a home brew CNC about 9 mos back as a home school project. We figured it would be a good learning experience for my two sons. Unfortunately we're now re-making it due to some 'help' with our move from Florida to Indiana a couple months back. I personally have lots of questions but need to get the machine spinning again before I bother you all with my do doubt simple questions. So until then please tolerate my lurking.
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Post by: Bandit on October 07, 2008, 08:12:41 AM
Hello everyone.
Seems that one of the prerequisites of forums is that one must post something to remain a member. :-)
I use forums to find info quickly from people that have had similar problems. I don't post a lot as I can generally find an answer and most times I don't have time to wait for someone to reply.
Enough of that.
I go by the name Bandit, I am an artist, I do a lot of freehand work: drawing, engraving, tattooing, painting, etc.
Some of my work can be seen at www.bandit-art.ca (http://www.bandit-art.ca)
I am in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
A friend bought a cnc plasma table & I got recruited to handle the computer and template creation.
He purchased it from a company in Calgary, Alberta, called Precision Cutting Systems, ( I do not recommend anyone dealing with these people ).
Due to our lack of experience with cnc processes, and the companies lack of information as to proper usage of thier product and the modified equipment that they are passing off, we have had nothing but problems.
I came here looking for answers, but have been involved in other projects also so I haven't put too much time into this as yet, but I will be here more looking for some answers.

Happy Trails.....
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Post by: rcarl44 on October 07, 2008, 08:17:09 AM
Hello
My name is Roy. I live in Illinois and I am new to CNC. I design, program and start-up industrial control systems for a living so I am familiar with motion control systems.

I have a small 3 axis router that i want to use for making small signs, plaques and artsy things.

I am using mach3 to control my router and I joined the group to learn more about it. Since I have joined I have learned many things about mach that I may never have learned another way.

I would like to thank the group.

I do have 1 question that I haven't seen answered.
How do you choose the best frequency to run the mach engine at?

Roy
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Post by: den73160 on October 07, 2008, 08:21:10 AM
Hello, my name is Dennis and I have been toying with my CNC since 2004. By toying I mean that I have been making things from yard art to dimensional signs. Never enough to support myself but enough to tinker and try many different techniques. I have a Shopbot PRT96 and a homemade 12" x 25" that I purchased that I use to cut those items housed in my two car garage. So the overhead is low but visibility is low also.
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Post by: RadiantHeat on October 07, 2008, 08:22:40 AM
Hello, I am an independent minded mechanic from long island NY. I was recently threatened with banishment from this site if I did not comply with a demand to post. OK I Post.  I like Mach3 And I don't want to be banished. I was ordered to tell you folks something about myself. OK I hate to be ordered about. I love CNC. Long Live MACH3. Don't Give me ay more threats. OK ?
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Post by: dan2004 on October 07, 2008, 08:23:04 AM
10-07-08

Hello all,

Really enjoy this forum!

Thanks,
Dan
Hampshire, Illinois
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Post by: petercnc on October 07, 2008, 08:24:07 AM
Hi All,
My name is Peter and I live in Adelaide Australia.
I have been a member of the “Mach3” group for about 1 year.
My experience with machinery is very limited, but I have an electronics background.
I have built my first CNC router and although it has not produced many parts, I have learned a lot from reading the post to this group.
The Mach3 software is fantastic and I hope to start to build a second router in the near future.
Support from Art and Brian is second to none, never seen any support from any software producer as good.
Keep up the good work.
Kind regards Peter
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Post by: nickel_5000tq on October 07, 2008, 08:27:12 AM
Hi all, I m in canada , Quebec north cost.
I registred here cause i like this site and is full of good information and projects. I dont post much since i m in the reading of the learning curve.
We are in the buying process for x-y-z motion for school and i very interested to do machining at home.

I just got 3 small CNC EMCO from anothyer school and i ll mod one for milling. I m in the process of this mods.
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Post by: rcsimpson on October 07, 2008, 08:28:51 AM
New guy here.  I picked up a servo controlled CNC Taig setup and am using Mach3.  Using BobCad v21 and v22 for my CAD and posting.
My main purpose for the machine is engraving and small parts manufacture for my gun business.   I am brand new to machining and also have purchased a lathe and am working on threading right now.  Getting much better with practice and having a great time.

RCSGuns.com
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Post by: rocketq on October 07, 2008, 08:34:50 AM
New to the mach forum.  I have a couple of machines for building custom pool cues.  My name is john and I have been working on designing controller set ups for equipment for building cues.  Mach is a great product and I am glad to see there are more and more people using this tool.

John
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Post by: kenlambert on October 07, 2008, 08:36:43 AM
this is my first post but have been on here for a long time and it is a great way to get info, i have mach 2/3 on my taig mill
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Post by: mallow on October 07, 2008, 08:59:21 AM
Greetings
[Deleted]
Of course I hope to be able to do hands-on in the future and am interested in the Mach2/3/4 product line; it is one of the best I have read about for this CNC niche.  And then I will probably post.
[Deleted]
I have just been personally informed that there are almost 7000 non-posting members out of about 9000.  This post is a small price to pay for validation.  Spam hurts us all and is an unfair load on the admin.
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Post by: Jim Hurst on October 07, 2008, 09:05:27 AM
Greetings y'all. I'm Jim Hurst, I work for Anheuser-Busch at the Houston brewery as a maintenance machinist.
I bought a Romaxx WD-1 router a while back but I haven't had much of a chance to use it. We were hit pretty
hard by IKE. The weekend of the storm I had a four day weekend planned to finish my wood shop, but IKE delayed that.
I removed an old hottub and I am the process of converting the room into a dedicated home for my router and some of
my other wood working gear. But unfortunately I have had to devote most of my free time to getting my house back in order.
I have been reading this post for a while and have found it to be of great help. A wealth of info and knowledge.
Keep up the good work. Also, great software.
God Bless.
Jim
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Post by: 13brv3 on October 07, 2008, 09:11:03 AM
Greetings,

Reporting as threatened  ;D   

I would like to report that I have nothing to report.  I'm using Mach3 on a Fireball V90, and so far, so good. 

Rusty
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Post by: Overloaded on October 07, 2008, 09:12:34 AM
WELCOME Jim, :)
Perhaps you could provide the REFRESHMENTS at the next MACH convention .
RC ;)
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Post by: Hood on October 07, 2008, 09:21:34 AM
Just to let all the people who are posting and seem to be confused as to why a first post is needed or an account will be deleted here is an explanation whiich will hopefully let you see the mod and admins reasons.
 There has always been spam on the forum and it usually comes and goes in bursts for a few days then nothing for a few weeks or even months. The admin and mods are usually on top of this and most spam messages are deleted within an hour and in fact usually within minutes.
 Things have changed recently however and the bombardment of spam in the last week has been much more than usual and also it seems to be going on for longer. One of the things the Admin is thinking of is making new members post an introduction, this will allow the weeding out of the spammers and keep this forum hopefully spam free (in reality probably just much reduced)
 I personally think a few line post from  new members introducing themselves is a small price to pay for for a largely spam free forum and I applaud this move by the admin.

 Now I suppose I better introduce myself as I have never done so as I was a member here right at the beginning of the forum so there was no introdution post  :)
 I am Robin and live in Carnoustie, Scotland. I am 42 and most of my life has been spent as a fisherman in the North Sea. I always had an interest in mechanical things and often ended up doing repairs on the boats I worked on. I taught myself to weld when I was about 17 as I needed to make a frame up for a fairing for a Honda VF500 that I had bought as an accident damage. I started off my machining by getting a tiny myford and the things I did with that wee lathe makes me shake my head now :) I then got my own small fishing boat and had that for a few years but my heart wasnt in it and I much preferred fixing than fishing. I started off my business by selling my Honda CBR600 (great bike and still miss it) so that I could buy a Colchester Student lathe. I then got a clapped out manual Bridgeport  and a few other bits an pieces.
 What started me on the CNC road was I looked on the net for info about making power feeds and saw some info about a guy that had turned a mill into a CNC Mill. I ended up doing that and thats when I discovered Mach for the controller.
 I have now done a Series 1 CNC Bridgeport, a Churchill Computurn lathe. a coil winder and am presently retrofitting a Beaver NC5 milling machine.
 I get called Hood by everyone and have done so for a lot of years :)

Hood
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Post by: Mr_bossman on October 07, 2008, 09:27:33 AM
Hi people,I have been a member for about 6 months but not spending much time on the site due to other things going on.Hope to get more involved in the near .
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Post by: Richards on October 07, 2008, 09:43:11 AM
Hi,

My name's Mike and I'm addicted to CNC electronics.  I first heard about Mach software about three years ago from some Shopbot renegades who were experimenting with different software and different electronics for their machines.  The bug bit me hard.  I've designed several electronic packages using Gecko G202 and G203v stepper drivers.  I also have a Gecko G101/102 pulse generator and a G100 pulse generator as well as the required Mach 3 plug-in.  I was hoping to integrate the G100 into a commercial controller, but Mariss pulled the plug on that one.  Right now I'm waiting to see how the Smooth-Stepper turns out, as well as the new Gecko G540.

As far as Mach 3 goes, I only use it on the test bench to test my controllers.
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Post by: chucklange on October 07, 2008, 09:44:05 AM
Hi
  My name is Chuck Lange. I have been a machinist, fabricator , welder , repairperson for 30 yrs. I own a small machine shop with manual machines . Bought an old Milltronics cnc mill 10 yrs. ago and wanted to retrofit it with cnc. Started surfing around the net and found Mach3. Got involved testing it with steppers and decided to build a router . There is a lot of info on the net this site has help immensely. Keep up the site . I will try to post pictures at some point in time.
Thanks for all the help
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Post by: Dr Honda on October 07, 2008, 09:53:21 AM
Hi All,

I've worked in a few small shops growing up, but got away from the CNC game.  Then, I decided I needed a small machine in the garage.  (running Mach 2, then 3) 

After a few years of making parts for the local hodrod, and motorcycle people, I opened my own Shop, and quit my day job as a Development Chemist. (big change)

I now own "A&L Motorsports" out of latrobe PA, and am running Haas machines on a daily basis.  But, I do still have my little converted harbor freight machine in the garage at home.
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Post by: Les Bidgood on October 07, 2008, 10:01:25 AM
Hi,

My name is Les Bidgood.  I am a retired Electronics Engineer that was employed for technical support of semiconductors.  I have a 40 year old Maximat lathe with the milling upright.  I have started to make a CNC router with the equipment that I have and hope to have this project completed early next year. 

The progress so far is due to the fact that I am learning machining from the start and each part made so far has been a further step up the learning curve.  The final unit will be equiped with Mach as this is really an affordable solution.  Being in South Africa has some limitations with a small machining community so progress is in line with the environment.

I must be honest and say that I have been a little intimidated with the know how and knowledge that forum members have.  This is the reason for the late submission of an introduction message.

Thanks for all the help that you sites have provided so far.
Les
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Post by: roygbiv on October 07, 2008, 10:05:12 AM
hi, my name is martin i come from Bristol UK
i have been working programing/setting an operating in lots of different cnc m/c's for 22years some are conversational some G-code some work direct from dxf files.
i am also in the process of building a cnc router at home mainly because i want to do some more creative things.
other hobby's include music and video production i also enjoy working with stage shows doing lighting pa and various other things.
anyway that's me

martin
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Post by: Chaoticone on October 07, 2008, 10:05:23 AM
Les, no reason to be intimidated. Glad your here.  :)

Brett
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Post by: mvoros on October 07, 2008, 10:06:38 AM
How do you post on this site?

mvoros
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Post by: h.colberg on October 07, 2008, 10:10:37 AM
My name is Don, location.. San Diego. I retrofited a 5x10 multicam router with a Bob Campbell enclosure and Mach3.  The machine is operational
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Post by: MitzuRazing on October 07, 2008, 10:10:54 AM
Hello, my name is Ronny, 26yers old, from Norway..
Have built my own wood router, running Mach3 and Probotix stepper drive/motors.
For CAD/CAM i use Vectric's V Carve Pro 4.6 and Vector Art 3D Machinist.

I stumbeled over the great world of CNC by chance, then decided to build my own router,
everything works just fine :)
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Post by: JDFester on October 07, 2008, 10:24:22 AM
My name is Jon, and I run a Tormach PCNC machine at work for light prototype work, primarily making one of a kind fixtures, etc.   I don't have a lot of experience yet; still learning the ropes, but enjoying every minute of it!  I am also trying to save up some money to get a machine of my own for hobby use.  Thanks to all who post on the fourms; your info has saved me countless hours already!  Hopefully as I learn more about it, I'll be able to contribute and return the favor soon!
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Post by: ned-seith on October 07, 2008, 10:24:42 AM
Les, no reason to be intimidated. Glad your here. :)

Brett

Yea, just ignore the primate with the automatic and remember he is an endangered species too!
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Post by: Kludge on October 07, 2008, 10:29:23 AM

My name is Frank.  My real job is in the high tech world.

I am a long time manual lathe and mill user (hobby).  I learned my lathe skills from my Grandfather back in the late 60's and early 70's.  He re-purchased a 16" swing, 8' bed Southbend Lathe that he sold between WWI and WWII and rebuilt it.

 I purchased a Tormach PCNC1100 CNC mill in 2007 to help me learn CNC machining.
 I'm having good success with the Tormach configured Mach 3 with SheetCam.

My difficulty is overcoming the learning curve of SprutCAM for more complex parts.

/Frank
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Post by: mc on October 07, 2008, 10:31:16 AM
Moray here.

Currently working on a retrofit to a Harrison mill, which is progressing very slowly.
Hoping to get it finished over the next few months though.
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Post by: Chaoticone on October 07, 2008, 10:37:49 AM
Ned, that is our guard monkey. He is shooting spammers.  ;D  He has a lot of work to do.

Brett
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Post by: plomo on October 07, 2008, 10:39:00 AM
Hi, Im  Juan, I'm from Hermosillo, Mexico.
I have a Taig Tools Micromill, with a microproto 2000 controler box.
We got this tool because we need to engrave almost 3,000 stainles steel tags, with several rows of data on it.
And I'm use it for carving parts, mostrly for fun, some times for work. I'm geting some troubles to get the Gcode right, but Im testing mescam right now.

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Post by: chj.sullivan on October 07, 2008, 10:39:33 AM
Well then. I watch, and read mostly. But what the heck, pull up a pillow and we will get on with this.
I was born a poor child in the back woods of Canada. A place called......... ::)

Ya see you fell asleep already.
 Job:I make composite stuff. Mostly RC Sailplanes.
 Software: I still use mach 2 :-\, Turbo CAD 9.something, but I have 12pro in the box ::). Love Sheet Cam. Learning Solid Works. Still scratching head on the 3D CAM choices. I use CeNeCe Pro for wire cutting.
 Machines:
I have taig stuff. It gets used a lot. Designed and built my own 4 axis wire cutting rig for foam. Now working on a gantry style Mill based on the same mechanics.
Hardware: I like Xylotex boards. Probotix Steppers. The wire cutter was built around electronics built by the same company as the software, so a C5 controller and a software controlled output for the wire called a CT.
 Right now my direction is focused on being able to build hollow molded wings and tail parts for sailplanes. So basically to make the jump from 2.5 axis to 3 over the next few months.
 Love Mach 2. Have played with 3 but up till now just have not seen the point to switch. I'm always looking in these Forums for solutions to Mach 2 problems and typically I find them. Unfortunately I don't have anyone local that I know to learn from so these Forums are important.
 Just registered after 3 years of Mach 2 use.
Done
Chad
 
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Post by: flatdog555 on October 07, 2008, 10:44:49 AM
Hi All,
Converted variable speed Series II Bridgeport with home built 3-phase converter.  Also have a Monarch 10ee and a big old Bradford engine lathe.  Built my Mach machine out of a Pentium 4 2.4 Ghz with huge memory, 13" flat panel monitor which fits nicely into a Bridgport Series 5 control head.  I'm also using the power supply and control box from the old series 5 which gives me plenty of room for the big supply, the pc, the Campbell Designs breakout board, and some future expansion.  When I've learned how to post pictures, I'll send one along, it's a clean and professional setup.
Ed in West Linn, Oregon
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Post by: RandyT2 on October 07, 2008, 10:46:15 AM
Hi all.

Found Mach in my quest to speed up an older ShopBot. Re-built the control box with GeckoDrives and a much larger power supply.  Still working out some kinks, but getting closer.  I've always been fascinated by automation, so I have slowly learned to put it to work for me when I started my own business.  Aside from the router, we own MAXNC's mini-lathe and mill, a Chinese 55-watt Co2 laser, multiple vinyl cutting plotters and large format printers.

Happy to be here and thankful that there are others out there willing to be leaned on when things get tricky.

Randy
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Post by: pintout on October 07, 2008, 10:47:04 AM
Hello everyone, My name is David, Ive been a member for quite a while and never posted.  Probably like a lot of you i got the email saying Post or get Dumped!!  so im posting, I have a retrofit Cummings mini mill and i have been using Mach off and on for a while, although my machine hasn't been up and running for a while because i moved i stille follow the post on here.  anyway, keep up the good work and don't dump me!!!
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Post by: Chaoticone on October 07, 2008, 10:53:54 AM
If anoyone dumps the pint out, I'll get upset.   ;D

Brett
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Post by: woodguy58 on October 07, 2008, 10:56:03 AM
Hi Guys,


My name's Dennis and I'm from Massachusetts. I'm not new here as I have been reading the posts on this forum from time to time. I just never got around to posting myself.

I'm 50 years old and have been in the machining and woodworking fields for the last 30+ years. Got my start in 1978 with the Greenfield Tap and Die as a machinist making HSS taps. Bounced around to different departments in that company for several years and finished up as a thread grinder. Company downsized in the 1980's so I went to a new company and worked as an extruder operator making blown polyethylene film for the next several years. I started up my own woodworking business in 1987 and continue with that to this day. I specialize in making wooden component parts for other companies that get incorporated into their products. I got interested in CNC several years ago and did a brief stint with a local CNC machining company which allowed me to learn more as a VMC operator. I left that job to continue with my woodworking business and recently built my own CNC router. Built it from steel and aluminum and made 95% of the parts myself with the help of an Enco milling machine that I converted to CNC.

I've thoroughly enjoyed the building and learning processes with this project and couldn't have done it without the help from the many websites and forums like this one. I still have a ways to go to become proficient in manufacturing new products with my new "toy" and there isn't a day that goes by that I don't learn something new which always keeps things interesting, to say the least!

Dennis   ;D

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Post by: babcockmill on October 07, 2008, 11:10:59 AM
Hi, I have been around for a couple of years but usually follow the Yahoo Mach 2/3/4 forum.

I live in Odessa, Ontario and am currently using Mach3 on a machine I built to cut tubing. I have yet to CNC a 9 x 20 Standard Modern lathe and a Grizzly G-1007 Mill/Drill.

The machine I built uses a Nema 23 stepper to rotate the headstock and tailstock spindles, and one for the X axis tool slide that does the cutting. The headstock is solid to the frame and the tailstock slides, driven by a pneumatic cylinder. Headstock and Tailstock collets are opened by pneumatic cylinders and forced closed by belleville washers. The pneumatics are driven by Mach3 outputs through a home built relay board.

The material cut is 1/2" x 3/8" phenolic tubing. It is cut to 5/8" long with a 1/32" radius on each end, the radius generated by the cutter shape.

The machine operates as follows: The first g-code sequence in Mach3 causes the X axis cutter is advanced to the cut positionand the headstock collet to open. Then I load a 54" long tube through the headstock until it butts against the side of the cutoff tool. The next g-code sequence causes collet to close, the spindles to rotate and the X axis to finish the cut and then retract. Then the Tailstock collet opens and the tailstock moves toward the headstock, the tailstock collet closes and the headstock collet opens. The tailstock then retracts, pulling the tube through the headstock 5/8" plus the width of the cutoff tool. The headstock collet closes and the spindles rotate, the X axis cutter advances to make the cut, rounding both pieces to a 1/32" radius and then the cycle repeats another 84 times until the tube is completely cut. It has been operating for about 9 months now and works great!

I am presently building another machine, this one to machine and internally thread the 3/8" dia aluminum rod that goes into the tubing. It will use a Wood's VFD to drive the spindle, Nema 23 steppers on the Z and X axis (A Grizzly XY table cut down, with ball screws installed), and 5 pneumatic cylinders when complete. I have the Royal style pneumatic collet closer built and tested (I use a 3C collet with it) as well as the headstock and Grizzly table. I am presently wiring the control cabinet, using Gecko G203V drives and a Campbell breakout board. I plan to drive the 5 pneumatic solenoids from the 3 outputs plus the step and direction signal of the A motor output using 3 - 12 VDC and 2 - 5 VDC omron relays on a home built board. I hope to have it cutting aluminum this winter.

I am sure I am boring you with these ramblings, so enough for now, please leave me attached to this forum.

Cheers from Odessa, the home of the Babcock Mill, http://www.basketryexpress.ca/html/babcock_baskets.html

Ross

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Post by: adamj12b on October 07, 2008, 11:15:18 AM
Hi My name is Adam. I am an electronics engineering student at New England Institute of Technology. I have 2 milling machines that I converted to CNC. Both of them run mach3 for control. I like to build robots in my spare time.
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Post by: Armin_71 on October 07, 2008, 11:15:23 AM
Hello,

My name is Armin.  I am in Erlangen, Germany.  I am very new to CNC machining.  I see there is a lot of info in this forum and I am sure it will answer any questions I may have.
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Post by: BOOMER52 on October 07, 2008, 11:23:52 AM
I go by the handle BOOMER52... simple enough really... a baby boomer born in 1952.  I'm retired... former CSI for the Orange County Sheriff/Coroner, Santa Ana, California.  Relocated from SoCal to Central Oregon where I'm building a home on 2 acres.  I have two machines under construction.  A self designed 8020 aluminum extrusion router and a Joe's CNC 4X4 Hybrid.  The 8020 machine is approx. 70% complete.  I figure to use this machine to help make the parts for the Joe's.  For the most part I'll be using Vetric's software... V-carve Pro with Mach 3 in my operations.

I've been lurking but with the housekeeping event soon to be implemented... I did not wish to be deleted...

Steve (BOOMER52)
Crooked River Ranch, OR
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Post by: cedarlake on October 07, 2008, 11:33:44 AM
My name is Dave.  I own or co-own or own two woodworking businesses.   The first business which I co-own is a log furniture business www.glrustics.com.  Business has slowed up quite a bit in the last few years, so my business partner and I have started separate businesses to supplement our income. I bought a used Sidewinder cnc and have been trying to make some improvements to it.  I have been doing all of this in my spare time so it isn't going very quickly. 

I have been observing for almost a year now and haven't really had anything to post.  I have enjoyed reading the wealth of knowledge here and appreciate everyone's posts.  I used to work at a place that had a Digital Tools cnc router which isn't the most sophisticated cnc, but I was really amazed by what people were building in their garages when I stumbled upon this site and cnczone.
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Post by: bert 1 on October 07, 2008, 11:38:27 AM
Hello,
My name is Bert, just got back from working in India. I'm currently working on converting a router to a waterjet. I have a manual sharp mill, cnc mill it is a dynapath, hardinage hlv cnc lathe that I'm going to run the Mach software and need to get some feedback on how to do that from you guys, and I have a second op lathe. Any suggestions or diagrams on how to get the cnc hlv up and running with mach 3 would be great, I'm pretty good at electronics, so if anybody needs any help give me a shout.
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Post by: shednumber2 on October 07, 2008, 11:47:02 AM
Hia
My name is Dom Sportelli and I am in Europe right now.  At home I am converting a Emco F1 CNC, but will not be getting back to it soon.
Please do not delete me, I do enjoy the post.
Dom Sportelli
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Post by: zagi21 on October 07, 2008, 11:48:12 AM
Just good news about Mach3.  I have never had a problem with Mach3 not saying I never had a problem, just that it never was with the program.

I'm using 2 table top routers that I bought off Ebay from Jeff Berch , Email "jeffberch@sbcglobal.net".  He sell them on Ebay using "moosecreeksales"

as the seller.  Answers email fast if you have a question and ships in a crate that is very very hard to get open.
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Post by: michael_e on October 07, 2008, 11:51:55 AM
Hi, my name's Michael, I'm a jeweler and gem cutter. I'm just fooling around with Mach3 on a little Sherline mill which I picked up just to learn how this all operates.


Michael E.
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Post by: MikeC on October 07, 2008, 11:59:52 AM
Hi, I'm Mike and I've converted a Sieg X3 Mill to 3 axis CNC with ballscrews and stepping motors. The mill's spindle drive was also converted to poly-V belt drive and PWM motor control, in place of the tooth belt, gears and SCR motor control, which makes the mill run very smooth and quiet. Current spindle speed range is 0 to 1750 and 0 to 3500 RPM, by changing the motor pulley and belt, not very convenient to do but it's a small price to pay for the quietness!

I converted the machine over a period of a year and it's working well, and I'm now in the process of learning to use Turbocad Pro to create machine drawings to convert to G code, (using lazyCam). However, I normally I code by hand in G-code, just for simple parts, eg engraving Hand Wheels, but I'm quite surprised how easy it is to create, use and modify G-code with Mach 3. I am doing this for interest not a living. The original idea was use the machine to create parts for hot air engines but I appear to have been diverted more to CNC operation than anything else and it's opened up a whole new world for me. I also have a 4th Axis which is a Vertex BSO dividing head driven with a stepping motor, which makes the whole CNC set up very versatile.

Very pleased to be making some progress in the CNC space, and very pleased to discover how much interest there is for CNC for both amateur and professional use.


Regards to all,

Mike
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Post by: Metalstech on October 07, 2008, 12:04:44 PM
Howdy !

Everyone calls me Johnboy. I recently retired working with the U.S. Air Force after almost 30years as an aircraft machinist and welder.
I've recently purchased an 86 Bridgeport Interact I with an intermittently working Heidenhain 150B controller. I've purchased Mach 3, but have not installed yet ???  Too many question and options to go with yet. I really wanted a closed loop system! I need analogue output for my Bosch drives. + - 10 Volts. Still looking for the hardware.  I'm not sure if I want the Vital Systems #7451 MOTENC-Lite Board or The new USB CNC Brain. I'm looking forward to learning alot more about the electronic hardware end of the CNC arena.
Enjoyed the forum and many future chats.

Thanks, Johnboy
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Post by: rrcoolcues on October 07, 2008, 12:05:09 PM
Hello to all,  I am just starting to use mach 3 and as would be obvious am sort of lost. I will start with the tutorials and go from there. Little to no experience but all must start somewhere, Right? Thanks, In advance to all who would take their time to answer any simple questions that I may have. Thanks Again, R
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Post by: tlurtz on October 07, 2008, 12:10:58 PM
Hi. 
I hope I am in the right spot to reply.  My name is Terry and I have been accumulating bits and pieces of cnc hardware and software against the day I will have time to play with it.  I graduated in 1990 (at the age of 40) with a degree in electrical engineering.  I got an overseas job as an automation engineer working on Johnston Island in the Pacific, destroying chemical weapons. The project finished in 2003 and I returned to my home in eastern Tennessee to see what I could get going.  I ended up getting married in 2005 and my wife and I have 2 children now, a two year old daughter and a two month old son.  I own a mini storage and maintain 10 acres of property and donate quite a bit of time to church work. 

I managed to get a shop built and I have an old barn to accumulate interesting pieces of wood.  I am interested in doing artsy/craft type projects in 2d, 3d and relief if I ever find the time and get the right combination of software and hardware.

 I have a small 3 Axis table from Isel that my Mach computer is hooked up to.  I also have a Multicam 44 (4' x 4') which runs HPGL files from an old CASmate pro program used for engraving.  The software isn't supported anymore and the 3d options aren't enabled.   I also have an old  Dalgren engraver with card problems that I though I would convert with new stepper drivers and run in under Mach 3.   I own Visual Mill 5.0 but have never used it.

I'm not much of an artist so I hope to find the right software to turn bitmap raster images into  machinable reliefs.  I would like to find someone who might be experienced with the new Rhino art pluggin from Mecsoft and Delcam's Artcam express.  Also interested to know of peoples experience with the raster to vector conversion in these two programs vs. VectorMagic. 

Please don't drop me from your list.  My lack of participation is due to lack of time not lack of interest.
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Post by: 47MLB on October 07, 2008, 12:14:16 PM
I have been around a while I have built an engraver that i learned Mach2 on I need to get my self off of mach2 and go on to Mach3.  I am building a plasma cutting table that willl cut a 6'x12' sheet of metal.
I will be using a four axis controller built by campbell  designs.  I will be using rack and pinion drive using a slave on the long axis.  I has also purchased sheet cam to work with Mach3.
Thanks Clint
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Post by: Fredeliot on October 07, 2008, 12:30:53 PM
We are using MACH 3 to make non-circular gears on a Fellows 6A type gear shaper. It's a fantastic program, much better than anything I could have written
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Post by: rjmorel on October 07, 2008, 12:32:51 PM
I've been a BobCad and Mach user for several years now and must confess I spend more time running my plastic injection molding machines to pay the bills then I do using Mach or BC. I need both programs to make plastic injection molds and barely know how to run either. To busy to sit down and learn them well ,much to my loss. Anyway , please don't delete me cause I don't post much. I need these resources usually at a moments notice and I kinda fly by the seat of my pants cause of my lack of knowing the programs to get through the job . I've converted a Taiwan BP size mill to run with Mach 3. I'm in Walla Walla, WA and have a 1 man Machine shop/ plastic injection molding business for my livelyhood. Anyone else out there making molds with BC and Mach? Take care, Rob
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Post by: simao oliveira on October 07, 2008, 01:20:08 PM
Hi my name is Simon
I'm from Portugal
I'm not very good in English I am better to read that to write therefore I participate very little
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Post by: frogeye on October 07, 2008, 01:36:30 PM
Hello all,
My name is Paul and I'm fairly new to CNC. My current project is a Denford ORAC retrofit. So far I have fitted all the new hardware (C11G breakout board, Mitsubishi D720S inverter and MSD980 stepper drives from Motion control products.  The other night I managed to calibrate the X and Z axis  :) a real sense of achievement!! Now all that's left is to sort out the spindle control and find the reason for pesky, false, limit switch errors.
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Post by: woodwelder on October 07, 2008, 02:11:23 PM
I'm a Mach 3 owner in the process of setting up a ShopTask with CNC.  Please don't delete me from the forum, even though I don't make any posts.
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Post by: bob_at_pmdx on October 07, 2008, 02:19:53 PM
Not a new person, just an occasional lurker who also desires to remain on the forum.

Bob.
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Post by: Chaoticone on October 07, 2008, 02:21:59 PM
No chance of that woodwelder, not now any how. Just consider the email a pamphlet dropped before the campaign of Shock and Awe commences on the spammers.  ;D

Brett
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Post by: xj5373 on October 07, 2008, 02:22:42 PM
Hi,
Ian Haynes here from Cheshire in the UK. I have a Denford Easimill running Mach3 that I converted some time ago using a Bob Campbell breakout board and Geckos and am just playing with a Denford ORAC (would rather have an Easiturn) which I have stripped out and am just making choices for breakout board (fancy having a go with CNC4PC this time) and Geckos again.
I have a 1933 Morgan Three Wheeler and am working on a 1929 model now. The Easimill is used primarily for machining dies that are used for lost wax casting now obsolete Morgan (mainly engine) parts.
Not quite sure what I will do with the ORAC, it is a bit small, but I would like to get to grips with CNC turning. If anyone has a small tool changer out there that would fit the ORAC give me a shout!
The majority of my programming is done via AutocadLT and the .dxf conversion facility in Mach3, although I have solid modeling software (Solid Edge) and various CADCAM options ranging from Meshcam upward.
I have a full time job working for as a development engineer for an international company and I work mainly with packaging.
Cheers!
Ian
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Post by: JaguarB on October 07, 2008, 02:25:52 PM
I response to your invitation to introduce myself, up to now I have been reading and what I understand to be "lurking".

I have been in to model engineering since 1964 I am an electronics engineer during the day a few months ago we had a job in that required 800 plastic boxes to have three holes put in to them one 70mm x 30mm for a display and two 25 way "D" sockets the quote from a local machine shop was 4.5 GBP / box. So thought we would try it in house. Purchased on ebay a small CNC milling machine running a DOS program called "Maxnc ver10". Figured out the G-code once I got my head around relative and absolute positions and an excursion with G20 and G21. First tried to use a 3mm normal 4 start end mill but that quickly got plastic swarf burned on to it, a couple of searches on the internet got me in touch with WNT who recommended 52 103 030 - 03 tool and a larger cut to speed ratio so that the tool had larger chips to clear the swarf. This cutter has a single cutting edge and a form that pushes the plastic down on to the jig to stabilise the work. 800 boxes later the machine has more than paid for its self.

I am now looking at ways to exploit it for my model engineering projects. Mean while replaced the operating system with Mach 3 and on the advice of the IT department and one of their old computers on which they first ran fdisk then installed a copy of windows 2000. I then installed Mach3 ver 2.64 lockdown I am now engraving glass with self made a spring loaded device that used Dremel collets and tools

Well that's my exploit in to CNC machines so far The boss now having seen what's possible is looking at us machining some other end panels.

Paul
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Post by: torleifj on October 07, 2008, 02:41:32 PM
Hi everyone.

My name is Torleif and I live in Denmark.

I'm an electronics engineer, CNC is my hobby. I built my first CNC machine 10 years ago, and have taken many steps. My first mill was a Sherline, that I was controlling with CNCPro, TurboCNC and EMC. It went through a lot of modifications and it ended up being a nice PCB router. By then there were almost no Sherline parts left.

Then I purchased a Denford Triac mill, that I converted, first to DeskCNC and shortly after to Mach. No doubt, Mach is the best PC controller, I have had. I also purchased a Denford Orac Lathe, that was under conversion to Mach when I lost my entire workshop in a fire - a really bad day. The Denford's are very nice hobby machines and the conversion to Mach is easy. They are often sold at affordable prices, especially if they have electrical defects.

After the fire, I bought a Denford slanted bed lathe with DOS based control, that I consider converting to Mach. I also bought a Deckel FP2NC with a Dialog4 control. I originally intended to convert the Deckel to Mach, but I brought the old Dialog4 up first and have come to like it. Even though it's old, it has many brilliant features, so I'll probably stick with it. The Deckel machine is a true universal mill and a wonderful piece of mechanics, just looking at it makes one smile.

/Torleif.
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Post by: filoe on October 07, 2008, 02:51:51 PM
hello to u all

Let me in troduse myself i am a technician from Belgium i am 42 years of age and my intrest for CNC machines are for my work as well as my hobby.
And it has been for the last 8 jears,i retrofit cnc machines for a company that sells secondhand metal working machines:
Press brake,Milling,laths,ets...over 2000 peaces.
it interests me as a hobby because wen you now howmatch a industrial NC costs MACH is the best thing to put on your machine , just my question is how do you put on a tool turret

greetings;
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Post by: Hans V. on October 07, 2008, 03:16:32 PM
Greetings fellow machinists,

Thanks for the invitation, my name is Hans and I live in Holland.
In daily life I'm a cost engineer working for a contractor in offshore projects.

CNC is my hobby.
Although I've not used Mach3 a lot sofar, this will change in future as I more or less finished converting an Emco FB2 clone [clone's name is Fusan FV-320T].
Will in future, if possible, post some pictures showing it.

Next to that I also own a Fusan 280 x 650 lathe, an electrode welding apparatus, swivel metal band saw and a grinder.

And all this in our nice and cosy apartment complex  ;D
Big fun, especially trying to use a blunt cut off tool.


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Post by: plyman on October 07, 2008, 03:18:46 PM
8)

Hi
My name is Alan I live in the U.k.

I am an electrical /electronics engineer and have worked with motor drives and control systems since I left school about 40 years ago. My main hobby is building very large radio controlled aircraft ( up to about 1/2 scale ) I was talked into making a gantry router as a way of speeding up our projects. I bought a couple of books ,but found this site and CNC zone which both proved to be  a lot more value. I now have a 4ft x 2ft home built gantry router and have cut a lot of of plywood. The electronics was the easy part ,the metal work was harder.I use Turbo cad ,sheet cam and Mach 3. I have embarked on a second router/milling machine to allow me make the metal parts that I need. my router can be seen along with some of our projects on our web site WWW.ghostsquadron.co.uk I still have a lot to learn so will be visiting this for a long time to come.

thanks Al.     
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Post by: graffian on October 07, 2008, 03:24:23 PM
I don't know anything about electronics and not a lot about computers.
I just realised I can't think of anything I could say I know much about!!

I make odds and ends for my car and bikes and have a turret mill.  I was saying I will buy a milling machine for about twenty
years, before I eventually got around to buying one. I was quite happy with the manual mill till  I altered the pattern for a casting I make,
the necessay machining now involves litterly hours turning the handle of a rotary table; I thought about this while making the new
pattern, but I had planned on getting a bridgport interact last year.

I bought a Matsuura from ebay. It was complete and in the words of the bloke who delivered it, "in fantastic condition" he said he delivers
machinery a few years old and it rarely looks as good. So what did I do? I tore it apart;-)
It would have taken up far to much space in my garage, so I stripped evarything off it and now have to refit it..

The plan is Granite drives and mach.

So far all I have done is hang the original pendant on a new articulated arm. This afternoon I made the motherboard tray to go in the
pendant. The PC and a tft screen are going in the pendant.


 
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Post by: quarryone on October 07, 2008, 03:59:54 PM
Hi, I'm sort of new to this stuff. Always been a techno geek of sorts. A few months ago I bought a Shoptask Patriot which is a combination lathe/bridge mill. So far I am happy with the machine although I have had to do some major tweaking. I really thought it would be more "out of the box" ready but it needed help. The CNC portion was very amateurishly done. I wish I had just done that portion on my own. It was a lot of money added to the purchase price and I have had to redo just about everything. The good news is, I've jumped light years ahead on CNC operations and capabilities.

Who knew metal was so expensive? I needed stuff to mill so I built a foundry to pour ingots and other castings out of scrap. Works great. There is a video on youtube if you are so inclined to see it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gR44MfGYKs
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Post by: 2429nevard on October 07, 2008, 04:10:10 PM
Hi, My name is Glenn. I live in northern Wisconsin. I own a small engine shop and thinking about retiring. I like to build things as a hobby and a friend suggested a CNC router so I made a small table. I am new to CNC but I can make my table draw the "Road Runner" with a pencil. (I haven't got enough nerve to actually cut it with the router yet) I read all the email posts and learn a lot. My hat is off to Art, Brian and all the contributors for all the support.  Regards, Glenn
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Post by: cobbler46 on October 07, 2008, 04:13:11 PM
Hi my name is Blake and I live in Port Dover, Ontario, Canada.
While poking around the web last winter stumbled on to a site showing a small homemade CNC router and was amazed at how much information was available on the net, that got thinking about a small machine (12'x12') and as time went on it grew to 48'x28'.
I have been a member for about a year, never posted yet still learning and still amazed what can be done with Mach3. I built my machine and now have it running and now I see some improvements that can be done. I have BobCad V22 ,Vcarve Pro, Cut3d, and Photo Vcarve for software. Just started cutting some projects about 2 months ago.
Great to be here.
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Post by: audioandy on October 07, 2008, 05:25:06 PM
Hi Everybody

Just popped in to say hello, I am in the process of building my own machine the electronics side of things is pretty much sorted, using Gecko's with nema 34 steppers and of course Mach 3.

My machine is made from aluminium plate and Item extruded aluminium section, hoping to get it finished before the end of the year, so no doubt I will be asking questions as problems arise.

Bye for now

Andy
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Post by: oswaldo on October 07, 2008, 05:42:23 PM
Hi to everyone here,
just a quick introduction, my name is Lee and i live in Adelaide South Australia, I have been building a cnc router for some time now, and after looking around decided to try mach software. I love the way it just works. Anyway i am building a machine based on Joes 2006 plans, I have built it from scratch using only a $50 plunge router i bough for the job. I am into building stuff, i also some time ago built  a racing simulator and an arcade machine. I currently have a couple of arcade machines that need restoring and will be using the cnc for that and to finish off the racing sim.
i have a web page with some pics if anyone is interested. I have been lurking around the site for some time and learning plenty from everyone here. Not too many hassles with the build except emf noise which was easy to overcome. anyway if you check out the web and have any questions or would like to say hi, especially if you live in Adelaide, please do....!
thats all for now...
cheers...  :)
my web: www.ourmilkyway.net
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Post by: Chaoticone on October 07, 2008, 06:00:37 PM
Very good Lee. I love the simulator. Any chance you have plans for it you're willing to share?

Brett
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Post by: rogerbsstt on October 07, 2008, 06:04:16 PM
Hi,

I have participated in this forum before. I have converted a Bridgeport Eztrak mill from its old controls to Mach3 with excellent results. I can even use it
The main change was to use the knee as the Z axis, this took some doing as the stepper motors dont like to be to be overloaded. I used counter weights and gas struts to balance out the knees weight. So far I can get 30 Inches per minute rapid on the knee (Z) which is good enough for the work I do.
I live in Adelaide, South Australia and am a Toolmaker by trade, working as a Projects Coordinator in a toolroom. My hobbies include Drag Racing, RC model Planes, and designing stuff to make on my mill.
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Post by: mjm on October 07, 2008, 06:18:29 PM
Hello, my name is Mark. I presently have an Excello 605 cnc knee mill (circa 1985) That has Dynapath system 10 controller that is dead. I plan to gut the control and use Larken drivers as I need that amount of voltage/current to drive the exsisting servo motors. The machine is in storage at this time till I get some more room in my shop. Mach 3 is on my to buy list when I start the retro.
I look forward to communicating my progress when I get the project rolling.....Mark
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Post by: aa_abtahi on October 07, 2008, 06:49:57 PM
Hi;
my name is Aki. I live near Los Angeles CA but wish I was in New Zealand or Australia. My day job is as an engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab developing scientific instruments, mostly electronics, programming (embedded and otherwise), and mechanical design. However at night I can finally play with my homebuilt CNC mill.
About one year ago my son brought home a very old Bridgeport mill. We are trying to make some unique wind turbines for sale (I hold a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering but my area of expertise is aerodynamics) and eventually got tired of manually machining molds etc. So I decided to automate the mill, because I have a lot of experience designing hardware and software for automation. A quick Google search however revealed an entire universe of people who have already done this. I did not have to design and build anything. The MACH program and this forum were mostly responsible for making it very easy to convert our mill, which is the focus of our shop. Everything we need to make pretty much we slap onto the CNC mill. While we also have an old Logan lathe and a host of other stuff the CNC mill is used pretty much for everything. You cannot beat such a tool, in precision and ease of use. I had to learn G-codes but by now find it easier to write the code than to manually machine even for a single part.
Up to now I never posted because every question I had had already been answered by someone somewhere on this forum. Now under the threat of being kicked off, here I am, and I want to thank all the people who do post and contribute replies. Know that what you put out here helps a lot of silent members do a lot of neat stuff.
If you actually read this and know of a job for somebody like me or my son (FAA Certified Airplane Mechanic) in the two aforementioned countries please drop me a line (aaabtahi@gmail.com). Even if you don't I always enjoy communicating with other people who are interested in making things. Seems like there are fewer and fewer of us left, so it is surprising how many members are in this forum.

Aki
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Post by: Mike Cianciolo on October 07, 2008, 07:06:44 PM
Hi!! My name is Mike Cianciolo. I just finished a Bridgeport conversion. I'm now working on a high speed spindle to use with small cutters. I live in Wisconsin. I work in the Dyno Lab at Harley Davidson. I'm new to cnc and have an intrest in building model engines.
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Post by: Saturn06 on October 07, 2008, 07:15:49 PM
Hi, My name is Randy. I live in northwestern Wisconsin

Just saying hello, I am in the process of building my own CNC plasma cutting table 4' by 4'  using four Gecko's G251, Keling Technology nema 23 KL23H286-20-8B steppers, rack and pinion and of course Mach 3.

I just bought a Bridgeport Discovery 300 SX 15 that I may convert to mach someday but for now just trying to get it running I plan on using to make parts for plasma build.
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Post by: cuttingboards4u on October 07, 2008, 07:17:20 PM
I am Jeff Walters and I live in Flowood, Mississippi.  I have been running Mach2 for the past 3 years.  I have a 24x24, 3 axis machine
and my skills are very limited.  I mostly make cuttingboards from corian as gifts for friends and family.  I have sold a few to allow the purchase of a new, bigger machine.
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Post by: msmith on October 07, 2008, 07:18:39 PM
Hi,

Name here is Mike, and I live in Oklahoma. I have purchased Mach3 but haven't got a machine running yet. I teach high school kids how to run a Super ProLight 1000 in one of my classes. I know enough to be dangerous, but have learned enough to get hooked into wanting to build one for myself. Hopefully I'll get a machine running at home and can get my Mach3 running, and have plenty of questions.

Regards,

Mike
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Post by: Bobbo on October 07, 2008, 07:25:29 PM
I've been playing with CNC as a hobby for about 3 years.  I have a home built gantry style router/mill.  I design electronics and motor controls for a living, so I'll probably make a custom stepper and servo control soon.  I make mostly things from wood, but I also make motorcycle parts from aluminum.
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Post by: Zeon on October 07, 2008, 07:57:18 PM
Not really new, just haven't posted before.  I built a gantry type router running Mach (working envelope 10" x 52" x 76").  It has some Mechmate features but rides on monster linear bearings I bought on ebay.  I had some trouble at first but was able to get answers to all my questions by searching this forum and the web.  Did get a response from Art on the Gecko forum to an early question.  Am constantly amazed at the information out there and the reality that my machine runs on $159 software.  Thank you all.  By the way, Zeon originated as a peeved response to needing another ID for another forum.  One other thing, I think Lazycam is amazing especially for the money, just takes time to learn. 
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Post by: louie on October 07, 2008, 08:08:59 PM
Hi I'm Louie,and I am trying to build my retirement project,a cnc router table. I have all the components put together and wrote my name with a sharpie. I can cut numbers and my name in wood :). I have worked with cnc machines the last ten years (ballscrews, linear rails, spindles) and all types of controllers and drives. I enjoy working with them.
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Post by: rbyrer on October 07, 2008, 08:10:51 PM
Hello I am a fairly new member.  I have a taig mill (4 axis) I am still trying to learn the whole process.  I have not much of any cnc experience but I looks like fun and I hope to learn a lot more in the near future.  I am retired from GM and worked for a few years as a electrical engineer on the Indy Car circuit. I was the guy who built and fixed the dreaded black box (ignition control) among other things. I think this forum is great and I hope it just keeps getting better.
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Post by: cesarro1951 on October 07, 2008, 08:19:59 PM
Hello!!! mi name is César.

I`m in Argentina retrofitting a little cnc machininng center / lathe using Mach3 + Grex + 4 x G320 drives + PWM Spidle drive.

Motors + drivers + encoders + electric / electronics... OK. :D

Moves OK, Helical interpolation (3 axes x, y, z) OK. :o

Spindle speed close loop... No :-[

Spindle speed rpm indicator No  :-\

Sync Spindle / z for threading No  :'(

Mhhh... I`m thinking... G100 was a bad choice for a lathe.

Thanks for your attention!!!. Sorry for my poor english!!!. :) :) :)
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Post by: yaddatrance on October 07, 2008, 08:30:46 PM
I'm a registered mach 3 user who doesn't want to get deleted for not posting...  ;)

It's pretty easy to use so I can figure most of it out myself, and the rest I've been able to find answers to on here and cnczone...

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Post by: stinkweed on October 07, 2008, 08:46:46 PM
I live in northern Utah, USA.
Around the end of 2001, I started cnc'ing a Shop Task that I'd had about 10 yrs, after 2 1/2 yrs of puttering, it works about as good as any cnc'd shop task can. Camtronics solder yourself stepper boards, home brew ball screws, cncpro, on an old 233mhz computer. Accuracy was limited by the table clocking on x moves.

Summer of 2007 I acquired a Grizzly g0463(sieg x3) It runs great with mach 3 on a 2.3ghz cpu with win 2000, it will do 70- ipm with 150 in oz steppers (costing $10 ea.)on x and y, and I think a 560 oz in on z, out dated gecko's that I bought on clearance (for about $65 ea) cnc fusion ball screw kit, DigiSpeed XL to control the spindle speed. I splurged and bought some tormach tts tool holders, which work great for length offset repeatability. Accuracy is much, much better than the st.

I'm currently and slowly working on a rotary axis.

enough dribble
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Post by: dishawcues on October 07, 2008, 08:48:26 PM
I have posted several times and with great success to solving issues. I manufacture Billiard cues, Electric guitars and DanBuilt flight cases. I have built several machines using AHHA but made the switch to Mach.
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Post by: ptig185 on October 07, 2008, 08:52:43 PM
Hi,
    I'm posting for the first time to show some presence.
I'm working on a 3'x4' cnc plasma machine run by Mach 3 and will have a THC and pendant.
A PowerMax 1000 will do the cutting.

Hmmm Background.... Electrical Engineer.... enjoy metal and welding and designing stuff whether it's mechanical
or electrical. If I can put a processor in it I most likely will as some sort of embeded processor application.

Current Job is Test Engineering and programming test software in Visual C#  (visual studio 2005). some Test fixturing with
processor control to move things along "out on the floor".

My project is about 50% complete and have the electrical wiring and design to do yet. The software has been tested on my Gecko
drivers but still have to get the THC w/pendant working.

Guess that's about it for now...

   over and out

     Brian



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Post by: gdb on October 07, 2008, 09:05:54 PM
Hello,
 My name is Glen Bales. I am a retired Mechanic 5 yrs. Some of my hobbies are Fishing, Ham radio, Computers, Building street rods, Wood working. About a year ago I stumbled across the CNCzone and started reading & reading & reading about CNC routers. NO! CNC experience. After about a week I had to have one. Built a 48" X 48" router designed as I went along. Kelig steppers & drivers, CNC4PC breakout board, Milwaukee 5625 3.5 hp router, Home built power supply, PhotoVcarve, Vcarve Pro, Cut3d, BobCAD. Works better than I ever dreamed and I can't use it enough. Hope to get a CNC Mill soon.
Mach3 is the greatest thing sense sliced bread. Keep up the good work it is appreciated by a lot of people.
I had to retire from work, just no time for work and hobbies.LOL
  Glen
  Gold Beach,OR.
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Post by: 4th Axis on October 07, 2008, 09:20:10 PM
Hi,

This is my first time posting here, I have a 3-Axis Router and a 4-Axis wood lathe at home in my woodworking shop.

I work full time as a CAD Designer / NC programmer for 4-Axis Milling Machines / 5-Axis Lathes / 5-Axis Laser / 8-Axis Robots , I'm also a Mastercam Reseller/Instructor.

My home projects are mostly furniture and guitars.

See ya around the forms.

Bryan
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Post by: NEATman on October 07, 2008, 09:50:42 PM
Hello All-
I'm not really new either.  I've been using Mach3 for about 3 years now.  I've converted a 3 axis Bridgeport (it's making parts right now) - even added a 4th axis.  I'm still working on a Hardinge lathe conversion, I've completed a desktop 3 axis Dremel tool for my desk at work (I've used it to make prototype parts), I'm also working on a mini-lathe to go next to the Dremel at work. 

I've also started a group for local CNC enthusiasts, the Southern New Hampshire CNC Club.  We are up to about 40 members - the most prominent being Brian himself.  Send me a message if you are interested in joining the group.

Regards,
Keith Violette

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Post by: alan0166 on October 07, 2008, 10:09:44 PM
Hello,


I purchased Mach 3 some time back and use it with my home converted CNC mill.  Works great.  I read what others are doing to learn, so I have not posted because I feel I have not had enough experience to post.  Maybe by now I know a little more than some, but definatley not as much of most.

Thank you for making this forum available to folfs like myself who do this for the love of the hobby, and are constricted by time and budget.  Love Mach3!!


Alan
Minnesota, USA
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Post by: driggars on October 07, 2008, 10:14:16 PM
I am a total beginner to CNC stuff. I have always just done my machining manually, but am studying up to set up CNC.
I have two mills, 3 lathes and a bunch of other machine shop stuff.
my health went way south the last two years but I am finally recovering well, slow but well. This set me back in some learning and setting up things.
I hope soon I will be driving members nuts by my questions I will have, LOL
Clint D
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Post by: gonik on October 07, 2008, 10:14:23 PM
Hello, my name is Henrique, I live in Mexico, I love automation, currently I am working in a robotic arm for loading and catching parts, which of course will be integrated with match, I will keep you posted on this project.

bye
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Post by: panaceabeachbum on October 07, 2008, 10:20:41 PM
Hi My name is Richard , I am a recovering CNC-Aholic , started playing with Kcam  on a 5'x10' router table a little over 10 years ago and master5 soon after, tryed just about every free or shareware cnc software, very happy with Mach . Have been a machiniist for over 20 years .  Currently run a small CNC machine shop(2 mills, 4 lathes, 1 plasma table) mainly work in the firearm industry . Very much enjoy the forum and love the fact that I can get a quick accurate answer to my questions. The support avail for this software makes it a great product. Thanks
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Post by: Glenn on October 07, 2008, 11:04:48 PM
Hello All,
  I work in a grocery store -31 years-  by day :( (Boring, but a paycheck!), and do woodworking on a metal
lathe with the Great Mach 3, and recently built a 26"x48" cnc router from an old grocery store shelf frame
bolted together with angle iron for bearing guides. Ugly but cheap. Hope to build another with better components for more
accuracy.
  I've gotten great help here setting up the computer, breakout board,stepper motors and g-code; you guys are the greatest,
enjoy this forum because of the funny and smart charactors who frequent these pages!
       
                          Keep up the great work! Glenn

                                       southeastern  Ohio, U.S.A.
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Post by: rrschmid on October 07, 2008, 11:12:23 PM
Hello. Thanks for the encouragement to post. My name is Rich Schmidt and I live in Oakland, California. I've been a technician for most all of my life. I currently am one of the IT guys who support our senior managers at work.

I currently have a Harbor Freight 44991 Mini mill that I have added CNC steppers, DRO's and Spindle Speed control.  I also have a 7x12 Mini lathe that I hope to add CNC to in the future. Wood working, music and electronics have been my hobbies for more than 55 years and only recently did I get interested in metal working and then CNC.

I built one HobbyCNC controller and have a second one ready to put into its case.  That will be used to control a small CNC router.  I purchased the Mach3 software because it is very flexible (although somewhat complicated for a non-machinist), but I am learning. I am having a blast learning about CNC and hope to be able to provide help to newbies like me in the future.  Thanks for having such a great support site.

Cheers,
Rich Schmidt
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Post by: dixondn on October 08, 2008, 12:01:12 AM
Hello, I'm a member here but have never posted, so now I have.  I have a Shoptask that I have never gotten hooked up to the electrics to do CNC work.  I'm hoping that once all of my woodworking projects are done and over the winter months I can start doing CNC with the Shoptask as well as the Carve Wright I just bought.  Thanks for all your insight and help and have a fine evening
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Post by: DaveHalliday on October 08, 2008, 01:36:45 AM
Been lurking for a couple years -- haven't posted recently as I have had other issues to deal with (culminating in having a couple pounds of titanium implanted into what was a failed hip joint). Surgery was a complete success and looking forward to getting back to being active in the shop.

Have a decent size Grizzly mill that is in the works for getting the CNC treatment.  Doing a small (2'X4') wood router first (50% completed) as proof of performance and then a plasma cutter next.  Mill will be last.

Already own MACH3 and very happy with it -- took a class a couple years ago at a local community college for CNC machine operation so have a good grasp of GCode.

The router is rude and crude -- iron pipe rails, skate wheels and all-thread rod (yes I know...).  Using a Rigid laminate trimmer for the spindle.

Should have it and the plasma cutter (already have the Hypertherm torch) done this winter.  Also looking at a sinker EDM (Ben Fleming design) -- I am learning blacksmithing and looking for stuff to make tooling.

Dave (in Maple Falls -- 30 miles due East of Bellingham, WA)
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Post by: Exosfly_1 on October 08, 2008, 01:48:25 AM
Hi,

I'm quiet new working with CNC mills and other machines. I can use it for my bussiness but must learn quiet a lot and therefor a forum like this is a good start. I have a 3-axis mill that I use now and then and hoping to work with it more and more.

Chris
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Post by: katana on October 08, 2008, 02:54:27 AM
Hello,
My name is Catalin and I live in Romania, I'm programmer specialist for embedded systems, I use CNC for hobby purpose only.

Thank you !
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Post by: pps on October 08, 2008, 04:19:47 AM
Hi, I am an engineer with a broad interest in technology and art.
A couple of years ago I bought a X3 mill. First thing I added where 3 digital calipers for which I made my own display using a Parallax Propeller microcontroller for read-out and display. At the same time I added a sensor for monitoring the spindle speed, which I read-out with the same microcontroller.
At the moment I have got all the material needed for turning the mill into a CNC controlled machine, but I lack the time for doing so.

Best regards,

Peter
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Post by: rodmdx on October 08, 2008, 06:31:45 AM
Hi my name is Rodney, my forum name is rodmdx.
I live In Melbourne Australia. I have been into CNC for a couple of years now, and love the fact that a personal computer can drive a CNC machine. Hence my involvement with Mach3. I have built two CNC router tables now, the first machine I built is a Roland MDX 15/20
most of it is made out of 10mm aluminum I used the controller and motors and cables I got them from Roland.
The bed size 6 inch by 8 inch and use very easy Roland software I use it to make circuit boards and light engraving cost to make $AU 3000.00

The second machine I have made is all out of 100x50x3mm steel. the table size 500mm x 400mm 18mm aluminum with fixed Gantry
with 280 oz motors from Keling Technology Inc and using Mach3 to drive it.also using 20mm smart rail for the Y Axis and 15mm profile rail for the X Axis It took about 40 days to build no drawing all out of my head I also used a brushless dc motor 2100 watt with 5mm shaft from a hobby shop and control card to match.cost to make $AU 6000.00

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Post by: mike40272 on October 08, 2008, 06:49:12 AM
Hi ,
I have been using mach3 from the start. I have a series 1 manual bridgeport mill that  now has cnc controls.
I also have a 5400 cnc sherline mill and a home made cnc router table.
my location is Louisville, Kentucky.
Thanks
Mike
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Post by: phredd on October 08, 2008, 07:15:16 AM
Please, please don't cut me free to float off into space. I have been readinf the web site for quite some time and enjoy it much.
I did have cnc on a Bridgeport. Had to move it out of the cellar and into the garage and never got it back on,on of these days it will happen. 
A partial list of equipment.
Bridgeport
10" SB Heavy
drill press (2)
Wire welder
Plasma Cutter
10 inch table saw
Old Delta wood lathe
10" radial arm saw
60 gallon air compresser
Lots of hand power tools
More hand for wood as well as air opperated tools
Retired 74 years young, 38 years with Texas instruments, enjoying life.
Millis, MA, south of Boston.

Phredd
Fred May



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Post by: Manu65 on October 08, 2008, 08:25:53 AM
My name is Manuel Escurra, i am working in packaging design and development for cosmetics products, my first interest with CNC is to do prototypes for plastics parts, thats why i am trying with a Taig CNC. I am also involved with jewelry designs. CNC is a really insteresting field to develop new products here in Peru, South America.
Best Regards,
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Post by: masterbrew on October 08, 2008, 09:27:24 AM
My name is Randy I live outside of Pearland, Texas.  I have 3 1/2 machines running Mach.
Two routers that I built one is 2' x 4' the other being 5' x 10'
My 12 x 36 lathe
And the bridgeport is in the process of being converted.
After the bridgeport I am going to convert the small router to 5 axis.
Must of the router work is for the Cub Scout and Boy Scout units in my area.
The metal work tends to be overflow from the machine shop at work.
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Post by: cncboss6 on October 08, 2008, 09:32:56 AM
 Hi, my name is Pat. I have been a toolmaker and Machine operator and programmer for 24 years. I am currently running a Fadal 6040  3 axis mill at work, and programming in Mastercam X2. I have had a home shop for about 7 years. I currently have a Bridgeport boss 6 series 2 mill running on Mach 3 , a monarch 10ee speed lathe, a Cincinnati no 3 horizontal mill with a verticle head, a Doall band saw, a Racine 2hp power hacksaw, a 2hp hydraulic 10x20 surface grinder, 2 tig welders, 24" bickford super service drill press, large glass beading machine, 5hp chop saw, Leland gifford 3hp drill press, 3hp pedistal grinder, and a electric catapiller m50 fork truck. I enjoy playing with all these toys. I am working on a cnc router currently.
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Post by: mvoros on October 08, 2008, 10:07:21 AM
Hello All,
My name is Mike Voros, and, like Graham Waterworth, I also started my carrier back in 1978 when it was called Numerical Control or NC (the C was added later) and know about the pains involved with those paper tapes. I liked putting my long machining experience (since 1953) down into 1's and 0's. I also taught apprentices CNC, at the local college at night, for 9 years. In the last 6 years of my working life, I was a CMM  technician. Now in my retirement, I was fortunate to acquire a PHOENIX HQR-GS Router-Engraver. It worked fine, but it was DOS operated. I had no trouble running simple programs with it, but I wanted to run 3D. After browsing the Net, I found the ArtSoft site, thank god. My humble thanks to Art, Bob Campbell, James Cullins, the Gecko team. Art was very patient with me during the retrofit. And now, with Mach3 controlling my machine, I have my dream come true. For 3D carvings, I buy the surface models from VectorArt3D.

Mike Voros
      :)
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Post by: Willard on October 08, 2008, 10:24:44 AM
Hi:

I am new to metalwork and to Mach3.  I do biomedical research and got tired of trying to explain to the shop here what kinds of modifications I need to my equipment.  So I recently bought a small mill and lathe from MicroMark and converted the mill to CNC.  I've done a few simple projects - some success and some failures, but I am learning as I go along.  I've been watching this list and a few others for some time and I am really impressed with the talent and willingness to help one another.

Larry
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Post by: billking on October 08, 2008, 10:28:11 AM
Hello fellow chipmakers,

I'm Bill and live in Las Vegas and have retro-fitted the much be-littled round column drill mill via harbor freight.  I was inspired by HomeCNC plans but didn't use them and came up with my own twist of the original plans.  We have a machine that with hold .001 or better depending on the weather and humidity.  We even went so far and to lap the ways and use bondable teflon instead of turcite/rulon.  Smooth as....?(enter in you mind the slippery answer)  Also, ballscrews where out of our price range and use precision acme 1/2-10 with dumpsterCNC(4) anti-backlash nuts...since we went with modified precision acme rod we made our own version of dumpsterCNC nuts out of DelrinAF(they are longer)
and made the Z axis a DelrinAF spinning nut. All the precision is from rummaging through outlet machinery and catch all store on the eastcoast.  They had a wall that was just bearings.  I found expensive thrust bearings for $1 each that were still in original packages.

Started using Maxnc-->TurboCNC--> CNCPro --->finally a window based system Mach3 and really like it and its ability to do more and more(as long as I keep learning).


Art and the gang, thank you for a great product!!!

Bill
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Post by: fkubath on October 08, 2008, 10:43:45 AM
Hi,
Don't like to waste a lot of time talking drivel, but don't want to be swept out because I look anti social so...
I'm working with a 9x20 lathe, a mini mill and a taig micro lathe with a FROG CNC conversion.
Mostly stick to Linux based equipment but practicality can take me elsewhere.
Was hoping to convert the mini lathe and mill.
Hope I avoided the cleaning squad. ;)
Regards,
Frank
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Post by: FreeThinker on October 08, 2008, 11:40:22 AM
Hi
I live in the UK and I am building a home brew flying gantry from scrap (anything I can find or recycle) to this end my design is fairly fluid ;D I've built the base/x axis from 4 x pieces of unistrut and the guide rails are 25mm stainless steel conduit (to  upgrade to solid rails when available) supported on 4 25mm support blocks with 4 x linear bearings from ebay (£10).Electronics are from diycnc in kit form (www.diycnc.co.uk) for the 3 drivercards and the breakout card, power supply is a cannibalised siemens unit from a scrapped machine at work.Stepper motors again from Ebay (£36 for 5)only need 3 so 2 are going back up for sale  :D.Other mechanical  bits are in the pipeline.Need  a source of CHEAP (free 8) ) leadscrews and nuts but using 8mm screwed rod at the moment.Mach 3 and a recycled pc make up the controller.Total spend so far less than £100.Thanks for all the Info Ive gotten from this forum
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Post by: LEN 1042 on October 08, 2008, 01:12:20 PM
Hello to all.
My name is Len and I live on Long Island NY.
i have a respectable shop at home. It includes a Bridgeport mill, Southbend Heavy 10, Sherline mill and lathe and assorted drill presses, grinders,etc all manually controlled. I am currently setting up a new C6 lathe and X4+ mill, both cnc run.
I am interested in making IC engines, parts for my 1940 Ford street rod as well as some items for resale. I am still employed at a full time job so it is hard to find any spare time to accomplish much currently.
Regards, Len
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Post by: dcflysrc on October 08, 2008, 01:50:57 PM
Hello to ALL!

    First off, I would like to thank all the people who take the time to post and help others here. I currently own a microkinetics converted Sherline mill and lathe setup. I have not run them as of yet. I also have a small cnc router, that I hope to get running soon.  I am new the cnc thing, although I have been machining for some time. I have a assortment of manual machines, 2 Sheldon 14 x 40 with turrets and variable speed, Craftsmen 12 x 36,  South bend 9 x 36, Taig micro lathe,  Bridgeport mill, Atlas Horizontal Mill, Atlas Vertical Mill, Harbor freight mini mill,. Unfortunately, I have no time at the moment to enjoy any of them. I hope to start some new projects this winter though. I also look forward to spending some time using mach 3 or Now # 4 on the machines. 

     Again thanks to all those who give time and effort to post and help others. I hope to be able to do the same at a future time.


                                          DCFLYSRC
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Post by: jbovinich on October 08, 2008, 02:35:04 PM
I'm John, new to the forum. Finishing up a Rockcliff flying gantry. Should start on the electronics this weekend. Wiring the board, motors, limit switches and getting the computer up and running. I will be using Mach and lazycam. I live in Texas and will be making all kinds of things, but mostly R/C truck parts.

John
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Post by: salsa on October 08, 2008, 03:01:06 PM
Hi
I'm Don.

I have 2 very old milling machines that were originally paper tape machines.

I built an S100 (an original CPM operating system with a Z80 powered chip) and a stepper motor drive 30 years ago.

I also designed and wrote the program to drive it. I cut one part with it.

The computer was unreliable and I tried to convert it to an original IBM PC, but I did not have Fortran for it.

Now I would rather go the easier route and buy instead of building for it.

Don
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Post by: markotime on October 08, 2008, 03:26:28 PM
Have an Emco CNC5 converted to Xylotex and pac sci steppers, using a dc treadmill motor
for spindle as the original was missing.  (KBIC or similar DC speed control).
Manual turret switch, not cnc at this point.
Also have a Prolight mill plus Sherline rotary table 4th axis, all also using xylotex.
HOWEVER, shortly plan to retro both to gecko 250s and 50vdc for added speed.

What do I make?  Hmmmm....
Mainly repair and restoration of antique clocks is what occupies my spare time,
retired EE turned golfer (duffer). 
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Post by: spring on October 08, 2008, 03:40:56 PM
Hi. My name is Randy, and I too would like to stay out of the trash heap. Since I am here, I have a question or two. I have built a small mini 4 axis mill, that I am trying to program, but with no programing training. I have muddled around a little and can make some movements and actually have built a couple of small items. Here is my problem areas:
1. I do not know how to program a circle movement. I have managed to program that movement in 4 seperate steps using x and y positions, and the radius R. Can someone tell me how to make a complete circle?

2. I would like to know also, how do you make repeated movements in x and y but changing the z axis incrememtally. For instance, using a radius of 1 inch, how would you program a mill cut that would cut out .05" on each pass and continue for say 10 passes. These should be typical mill operations.

If some one could write a simple program with explainations I would appreciate it. I do not need any commands for turning on and of spindles or pumps. My machine is fairly simple. I just want to know how to make the thing go round in circles and make the z axis change after each complete revolution.

Thanks
Randy
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Post by: cap-nl on October 08, 2008, 03:45:46 PM
Hello All,

I'm John from a small town in The Netherlands called Zuidland.

I own and run a (ships)model and maquettes building company wich is also my hobby (or is it the orther way around.........)

I do have a small cnc-lathe (EMCO) wich I want to run with MACH so I am in the process of getting all items together and assemble all to get a working machine.

Also, in 2 weeks from now, I will be the owner of a HEIZ S-1000 milling machine with dimensions 1000 x 600 x 110 mm  (approx. 39 x 23 x 4.5 inches), when I collect this machine the manufacturer will install all the software on a pc I bring with me and will make sure all is working correctly when I return home so the next day I can start 'producing'

I plan to use MACH 3 also on a home-made milling macihine (now in process of engineering) with dimensions 3000 x 2000 x 500 mm ( 1"= 25.4 mm )

Besides the WIN-PCNC from the manufacturer and a program called FILOU, wich is to be used in between AutoCad (DXF) and Win-PCNC, I would like to use V-Carve pro, and Artcam Insignia kind of software to create signs etc.  wich are not used overhere as in the UK and USA, but I hope that will change !!

Hope to post here as soon as I have my machine "up and running'

Best to all of you fellow cnc-ers

John van Gent


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Post by: Hood on October 08, 2008, 03:58:02 PM
Spring
 use the wizards, they will write the code for you to do exactly what you are wanting.
Hood
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Post by: Mobob on October 08, 2008, 04:33:44 PM
Hi everyone, I have been using Mach2 for sometime on a co-ordinate table I converted to cnc operation. I am using a Simplycnc 2500 control. My problem is that now I have up-graded to Mach3 all the directions have reversed. I have next to no electronic knowledge and am stuck on what to do. I would appreciate any help regards Mobob
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Post by: Chaoticone on October 08, 2008, 04:48:42 PM
Mobob, in the config tab, top left, homeing and limits. the axis can be reversed their. Can also be reversed in out puts, motor outputs. Can change state of sirection oins from active high to low or vise versa.

Brett
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Post by: Alan A on October 08, 2008, 05:06:03 PM
Hi, My name is Alan, retired from Sydney Australia. I have just done a CNC conversion of a Sieg Super X3 mill. I found the quality of the mill a bit wanting, the Sieg conversion parts did not fit properly as various bolt centres were different. I fitted optical limit switches on Z axis and magnetic reed switches on X and Y axes.  I fitted coolant control with AC solid state switch, a hand held controller was made from a USB Logitech keyboard PCB, tracing out key positions on PCB and wiring them to the pushbuttons. Am runnuing Mach3 software, my hobby is microwave ham radio and want make various mechanical parts. Alan
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Post by: salty on October 08, 2008, 05:08:33 PM
Email says introduce myself  ;D  I'm a full time saltwater wood lure maker on the east coast with no machine shop experience ever and I've jumped into cnc stuff with both feet a few years ago. I'm not on here alot just once in a while to checkout what's going on.
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Post by: woodenspoke on October 08, 2008, 06:19:05 PM
 :D hey I am trying to keep my membership. Mach3 and x2 mini mill. Too busy using the mill to post questions. Generally most question have been asked so it is easy to find answers.


GB
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Post by: rfrennette on October 08, 2008, 09:02:49 PM
My name is Randy and I am new to CNC's.  I was very lucky in getting my CNC.  I came across a local add on Kajiji for a CNC a small company in my home town need to get rid of.  There was no price listed and not really a full description so I decided to check it out.   On arrival, it was bigger than I thought.  8 feet by 7 feet weighing 4500 lbs.  It was not a full CNC to begin with but a 2 axis machine that was used to move poster sheet for ULtraviolet protecting in a print shop.  I knew it had potential.  They had paid $89,000 7 years earlier and needed it moved in 1 week for a new machine coming in.  They wanted $500.  The cost they would recover for the scrap metel if they didn't sell it.  Can you believe that.  The motors on it are worth $1000 each. and the 1.25" ball screws  are worth alot too.  I had to arrange for shiipping.  I waited half a week and the guy said $250 and it was mine.  I bought it and paid $300 to move it to my place.  I was able to strip 2200 lbs off of it and am picking up the 3rd Z-axis I designed from a metal milling shop tomorrow.  I have used Mach3 on the 2 axis' and it works great.  I have 5 controllers also with it.  I will post some more pictures when it is fully operational.
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Post by: GPDC on October 09, 2008, 05:03:16 AM
George checking in....Machine Shop owner, we're an oem for automation "stuff"...I'm on my #4 machine, #2 was a PLC driven dedicated machine, so it's not true CNC as we think of it & the most important thing is that I was able to get into CNC machining w/o a large initial investment for a name machine...and that (and Vetric) nurtures the woodmonger in me so, a large, overdue & heartfelt THANK YOU to Art & Brian for first conceiving and then carrying thru to operating status their wonderful Mach software...and the exact same and more of it goes to Brett, Hood, Benny & all the others whos' brains I picked mercilessly to get to me up & running....George P
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Post by: Chaoticone on October 09, 2008, 07:12:51 AM
Thanks George

Brett
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Post by: gandrade on October 09, 2008, 07:16:41 AM
Hello,  I  do not post on a regular basis because the few times I have posted and tried to help other members with answers to questions etc, I have been slammed by some of the regular posters.  This has not necessarily happened at this forum.  It has happened to me several times in other forums and I have made it a practice not to post unless absolutely necesary.  I am posting this reply because I do not want to be removed from the forum.
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Post by: Chaoticone on October 09, 2008, 07:23:01 AM
We don't tolerate that here. As long as everyone plays nice, no reason for any one to start slamming others. If we see someone being mis-guided, of course we will say something but that should allways be done in good taste. More than one way to skin a cat and perspective's are often different. This form is for open debate as much as anything.

Tell us more about yourself.

Brett
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Post by: Hood on October 09, 2008, 07:27:33 AM
Hello,  I  do not post on a regular basis because the few times I have posted and tried to help other members with answers to questions etc, I have been slammed by some of the regular posters.  This has not necessarily happened at this forum.  It has happened to me several times in other forums and I have made it a practice not to post unless absolutely necesary.  I am posting this reply because I do not want to be removed from the forum.

I am saddened to hear that and as Brett has said that is not tolerated here, please dont let that put you off posting, most here are good guys :)

Hood
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Post by: slyworme on October 09, 2008, 08:25:47 AM
Hi,

My name is Mike.  I've been lurking on the forum for a few months.

Only recently started with CNC though I did milling and turning as part of my RN apprenticeship.  Interests are varied; golf and boating (canal), astronomy, photography and making things in general.  I have an X2 CNC mini-mill with Mach 3 that I use to cut a variety of materials for a variety of purposes.  Currently I am trying to make a wooden clock and have made a few bits and pieces for the boat.

Work as a software tester and have a love of anything technical.

Don't how much I can contribute to the forum but enjoy reading the posts and soaking up the experience of some of the other contributors.

Cheers,

Mike
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Post by: harvard5 on October 09, 2008, 09:50:33 AM
My name is Bill . I've retro fitted a Bridgeport series 1 mill that had a Crusader 2 control to Mach 3 using a 4 axis kit  from Candcnc and have almost finished a 4' x 4' plasma table also using a kit from Candcnc. I haven't finished the 4th axis for the mill yet but hope to get it done soon. Harvard5 is a reference to the WWII training aircraft (AT6 or SNJ in the USA.) which is why I got into the maching hobby was to build parts for a 1/4 scale RC model. The model isn't finished but the maching hobby has sort of taken over!!
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Post by: joesnr on October 09, 2008, 04:06:58 PM
Hi, I'm Joe (Joesnr)

Does anyone have a code for connection to the Boxford 125TCL Lathe?

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Post by: Ian Ralston on October 09, 2008, 04:26:22 PM
Joe,
There are quite a few people running TCL machines on Mach3. Mine can be seen at:-

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Ehit1ip1LfM

Post a new topic in General Mach Discussion rather than this thread and list your problems, you'll get all the help you need to get you started.

Regards,

Ian

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Post by: claude boudreau on October 09, 2008, 07:13:22 PM
Hi,I`m Claude from New=Brunswick , Canada, I`ve  been using mach 3 for about a year , great software  , build my own cnc machine , works pretty good, bought mach3 and bob-cad .Seem to work well together. Keep on routing!
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Post by: moto633 on October 09, 2008, 08:41:32 PM
Hi every one

My name is Nick and I live in South East Ohio. I am new to CNC I have had my Vortech 4x8 router for about 4mos. now and learning more every day.
I watched the mach tutorials about 100 times before my router arrived so I had a pretty good grasp on things for a new guy. I use vectric soft ware and it has made for an easy transition for me to cut parts. I have a small cabinet shop and that was what inspiered me to get a cnc in the fist place. I wanted something to cut out cabinet parts little did I know that there is so much more you can do.

I enjoy my wife and kids and being at home(my shop is in my garage ;D) Ialso like to race motocross hence my user name.

I would like to thank Hood for responding quickly to my first post and trying to help.

Thanks,
Nick
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Post by: BruBeck on October 09, 2008, 09:30:37 PM
Hi everyone,
 I'm Bruce Beckman from Cedartown, GA. I am a tool and die maker, apprenticed in the late '70s and sort of migrated to electronics and motion control because of the industry shift to CNC. Seems to be more than a few like me here!
I have built a lot of motion controlled equipment for manufacturing but still love it as a hobby. I am using Mach at home to control a 5-axis arm and a retrofit Hurco.

My favorite thread here has been the castable machine base, a lot of good brainstorming has went on there!

-bruce
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Post by: gjf on October 10, 2008, 12:19:52 AM
Hi, All,

I have been looking at some of the posts on this and similar sites to get an idea of how things are working with machines that use MACH 3. I have been through a bit of a struggle getting a machine running dependably, and still don't have it where I want it. Purchased from Dynamic Plastic, a small ball screw machine with x, y/A, and Z axes, I worked with it for about 9 months before I thought I had it running dependably. But now the weather has turned colder and just last night it started to act up again. It is stored in my unheated garage and it turned cooler the last couple of nights. The ball screws are tempermental.

I have repeatedly asked for help from the manufacturer, but all he was interested in was my money.

I am a graduate engineer with 40 years of design experience in mechanical and electrical fields and own a small company which builds test instruments. I don't have a lot of time to spend writing blogs. But maybe someone may have an interest in getting some idea of how I have approached getting this machine working.

Before the nine months were over, I had made the decision that if something could be assembled incorrectly, then it was done so in this machine. When I received the machine, the computer ran fairly dependably. That was about all. Jams in x axis, jams in both y and a axes, blown controller  board, lack of documentation, out of square frame construction. construction that forced the x/y axes to be out of square, you name it. An interesting story.

I am now using the machine for small projects, some of which are fairly important to me and my company. It is a small machine. But with the ball screws, it can do some fairly accurate routing. When it is working.

Problems solved:

adjust x axis bearings
adjust y axis bearings
adjust a axis bearings
shim frame to true it.
disassemble x carriage system to correct misassembly error throwing it out of square
test solidstate driver current waveforms. replace and retune controller board.
discover lubrication needed on small stepper motor belts for proper operation

learned to program in G code and have a number of successful programs running.  i would like to hear how people are able to do a little more than write simple linear code. I have written code in C, assembly and basic in the past.

I wonder how people are working with racks and how racks and ball screws compare. Accuracy vs. freedom from tempermental.

Thoughts?

gjf


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Post by: lookout4lpe on October 10, 2008, 08:28:56 AM
Your email said:
"We are going to be doing a lot of housekeeping over the next month in preparation for updating our forum software.  This will be un-noticeable to most, but all members with 0 posts will be deleted."
Post #1.  Will be back after cast is removed. 
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Post by: peterspm2006 on October 10, 2008, 08:55:44 AM
I've been trying to buy the software and some parts to build an xyz machine for years but I have to keep stopping and working. It's the story of my life, get caught up with technology, get behind, get caught up, get behind. It's getting so now information is not so free. As a nation, we're becoming more commercial.
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Post by: Hood on October 10, 2008, 09:06:45 AM
Information here is free and always will be. The only thing you have to do is make one single post to prove you are not a spammer and I dont think that is too much to ask.

Hood
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Post by: zymos on October 10, 2008, 10:07:02 AM
Well I'm not a spammer. Just a happy MACH3 user:)
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Post by: Hood on October 10, 2008, 10:16:05 AM
And you are welcome here :)

Hood
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Post by: peterspm2006 on October 10, 2008, 10:47:30 AM
Hood:
you're right, it's not to much to ask. spamming sucks and ruins it for the rest of us, and for those who pay money for servers and storage and internet access and provide personal time. when i make my xyz machine i will gladly upload tech info, i am a mechanical engineer. I won't be making toys either, i owe, i owe, so off to work i go. and thank God there's a job to go to that hasn't been shipped overseas. yankee ingenuity is our strong trait and forums such as this one further the cause. thank you.
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Post by: Acadian on October 10, 2008, 11:40:08 AM
Hi, my name is Louis. I am a civil servant in Ottawa, ON, CA. CNC machining is my hobby, but with four boys and a job, it is is hard to find the time.

I have just finished build my CNC wood router but I have not got arround to using it much yet other that calibration and testing.
Louis
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Post by: Drawbar on October 10, 2008, 11:41:01 AM
Been a while since I posted, and I don't want to get deleted on the switch-over from inactivity, so I just wanted to say,

I'm still alive and kicking in Northwest Ohio!

And I still do root through this forum every once in a while.

Have a nice day, all!   ;)

Brian
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Post by: Mikromike on October 10, 2008, 12:01:01 PM
Hello Everybody, My name is Mike, I live in Washington State, USA. and I have never posted before. I have been using Mach 3 for about a year on a home built cnc machine to mill circuit boards, with great success. Mach 3 is truly a great piece of software and thanks for all the great ideas and advice that has been shared on this forum...Mike
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Post by: ArmandoM on October 10, 2008, 12:18:09 PM
Hi to everyone.
I'm riding my mill four-axis, the electronics is complete.
I've done tests with Mach is wonderful.  :)
Already bought the three packages of ArtSoft and CamBam.
The my use is hobby.  ;)

Thanks
Armando Marques
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Post by: whwings on October 10, 2008, 03:39:03 PM
hi been around for years started with master5 . i have built 4 axis foam cutter,and a 7x12 lathe , getting up the parts to build a 4x8 router & plaz combo.    Howard Paramore
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Post by: superdave on October 10, 2008, 03:56:06 PM
My name is Dave.  I've been lurking on the forum since it started was one of the first to buy Mach from Art
I just do not post have had a Romaxx machine for 2 years

Thanks
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Post by: Don Faso Aviation on October 10, 2008, 04:25:57 PM
Hi! My name is Julio and I've adopted my late father's nickname: "Don Faso" . He was a humble man with a big, noble heart and appreciated by everybody all over the city. In Puerto Rico where I come from, as well as in other Hispanic countries, the title "Don" is for a very respectable mature person of any social class. We don't follow the Italian meaning of it. I am disabled with traumatic brain injury after being a teacher in P. R. and the U.S. for 18 years. I am barely starting with CNC and it's an uphill battle for me because of my limitations. I am commited to doing it to help the family's budget and help me build an R/C flying model in foam of a circular wing airplane I want to test and patent. I need help understanding what the Machsupport website says that for Mach 3 to be supported in a laptop with a parrallel port (that's all I have and can afford) it has to use one of the external controllers in their PLUGINS section. If that's the case, which is the best controller for a Dell Latitude D630? I'll appreciate your help so very much!!!
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Post by: crabtree on October 10, 2008, 06:11:04 PM
Built my first cnc router a year ago currently converting a Chinese mill love mach3 family of software
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Post by: markg on October 10, 2008, 08:49:01 PM
Hi all, Mark here in Montreal Canada

I did a Rong fu mill drill 3 axis servo & ball screw conversion with Jeff Davis' help three years ago. ( http://www.homecnc.info/cnc-main.html )

Having lots of fun learning how to program and make parts.

My current project is adapting a GM performance parts 2.4 l Quad 4 supercharger kit onto a 2.3 l Quad 4 motor for a Fiero.  A bit on how Mach was used to make one of the main components for the project here:

http://mgertech.com/FIERO-Q4/HEAD-SCHARGER-PLATE.pdf

cheers!
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Post by: gra on October 10, 2008, 09:21:13 PM
Hi,

My name is Gary. I am not new to the group I just have been busy and have not followed it as close as I would like to.
I have two cnc milling machines. The first one is a JET mill/drill that I converted to cnc. I installed ball screws and servo motors to all 3 axes and built the controler box for it using Gecko drives. It is a great little machine.
 My second machine is an older Bridgeport Boss4 that I stripped down and built a controller box for it and used servo drives in place of the steppers that were on it. Again using Gecko drives. I use both the machines and at times have them both running together.

Thanks for the great group.

Gary from Portland Oregon
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Post by: aosty on October 10, 2008, 11:38:21 PM

Hi all... looking to dust off my little CNC mill project and fire it up during the dark season (this winter).


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Post by: mboydraska on October 11, 2008, 12:30:56 AM
Hi to all I am new to the forum but have been around CNC for quite a few years. I live in Iowa USA most my life, hobbies are woodworking, CNC machining, and my kids (7 total - 4 girls and 3 boys, can't leave out 2 grandkids) Needless to say I do not get bored to often. I have built 4 different machines in the last 7 years. I have been running Mach3 just a short time but find it user friendly and probably the best controller out there. I was using Turbocnc in the past - it worked great but I really like ArtSoft products! I  attach an image of my latest machine the design is a Sosylva modified to my specs. I had alot of fun building this one.
By the way most call me Boyd
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Post by: LkLloyd on October 11, 2008, 12:54:02 AM
Hi, My name is Larry. I live in Washington State U.S.A where it rains all the time,
Just saying hello, I am in the process of building my own CNC. I have no experience except I love working with wood. I started seeing some CNC machines and WEB sites and just started building my machine still learning how everything works so I just read  and build, don’t have time to get involved in discursions sorry love to read and learn  ::)
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Post by: bill565 on October 11, 2008, 08:33:15 AM
Greetings, my name is Bill and I live in the Ralleigh area of North Carolina. I work in the facility management areana, but have a comercial controls background, as well as a maintenance stratedgy background. I have been tentatively working on a CNC machine for about 4 years now, and have just been running along in learn mode. I have bene able to produce a few items, but have been working bugs out for the duration. there is so much to leanr that it keeps me entertained when I need it to. Still, I would like to advance a little further, and have been able to make good progress of late.
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Post by: bhincke on October 11, 2008, 09:45:04 AM
My name is Bob and I have been lurking for several years now.  I am an embedded S/W engineer by day and have built two cnc routers in my spare time.   I live in Maryland and use both Sheetcam and Vcarve for hobby projects.
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Post by: simmonsk133 on October 11, 2008, 12:44:09 PM
Hi,
  I bought my copy about 2 years ago and have not done much with it yet. I finally got my stepper card and steppers going.  Now I am
Working on a moving gantry machine of my own design.  I intend to cut copper sheet for my wifes crafts and 1/2" plywood for her also.
  Thanks, Ken
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Post by: Roadkill_321 on October 11, 2008, 12:51:03 PM
Hi. My name is John and I work in the agriculture industry.  I live in Saskatchewan, Canada and have recently built a 48" x 96" MechMate which I use for making signage in my spare time.  I am using Mach3 as the controlling software and I like it very much.  Thanks.

John
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Post by: gfosdike on October 11, 2008, 02:20:19 PM
Hi,

My name is  Gary and I live in the south West of the UK. I work in the Networking & Security side of IT.

I use a Myford Super 7B Lathe for a lot of my work, and I did have an old Chester Milling machine which has now be replaced. I decided to buy a Sieg X3 and then had the crazy idea of converting it to CNC. Not knowing much about CNC, I did some research and started to look and Mach3 for the control side. On the mechanical side, I used CNC Fusions conversion kit with the standard ballscrews and Motion King stepper motors.

On the electronic side, I've used Joc stepper drivers and a CNC4PC breakout board for the interface. My power supply for the stepper motors is home made and is toroidal based.

I've just got it up and running, so far it's working to within .03mm! I'm now converting a 6" rotary table from Arc Euro Trade to use as a 4th axis.

I'm into building Steam models and am currently building a Fowler A7 traction engine in 2" scale. I also fly RC Helicopters, one of which is a turbine powered! I hope the use the mill to build my own model turbines.

Cheers for now

Gary
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Post by: nh_eng on October 11, 2008, 06:52:36 PM
Hi all, My name is Paul. I'm an electrical engineer with too many interests and hobbies including hardware, software, and mechanical design and fabrication. I have a a Seig X2 which I have converted to CNC, along with an 11" Delta lathe, which I have yet to convert. I know very little about machining, but my brother has been a tool and die maker for nearly 40 years. I use my equipment mostly for small work related projects - have generated a lot more scrap metal than I have useful parts, but hey - you don't learn if you don't make mistakes.

Paul
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Post by: Taffy on October 12, 2008, 07:08:28 AM
Hi,
I'm Peter, living in South Wales, (thats the old one).
Have built an Imp machine which runs fine but now building a gantry mill own design.

Interests: R/c models, (Aircraft and boats.) Photography
 A printer by trade, I got hooked on the idea of CnC after seeing A HP plotter being driven by a BBC micro many years ago.
I still have a working "Beeb" but use a PC to drive the milll.

Thanks for a great forum

Peter
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Post by: kak111 on October 12, 2008, 03:24:20 PM
Hi

I´m KAK from Finland.
Born 25.02.1949,
Work in Paper Factory in automation and electric  .....1969
Finnish Airforce in Army   Electrical Mechanical   .....1970
Tech. School  ....1974  Electronics & Automation Engineer
Teacher and Designer .....1978
Freelancer and own company in Service and Desing automation and cnc
Still hanging on in......
           PLC   CNC   Customer Boards & Programming
           Special Mechanics  Special Gearboxes   Special 2-axis spindle heads (like Correa )

Worked and designed with
           Jetter    NUM     Mitsubishi        now on think must check MACH3

Serviced systems  most of all cnc`s  and older special devices

Project for MACH3 is  TOS fabricated carouselle lathe about 198x  full manual control

30kW spindle   about 800mm dia

New mechanics like ball screws  bearing system  more z-axis  maybe 700mm higher   new tool holder and  etc  etc

New axis controls, new spindle control  new cnc system

Maybe put tool changer in this machine too
   

Thank You
Regards KAK
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Post by: imsolidstate on October 14, 2008, 09:08:34 PM
Hey everybody,

My name is Josh, I'm new to machining and Mach. I'm currently working on building a gantry-type machine to make stuff, as I am always making stuff. Unfortunately, It's always with junk equipment like a drill press and a harbor freight cross slide vise. Money doesn't allow much right now. I make due though and have made a few things that didn't look like they came off of a crappy drill press.

Anyway, I've collected a fair amount of scrap material and electronics and I am working the details of my motor drives right now. I have an Ice Station that I am using to house the drives, interlocks, power supplies, etc. I have a rack mount PC case that will hopefully be running Mach 2/3 in the near future. My only real hurdle is how to achieve precise linear motion on a budget. That's tough.

I work for Goodrich in R&D building specialized test equipment. I was previously at Thermo Fisher, building neutron generators, and before that I was an Avionics Tech/ Flight Mechanic for the Coast Guard.
That's me in a nutshell.
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Post by: tonyd on October 15, 2008, 04:42:43 PM
Hi to the group... my name is Tony. I purchased a Romaxx HS-1 and a Mach licence several months ago but i'm way down on the learning curve. I have a small woodworking business and will be using the HS-1 to produce small parts for a commercial customer that produces high end stereo equipment. I hope to use this and other CNC forums to get myself over the learning hump.
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Post by: neilson on October 19, 2008, 02:51:49 PM
Hello,
  I'm still a little shaky on the posting procedures.  I'm a sculptor.  This summer I purchased a Digirout 1000 cnc machine.  I create 3d models using Zbrush.  The G code is made using Cut 3d, and Mach 3 runs the machine.  I usually finish things in wood using the traditional tools.  I'm still very new to all this and since I have found answers to some of my questions in this forum I want to thank everyone.
neilson.
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Post by: jbovinich on October 21, 2008, 02:15:35 PM
Hi, I'm John Bovinich, El Paso, TX. Just finished building my router, hope to do a trial cut this weekend and that's where I need help. I'm new to Mach3/LazyCam and need help!

I have made my drawing in TurboCad 12 in DXF format and loaded into LazyCam. Now what? I don't know what I'm supposed to do in LazyCam to get to Mach3. I see the the post code button to Mach3, then what. If someone could give me the sequence I should use I would appreciate the help.

Thanks,

John
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Post by: crsatter on October 26, 2008, 01:33:48 PM
I am a mechanic by trade. I now teach mechanics at my work our policies and procedures. Air Brake, Hydraulic Brale, A/C, Electrical, Tires & Wheels, and our Preventive maintance program. I got my first lathe 30 years ago a Craftsman 6 inch. Because I needed a Mill to do some brackets I bought one of the Harbor freight Green machines. I was then given a 12 inch Craftsman lathe. Learned a lot by reading books and am still learning. I am into SCUBA and make underwater light housings and battery housings. I recently started making underwater scooters. To date have 6 in the water.

I was in need of something I could do CNC, so without doing as much research as I should olf done I bought a Shopmaster Patriot. I have spent several months of taking apart cleaning, adjusting. I have not had much problem with the disign of the machine. The workmanship is another story.

I have now purchased a CNC kit form Keling. It came with Mach 3 software, I have everything put together. Now it is how do I make it all work. I know nothing about CNC except the theory of how it works.

Have a GREAT day
Craig
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Post by: plasmaman on October 29, 2008, 07:57:48 PM
Hi,

I work at University. I want to organize a course about CNC and would like to use MACH3 for it. I have an issue though, but will post about it some other place.

Cheers
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Post by: 57phillip on October 30, 2008, 05:38:17 PM
Hello everyone I posted here one time before but it must not have taken as I still can't post on other groups,Scott Nichols wrote me a note to tell me to do this post so here I am. My forum name is57phillip and phil will be fine also. I am retired from the autobody mechanical business. I owned my own bodyshop for the last thirteen years I was able to work. I am not to healthy but I do this CNC machine if I ever get it working right or else I am not capable of learning it I don't know but I like it so far it is just not doing what I want it to. A man on this list rewired it from the old DOS system and everything is getting better but I can't get the limit switches and I don't know how the make it go home yet. But I have time I guess. I am into watches and this CNC machine is to do engraving on them. nice to meet you all.
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Post by: Hillbilly9749 on November 01, 2008, 07:29:21 AM
Hello all,
          Thank you for letting me join this knowledgeable site. I am a former cnc setter programmer who has also done fixture design as well as estimating and purchasing and I now make fishing floats for a living in the UK. I am building a machine that will grind the various shapes and sizes of float body from balsa dowel and also put the hole through the centre for the glass fibre stems. I can handle the machine building bit fine but am sure I will need help getting it to run from the Mach 3 software which will come with the router machine when I purchase it. At the moment I have got the spare PC to run it but need to build my balsa dowel holding  "4th axis" before I can finalise the required build dimensions of the modified router and place an order.

Regards - Neil.
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Post by: johnos on November 02, 2008, 06:25:32 AM
Hello,
My name is John. I have worked as a machinist for over twenty years and ran CNC machines first. Seems kind of backwards as learning manual machines is what seems to give you a good idea of how things work. Crashes are less dramatic though ;>)
Now I have a really small CNC router that I am trying to get running. I'm a newbee at programing and that aspect of things. Hope to learn how to get my new toy making parts for a while and then upgrade to a larger machine as the skills needed to make it work would be similar and it will be a little cheaper way to get started. I'm hoping it won't take too long. It seems as I get older some tricks are harder to learn.
I am looking forward to the experience.
Thanks for this forum.
John
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Post by: TRIAC Mill on November 04, 2008, 06:25:24 PM
Hello,
I've just joined the forum!
I'm interested in anything thats got wheels or an engine from a clock to a an F1 car. particularly Stirling cycle engines. I teach engineering skills to the 14 to 21+ age group including fitting, turning, milling electrical and electronics to "A" level standard (UK qualification) I have a small home workshop with all the usual hand tools and measuring equipment, plus a bench drill, small lathe and a CNC milling machine.

The milling machine is the main reason for me joining this forum as it is now getting a bit long in the tooth in the electronics department, the mechanical bits are fine, very accurate and stable but the MTBF for most of the components is approaching fast. Having replaced several of the major assemblies and a multitude of individual components over the past couple of years.

I am looking to upgrade, particularly the computer hardware (currently Z80 based) and the software looking at MACH3 as a potential replacement.

So any thoughts or ideas would be much appreciated.
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Post by: Inna on November 06, 2008, 06:58:26 AM
Hello! My name is Inna.
I leave in Ukraine, work on the RecRobots company as engineer of CNC.
We are produce a cnc machines plasmacut, mill etc.
   
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Post by: Richie800 on November 07, 2008, 07:00:03 AM
Hi My name is Rick.

I am a aircraft mechanic who decided to build a CNC machine to help me build aircraft panels for my home cockpit. My machine is 24" x 14" by 4".

I decided to move my machine to a dedicated computer and I have been having problems ever since.

Typically i don't post to forum because most of the time, someone has already asked the question you intend to ask.

Rick

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Post by: Profpinz on November 21, 2008, 05:32:22 PM
G'Day,

My name is Peter and I'm from Melbourne, Australia.
I'm just about finished my Master's Thesis after many years and I need a new project to fill up all those free hours  ;D, so I've decided to build a combo cnc router and plasma machine.

I've come up with a concept design for my machine, (I'm an Industrial designer by profession) and after reading heaps of Forums and websites etc I have pretty much decided on my electronics, drives etc and software (Mach 3 of course  :) )

It's a steep learning curve but I'm enjoying all of it so far.
I'm looking forward to really getting the most out of the Mach 3 software ..... Seems like a great piece of kit!

Regards,

Peter.
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Post by: Rieks on November 22, 2008, 08:18:44 AM
Hello,

My name is Rieks  living in Emmen in the Netherlands
I am a retired Electronics Technician.
My Hobby is Modellbuilding.
The things I do is building Modell Airplanes and Modell Engines.
The project I'm working on is a 3-cyllinder radial engine after completing a
7-cyllinder radial.
I have a small Lathe and a dito Mill and am trying to make them CNC controled.
My first experiments with CNC I had building a 3-D Router with PCNC and want a more professional Software, so my eye fell on Mach3.
I have my license, and now I'm fighting trough the Manuals.

Greetings to all  Rieks
 
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Post by: mckoz on November 23, 2008, 03:36:08 PM
Hi all, my name is David McKay, and I'm in the process of converting an Industrial Hobbies manual mill to a CNC (Mach3 of course), partially using their kit, and partially my own experience with Automation and Control systems.  I started out in the late 80s doing Automation programming for manufacturing facilities, although I haven't done any programming in 10 years at least.  My reason for doing the conversion, and in fact for getting the mill in the first place is because I have a few ideas about creating some experimental aviation performance parts, AND I really just want to hobby it up a bit.

Anyway, I'm going to use cnc4pc's step and direction board to talk to a vfd, and will probably use one of my old plc's as a modbus slave for certain aspects of control of the system.  As I'm sure most of these projects are budget based (as is mine), I would like to get a recommendation on a spindle speed detection component to provide a closed loop speed control system.  I'm currently planning on taking the speed reference off the top of the spindle shaft, since I've got about 5 inches exposed on the top of the head.

I will also post this as a new topic in General Mach Discussion.

Thoughts and recommendations?

David
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Post by: R.DesJardin on November 23, 2008, 09:36:55 PM
Hello,
I'm new to the Mach world as I just purchased a Tormach milling machine which I should be taking posession of on this coming wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008. I have a AA in Mech. Engineering, a journeyman card as a Machinist and current work as a Eng. Tech. for new product development. I also have just started a part time busness at home hence the CNC mill. I currently have a lathe and mill in my home shop as well as welders, grinders etc. I love design, build, and use. Always something new from automotive to firearms.
Rory D.
www.radesignsproducts.com (http://www.radesignsproducts.com)
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Post by: Goomy on November 27, 2008, 01:10:36 PM
Hello - My name is Michael Goom, hence the Goomy nickname which I have had to live with for the last 55 years since infant school. I live near Bristol England.

I am completely new to the area of CNC as I have only had a working system for 4 days and that is still a birds nest on my workbench. I have been a model engineer for the last 30 years and run the website for the Bristol Society of Model and Experimental Engineers (BSMEE). If anyone is interested it can be found at www.bristolmodelengineers.co.uk . My main interest is in making stationary steam engines and workshop equipment ( I am told I build tools as I can't decide which which 'real' project to get on with next).

The mill I have is a Taig/Peatol mill that I have added the steppers, drivers and Mach 3 to. I sold the idea to my Higher Authority (Wife) as an engraving machine. and now I am a bit embarrassed as I am having problems with the 'Write Wizard'. The code it produces has all the correct number of moves and the z-axis moves as I would have predicted, however all the X, Y, I and J values are zero. As every other function I have tried so far seems to work can anyone suggest which parameter I have not set correctly?

looking forward to becoming immersed in this fascinating area.

Michael


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Post by: miketmbt on December 02, 2008, 09:59:28 PM
Hello.

  I am new to machining..  I have a sherline 5100 running Mach3..  I hope to learn alot from this forum..  I am hoping to carve wax models for jewelry making.
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Post by: gadman58 on December 07, 2008, 12:24:28 AM
Hi all
My name is Glenn Davina.  I have been working with CNC machines since 1998.  I spent most of my first years just programming from models then got into making macro's and then finally fully automating using VB, C and PCI's which are part of the EdgeCAM interface.

The beginning of this year I switch jobs and thought I would not be doing anything with CNC so I decided to see if I could build my own CNC router.  Got a little carried away and ended up building a 4' x 8' cnc router moving gantry style.

I have xylotex 425 oz motors and drives.  Obviously running Mach 3.  The X axis are from cut down linear positioner, and the Y and Z axis are ball screw.
I am only running about 140 ipm on the X and 100 on the Y and Z to much of the old mid range resonance.

It is amazing the amount of knowledge that everyone shares
Thank you
Glenn

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Post by: stitcher on December 13, 2008, 02:36:12 PM
The name here is Brian,  Ive been creating geometry and cutting code at work for about 10 years and am still learning new things.  At work we have both CNC routers and an Eastman cutter (CNC fabric and vinyl cutter).  These machines are worlds apart as far and getting from the geometry to the finished part.
What I am working on as a home project is adding CNC to our long arm quilting machine.  The mechanical aspects are not causing many issues as I worked as a heavy equipment mechanic for 20years.  Where I am having issues is with getting wat works at work to work at home. (does that make any sense)?  With a quilter there will be only X and Y moves, no Z axis and no spindle to worry with as this machine is stitch regulated and stops when movement stops.  I have not been working with Mach and Lazy Cam but for just a few evenings and where I am running into issues is that when I creat a pattern it may be a single block that is 8"x8" or a long string that is 12"x120".
Enough for now I don't want to abuse my first post.

Brian
 
Title: Quilting? Sounds like fun
Post by: DavidCousins on December 15, 2008, 10:32:21 AM
Stitcher,  Are you active on CNCzone, or do you have any build threads to view?   I've been threatening my wife that I'll someday add a longarm to her tool chest.   This is not a very popular subject, so when I hear of folks dabbling in this field, I have to ask questions. 
Dave
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Post by: pocketrocket2000 on December 20, 2008, 04:55:30 PM
Hello, My name is Rocky Jennings I live in Walla Walla Washington. I have a kiwa excelcenter-4 cnc vmc with a fanuc10ma control 16kmemory. I want to see if I can convert to the mach 3 system. Has any one converted a older machine 87-88 to the mach 3 system. Any help would be nice. Thanks Rocky
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Post by: Jammerm on January 03, 2009, 08:28:59 PM
Hi to all, my name is Jerry and I live in Ohio.
I am new here and new to CNC. I do metal casting and want to use a CNC foam cutter to make better patterns. Right now I have a pile of old medical equipment, aka junk, that I hope to turn into a foam lathe.

My problem at the moment is the motors. The wires were cut and I don't know how they are to be wired. They are Superior Electric Slo-Syn motors with 8 wires. Is there anywhere on here that has access to wiring diagrams? I guess Superior sold their steppers to Danaher and they have stopped making this model.

Thanks, this looks like a great site. Hope everyone had an excellent Holiday Season.
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Post by: Chaoticone on January 03, 2009, 10:33:33 PM
Jammerm, this link may help. It is posted in the links section as well, Uncatagorized links, Jones on stepping motors.

http://www.cs.uiowa.edu/~jones/step/
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Post by: Allstar1 on January 04, 2009, 10:24:28 PM
Robert here. I am a facility manager by day for a large healthcare system in the San Diego area. When not working the day job I tinker with machining on conventional lathe mill and now miniature CNC of course! I started a hobby company several years ago dedicated to acoustic drum hardware called Allstar Percussion. It's a labor of love as certainly there's no real money in it, lol.

I started my Mach/CNC adventure by converting a Unimat mini lathe to CNC. I am still getting the hang of the Mach 3 but overall it is a terrific program. Certainly having hours of fun trying to figure it out. I will post pictures in the near future. A big thanks to Overloaded as he helped with the most fundamental problem I was having with setting up the lathe. This stuff makes you feel dumb sometimes.

Any of you who happen to like machining and percussion/drums please check out my website which has my contact email as well.

Thanks,
You guys Rock!
Robert
www.allstardrum.com
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Post by: compmedic on January 10, 2009, 11:44:01 PM
Hello All! Im Darren, im 32 and i reside in Missouri. I just recently purchased a Zenbot with xylotex controller and 24v power supply.
I have always been interested in cnc and will start this janurary for a 1 to 2 year certificate in machining. I plan on purchasing a sieg x2 mill in the future and converting it. I might even try to build my own router. I look foward to posting in the forum.
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: magic1 on January 14, 2009, 02:52:08 PM
HI my name is Rod I work in a machine shop with a fab shop in Maine around 1.5 hrs north of Brian The owner has purchased 2 pieces of equipment , bridgeport&cinn. hbm. Ihave 20 yrs as a machinist the first 3yrs with cnc at Pratt&Whitney in berwick Me. This is all very new to me.I hope everyone will be patience with me (Ikonw you will). This forum is going to be very helpful to me
thank you for having it Rod
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: tubal on January 15, 2009, 04:37:03 PM
Hi Chad
Just joined. Just started on a conversion of a Chester 16V Mach3 based.
Electronics engineer by profession and loco and clock maker in my other life.
cheers Mart :)
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Mojito on January 15, 2009, 06:59:28 PM
Hi everyone,

I'm Ryan.  I work for a lumber company in McMinnville Oregon as a Controls Engineer.

We are using a 6 axis CNC Router to apply custom textures to lumber.  I have designed this machine, and the programs that run on it.  In a previous life I worked on a ESAB CNC plasma table for a manufacturing company in Eastern Oregon.  All in all, I have about 5 years of CNC experience. 

I look forward to learning, and hopefully someday teaching people on this board.

Thanks!

~Ryan
Title: I'm working on the documentation
Post by: Mainer on January 20, 2009, 03:25:40 PM
I'm the person who wrote the new Install/Config guide. Since it's been out for a couple of months and comments about it have generally been favorable, it's probably safe for me to become more public.  ;D

A bit of my background:
I was an engineering major in college. After graduation, I did assembly-language programming for about 10 years, then I wrote manuals for Digital Equipment Corp and other assorted companies for about 30 years. I've also had a home metalworking shop for about the same length of time. I have no CNC equipment, and due to space, time, and budget constraints probably won't, but I think I have the background to readily understand the concepts, to appreciate what matters, and the experience to describe it in an understandable way. 

You, though, are the judges of that. If the documentation is unclear, incorrect, or incomplete, let us know. My experience working with Brian and Scott on the Install/Config guide was very positive. They are committed to having good documentation, which is a refreshing change from the attitude of far too many companies that view documentation as an afterthought or a necessary evil, to be done as quickly and as cheaply as possible. Brian and Scott want to do it right. It will take a while -- good documentation takes time -- but be assured we're working on it, even if it doesn't appear as quickly as you (and we) would like.

It's all Ron Ginger's fault.  ;D  He talked me into it. Ron is helping, too. Ron lives about an hour's drive from me, and I have a standing invitation to come use his CNC equipment when I want to see how something works or test a Mach3 feature.

Steve

Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Overloaded on January 20, 2009, 03:32:25 PM
EXCELLENT work so far on the guide Steve.
Hope you are planning to re-do the TURN guide as well when it's ready.
I'll see if I can get Ron to talk to you about it. ::)  :)
Thanks,
RC 8)
Title: 7ofclubs Intro
Post by: 7ofclubs on January 22, 2009, 01:15:26 AM
Sure I will introduce myself

I just retired from the military after 26 years of service.  I am 46 and planned on staying retired but I just can't do it...toooooo bored. 

I learned about CNC machines several years ago while I was stationed in Korea and studied them intently.  When I got home I bought a HobbyCNC kit, soldered away and built my own homebrew system.  I am really surprised at how accurate the thing is.  I have it down to an accuracy of .001 if my digital calipers are correct.

Anyway, while I was in the military I was an air traffic controll supervisor and cast and sold silver and gold jewelry as stress relief.  I figured with a CNC machine I could make some really cool stuff, and judging from what I have seen from the pix on these forums I should be able too.  I bought Rhino 4.0, taught myself how to use it and then crashed. 

I have been about to cut some things in machinable wax that look really great as practice pieces but nothing that I could or want to sell.  I have tried many different programs: my lastest was using Meshcam to convert .bmps to gcode and then use TurboCNC to cut the wax.  I think my problem might be that I don't have the cutting tool setup correctly.  I found Mach3 and I hope that I will be able to configure it so that I can cut out some medallions.

I have read and reread the manual but I am still missing something....hopefully these forums will help.

7ofclubs
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: MLP F1 on January 26, 2009, 03:56:10 AM
Hi (looking at name tag) uh Marty yep that's it! ok J/k ok don't ban me or anything ok I'll be good!  

Well I down loaded Mach1 or 2 back about 4 years ago or so then paid for the full thing what 2 3 years ago! I Love this Product!!! Great Job Guy's.

Well I started out back then not knowing a thing about CNC or Software Cad Cam I was even kinda new to all of this I guess, but Artsoft helped a lot and well I have been making parts with my Taig and Mach3 and it is just the best and there and others are always willing to help out.

So Hi all I will be the one taking all the info I can from this pool here Never stop learning! plus to much time on my hands and was forced to retire So I make things now.
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: wgkurth on January 26, 2009, 03:33:26 PM
Hi,

Mach 3 world! My name is William.

I'm building a x-y cnc using a Mechtronics 4 axis board, 3 Keling 8 wire steppers (KL23H286-20-8B) and of course Mach 3 software. I'm having problems getting everything working. I'm not sure wheither to set up the steppers series or parallel (2 different wiring configurations). Also I'm not sure if I have the Mach 3 is communicating with Mechtronics board - I'd like to just jog the motors knowing  are connected and functional before I try g-code.

Can anyone point me the right direction to get this going?

Thanks,

William G. (Bill) Kurth
Design Edge, Inc.
www.designedgeinc.net
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: enrique on January 26, 2009, 06:06:39 PM
hello folks my name is Enrique
 I am an artist/signwriter turned jewellery designer working in the jewellery workshop in southport ...i love cnc and aspire to buiding my own machine  i am interested in a gantry type at first becuase i have more uses for one but i also would like to build a nice micro mill (better than the taig i am using at work) with high a frequency spindle, i really fancy a revo but cant afford one and my boss is to .....busy.... to realise the advantage of accuracy and speed .....so i obviously need some CASH to build said dream machine so if any one needs any gcode for 4axis or flat work in return for a few portraits of her majesty
i would be only to pleased to design your company logo or belt buckle in three D.
i also make lovely jewellery so if yer missus is treatin yer well, why not treat her to a nice very expensive platinum ring or pendant for just a few grand.....otherwise just email me with a donation for the poor mans cnc fund ....
well it was worth a laugh ...ill probably be banned now for advertising ...
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: racecarjewelry on January 26, 2009, 09:40:02 PM
Hi,
I'm Daniel and I have been using Master 5 almost since it came out. I recently downloaded the newest version of Mach , but I have not had the time to set it up on my New computer.
 I just started having problems with my old Master 5 and I'm wondering were I can download the last Lockdown version of master 5 . For most of what I have been doing, Master 5 still works great and when I get a chance, I will get Mach working as well. Anyone know where I can download the last version ?

I have a Jewelry casting factory in RI. and primarily use the programs to cut models in carving wax or brass on our 4 axis cnc that we built about 8 years ago...

We do casting and finishing in a large assortment of metals... if anyone needs that, please let me know.

The CNC I built is a highly modified max NC...Built my own control system.  Replaced all the lead screws with high end screws... created guides on the sides of each table so that there is no play . Found a 30,000 rpm spindle with a brushless (belt) drive I bought on ebay. cuts really nice  in carving wax.
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Richard905 on January 26, 2009, 09:42:31 PM
Hi,
My name is Richard and live in Ontario, Canada, I am mechanical designer with 21 years experience, I have one mini-mill and one mini-lathe, and will convert them into CNC machine, that is why I come to this site to exchange ideas with friends.

Richard
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: reign16 on January 27, 2009, 09:15:10 AM
Hello guys i am new here in machsupport, i am to learn everything in your forum...



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Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: pat4cnc on January 27, 2009, 07:22:50 PM
Hi Everyone,

My name is Patrick and I'm very new to Mach3 and CNC in general.  I completed a home built CNC machine in 2008 and I having a blast with it.  I've been doing woodworking for almost 25 years and this was like starting all over again.  Here's a YouTube of the machine...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8oMNGCa60M

I'm off to post some questions...

Patrick
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Odinson on January 28, 2009, 10:35:48 AM
I´m Odinson from Brazil and I've builted my own cnc.
I'm 46. I've got an engineering degree on Radio frequency heaters.
I've build my cnc to make the cliché that will be used on them.
It´s a pity that the mach is not translated to portuguese.

Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: rustybfl on January 28, 2009, 03:27:42 PM
HI every one
I would like to know if Mach3 will support turning on a 3 axis router,
Using a forth axis as a rotating head
I would mount stock between centers just like on an lathe and then use router to shape stock or flute round columns, or turn a spiral leg or whatever, Just like you were using an ornamental mill
Thanks Rusty
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Richard905 on January 29, 2009, 12:47:25 PM
Hi All,
My name is Richard and live in Ontario, Canada, I am mechanical designer with 21 years experience, I have one mini-mill and one mini-lathe, and will convert them into CNC machine, that is why I come to this site to exchange ideas with friends, I am very eager to become active member!

Richard
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Toc Brian on January 31, 2009, 11:35:04 PM
Hi guys......this is Brian from the Taig Owners Club

Wanted to pop in and say Hi and Thank You to Artsoft for Sponsering the Free Mach 3 License Drawing,



Thanks Again
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Silverstreak on February 01, 2009, 12:05:04 PM
Hi, I'm Dale from Michigan. I've been intrigued and following this web site for quite some time. I just retired from GM and now I should have enough time to upgrade some old CNC equipment and who knows, I might need it for another source of income. My stuff is old (mid 80's) but it's just for fun. Equipment in Michigan is cheap so it's not hard to have decent stuff. It fascinates me what you guys are doing. Have fun and I'm sure I'll learn a whole lot more.
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: dfflund on February 01, 2009, 12:54:28 PM
HI Chad

Name is Dan built my first lathe setup have some questions

 z axis is inline with the chuck is it a pos or neg going toward chu
ck x axis tool moving in pos or neg

Thanks Dan
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: etreed on February 02, 2009, 08:43:11 PM
Hello All, 
    Well I have about 2 years CNC VMC experience (at work) and have become trigued with idea of a home cnc mill or lathe, I have a HF x2 mill and 9x20 lathe. I have seen over the years many on various forums convert their small and large home machines to cnc and I have to admit I was rather jealous cuz I really didn't think I had the electro techno skill for steppers and stuff.  I was checking some homeshop vids on youtube by various cnc conversions and got the bug, gotta try it.......  Hoss machine inspired me and I bought a 4 stepper kit and after 10 or so emails with Hoss himself, I had 4 steppers moving on my pc table with mach3 demo .... some kool stuff !!!  Now I just have to save some money for the next step, and hopefully there is a host of info on programing Mach3 properly here so I don't damage anything....    oh, and thank you to the people that made the videos at Artsoft, that is some very helpful info to newbies so we don't bother too many people with common setup parameters and problems !!!       best regards     Eric   
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: rfhracing on February 03, 2009, 05:28:36 AM
Hey Guys
I am very new to this- I am planning to set up a plasma cutter table using Mach3

So far I have been just trying to figure out a few problems with it translating G code that is generated from CamBam.... On one computer, it tranlates  perfectly but on the computer I am going to use for the machine it won't translate- the error saying "radius at end of arc differs to radius at start" appears.

Have any of you guys encountered this before and if so, what's the fix???

Cheers Rob

 
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Post by: Jens H on February 05, 2009, 09:22:43 AM
Hi.
 :)
My name is Jens. I am from denmark. I am a guitarbuilder, and use CNC (Step-four) to many things in the workshop. But now I building on a new Mill, and have buy a mach 3, and servo motors, and hope to get a more reliable/safety and faster/stronger machine.

On my web you can see the guitars I build, and the process.

www.jens-h.dk (http://www.jens-h.dk)
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Foxman on February 07, 2009, 11:39:18 PM
Hi, this is Frank from Victoria, BC, Canada.

Finished my first cnc router build last week and so far its been working ok, however I did encounter a problem today.

First my system:  

3 axis cnc router controlled with the hobby cnc kit (not the pro) with 305oz motors, the controller is plugged into a smoothstepper which is plugged into a aspire one netbook, running Mach 3 and CamBam.

I made a stab a hooking up the limit switches.  Watched the video, hooked it up the safe way (grounded).  The switches work with a slight delay (smoothstepper config?), but also the lights sometimes flicker on then off randomly (this is without any pules going to the motors and the router off).  Anyway, set the ports and pins so the leds come on when the switches are pressed, set the home/limits of my machine (soft min 0,0,-8, soft max 38.25 x 24.25 x 0), set it to home in the neg for x and y and auto zero.  Hit the ref all button and the dro changed but the motors didn't move? checked motors by jogging, motors do move.  Also the display mode button does not toggle between the work view and table view.

Feel free to move this if you have to.

Frank
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Canucks Fan on February 08, 2009, 02:14:57 PM
Hi everyone,

My name is Kevin and I work in a plexi fabrication shop and we have just purchased a 5' X 10' table and router CNC machine.  We are just learning how to use it as none of us have ever used one before.  So far we are picking things up fairly well but we have lots of questions and have been doing a lot of head scratching over some of the things that have been happening. ???

Can someone point me to a board that has pertinent information for our type of work.  We are using Mach3 with Lazy Cam and our CADD program is Punch! ViaCAD 2D.  If I can read through some troubleshooting then I will start posting some specific questions if I haven't already found the answers.

Look forward to contributions.
Thanks
Kevin
Title: Two Questions About Mach 3
Post by: Rennie Johnson on February 10, 2009, 12:45:14 PM
Hi there, I'm new to CNC.  I'm interested in Mach 3.  I have two questions: 

1) Can I use glass scales for closed loop machining feedback during maching.  The manual mentions they can be connected to for manual DRO. 

2) Is there a post-processor available for VisualMill?  I'm considering using this software to convert Solidworks models for machining.

Thanks, Rennie.
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: jagert59 on February 10, 2009, 02:19:07 PM
Hello,
My name is Tom and I am retrofitting a Hurco SM1.
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: ste68blue on February 10, 2009, 04:47:02 PM
Hi, my name is stephen and i work for a sign making company.

some years ago we attempted to create a cnc router table, unfortunatley not too long after purchasing a couple of versions of plans the project was shelved. However, it has now been started again.

We have tried to do a lot of research and subsiquently begun the project again from scratch, incorporating a number of different styles of machine and methods.

I have just purchased a copy of mach3 and are about to have a bit of a play to familiarise myself with the software, in eager anticipation of getting the machine up and running.

I am going to have a good scout through the forums and hope i can post some pics of our progress.

Cheers
stephen
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Outthnk on February 12, 2009, 09:59:43 AM
Hello, My name is Michael (OutThnk) My brother(Robert) and I have neared completion of our plans to build a 5 axis cnc.  Our beast will be able to handle most any material and size.  As a 3d designer I felt this is a natural step for me.  Both my brother and I have extensive background in metal fabrication and are very excited about starting our build.  We will begin Feb 16th.  Plans are to post any and all information we can including video and pictures. Later projects will include an additional 6th axis bolt on.
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: nmvp on February 15, 2009, 05:57:59 PM
Hi my name is Nuno and i started my cnc machine a couple of months , now i am trying to get my electronics running . After that i think i am going to use mach .I have used turbo cnc but mach3 is much better .
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: submarineboat on February 16, 2009, 11:29:21 PM
Greetings and thanks for all the helpful post.  The Mach3 videos have been fantastic for figuring this stuff out.

We got a used 5 x 10 router table and got it working now.  We added on a vacuum table that will double as a water table so we can plasma cut parts for the steel sailboat we are getting ready to build.  The router will do interior foam relief work and foam parts for lost foam casting.  We still have lots to learn about CNC but it's capabilities are wonderful. We are just completing an submarine/jet boat it sure would have been nice to have 4 years ago. Live and learn. :)

Come see our progress at: http://www.submarineboat.com/plasma_router_cnc.htm

Thanks Again
Doug Jackson
www.SubmarineBoat.com



Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: sim on February 17, 2009, 06:05:57 AM
Hi
My name is Simon and i'm lebanese ..I'm really intersted in what you are doing guys and i'm happy to join the group.I'm planning t build my x/y table for plasma cutting
and in front of all these products i'm really confused about what do i need exactly for this application (taking in consideration the price and capabilities ),to run it smoothly..can i get it by usinng the popkeys or smooth stepper?? Do i can get closed loop with match3 by connecting encoders t it??i am using mach3 and downloaded new version..i do appreciate your support..
have a nice day and thanks in advance
Simon
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Post by: benjaminmales on February 18, 2009, 05:16:25 AM
Hello

My name is Benjamin and I am an artist and engineer based in London.

I am interested in this forum as I am looking for ways to use (and abuse) CNC systems.

My background is in engineering and design, having studied Mechanical Engineering (MEng) at Imperial College London and Design Products (MA) at The Royal College of Art.

I design and build installations that interact with audiences via various technologies and am interested in the role that computer control and decision making plays in our world.

www.benjaminmales.com
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: tenhrdaz on February 18, 2009, 10:34:51 AM
Hello, My name is Richard thank you for the invitation. I am a machinist by trade and have had many interesting positions from grunt to supervisor.

Your forum is outstanding and informative, but being a newbie i feel that some things are over my head.

I am ready for retirement and thought that a four axis router would be fun and relaxing....wellllll hello what a shock to find that it's back to school for me.

I hope that when i post i don't seem dumb, I never have run cnc in all of my career. I have tried to read all the posts i can concerning problems i have setting up my table etc. am running Probotix and using the the download Mach3 evaluation.....Have put off purchase until i know it's right and works. initial trials cutting 4x4 squares .040 deep

With that being said thanks again

Richard
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: JigSaw on February 19, 2009, 04:21:30 PM
Well just thought I would finally Register and say hello.

I have been an avid reader of this forum for over a year and just searching has helped me a lot in finding what I needed and setting everything up.

Anyway I would just like to congratulate everyone on what a fine information source this has become.

I have a problem but will post it in the appropriate area.

Thanks Sean



Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: barry wetherell on February 21, 2009, 03:08:35 AM
Hi, guys, new to this "wizardy of things"
I build model aircraft (45yrs) 60 yrs old , thin and working on getting fat.
Looking at making a cnc router
I live in W.A. Australia.  Port Hedland
Ta Barry
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: barry wetherell on February 21, 2009, 03:12:31 AM
What do I need  to make the electronics????? Can I use a XP computer, that the "printer spooler driver" dosn't work, Dunno why, went out and bought a new "set up:   Barry
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: thuyencnccontrolle on February 21, 2009, 04:41:29 PM
HI EVERYONE,
Someone who know how to solve problem: when I typing  at TEACH :G0x1y1 machine move exactly 1 inch both,but when I start loading progam:
     G0x1y1f99999
     G01x.5y.5z-.5
 then machine moved wrong every thing:at screenX:THEY MOVED to long distance seemed over ,all number after dot .0000 it's moved become INCH
so after that I had moving far away very long''Thank you
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: barry wetherell on February 21, 2009, 05:13:45 PM
Hi my name is Benny, the dumb name I have as my forum name is benny spelt backwards. For some reason it has stuck.
I live In Melbourne Australia. I have been into CNC for a couple of years now, and love the fact that a personal computer can drive a CNC machine. Hence my involvement with Mach3.
I have built two CNC router tables now, and get a kick out of seeing a machine that I built, actually cut something. Its a constant thrill for me. ( But then again I am easily amused. )
BENNY, Barry, I amm very interested in your set ups, as I am very new to this process, at least we live in the same country, for ease of local materials, can you help me with what you used    B
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: barry wetherell on February 21, 2009, 05:18:54 PM
 ::) Yennb, can you help ? as we both live in the same country, what materials and electronics did you use, I am new to this so any info would help   Barry
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Hood on February 21, 2009, 06:25:32 PM
Barry please start a new topic rather than asking  in the introducing thread, you will get a lot more help that way as not everyone reads this and it is meant just as an introduction thread rather than for  asking questions.
Hood
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Project guns on February 21, 2009, 07:12:54 PM
Hi All, new to this cnc stuff, been an old schoolturn the crank, machinist for a lot of years. we got the little mill to do engraving on the guns we build. hopefully we will move on to a bigger setup in the future.
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: dcheeks on February 22, 2009, 08:43:29 AM
Hello Everyone,
My name is Darrell from South Carolina. Just bought my first CNC yesterday (2-21-09) Looking forward to learning from this group and hopefully in the future I will have a little input for the group.
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: dbi on February 25, 2009, 01:31:45 PM
Hi,
My name is Hamilton, I live in Ireland. I bought a manual Sherline Lathe a few months ago and been having great fun with it. I now realise that on a lathe you can only make limited things. I also have a friend who wants some items made for the photography field and to do them I need a mill. So I have taken the plunge and ordered a CNC ready Sherline 5410. The Gecko G540 unit came by Fedex today. I am amazed at how small it is!! So the steppers and mill should appear over the next few weeks. I have an old Toshiba 4600 Laptop so I put Mach 3 on it and I'm getting an excellent rating with driver test. Does that mean I should get satisfactory results with Mach3? I spent a while optimising it (I'v been in IT for over 40 years) so I'm hopeful, but if not I'll find a desktop around here somewhere. I would love to hear from anybody else in Ireland working with Mach3.
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: micky on February 27, 2009, 04:27:47 AM
Thank you for letting me join the forum, I am a cnc setter programmer by trade but have been made redundant. I have a denford star4 lathe and a denford star mill and I am trying to get them working on mach3, but have a lot of problems hope to get some advice from the forum. My hobby is making live steam engines, and I live in St Austell Cornwall. Regards Micky Hobbs. 
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Post by: Marshall on March 02, 2009, 01:52:25 PM
Hi
I'm Hannes (Marshall). I'm from South Africa. We built our own cnc machine. I use Sheet cam & MACH 3.
It works very nice. I do however have some difficulty. I really hope someone can help me.

I have posted the questions on FAQ as well, but here they are.

I have a problem setting the number of piercings my machine does before returning on a mo 1,
where do I change this setting and to what do I change it? Currently I can do only 9 piercings when it returns on mo 1.

Could you please tell me if it is essential to earth the plate, or can the earth be on the cutting table, I am using a water bed.

I also have a problem with sheetcam not recognizing fonts. I use Auto Cad 2000Lt. I export the text to dxf, but sheetcam does not recognize the font.

How do I set the pierce delay in Sheetcam to work? I have set it to 10 seconds, but it still only pierces and start the run. No delay!!!

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Post by: thaswell on March 04, 2009, 05:28:31 AM
I accept your gracious welcome!

     I am Tom Haswell and I reside in Bowling Green, Ohio, USA
     By profession I am a semi-retired newspaper publisher of a paper that has been in the family for over 100 years so you could say I was born and raised in the industry.  I spent much of my time on the mechanical side of printing first on the old hot metal Linotype machines and then running the press.  As we moved into computerized offset printing I became interested in computers.  My hobbies include anything mechanical from building model steam engines to woodworking.  My completed projects list includes everything from doll houses to log splitters with a home made tractor thrown in for good measure.
     I started working with CNC back in the early 1980's.  A friend with a commercial woodworking shop purchased a Digital router and I helped him get started with it. He later retired and I bought the machine.  It has very little time on it. Think "like new".  I have it set up with the original Anaheim Automation controller running with Bobcad.  
     I am currently getting prepared to switch it over to MACH3 and am looking for all the information and advice that I can get!  This of course is what brings me to this forum and I look forward to meeting and sharing ideas with everyone that I can.

                 Thanking you in advance I am .........
                                                                     Thomas M. Haswell
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Post by: dmelacom on March 08, 2009, 03:25:13 PM
Hello Guys

I'm new here. I'm hoping to learn how to convert my old lathe to run mach3 with new drives and such. it currently has an old bandit control
so the steppers and ball drives are all setup very nicely.

I'm going to start a new post asking for some hand holding as I can certainly gain much from what I've read on your forum.

Osh

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Post by: Fastfretter on March 09, 2009, 11:40:52 AM
Hello my name is Mike, I'm new to CNC and going about it the entirely self taught trial and error route. I'm just working on dailing in my machine and looking forward to gettting everything running smoothly. Hopefully MAch3 will make this possible.   :)
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Post by: SXYGRAMPS on March 18, 2009, 05:42:15 PM
I am new to these types of forums, and experiencing great difficulty navigating them. Anyway here goes. I own a medium size milling machine. It had Anilam controls Crusader II to be exact. They went out and I decided to try a pc control. I went with Cam soft and the Galil control basically because the support for Mach was so hard to get to.  Everything was going fine till I lost the dongle. I want to proceed with Mach software using the Galil control. Heck if a person can configure one of those he can figure out how to use this forum. so far all I have figured out is how to reply. There seems to be no clear path to a post new button.
    I also have a couple of lathes that will be next. 3 in fact 2 are stepper with an open loop system. One is a high end Emco Mayer commercial cnc with Seimens controls. Where is the best place to get step by step instructions to begin. Thanks in advance.
Jimmy Haskins
San Antonio Texas
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Post by: ckindon on March 23, 2009, 09:17:50 AM
Hi,

My name is Chris, I live just outside of Atlanta  GA.  I'm a tool & die maker by trade, into all things mechanical and electronic and the satisfaction that comes with creating.  I'm currently building a plasma table and retrofitting and an old lathe to cnc, except i've came across a Bridgeport TC3 machining center with no control that has intrigued me.  Could anyone tell me if Mach would be a viable solution to control a machine like this ? Thanks in advance,


Chris
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Post by: john123 on March 23, 2009, 10:17:07 AM
Hello,

I am from the Netherlands and i work already some time with Mach 3 it`s a very nice software that can be used for many things i use it for my cnc router table .
My table is 2440mmx1500mm and i have a HF spindle motor and the motor for the axes are servomotors i can remove the halve floor of my table to use it for a plasma cutter .

Check the website to see what i do, it`s in Dutch's but if you go to gallery you can see some picture`s .

www.CNCworks.nl (http://www.CNCworks.nl)
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Post by: RHOLLIDAY on March 29, 2009, 04:54:52 AM

Hi,

I am converting a Sharp Manual mill to CNC. Just got my licence for Mach3. Hope to have the X and Y running today.
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Post by: mononcle on March 29, 2009, 02:44:25 PM
HI.

My name is Yves and i am French Canadian living in province of Quebec.I am a 30years experience in maintenance machinist and a new student in CNC after being forced to retirement (close shop).Even after 30 years,I still in love with my job.So,recently i acquire an old Bridgeport BOSS 7 R2E3 who need some repairs.And more, yesterday my teacher ask me if I have some interest in the Bridgeport BOSS 6 they have because they need space floor and they plane to scrap her.I cannot let them to do that, so I say a very big YES, she is showroom condition.Now,I think to a retrofit for her but before i want to know if some body have a good and complete formula to operate her under Mach3 without extensive modification.Somebody can help me? Thank a lot and forgive my poor English.
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Post by: ardona on March 30, 2009, 09:53:41 AM
Hi..,
My name is Ardona, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. have been retrofiting 1 lathe, 2 mill, and build 2  router and 1 cnc oxy cutting. Router and ocy cut build with aluminium extrusion, BOB is DIY with buffer and opto isolator, working with stepper so far, and waiting runing with dc servo and ac servo.

Saluut for MACH3 Team
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Post by: OB Cues on March 30, 2009, 10:20:21 AM
Thanks!

In all honesty, I did not know this forum was here!

My name is Royce Bunnell. I own OB Cues, a manufacturing company that produces pool cues and pool cue shafts which are distributed world wide.

I currently have 4 machines using Mach 2 or 3, and they pretty much run 8 hours a day 5 days a week. I started with Mach2 several years ago and have had so few issues I have had no need to come to the website for help.

Right now all my machines use Xylotex drives, but I have plans to convert a machine lathe with gecko's and big motors some time this summer.

I will have to spend some time reading through all the topics here. I hope to learn something along the way, and maybe I can contribute some too.

Thanks for the welcome!

Royce Bunnell
www.obcues.com
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Post by: innsoft on March 31, 2009, 04:25:28 PM
Hello World,  I am new on this site and I am new to CNC and of course to Mach 3.  I am trying to figure out how to calibrate my Taig mill (that I purchased used).  Currently when I use the jog feature to move the table, when I move the table in the X direction an amount that I measure by hand as 4.0 inches then the DRO says that I just moved 38 inches.  Is there an easy way to correct this?
Thank you

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Post by: Ellard on April 01, 2009, 01:56:35 AM
Hi all

My name is Ellard . I am a welder by trade and am just setting up a cnc plasma table. I got hooked with
the idea of setting one after they got one where i work.kinda differant Computers and riding my Harley
are 2 of my things to do and i am very excited with setting up my cnc table and doing some graphics.
I do have one question in as i have been just setting up i had all my motors hooked up and after a little
bit my Y axis motor gets quite hot ... any thoughts .
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Post by: innsoft on April 02, 2009, 01:01:08 PM
Hello World,
  My name is Dan and I recently purchased a Taig Mill that I have been experimenting with it in my spare time the last couple of months.  One problem that I have in trying to get started is that the readings in the DROs is way off.  All that I have learned to do so far is to use the jog feature and when I try to move the head of the unit manually in any axis then the readings are way off.  If I move 4 inches it will tell me about 30.********* inches - anyone that could help I would appreciate it. 
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Post by: BarryB on April 03, 2009, 11:03:12 AM
Hi folks, I'm a newbie here that's building my first cnc machine.  My background is in visual effects production.  I'm now getting into industrial modeling, and have always wanted a cnc machine to extend creativity.  The machine I'm building will be 6 axis.  I know a little ambitious, but I am getting help from a friend that helps run a large cnc shop.  My main medium will be wood and some occasional soft metals.

I'll be asking a lot of stupid questions on the forum, I'm sure, please bear with me;)

Barry
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Post by: mastersniper on April 09, 2009, 02:55:01 AM
Hello,
   My name is Mark and by profession I am a programmer (Delphi, C, SQL)/DBA but dabble in photography, astronomy,  some electronics and riding my motorcycle.  I recently purchased a Taig DSLS and I am coming to grips with the whole CNC thing primarily as a way to prototype PCBs but also for making some parts for my other hobbies.  So far made a few tooling plates from HDPE and 6061, a hand full of t-nuts from some 1/2" bar 6061 I had and done some PCBs and some engraving little name plates and stuff.   

Mark
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Post by: Tallrs on April 10, 2009, 01:05:19 AM
Greetings everyone,
Randy here from Southern California like to say thanks for letting me join your group. I'm a Chief Engineer for a major banking data center and have enjoyed the art of metal working for quite some time. Have done just about every thing you can do with metal from tig wielding Alum to machining parts so small I needed a microscope to see what I was cutting, it probable was just my eyes going bad. Ever Oct. I get to take off work for about three weeks to put together a haunted house for Halloween and make all kinds of animatronics to scare the living, lots of fun.
Happy Mach3..ing
Randy
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Post by: pedja on April 11, 2009, 03:19:38 AM
Hi, I am not new in CNC community mainly watching whats happend around waithing for enough free time to make my own working machine.
My first try was Zoltar but never finished. Now I am very close to Machmate or similar construction plasma cutter.

Pedja
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Post by: 59caddy on April 11, 2009, 09:59:09 AM
Hello my name is Bert, i live in southern Ontario,born and raised in Holland,Carpenter/cabinet maker by trade,I got into cnc because of my other hobby RC helicopter/plane/boats/Jets and just finished building my Rockcliff cnc router, I'm in right now trying to set up my machine,CNC i don't know a thing about it and have to read a lot and try to understand everything before i am ready to cut something on my machine.
I hope i can find the support here that i am going to need,i will search the forums and try to find answers before asking them


59caddy
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Post by: 59caddy on April 12, 2009, 10:07:55 PM
Hello again,

I have been looking thru this forum trying to find step by step instruction on how to set up my rockcliff cnc router in mach3,if it is or if some one can point me in the right direction that would be great



thx caddy
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Post by: musicmaker on April 14, 2009, 03:18:19 PM
Hi --

I got introduced to our company's CNC router under what turned out to be rather sad circumstances; as I just was starting to learn to us it, our owner and primary user of the CNC machine found he had terminal cancer and has since left us.  In the last month of his active life I took a raft of notes and learned something of what he knew, but there continue to be gaping holes in my knowledge.

The company I work for makes musical instruments -- concertinas -- and we are using the CNC router for some of the parts. I've got a background in software, but I'm really enjoying a second career where I get to use little tools I made myself out of paper clips and odd chunks of wood with nails stuck in and bits of leather and scrap pieces of spring steel.  So I was rather dragging my feet about getting involved with computers all over again, until it became necessary.

Judy
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Post by: SpicySkier on April 14, 2009, 11:19:26 PM
Hi All,

My name is Steve and I've had a New Hermes Vanguard 3400 engraver for a while. The EP module blew and that was it. I was tired of the DOS based engraving software. Ripped out all the wiring, rewired to a new motor controller and now have Mach3 running the table doing more than just engraving. I have fallen in love all over again! Thanks Mach 3.

Cheers,

Steve.
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Post by: rodbuster on April 14, 2009, 11:37:12 PM
Hi,
My name is Clifford Paulson, I'm now retired.  I spend my working years as a orthopedic shoe maker and as a prototype machinist building medical devices for heart surgery. all machining has been manual (conventional)machining.  I have bought from a trade school a Bridgeport Boss 6 Series 1 with a dead control.  

I really need some guidance.  I want to retrofit this machine to a PC base control but have no idea where to start. The machine is 3 axis powered by sigma 8 wire steppers.

Y/T Cliff
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Post by: gadget47 on April 16, 2009, 02:03:14 PM
Greetings !
    Bob is my name and I got involved in cnc to enhance my DIY metalcasting/machining hobby. I started about a year ago in cnc and built a Rockcliff A-1 wood router (12x12x3" table) and recently a D-I moving gantry from the same company plans (24x36x5" table) Having lots of fun and making lots of "Stuff", always looking to improve my skills. I have some pics and videos on youtube if anyone is interested. I also have lots of questions......:)

gadget47
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Post by: olebandit61 on April 20, 2009, 04:57:28 PM
Hello everyone,
My name is Tony I'm a Truck driver by trade and I am new to this, just ordered plans to build today. Been a woodworker for yaears, the banjo that I play I built myself and am in the middle of building my 1st fiddle. Its hard to imagine all the things a person can do with one of these if he can learn to run it and I can't wait to get started. I try not to ask to many stupid questions and hope to talk to all of you.

Tony
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Post by: Greggarriss on April 26, 2009, 04:52:49 PM
Aloha,

 I'm Greg and just ordered a Romaxx WD-1 CNC router.   In my former life, I was an engineer  with Boeing and helped develop a lot of their robotic assembly and inspection systems. Now I run a Bed and Breakfast here in Hawaii and am helping a group of local artists get rid of some of the tedious stuff so they can get back to being creative.  I have some interest in furniture building too. Nice to have a place to chat and ask questions of the more experienced.
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Post by: RobertMach on April 28, 2009, 04:01:48 PM
Sorry to bother, New to this type of posting, but can't seem to understand how to post a question.

Did a test of software as video suggested, got message that says "pulsing too fast"

Any suggestions plus help on how to post

Thanks,

Robert Mach  at  robertmach@hotmail.com   

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Post by: eugeneb4 on May 03, 2009, 02:26:27 PM
Hi,
I'm Eugene.  I just registered and did a search on the boards for which CAD program people are useing.  I am wondering if anyone can guide me in the direction of an affordable CAd program.  $3K is just way out of my price range.  I was thinking more in the area of 100 to 150 or so.  Any ideas?
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Post by: Budman55 on May 07, 2009, 07:51:43 AM
Hi All,

My name is Buddy.  Have not been on for a long time since I was on temporary assignment in Naha, Okinawa, Japan.  The last time I was on this site was when I think the Forum and car club I was in EFI Unlimited, here in Hawaii.

I enjoyed that club very much as we did a lot of cruises together and had a great time.  Not sure if nay of those members are member here.  I hope so and I look forwarded to reading mor info from this site.

Buddy

2000 C5 Mag Red coupe, license Buds2K
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Post by: Chris.Botha on May 07, 2009, 11:41:17 PM
Hi Guys!

been a while coming..

 have had mach3 up and running for a while now, cutting jewelery models on my minitech4axis and figured its about time i get on over here and peek under its hood..

regards
Chris :)




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Post by: Overloaded on May 08, 2009, 12:14:19 AM
Welcome Chris,
  Glad you're here.
How bout posting some of your CNC handywork and pics of your rig in the Show n Tell section.
We are always eager to see new setups......new to us anyway.

RC
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Post by: Chris.Botha on May 08, 2009, 12:25:57 AM
no worries will get to it soon.. busy trying to force regular XP to read a XPMCE remote so i can jog my mill with it.. im left handed in a right handed workshop and everything is back to front! 

not winning the fight.. but i dont go down easy...

;)



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Post by: J Law on May 08, 2009, 11:09:25 AM
Hello
My name is Jim and I live in Ohio and I have build a CNC machine and have it running.  I purchased the Mach3 and Lazy Cam program and I am now trying to load something into my machine and I can't seem to be able to load a DXF file from Lazy Cam. 
I could use some detailed instructions. 
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Post by: Overloaded on May 08, 2009, 12:42:21 PM
Hello Jim and welcome to the forum.
Look through the various topic boards and post you questions in the most appropriate ones.
You might post your particular DXF file and your question in the LazyCam board.
Some pretty slick dudes there that can help.
Welcome again,
RC
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Post by: frmoul on May 09, 2009, 07:38:36 AM
Hello all,

I'm Freddy, Frech guy.
I'm finishing a CNC machin (850 * 350 * 150 stroke), all in aluminium and drives with step motors + motor drivers + ncpod + mach3.
I'll use this to mill mold for glider making and plenty of wood part to make toys, decorations, and so...

The mechanical part is ready to use. The electronic is ready to use to : have to set up that : problem are here !!


If you want more information about the problem, go here :

http://www.machsupport.com/forum/index.php/topic,11451.0.html

Regards
Freddy
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Post by: Teyber on May 10, 2009, 02:19:39 AM
hello all!

my name is Reed Teyber and i live just outside Los angeles(california- usa)

I am 17 years old and am a high school student(junior). i have a cnc converted x3 mill but need help setting up mach. I have a 8x12 lathe also (from harbor freight) that i promised myself once i get my mill up and running (i.e. i learn how to use it pretty good) im going to convert the lathe to cnc.

Im into building and overclocking computers, building super cold cooling units, programming in java(but not very good at this), golf(~ 9 index) and machining.

Hope to learn some good stuff here!
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Post by: shedfull on May 12, 2009, 03:05:01 PM
Hello all,

My name is Lee, I live in Yorkshire, England.

I do electrical installation for a living, though have done welding and telecomms rigging amongst other things.

I have a hobby workshop at home with a load of ebay finds, all manual machines 13x40 lathe, 42x12 Cinci Mill, a 10" shaper, cuddly toy,
bandsaw x2, welders, etc, etc.

I'm  thinking of converting a new asian Lathe to cnc, at the mo I don't know how all this stuff goes together but I'm gonna lurk and learn.

Lee.
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Post by: Overloaded on May 12, 2009, 03:08:30 PM
Welcome Lee,
    You've come to the right place.
Fire when ready.
I like your handle too, might change mine to "ShedRunnethOver" lol
Regards,
RC
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Post by: Rick_L on May 12, 2009, 03:38:13 PM
Hi, my name is Richard and I've just purchased a CNC router from Marchantdice.

It's taken three weeks of my [spare] time to set the machine up, I've no experience of CNC and I didn't realise there would be such a big learning curve.  It's a shame that there's not a shortened version of Mach that allows you to drive the CNC without all the frilly bits!  I'd like to draw a few lines on the screen and have the cutter follow that path but I need to learn G-code and LazyCAM first.

But I'm getting there!
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Post by: Hood on May 12, 2009, 03:39:42 PM
No need, just enter a few numbers in some of the wizards and you can see it do its stuff ;)

Hood
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Post by: jam1962 on May 12, 2009, 11:27:15 PM
Hello to everyone.  Im new to a lot of this CNC stuff but learning.  Just about got my machine done, trying to fine tune it  so here i am looking for suggestings and ideas. 
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Post by: Paulcam on May 15, 2009, 04:13:59 AM
Hi my is Paul.
I am based in the uk. I am looking for advice on which controller to use, my project is a 6 axis robot. Any help in choosing one will be most appreciated
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Post by: Chris.Botha on May 15, 2009, 04:31:59 AM
hello you guys, im new here myself, but i do think you fell into good company! lots of knowledgeable folk who are happy to help!
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Post by: mt3 on May 15, 2009, 08:44:44 PM
I think I've joined before but lost my notes on p.w. and name, but now that I've finally built my HF mini-mill ( Hoss) conversion and my demo of Mach3 is running great, I need to research a bit and figure out if I can control my 4th axis "A" to be controlled by degrees using steps / settings.... is that possible ?? 
   I set my steps / to  200 just for testing purposes, works great,  --->  g0 A 1.0  rotates the axis 1 rev nicely, rather aggressively but not bad....  but isnt  "A" supposed to be degrees,  I've noticed in the config / gen. config  area, over to the left near the top it has the following:

Angular properties
    Unchecked for Linear
A-Axis is angular
B-Axis is angular
etc  etc   

so.....exactly what does this info imply ..?  thanks for any input....
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Post by: Mitchell_a10 on May 16, 2009, 09:49:14 PM
I'm kenton. I've been using a Taig 20i9 manual machine for three years creating jewelry, building & fixing anything! I missed it the day i sold it but due to a basement flood soaking my shop. With intention to rescue it,  I sold it to a good home. Now, all cleaned up,  I own a DSLS300/Mach3...first-time CNC'er. I completed all setups and connections but am without Mach 3 control of the servos. I'm troublreshooting as of this writing. -KPF
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Post by: fuelsguy on May 21, 2009, 05:56:09 PM
HI,
 I'm new to CNC, just got my router running although I still have some problems.
Background: Mech/Aero Engineer, retired, model airplane builder/designer/crasher and occasional artist. I wanted to get into CHC woodworking to make RC airplane parts but see the bigger scope of doing wooden sculptures etc.

First question, where do I post a question in this forum to separate out Mach3 from the electrical mechanical parts of the router?

Ivor
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Post by: Flyrobby on May 23, 2009, 06:06:15 PM
Hello everyone, I'm new to the site and it looks great. I have Mach3  loaded (running Vista no probs yet) and have been playing with it some, pretty cool so far. I will be starting the wiring soon using the Gecko 540, KL/600 48V power supply and NEMA 23 318oz and 387oz motors. I have some E Stop and limit SW questions but will ask them in the proper section after I do a little research. I have a strong mechanical background so doing the mods to my X2 mini mill shouldn't be to bad but I will definitely need your help with the wiring.
 Thanks for the great site and allowing me on.
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Post by: DwightG on May 24, 2009, 11:45:57 PM
New here and new to home-cnc.  Recently bought a Vortech 4x8 with ATC and am struggling to learn it and make it go.  I expect to be the source of a lot of dumb questions.

My background is as a mechanical design engineer with a lot of product design, machining and tooling experience.  Just weak in the cnc computer jargon area.

Hopefully this will be more fun than frustration :)
Dwight
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Post by: PG Signs on May 26, 2009, 06:39:51 AM
Well this is my first post and I just got my software loaded yesterday. I am building a cnc router for my sign business. It has a 50" X 100" work area with room for a rotory axis at the end. It moved under it's own power for the first time yesterday afternoon. Looks like a great deal of information and knowledge here and I hope to use it often.
Thanks
Jimmy
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Post by: tinyron on May 27, 2009, 11:02:24 AM
Hi, Im Ron From Australia, Am New to CNC and am having troubles Not very computer literate but am impressed with the boudless tasks that can be done with CNC. I have purchased a board and downloaded Mach3. The Computer I have does not have a Parallel Port so I have had to Purchase and fit a pci EPP/ECP Paralle Port. When I open the device properties there is no Resorces tab to find the allocated I/O Address. However, there is a multifunction device tree with the correct numbers of the card and comes up with an address in the resource tab but this still will not get my unit to work. When I do a port settings check the stepper motors jump briefly, so I know they get a signal at some stage. I have followed the manual for mach 3 to no avail with the address. Can any one help please?
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Post by: Jack Hoffa on May 28, 2009, 02:33:35 PM
Help !! I have been running Mach3 for quiite awhile-Computer dumped-bought a Compaq Presario (wanted XP)with no Parallel port but I ordered a plug in parallel but this little computer has no plug ins
This is probably an old question but is there any way to run Mach3 w USB ports ???
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Post by: errik_d on May 28, 2009, 08:51:02 PM
Hello all... I am an industrial maintenance technician/electrician/programmer of 30 years or so, and lately have come into the cnc/motion-control realm. I have used Turbocnc and  EMC2 on my hobby cnc-router at home. I needed to find something windozey for a project at work and happened upon Mach 3... I like what I see and am using it for my current project!
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Post by: JFH on May 29, 2009, 02:22:46 AM
Hi all,
I new to this Forum, I am in the process of gathering all the bits and peaces required to build a 3 axis Router Table which I want control with Mach3 and I am a total novice and have a lot to learn,


Regards,

John Hansen
Melbourne, Victoria , Australia
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Post by: bill-the-cat on May 31, 2009, 06:33:51 PM
Hi,  New to MACH 3.  I've viewed the video tutorials, and am interested in learning more, so I'd like to check out this forum.

Bill Shubert
Peoria, IL
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Post by: avongil on June 02, 2009, 10:02:16 PM
Hi everyone, I am based in Bedminster NJ

I am building a 6 axis robot out of printed plastic parts.
Here is my progress so far.  It works really well. Thanks for all the help!

http://www.alvarogil.com/cadcam/robot/index.html

It just came alive today, But in the upcoming weeks we will program it using Robotmaster inside of Mastercam.

Al

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Post by: tomas1943 on June 03, 2009, 10:47:16 PM
Hi everyone:
My name is tomas.    I have a small sign business in Vancouver Canada.  I just finished building a  small 4'x4' hobby cnc with the purpose of cutting letters and logos o wood, cintra and aluminum.  This is a dificoult experience but a fascinating one to be sure.  I am learning Mach3 which I find to be great to learn even for a layman like me. 

My only problem has to do with the limit SWs,    No mater what I do they keep getting triggered by the noise interference.  I use shielded cables.  I rise the debounce to 10,000 with some improvement,but still the SWs  gets triggered unexpectely.  Could I rise the debounce much higher? will it affect the functioning of the machine?
Perhaps one of the memberes can help me with this.

I  will be very happy and thankfull to hear from anyone

Thaks.

Tomas
I was noticing that as of this writing we have 2795 members and have only heard from a couple of hundred and an even smaller number of regular posters.

So if you are new around here please post and introduce your self.  You could give a little on your background, hobbies , how you ended up here, whatever!

This is a site to help with mach. There is a great talent pool here already but this is a community driven site and we would love to hear from the silent masses ;)

So stand up and say hi!!

Thanks,

Chad

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Post by: slowride on June 05, 2009, 10:28:50 AM
Hello everyone,

I am new here and looking for information on controlling a Southbend Magnaturn 612 with Mach software. Can anyone give me info on this?

Thanks
Randy
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Post by: kolias on June 05, 2009, 08:13:44 PM
Hi to all
I'm new to CNC and in the process to build my 1st machine. I'm retired now, worked all my life in the industrial engineering filed design/build plants. I hobbies now are woodworking, computers and home renovations.

I just bought MACH3 and I love it. In the process to learn how to use it

Thanks
Nicolas
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Post by: xLindsay on June 12, 2009, 08:38:59 AM
Howdy,
I'm xLindsay (real name Lindsay) from Chattanooga, TN. USA. I have a CNC router table 4' X 8' that I used to use in the sign business. Have a plasma table under construction. Have only a little experience with Mach, need to learn more.
Lindsay
Title: Introducing myself as requested!
Post by: revwarguy on June 12, 2009, 12:42:08 PM

Hello,

I am new to this stuff as of March when I went to a woodworking show and saw a "Carvewright" there.  I loved the idea of it (I am not new to computers - I started when the user interface was punching holes in cardboard.) but I thought that machine was too much money for what you got.

I returned home and spent a lot of time learning what's happening here, and bought my Mach license bundled with Cambam.

My router table build log is at http://www.liming.org/cnc

I would love to hear any comments on the router table or the website log.

Real Soon Now I should be posting my own obligatory First Cut movie on You Tube, if I can only figure out why the motors wont' turn!

I must say I've really enjoyed the process of building this thing!

Thanks to Art, and everyone who makes this stuff possible!!!

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Post by: hollyfox on June 13, 2009, 08:56:14 AM
Hi Everyone. I have a small 3-axis router purchased off of Ebay and use it to do prototyping projects for a pond equipment company. I did not expect to have to use this forum since my machine worked fine for months on Mach3. then I moved and now none of the motors move so I have been reading some of the similar problems and getting some ideas. I'll write more in the main forum. Thanks for the opportunity to pick eveyone's brains for answers and, if I have some help I can offer, I look forward to helping.

Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: xLindsay on June 15, 2009, 08:21:39 AM
I'm new, from Chattanooga, TN USA. I have a 4' X 8' CNC router table that I purchased used and a larger table that I intend to use for plasma, it's under construction. Also, I'm having trouble figuring out how to start a new thread, I have some questions I want to ask. If someone would help me it would be much appreciated.
Lindsay
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: hollyfox on June 15, 2009, 08:32:39 AM
Hi Lindsay,

To start a new post just go to the discussion that you want to post in and hit 'New Topic'

Hope this helps.

Hollye (another noobie)
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Post by: Tsooko on June 15, 2009, 12:27:00 PM
Hi. Ted Here. I just bought a 4x4 Techno isel router, used, and am in the proccess of getting it going. The com port 2 on the 486 computer is blown  ::), so my brother got a different computer ready for it. This machine was running on dos based bobcad / mastercam software and has a mac100 controlbox.( 1991 stuff) We hope to get it moving / cutting this weekend. I have purchased bobcad/cam v23 and some addons for the program, will soon upgrade to windows based, the modern stuff. I intend to get the mack3 program to run the controll box. Complete newbie at this cnc machining thing so the learning curve wiil be steep on all fronts. Well enough for now. Question will come I'm sure. I hang at cnczone on theTechno forum and in the Canadian clubhouse. (Tsooko).

If you are going to be a Bear... be a Grizzly! ;D
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Post by: swedeson on June 19, 2009, 06:35:22 PM
 Hi Mach users, been making chips now for 12 years now. I purchased a CNC5 lathe and used it for 1.5 years before it died on me. One night after work I switched on the machine and started running a program, something caught my eye and as I looked over to the lathe I saw the most perfect column of smoke, amazed I went over to the machine and realized that cool lookin column of smoke wasn't a good thing!!!
  Didn't have any ideas about retrofitting so I purchased a like new PC5 lathe and have been using it for 4 years now. I am planning on a conversion of the CNC5 soon and finally have it figured out. Since that time I have met many local E.E.'s that dabble in retrofits so I lucked out Royally. Will keep you posted on progress, also have a line on a Denford Orac lathe that needs retrofitting.
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: John W on June 20, 2009, 10:40:58 PM
Hi Folks

I have been hobby machining now for 8 years and most of it I have learned on my own and from forums.  I am 55 years old and into firearms. I have just recently designed and brought to market a new conversion kit for the Ruger 1022 rifle that turns it into a Thompson SMG.  Lately my interest has been towards CNC.  One of my mills is a Taig and I have wanted to convert it to CNC to make small parts that would be a pain on my big mill.  So here I am wanting to pick peoples brains and to learn.  Hopefully there will become a time when I can contribute to the forum rather than to just take.

Thanks in advance for all the help you people have to offer.

John W.
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Post by: Ruzzz on June 21, 2009, 02:43:02 AM
Lo all

I have a CNC-Step s-720 that the controller failed on. I didnt like the supplied software so I built a new controller using motion control MSD542. With some ( a lot ) of help from my eldest, its now working using the trial version of mach 3 and I've ordered the full version last night.
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: JimB309 on June 22, 2009, 12:12:40 AM
Hi
 My name is Jim, I am an electronics technician. My brother, a machinist, has asked me to help him convert a Dynamyte 3000 CNC lathe to run with Mach 3. So far he has a CNC4PC model 23 breakout board to interface with a PC. Any info would be appreciated.
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Post by: skyburt on June 24, 2009, 06:37:04 PM
Hi Chad I 'm retired and I build and fly RC airplanes, a friend of mine built a cnc mill, when I got a good look at it I was hooked. I have mine about 80% built and will no doubt be looking for information in the forums. I live in the Niagara region in Canada.
Thanks for the effort you put into the site
Burt :)
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Post by: wlewis on June 27, 2009, 06:53:07 AM
Hi.. My name is Bill Lewis. I have a background in 3d virtual reality and well.. to make a long story short.. I'm very impressed and excited about Mach3. Separately, I need some help with a driver and stepper motor that has an IN with the markings +5, A, B, C, D, GND. Still, Im not exactly sure how to hook these up to my parallel port. I watched the introductory Mach3 videos and from this I understand that pin2 = step / pin6 = direction / pin 10 = X++  / pin 11 = X-- and is shared with Xhome. Still, how do I hook up these connections?. Also, which pins on LPT1 can give me the +5v and GND that this connection requires?

The diagram for this driver is as follows:
CW       D C B A    CCW
dwn      1 1 0 0      UP
            0 1 1 0
            0 0 1 1
            1 0 0 1

Please help.. thanks.
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Post by: brightstarwwcnc on June 28, 2009, 03:38:59 PM
Hi, My name is Don Phillips and new to all CNC stuff... I've been fabricating a homebrew CNC machine since I came across www.buildyourcnc.com website. I'm excited about the possibilities in the CNC realm. I've recently purchased Mach3/Lazy Cam and am on a huge learning curve. My CNC is set up to run 4' x 8' material. Pretty big for a beginner. My background is in Vector Graphics Imaging and old school drafting and design (before computers). I'm no stranger to computers, but have taught at the college level. A few years ago I published with Corel Draw Magazine and helped on a Project with Illustrator 7 (dates me).

A couple of questions arose out of the training videos for setting up and zeroing the machine coordinates. I've slaved a 4th axis to the x axis since I'm using a gantry. I noticed that when I "reference" the x-axis, only the "x" side is moving and not the a-axis which is slaved. This is a definite problem since I need them to both move when zeroing the machine coordinates. What do I need to do to correct this?

The second question is ... about Measuring units. I set up the system to be on the English system and not the Metric. But when convert the .dxf to go codes it loads as Metric and everything is miniaturized. Again, I'm new, and need some help in exploring how I can "fix" this problem.
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Post by: CLIFF.C on June 30, 2009, 09:01:00 AM
Hi I live in South Africa have finished building a small CNC router. I intend to use this for producing moulds for plaster casting moulds for my aluminum foundry.
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: jaime18253 on July 01, 2009, 02:19:48 PM
Hi
 my name is jaime vargas, I live in bogota colombia , At this moment I am installing a machine with sofware mach 3 the this totally new machine but in the installation of the machine I have had enough problems with the sofware, comment on the machine to them it(he,she) moves his(her,your) three axes(axles) normally, but the disadvantages that I have are the following ones, the machine does not recognize the home and x it(he,she) recognizes it and z it(he,she) does not also recognize it besides it if I locate the machine in a point anyone and give him setup or point zero and despues displace the machine does not return to the same point .. I was fitting the blackslash but it(he,she) was not possible until you or someone me envie the normal configuration ... as that I do not have a north.... Besides it when I am going to generate the codigo g in lazy cam ... in occasions it(he,she) generates it and in occasions or better the great majority does not do it ..... not to which this owes ..... cant to guide ...., another disadvantage that I have is that when it(he,she) loads the figure in the visualizador of the mach it(he) remains lost ... since I do to centre it ... and to prevent the screw from moving up to where the drawing stays ... I hope that they could help me, 
Grasias jaime
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Post by: cc2007 on July 03, 2009, 12:32:38 AM
my name is cody  or cc2007 I do all the programing and proto types at my work  from anything on a 6 Axis jobe gantry mill with 4 inter interchangeable heads and fixted tool change at 90  to 5 axis G&l all the way down to a haas mini .do mostly barometric programing and custom macro programs  probing and grinding on huge mills .after working on monsters cnc all day I want to come home and just tinker on small projects I am in the middle of retro fitting a grizzly virl/hor  with 4 axis and also plan on running the vertical like a lathe and do some plasma with a custom made arm and mill for x and y it  Running a low cost cnc kit and moch3  good times
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Screwmachine on July 04, 2009, 04:24:21 PM
Hi, I'm new to CNC and Mach, just getting started. I'm a watchmaker and micromachinist in Switzerland, time to move into the computer age  ;).
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Post by: swafrep on July 05, 2009, 11:22:34 AM
Hello Everyone, My name is Silvio and I've been visiting and absorbing as much info from this site as possible. I will begin a retrofit shortly on my brothers' Hurco MB1 mill who's controller let out it's smoke twice since being repaired. Based on the support and knowledge that I've seen other members get, I'm confident about moving forward with this project. It looks as if the feeling you get when you take one of these outdated machines and bring them back to life to make new parts is worth the work!

I look forward to posting some more info on my upcoming project soon.
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Post by: fxrcharlie on July 05, 2009, 03:42:56 PM
Hi. my user name is fxrcharlie, I'm realy new to cnc. Just purchased a masters cnc engraver, using Mach 3.I am using an IBM Thinkpad as my computer, I heard they work ok with mach3. I am just getting things setup,I think I have got my motors tuned. I will be reading alot on this forum, as I will need a lot of help. I just wanted to say "HI" to everyone.
Happy machining and let the chips fly.
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Post by: ntaylor on July 08, 2009, 11:05:32 PM
Hi!
New to the forum and very inexperienced with Mach. We use Mach 3 at work and I have just set up a Taig at home. I'm not very good with Mach and I need to become more adept, especially to get my machine at home up and running. I'll probaably lurk for a while till I get a better handle on how to use the software. I do have some specific noob type questions but I'm sure a search will reveal the answers to those. Looking forward to being a part of the forum.

Norman
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Post by: Bamber on July 09, 2009, 10:32:04 AM
Hi all, I joined back in Feb, and have just put in a request for help with my first post so I thought that I should introduce my self.

Apprenticeship with Royal Air Force servicing aircraft wireless and radar, back in the days of valves (vacuum tubes), did 13 years in RAF.
Then 8 years maintaing mainframe computers IBM clones.
2 short jobs about a year each which introduced me to micro-processors
20 years programming, Fortran and assembler, maintaining an on-line betting system, then the system was replaced by a new one so I was shunted to do other things so when a year later they offered my re-dundancy I accepted it with pleasure.
I have been in my current position, retirement, for nearly 9 years and am very happy in the role, the only problem is that the money is not good.

Dave
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Post by: PawneeDBR on July 10, 2009, 04:25:04 PM
Hi everybody, I just joined and need this post to confirm my registration.

I really enjoy reading everything about mach3 and would like to delve into some simple modifications of user interface.

Rastko

Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: michaelf on July 10, 2009, 08:41:20 PM
Hi all, I have just recently joined and know basically nothing about CNC. I am retired after working in the motor industry for 45 years, more than half of that time I was involved in tooling. I have used AutoCad for the last 20 years but mainly only 2D. My main hobby at the moment is scale RC helicopters, besides playing with my new mill.
I have just purchased a Seig X2 mill and hope to convert it to CNC, my first question is, do I need any other software programs besides AutoCad and Mach3 to send files to the controllers? I guess this question has been asked a thousand times so please except my apologies.
Michael
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Post by: DaveB on July 10, 2009, 08:58:46 PM
Hi, I'm also new to this site and CNC. Did the same digging you're doing now. You need to look into CAM software - it goes between AutoCAD and Mach3. This site has references to many of the common CAM packages in use (SheetCAM, etc.).

Good luck,

Dave.
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Post by: michaelf on July 10, 2009, 09:18:48 PM
Thanks Dave, will check it out.
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Post by: garhar1 on July 11, 2009, 12:18:10 PM
Gary.  Hi all.  New to CNC and Mach3.  Hope to catch on fast. 
I manufacture Hot Tubs.
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Post by: tantrim on July 11, 2009, 08:56:07 PM
I am retired and have troubleshot allot of problems with CNC equipment and as I am a woodworker I decided to build one. I had it going fine before I had a senior moment and apparently wired the Gecko 540 wrong after putting it in a box.  I have made several revisions to my original plans and I believe I am close to getting ready to make chips. My wife has ask me what I'm going to do with it when I get it finished so I could use a few excuses you pros have used. 
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Post by: RICH on July 11, 2009, 09:36:53 PM
Tantrim,
Explain to her that men are from Mars and women are from Venus. That said, tell her a man only meeds an empty
box to play with and not filled like what a women needs. Then go on to tell her the machine is like an empty box and it dosen't need to do anything except make you happy. Tell her that your happy now with this simple thing and for her not spoil it on you. If it's broken, tell her that you need to replace it to get back that simple happy feeling.
It's just the way men do things on Mars. She will surely understand.  ;)

RICH

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Post by: Dantomkia on July 15, 2009, 05:53:57 PM
Oh Rich, you will never make a marriage guidence councillor. However, you do speak the truth.

My names Mike. I served my engineering apprentiship and ended up being a turner. Hated that coz I wanted to be a miller so I left and went into electronics and computers.

Served adult university for electronics and now work doing HUGE video walls. Got back into engineering a few years ago, purchased a working Bridgeport Interact 1A. Blew that up after a year or so. Its supprising how much smoke you can get out of those seimans servo boards isnt it?

Decided that a complete update / upgrade was required. So, Gecko G100, Mach3 and a host of other bits and bobs later I have a nearly complete and working mill.

One question, Machropumps. I need one that reads a load of inputs from the G100 ( MPG with knobs and buttons ) and sets the required bits in Mach3. Also, FRO. Any one have any basic macros that I can look at?

Cheers and appreciated.

Mike.
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Post by: terryvegas on July 16, 2009, 05:51:09 PM
New guy in town.

My name is Terry Whalen. We use Mach3 for the software to control our CNC router which we use to manufacture signs in Las Vegas. I am logging on to start my membership and I have a couple of problems I want to ask about. I don't know if this is the right place, but here goes.

1. I have version 1 of Mach 3 and think i need to upgrade to the latest version 3. Can I do an upgrade without losing all my setup parameters, like pin assignments, tuning, size ca labration and etc?

2. We are having a problem where the control will stop randomly in the g-code program. Does not seem to be in the same spot in any given job, and the code looks perfectly normal. Has anyone seen this and do you have any idea what I should look for?

3. Very frequently when we load a G-code file the graphic display in Mach 3 where you see the picture of what you are cutting is not correct. It may show the file in the wrong location or may only show a portion of the file. Also, I have noticed that when I have the stopping problem above, the display which shows each line of g-code, will show the same line of code multiple times. I get the felling that this display problem is related to the stopping problem above item 2, but not sure. Once again has anyone seen this and do you have any advice.

Thanks,

Terry :)
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Post by: rooney on July 16, 2009, 10:30:56 PM
Hi Ya!  

New guy here.  Was helped before introducing myself, by Hood,  but anyway..........Cool forum, thanks for the help (future help will be appreciated as well  :).  I hope I can contribute myself.  I'm pretty good at CAD and modeling, but I'm slow at CNC and CAM.



Cheers,
Rooney
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Post by: mechrich on July 19, 2009, 07:05:29 AM
Hello, Im a maintanence machinist with 35 yrs+ experience, but no experience with CAM. Ive recently retired and since I do some hobby woodworking I am looking at building a CNC router. It seems the software will be the biggest challenge of the project so im here to try to learn about it. Thanks for developing this great board and im looking forward to learning from you all. Thanks Rich
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Post by: dphens on July 20, 2009, 09:03:20 AM
Hello everyone!

I'm a new Mach user.... actually, everything CNC is completely new to me!  ;D

I've purchased one of the Probotix units to learn with and use mainly for hobby purposes. I also hope to use it for light business purposes as I own a part time photography business and want to offer custom products such as engraved or decorative frames. My plan is use this machine to learn with and then upgrade to a larger machine at a later time.

I have a lot to learn but am excited about it! I just finished the setup of my mill this past weekend and for the most part, I think I have it all set to go. Looking forward to the journey!  ;D

Dave

 
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Post by: DeadTom on July 20, 2009, 01:59:52 PM
Hello All,

I have started a CNC router from plans I found on CNCZONE.com back in 2006, well I got 85% complete and got busy with many other things.
Now I almost have my machine ready to run, finally.  I had loaded a Mach3 Demo onto my computer some time ago it is version 2.0 pretty old I am sure.  I am running a HobbyCNC 4 axis pro board (only 3 axis for now) and the machine is a JGRO design made out of mdf.  I have learned alot and will still continue to learn because there is so much material with the machine, the software, and then applying that knowledge to what you want to make.  But with Mach3 I feel like I can tackle anything.

Thanks ArtSoft,
Tom L.
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Post by: dakenskys on July 20, 2009, 10:15:36 PM
Hello,
I'm very new to this forum and to cnc in general.  I haven't purchased Mach yet and was wondering
about the proper selection of a post processor.
I plan to use FeatureCam, and my controller is a home built kit from Camtronics.
Can anyone advise me how to get started and what to use?

Thanks.  BTW...just moved to Connecticut and can't wait to start using my home made machine.

Cheers All... :D
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Post by: MattOmni on July 21, 2009, 04:37:20 PM
My name is Matt i have been using mach 3 for about 3 years. I fabricate custom foam enclosures for anthing under the sun.. Mostly high end Oilfield and subsea equip. Also do alot of custom gun cases feel free to check out my site www.Omnicase.com.. ... maybe someone can steer me in the right direction... My old comp crashed lost the hard drive long story short had to reload everything on a new comp. But for some reason my mach 3 screen does not fit in the window. I know a good amount about computers and its not the window size or the resolution it has somthing to do with mach, but i can not find anyway to set the screen size.. can anyone help please my shop is standing still. no mach no money... Thanks Matt
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Post by: Motionman on July 22, 2009, 09:47:35 AM
I see through some of the tutorials, the I/O is done through the printer port.  How does the controller talk to the amplifiers?  Is there another interface card that I need?
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Post by: GeorgeRace on July 22, 2009, 06:15:15 PM
Hello to all in this forum.  I have been a Mach user for some time now.  I am retired from Construction Management and Plant Supervision at the College level.  I spent three years building my own airplane.  After getting it finished and doing the test flights, I needed something else to keep me busy, especially after a very busy last year finishing up the airplane.  During my build there were many time that I needed to make a special part.  As most were a one of a kind part, I did a lot of hand cutting, fitting, and drilling.

After talking with a lot of other builders I decided there was a need for quite a few custom parts for Experimental Aircraft.  That what got me interested in CNC Machining.  I was going to build a machine but after much investigation I decided that I needed to start with something at the commercial level if I was going to do a lot of machining of identical parts.

I ended up buying a K2CNC 2514 mill as a starting point.  I purchased the electronics from HobbyCNC and built up all of the electronics.  I tried a lot of different software programs but finally settled on AutoCAD, Mach3, and CamBam.  For me that is a real winning combination.  There seems to not be anything that I cannot do using that software combination.  I also use Solid Edge 2D CAD program as well.  It is totally free and has most of the features of my much older version of AutoCAD.  For simulation I use the free program, CNCSimulator, it really does a great job of showing how your GCode is going to work within Mach3.

In just a few months I have come up with quite a few items.  I just recently finished my first completely CNC cut Aircraft Instrument Panel.   You can see some of the things I am doing at: http://www.mykitairplane.com

Over the years I have explored a lot of hobbies.  Photography, Amateur Radio, Stamp Collecting, Flying and building my own airplane, and now into the CNC hobby level production.

Life gets nothing but better!  There you have my story.
George
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Post by: ashkrb2 on July 24, 2009, 03:38:48 PM
Hello, Im karl and i have recently purchased a cnc. i am a noob at learning g code and desperately  need some help. my problems are 1# when posting g code from lazy cam to mach3 i loose half of my tool path. out of say 5 shapes only 2 inside shapes show up in mach3. i have watched all the videos arround 5 times and cannot figure it out.

Please help me !!!
karl
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Post by: reggy on July 25, 2009, 04:36:20 PM
Hi all,
My name is Reggy. I have been a machinest for many years, and relatively new to computers.  Started late iln life, around 2000.  Since then I have learned Autocad and Solidworks which I use quite a bit to design machinery and tooling.
Within the last year or so  I have developed a wanting to learn CNC.  I am in the process of turning two opposing work tables into tables that will be driven by step motors and I want to get my feet wet with 2-D.  I would like to do some engraving in plastic and aluminum to start off
The extent of my knowlege of CNC is quite limited.  I know that I must have a step-motor for each axis, a controller, a power supply.and an array of cables.  I think my biggest weakness will be in the Software end of it all.  I know I need software for the controller to communicate with the two axis step motors, and I know I need an art program such as those used by signmakers maybe Casmate or something along those lines, I really need to learn to tie the whole package together and I am in hopes of learning this somehow by reading posts from forums such as this one, and by people such as yourselves who I really admire in your willingness to share your hard earned knowlege.
Thanks for your attention.
Well I'm all ears.
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Post by: yakfisherman on July 26, 2009, 08:27:59 PM
Hi all my name is Ed, forum user name is yakfisherman because one of my hobbies is fishing been doing it for 50 years (was born with a fishing rod in my hands) but I do most of my fishing now from a kayak off the coast of Southern California.  I spent 20 years in the US AirForce some of it as a Combat Weapon Instructor with access to gunsmith shop equipment, have taken a trade school machinist course back in the early 70s.  Got a few masters degrees while in the Air Force, once I retired went to work for Digital Equipment Corp. as a Quality Engineer (closest I ever came to using my degrees.  Another hobby is fishing rod building, have built many rod winding lathes over the years but have never been happy with any of them until my latest.  Decided to buy a lathe and milling machine after completing the latest rod winding lathe so that I could make some improvement without having to farm out some of the machining.  At this time I am in the process of learning about CNC and the entire process while I'm trying to convert my mini 7X14 lathe to full CNC control.  I have zero experience with CNC have pretty good mechanical abilities and have been building and repairing computer for way too long.  But due to my tour of duty in the first Gulf War I now have some short term memory problems that sometimes cause so grief when problems occur (trying to remember what I have done).  Learning software is a real pain in the a$$ without having a manual for the software printed so that I can make notes within.  Have to say that this is the best forum around, this is the only one that I have actually gotten any help from.  Chip is a great person, went out of his way to help me with a problem involving LazyTurn.  Hope to get this CNC conversion completed and see what I can do with it. 

Ed
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: MachDonald on July 27, 2009, 10:14:08 PM
Hi Everyone,
Im the latest green horn to join the ranks. Im much too new to this whole thing so Im hoping I'll be able to get some good advice from all the pro's out there.

Thanks in advance!
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Post by: ManitobaKeith on July 31, 2009, 08:32:27 PM
Hi All,
Keith from Manitoba here. Just ordered on Ebay a 2.2KW spindle with HUANYANG  ELECTRONICS VFD from Hong Kong. Looking for ways to hook up Mach3 to it and control the speed. I use the Aspire software from Vectric. Also read that I  had better post or my name would be removed cause I could be a BOT. I'M  NOT.

Will do a bunch of searching on VFD's and speed control etc. as it will be a week or so before I get it.

Keith
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: tjskas on August 03, 2009, 02:52:48 AM
To all you regulars, old timers, and Mach experts - P L E A S E  keep on posting. NOOBs like me need all the help we can get!!!!!!!!
I am sure you don't realize how much your input is needed and appreciated.
I have finally learned enough to start and answer threads on CNCZone, and soon hope to be able to start helping others on this forum. In the meantime, keep posting until the rest of us can learn enough to take off some of the load you EXCELLENT and GIVING people have carried for so long.

KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!!!!  ::)

I sure hope this post shows up in a place you regulars can see it. You regular posters deserve all the kudos you can get. I have been trolling and learning from these on-line forums for over a year and highly appreciate the input from all of you more knowledgeable and experienced than me. You all have my undying gratitude!!!
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Tin Falcon on August 04, 2009, 07:42:56 PM
Greetings all :
 My main interest is building model air steam engines and hope to do some IC and sterling engines as well. I have had  the pleasure of meeting and talking to some of the folks here on the board in person.
Well a little history, my metalworking skills and experience really started to build and move forward the summer of " 98 I attended the USAF basic machining welding course @ Aberdeen Proving Grounds MD "Go Ordinance". IIRC in 2000 or so I started setting Up a home shop with small manual machines. . Then went back to school for aviation sheet metal/ structural repair. Started building engines while on active duty after 9-11-01 . Started exhibiting @ the First Iron fever show in "03.
I have been wanting to build a home CNC machine for some time. I started purchasing parts late last year and attended the Mach 3 Seminar  at CF in January. I have slowly been working on the project since then . Not sure if I will ever be finished but at least have used it a little to make a couple parts and made a few chips. And finally did the registration thing. And figured out the bugs of getting set up on this forum.
As far as CNC experience I operated a Bridgeport /ROMI lathe for for about one year but never had to program it. Also Had a little bit of training( 1 day) on the prototrack Mill.
I have a couple of CCAF associate degrees and Most of an associates degree in engineering from the local county college. So I understand the coordinate systems.

If you are interested in building little model engines you can join us @ http://www.homemodelenginemachinist.com/index.php (http://www.homemodelenginemachinist.com/index.php)
If you want to check out my build "BLOG" you can look here   http://www.homemodelenginemachinist.com/index.php?topic=4054.0 (http://www.homemodelenginemachinist.com/index.php?topic=4054.0)

Looks like I have many many pages of reading to do here to get up to speed on things here. An that is just in the welcome thread LOL.

Well 'nuff for now
Reagards
Tin Falcon

PS: YF I was a Red Hat in the reserves for 11 years myself Small world.
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Tin Falcon on August 04, 2009, 08:01:44 PM
I am retired and have troubleshot allot of problems with CNC equipment and as I am a woodworker I decided to build one. I had it going fine before I had a senior moment and apparently wired the Gecko 540 wrong after putting it in a box.  I have made several revisions to my original plans and I believe I am close to getting ready to make chips. My wife has ask me what I'm going to do with it when I get it finished so I could use a few excuses you pros have used. 
Tell her you need the machine to make personally engraved items for her. Women love it when you make stuff for them.
Tin Falcon
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: at6c on August 08, 2009, 08:30:29 AM
I have been working with Mach3 for about 6 Months and have been very happy with the parts produced.  I had a tool change macro that was overwritten.  Don't understand how, since the machine is stand alone and nothing has been changed by me. Looking for a simple manual tool change macro for my mill that will move the bed to a predetermined position, let me change the tool and then proceed with the program.  Thanks.
George
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: stevehuck on August 08, 2009, 10:19:01 AM
Hello all!

My name is Steve Huck. I am from the detroit area. My interests are mostly in the model engine area. I have a few compressed air engines that i have built including my Micro V8. I have started a few internal combustion engines but have not completed one yet.

Thanks to the help and wisdom of "Cheap and Free Rick" Chownyk I wound up building a CNC mill using a cheap compound drilling table. Ball screwed the table and built the Z axis from scraps in the garage. The R8 spindle was donated by a friend who had a few and the rails and trucks were donated by a relative who ordered them for a job that was changed enough where they were not useful. I need to get 2 more pulleys to drive the spindle and shorten the drawbar and I should be able to make parts. I plan to cut some foam untill i get the hang if this stuff. I also plan to make a high speed spindle for engraving duty.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJ9m9PhPHDM

Now you guy's will be stuck with me and my many questions until i get a handel on this LazyCam and Gcode stuff!

Cheers!

Steve
Title: Re: New - looking for a mach3 friend in indianapolis, in
Post by: AAASIGNCOM on August 08, 2009, 10:47:51 AM
Hi --    i am tony rogers in indianapolis, in. not new to cnc, but new to mach3. i had a shopbot for about 3 years and just replaced it with a new 4 x 8 router table with plasma cutting from precision automated equipment in eaton rapids, mi. what a machine!! looking for a mach3 friend in indianapolis.  tony rogers  AAASIGN.com in indianapolis 317 297 7503  tonyrogers@aaasign.com
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Templecorran on August 10, 2009, 09:44:18 AM
Hi.
I've been a Mach user for 2 years now. Got it along with the RockCliff machine.
I recently rebuilt the MDF version using Aluminium Angle.
I'm active on the MYCNCUK forum and lurk on the CNCzone forum.

I'm presently looking for info on using Mach3 to control a DC Brushless Motor to act as a spindle motor.
It looks easy enough to hook up the PWM output... but I'm too long at this to know there in lie monsters  ;)

TIA for any help in that direction.
John


Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: angel tech on August 10, 2009, 11:05:21 AM
hi everyone, i'm very much a novice to cnc but i've been in engineering a long time .
Looking forward to picking everyones brains, lol.
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: calv1760 on August 10, 2009, 02:11:46 PM
Hi,
My name is Cal and I am not new to CNC but I am new to the Mach3 OS. I bought a small Masters CNC router to get introduced to the world of routing. Any info on converting files to g code would be appreciated.
Thanks,
Cal  ::)
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: roger55 on August 11, 2009, 06:23:28 PM
I'm a new be I maybe braking protocol, Sorry about that.
Mach3 main screen
Freed rate section
Units / Min
some time I get units / min and other I don't
am I doing something wrong?
TIA
Roger
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Renatox_ on August 16, 2009, 03:10:21 PM
hi all, my name is Renato Masias from Lima, i am happy and desirous of learn more, i make retrofits and small machin cnc with math3

regards.
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Len-Tikular on August 17, 2009, 04:32:44 PM
Hi,
My name is George, I'm a Scot but living in the Manchester area. That doesn't stop me wearing a kilt however  ;D
My hobies include vintage motorcycle riding, I own a 1953 BSA 650CC Golden Flash and have recently completed a John O Groats to Lands End run. Fantastic ride and raised lots of money for my local childrens hospital into the bargain.

I'm also into Live Steam and have an almost complet 3.5" Jubilee 2-6-4 engine. All motion gear fully installed and working.
I play golf badly but enjoy every minute of it.

I have just completed my flatbed CNC router which is approx 1.2 mtrs by 600mm. Ballscrews used throughout with 2 screws driving the main axis. I've used a 1.5kw 400vac spindle motor and drive unit imported from China and it sounds good.

Today I cut my first job using Mach3 which only an hour or so ago I recieved my liscence file.  ;D
The job came out great but gave me my first lesson on 'clamping. I can see that that is gonna be realy important.

I want to cut 2mm brass for the water tanks on my engine so that is going to be my first major project. Fingers crossed I got two good packages Mach3 and Cambam.
Lets hope I can do them both justice.

Anyone in the Oldham/Manchester area care to drop me a line I would be glad to sit with them for the next hundred years and pick their brains.

Regards

George
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: buehler on August 18, 2009, 02:00:32 PM
Hi,
My name is Bart in Nampa, Idaho.  I've been using Mach3 demo on a Town Labs 512 benchtop mill.
I had trouble a while back printing the manual for mach3.  It was sized for legal paper.  I emailed Art
and got blown off...hum. 

This is just a hobby with me.  With all my equipment I sometimes need to make repair parts.
Regards
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: yakfisherman on August 18, 2009, 04:03:44 PM
Bart

If you send me your private email address I'll email you all 3 of the Mach3 manuals that will print on normal sized paper.  My personal email is yakfisherman(at)cox.net ( the (at) is to stop spam).

Ed
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: ventuseu on August 18, 2009, 05:05:34 PM
All,

I'm an Aeronautical/Mechanical Engineer/Sailplane Pilot who is using Mach 3 on a Dyna 2800 mill that I converted to Mach 3 (CandCNC components), mostly as a hobby to make simple parts. Since I'm in the Engineering Consulting business, I have made prototype parts that I needed to have quickly (i.e., a couple of hours!) if they were simple enough...

I'm pretty ignorant on the machining side of this business, but I'm having fun learning. Fixturing parts has been the hardest thing for me figure out, but so far I haven't done any serious damage.

I'm pretty good on the CAD/Mechanical Design and Stress/Thermal Analysis side of things (mostly using Solidworks and its analysis package, Cosmos), and getting better at the CAM stuff (Visual Mill), so I can probably provide some help in this area if anyone needs it...

Regards,

SF
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: freddy57 on August 21, 2009, 10:09:22 PM
High I am Freddy57.   I am hoping to convert a Smithy BZ-239 to cnc.  Looks like the forum and place to be!
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Scholz on August 23, 2009, 02:57:19 PM
Hi Everyone

I've been in IT for the past 15 or so years (for my sins).
I have some engineering background (a long long time ago) and have recently got the CNC bug , and boy has it bit me ... starting to get slightly obsessive
I am in the process of knocking up a homebrew CNC machine and am currently searching for as much info as possible (Hench me finding this forum , which is excellent by the way !!)

Thanks and speak soon

Scholz  ;D
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: daleroe on August 26, 2009, 03:14:21 PM
Hello All,
I'm a newb to mach and looking around while I consider a retrofit for a prodction environment.  I want to keep my analog servo drives.  It looks like it can be done but I'm not sure just how yet.  Lots of posts to read....
--dale
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Bob Welland on August 28, 2009, 10:43:22 PM
Planning to build a 3 axis CNC machine using Automation Direct Stepping Motors & associated Hardware.
Will this work?
Does anyone have recommendations about what controllers & drivers to use, to plug into the printer port of a computer with Mach3?
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: foamlvr on August 29, 2009, 03:24:27 AM
Hi everybody.  I live in northwest Ohio near Toledo.  I am 44 yrs old and have a 17 yr old daughter ( I'm not sure which confuses me more the daughter or computers).  I design build and fly RC airplanes (or eat breath and sleep).  I recently built a Phlatprinter MKII.  The Phlatprinter is a 3 axis router designed to cut foam sheet and light wood, primarily for model aircraft construction.  I've only recently been bitten by the CNC bug, and I'm deffinately on the wrong side of the bell curve (for now).

Jeff
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Tin Falcon on August 29, 2009, 03:52:05 AM
Bob:
 shop around  but take a good look at the gecko line . The G50 is a nice little virtually plug and play box . The last I looked they were on sale  for IIRC less than 250 US. You will need a power supply and e-stop button . also a smoothstepper is a nice add on that gives flexibility. 
Tin
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: 55CHEVYGUY on August 29, 2009, 08:00:48 PM

I'm very new to cnc. Have a plasma table I build from a camcutcnc kit with a Lincoln's 25 plasma cutter. At first I was able to cut several of the sample gcodes using mach3 that came with kit Then got sheetcam to try some dxf files that's when everything went to sh...... :somehow I've change configuration in mach3 first while loading gcode the screen went to a blank screen.when I finally got back to main screen the lights next to x,y,z,and a wouldn't turn green.Again I was able to get X,Y,Z to turn green but not A.Now when after loading gcode and starting cycle it stops at M3 if I hit start again the gcode resumes but not the plasma.
I think M3 must turn on or off plasma cutter.This is how new I am don't know g or m codes and other term of the industry (e i  DRO'S ,THC,AND WORK OFFSETS to say a few)
CAN ANYONE MAKE SENSE OF MY PROBLEM AND HELP
THANKS SO MUST
ROSS THE 55CHEVYGUY
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Post by: grossmanator on August 29, 2009, 09:39:57 PM
Hi all,

My name is William and I just graduated this year from UC Berkeley with a degree in mechanical engineering. I start this fall at Stanford for my MS in mechanical engineering. I have been interested in CNC for a long time, but only recently have I started actually learning about the subject. I recently bought a K2 2514 router. I bought the electronics off ebay and purchased a g540 gecko drive for the steppers. I searched around and luckily stumbled onto Mach 3. It's lucky i did because i have learned so much from simply browsing the forums of this website. I just cut my first part a few weeks ago (very exciting). It was a simple part (a circle), but it was just as cool as i expected. I cut a circle because it is extremely simple for a CNC and such a pain in the ass when you are milling manually! Anyways, I'm very happy to be a part of this group now.

cheers,

- Will
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: bbasiaga on August 31, 2009, 09:41:19 AM
Hi everyone. This is my first post here. My friends and I have just bought a 3 axis cnc router and are getting it set up. Still sorting out the machine and its software, but we are making progress!

Brian
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: 55CHEVYGUY on August 31, 2009, 11:43:43 AM
Lannie here
I'm new to cnc I build my plasma table a few months ago.very excited with the things already cut.
My interests are women and cars,I have a wonderful woman,that leaves cars boy do I like cars. That's why a got the plasma cutter.
I live in las vegas and last year at S.E.M.A. show seen my first plasma table working,and said gota have one.Having trouble with software (CHECK OTHER POSTS) If you can help thank you.
I 'm looking forward to being part this group.
Lannie
If ever in town let me your coming,you know what they say in Vegas (if you come you 'll have fun) if it happened in Vegas it stays in Vegas!!!
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Sufre on September 01, 2009, 07:48:22 PM
Hi, I am from Brunei Darussalam located in Asean region.  I am a new user of a Mach 3, I just bought a Master router CNC from USA, as my hobby. I have been used manual lathe and milling machine.  But I never use a CNC machine.  I am hoping by having this forum, it can help me to run the machine and the same time to build friendship among the members so that we can live in harmonic in this world.

Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Carl on September 02, 2009, 03:09:15 PM
Hello folks,

My names Carl and from Surrey UK.

My main interest in CNC is for machining out watch dials and case backs. I hope to start up my own brand soon,  as soon as I can get to grips with Auto cad and lazy cam etc !!

I am sure I will be a prolific poster as I know not a lot at the moment  ;D

See you around

Carl
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Post by: custom dxf files on September 04, 2009, 12:06:49 PM
Hello,

My name is Jason Henry and I am the owner of a DXF file design business www.customdxffiles.com (http://www.customdxffiles.com).    I specialize in custom designing DXF files and DXF file Art Disk downloads.  My website is a good source of new DXF file artwork that is available for purchase.  My website visitors can also sign up to receive a free DXF file Art Disk download each month!  I hope you will visit and look around at the DXF files that are for sale.  Hope to hear from you soon!   

Sincerely,
Jason Henry
Cascade Metal Designs
www.customdxffiles.com
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: bevins on September 07, 2009, 03:14:46 PM
I am new to CNC and just built a CNC router. Mach is running and moving in all axis's.

I am from florida and live in Canada.
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: sircolin on September 07, 2009, 05:02:14 PM
Hi my name is Colin
have got interested in cnc after reading" model engineers workshop "they had converted lathe and mill. Having been in engineering one way and another all my life and had now retired decided to give it a go, and convert my lathe which is a 1956 harrison  11" swing 48" bed.
the mechanics have been no problem but building the electronics (not the pcb's) gave me a few headaches but now it is up and running am over the moon with it.
still sorting a few problems like making new tool posts and drill /boring attachments fitted to the cross slide.
mach3 is an unknown to me but very slowly getting there can write the g code for turning facing etc the threading wizard ok but arcs are a complete mystery. and as for the terminology I am baffled to say the least.
Won't bore you any more as I will be putting my problems on the forum.
all the help to get me where I am to date has come from my suppliers mainly Roy at DIYCNC my thanks to  to this gentleman.
thats it for now
Colin
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Post by: Syl on September 07, 2009, 05:16:12 PM
Hi -

My name is Syl and I live in Hillsborough, Ca. - near San Francisco. I'm 84 years old  - but still have my marbles even though my bod is letting me down!

I'm not new to Mach, but new to this forum.  I mess around with CNC doing hobby stuff - like model engines, telescopes and other stuff.

I have a Sharp copy of a Hardinge lathe and a Chris Rosechrist CNC mill made from a modified Chinese mill/drill.  Works fine.

Have been away from milling for a couple of years, and now want to get started with Mach3.  But I'm having trouble getting it going.

Does anyone have a xml file for the above machine?  Right now my license is from Mach one and I don't know if I need a  new one.  Comments?

Also I cannot get Mach3 to reset even though I have unplugged the parallel cable.  More comments?

thanx . . . syl
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: PopularOne on September 09, 2009, 08:47:11 PM
Well, that's me... always something new. I'm trying to put together a robotic arm system. Using stepper motors to motivate. I have a very good start, I recently purchased an old Lab-Volt 6 axis robotic arm. It has six steppers, Which I think can be controlled by Mach3. 12 Volt...35 ohms/phase...7.5 degree step angle. I plan on creating a user screen showing the individual axis. Elbow, L wrist, R wrist, Base, Hand, and Shoulder.

Concerns...Issues?

This will be my first attempt. any advise would greatly appreciated.

Pop.
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: MightyMite on September 11, 2009, 03:53:28 PM
my name MightyMite, I 'm new to this site as I have asked mach3 for help on a problem, they weren't very helpful. So, I am importing from Fanuc post processor and it loads with no pause, all seems fine until there appears to be a duplicate string of commands in the text body. I switch to edit gcode and when I go to the erant string it's not there. I emailed Artsoft, they told me to look for an error message in the Help when the about box comes up but I fined nothing. I went back to the computer where I created the post and there's nothing out of the ordinary there. Need Help guys.
Oh yes, I am a long time machinest, started programing when the only thing around was a 2 1/2 axis machine with paper tape reader. This was back in 1971. No fancy CADCAM only paper, pencil and a knowledge of trig. for programing. Went from there to real 3 axis, still no CADCAM. Now I'm disabled, bought Town Labs 4 axis, want to get back into doing stuff to keep busy, I'm strickly a hobbiest with no interest in commerical machineing. I want to engrave and do jewelry in Turquoise, I want to learn sculpting figures on Turquoise. Also doing what is called Industrial Art, most likely in aluminum and brass.
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: ray2go on September 13, 2009, 07:29:19 AM
Hi everybody, I am completely new to CNC. I have been sandblast etching on glass for a few years, a hobby that has made me a few dollars. The main problem with that is each piece is labor intensive. The idea of setting it up one time properly (I hope) and letting the CNC router do the work is appealing. It is also nice to know that I can expand my horizons to woodcuts and machine parts for the small mechanical gadgets that I enjoy building.
I have invested in a Rockcliff 4 axis controller and steppers along with Mach 3. Now I have to build my machine and get through the large learning curve. You will probably see a bunch of dumb questions, please bear with me.
Thanks for being here, Ray.
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Post by: mataf01 on September 13, 2009, 04:54:31 PM
Hello everybody,
 my name is patrick, I'm 48 years old, i'm from Belgium and I'm just starting to retrofit an old milling center.
I will of course use mach 3 for it but I will need some help to set it up.
I've already read a lot of posts of this very interresting and helpfull forum and well, here I am!
Patrick Damien
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: agassichan on September 14, 2009, 08:06:28 AM
Hello,

I'm very new in CNC. I've just finishend my Proxxon MF70 conversion, and I'm looking for knowledge to learn someting...

See you!
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: mustangdon on September 18, 2009, 09:11:23 PM
My name is Don Dunow.  I have work with CNCs in the past.  In the past I have enjoyed woodworking, but the lst 8 years I have been racing stock cars.  A very talented mechanical engineer wants to build a 5 axis CNC but doens't know the electrical/programming part.  That is where I come in.  The intended mahcine will be 6' X 22' with a 5' height.  We want to use servo motors.  What I am lacking in knowledge is the power supply and servo drives.  Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks
Don
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Post by: Igor on September 23, 2009, 08:33:00 AM
Hi,

I'm in Ludlow in the UK and have just taken delivery of a Syil X4 plus...

So far so good, as I've got a really old PC (the only one that I seemed to have with a parallel port) to drive it successfully.

Now beginning to sort out the MACH3 configuration for the machine, and and have already found several versions of a config file on different web sites, none of which seem to be quite right for my machine... oh well that's why I just joined this forum.

Igor.
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: focalpoint on September 23, 2009, 08:36:55 PM
Well, I'm new.  Just committed to purchasing a retrofit from Mach motion today.  The lathe is a gildemeister crossover and I am tired of trying to fix old parts.  I tend to be one of the quiet observers, and will glean whatever information I need as I go (hate wasting other peoples time).  Also Own a Heller universal mill and hopefully be able to apply my experience to it after the lathe.
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Dave Modisette on September 24, 2009, 12:51:33 PM
Hello, from sunny Tampa Florida where it is hot this Sept 24th.  I've joined the forum here in search of new software to control my old Digital Tool Meta Machines.  I've scrounged the last parts that I can find to keep our Win98 based PCs going so I have to build some new XP machines and that will force me to upgrade my Indexer LPT program.  I'll be looking for some advice in the other threads.
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Post by: davidmaks on September 25, 2009, 07:36:35 PM
Hello to all!
My name is Dave Makseyn, sounds like MAXIN, it's Polish, what can I do! I have been working with an old Atlas/Craftsman lathe for a while and at the young age of 62 I have decided to make the leap into uncharted territory and try to learn something about CNC machining. I was a machinist in the USAF in the late 60's but CNC was unknown in our shop. We would get excited when the power cross feed worked on one of the lathes!
I am a retired General Contractor who has never lost the love of the smell of cutting oil! Looking forward to making big metal small and watching the machine do all the work!
Dave
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Post by: BOHICAMAN on September 27, 2009, 01:29:35 PM
My name is Bob Cressman from Prescott, AZ. I used to work in a machine shop right after high school (about 200 hundred years ago)! Got away from it in another career. Recently I purchased a "Central Machinery" (China) 3 in 1 machine and a fantastic price and decided to retrain myself in machining and such. Then I read about CNC and it peaked my intrest. As I asked around, I came across a neighbor (Tom Wells) who seems to be extremely knowledgeable on the subject. After spending an afternoon talking to him, I immediately downloaded Mach3 and began reading. I am also looking into building my own CNC machine. I want to get into the 4 axis realm. Apparently, from a cursory look at this site, this is the place for info. I look forward to moving forward with you folks!!
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Post by: bluebill on October 03, 2009, 10:45:46 PM
Just finished a MDF build and started up the Mach3 software to learn.  I've been lurking for a while and now that the motors move I thought it was time to join up.  I've got a 2X4 MDF table with Stepperworld FET3 motors and controller.  Router is a laminate trimmer that will be changed out when I get the hang of this thing.   
I'm still in the Demo mode as I haven't yet purchased the full Mach 3 but will once I learn more. 
I did use the threadall 5/16-18 shafts and will upgrade to a much faster later.  Newbie with a lot of questions but also finding most all the answers on this forum.
Chips will fall and bits will break.
Bill
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Post by: SteveEJ on October 05, 2009, 03:18:44 PM
Hello. I am Steve Jacobs from Brighton, TN. I just purchased a Legacy 900/Standard CNC. I am Very New to Mach3 and CNC and am looking forward to learning.
Anyone here from West Tennessee, USA?

Happy CNC'n

Steve
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Post by: machineman on October 06, 2009, 02:53:37 PM
Hi
Garth from Cape Town joined the "Mach Crew" and will start the conversion of a router I have to Mach, there after a X3 mill and a lathe. I am in the throws of building a 4m x 2m router which needless to say is going to be driven by Mach and sooner than my conversion machine proberly.
Still new to the the whole cnc world relatively but find it realy great to find a bunch of people who are all like minded and are not trying to hide all they know and watching the rest grovel ( dinkum pay it forward ethos 10/10 )
running VX as cad/cam that takes care of all my frontend requirments at present.
I hope to be able to post all the good and the "bad "( may they be few ) so others can not make the some blunders.
Garth
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Post by: Pratyeka on October 06, 2009, 05:39:26 PM
Hi, after playing with a Carvewright, I'm building my own CNC router, 2' X 4'. See my blog for pics. Cnc is almost complete and I just installed the license on the Mach 3. Fun!
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Post by: deaddave on October 07, 2009, 05:38:48 AM
Hi,I'm dave from denmark and i'm so new i squeak.

Decided to build a router for mainly woodwork. Decided to build it on the hobby budget too, and didnt that coma back to bite me on the derriere. Looking forward to a, hopefully, long and educative stay   ;D
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Post by: dead man on October 07, 2009, 06:29:34 PM
Hi everybody . My name is Jon  I design and bulid sets for televison and trade shows .
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Post by: RealRouter on October 10, 2009, 12:02:49 PM
Hi everybody, my name is Real Dionne, I live in Quebec city. Before continuing, I ask you to forget some mistake I can do in english writting. My first language is french. I will like to post some news sometime. You can call me the old man, I reach 69. I still working (3 days a week). I am a senior
construction technician. I work with ordinator since 1987. For hobby, I like to build furniture. I can work wood, metal, I make a shop in my garage and I have all the tools I need to  make furniture.
Since I registered in the forum. I built a CNC gantry model D: 48''x36''. I finish to built it. But I didn't try It yet because I loohing for mistakes. I keep reading Mach3 manual and I want to understand Lazycam the good way. Since yesterday I check my E-stop, everything work good for that switch. I have 6 Limits switch and put all of them on pin 10, but when I check one by one with a multimeter and push one switch it stil have juice. I will try to separate them on different pin.
Anyway I will give you more news soon and few photo of my machine. I dream about the day that everything will be fine withe the
machine. I keep reading all the post, it take time but very helpfull.
Before living, I think there will be a go idea if we can know if some member live not so far from us. That way we should be able to exchange experience and help more.
If you have some question about building the CNC model D, (I use MDF and it very easy to work with without problems).
Thanks for help with the forum. I give you my email: real.dionne@ sympatico.ca
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Post by: wayja on October 12, 2009, 07:35:58 PM
Hello Forum,

My name is Wayne and I just purchased my first CNC router with the purpose of making guitars in mind, and am a complete novice. I have read everything I could get my hands on to learn how to utilize the hardware and software. The router came with a computer loaded with Mach3 and Mastercam X, so I started there. I look forward to being an active member of the forum.

Wayne
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Post by: johnygoodwood on October 13, 2009, 02:59:44 AM
hi chad and all the community
my name is john and live in donegal ireland just ordered me first cnc router from routout with mach3
got a particular job for it so if its ok ill be asking lots of questions many thanks john   
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Post by: coop on October 15, 2009, 09:47:22 AM
hello everyone, my name is bo
i currently own two k2cnc machines and am very happy with both
actually am looking to buy a third !
i am a veteran (30+) years airbrush artist !
i create everything from shirts to 3 story+ wall murals also cars, portraits etc.
i use my cnc's for an extremely fast paced tourist business in mackinaw city michigan
i mostly carve cabin and lakefront home signs within an hour  !
glad to be part of the group
bo
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Post by: Carlosf71 on October 17, 2009, 05:24:31 PM
Hi,

I'm new to Mach 3 and cnc in general. I'm building a CNC foam cutter.

Does the demo Mach 3 software output pwm? I have tried to set it up but don't see it. Everything else (motors, etc) are working great.

Regards,

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Post by: mjanne65 on October 18, 2009, 12:25:41 PM
Hi,

I am working on a Yasakawa machining center of early '80's vintage and also a old stepper driven Thermwood router that I plan to convert to a flame/plasma cutter.  I joined the forum awhile ago, but decided to get the old Dynapath System 10 control on the Yasakawa working first (which I have done).  Now that I have seen the limitations and expense to repair this control, I have purchased a Galil 2280 and am starting to plan the conversion. The current plan is to keep the current wiring, old Servo Dynamics drives, and SEM DC brush servos.  I will replace the control and possibly the PLC.  I am thinking about running the router on the same control since it is 8-axis, but I'm not sure how many issues this would create.

I am a Mechanical Engineer and expert on belt drives, so hopefully I have something to contribute to the forum.  I am also learning Alibre CAD and will probably purchase Bobcad/cam for my CAM software. 

Thanks,
Mike
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Post by: sangmutan on October 20, 2009, 09:39:08 PM
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Post by: VejrhansenDK on October 22, 2009, 09:45:41 AM
Hi there,
as you recommended - here I am.
I´m from Denmark I hope you can live with that   ;)
I´m 49 of age.
Startet as a plumber in 1979, later on I worked at many factories and aquired different skills.
Cnc-bending, welding, lathe, milling parts from small dentist-pices to 40 ton for windmills.
I am far from expert in either one or the other but I have a lot of experience.
Now! Why did I end up here, when I have try´d so much?
I must say I got the CNC-fever  :P and finaly after many year, surfing around for cnc-software the Mach3 realy infected me.
I hope I can keep my interest on a hobby level at home.
More : http://www.youtube.com/user/Rodfraeser#g/u   :o
Kind Regards
Jørgen
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Post by: Tweakie.CNC on October 22, 2009, 10:22:56 AM
Hi Jørgen,

Welcome to the den.

Tweakie.
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Post by: huntercustoms on October 22, 2009, 12:44:00 PM
Hey All, Just a middle age American with ADD. JK, well maybe?  I am a hobbyist, building cars and motorcycles since my early teens.  I dabble with MIG, TIG, Paint, Powder Coat and Vynil Graphics.  I have a ShopMaster Elderado w/ their CNC set up.  The Elderado has been on the back burner until now and trying the learning curve.  The Elderado came with Mach II and I originally paid for BobCad 19.  I really appreciate the time and effort that has gone into the training videos and manuals for Mach.  Running Mach III now and just licensed it.  BobCad has been a huge PITA and I am looking for something different.  I believe in surfing forums to learn things.  Thanks to all of you that contribute to the forums and your dedication to the industry.  I guess you would have to say that I would rather do things myself then pay someone to mess my stuff up.  If I could ever help with anything, feel free to ask.  The worst that could happen is my reply of "Huh?"  thanks again.
 ???VettDave
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Post by: DRR3 on October 22, 2009, 02:26:36 PM
Hi Everyone,
I am an aspiring Engineer wanting to research and programme the control systems for a robot manipulator arm. I am new to G code and MAch 3 and would greatly appreciate the route to Tutorials and demos!
Cheers
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Post by: dsnellen on October 23, 2009, 11:00:42 PM
Another new member of the forum. Received my 4-axis mill from Legacy Woodworking about a month ago. Steep learning curve and I am enjoying it a lot. After 35 years in business I decided to return to teaching and bring my industry knowledge to the classroom. My first degree was in Education and I taught Industrial Arts briefly in the 1970's before reporting to active duty. I never returned to the public classroom.

Over the past several months I have been subing in various area high schools. I was shocked at two major observations. 1) Many high school kids today are rude, disrespectful, insubornate and just plain a**holes. And 2) we still teach Industrial Arts today like we did 35 years ago. Not sure which one is worst. Industry has advanced to CAD/CAM and automated production while our high schools still focus on building clip boards and coffee tables using table saws and hand planers. Subed today in a VoTech welding class that has a CNC Plasma machine but it's not taught or used because the instructor thinks it's too hard to understand.

Working on a proposal to a local school board to re-introduce Industrial Arts into a school without a program. Idea is to focus on the early stage processes using CAD and only create 'output' after extensive CAM simulation/testing on computers. A viable Industrial Arts program could be taught using a band saw, a 4-5 axis CNC mill and computers/software. Or at least that is the basis of my proposal. We shall see.
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Post by: Servolock on October 28, 2009, 11:44:35 PM
I've just converted a Grizzly wood lathe.  I'm successfully using Mach3 on a Dell Latitude D800.  By reading posts on the forum I was able to disable the services that were causing laptop trouble.  Everything appears to be working and I'm about ready start cutting, but the G-code list window is behaving strangely.  

I'm not sure where to post my questions about this.  My G-code file is 375 lines long, well within the 500-line limit.  The code displayed in the G-code list window doesn't match the file that I load.  The first couple hundred lines are right but then it starts repeating lines and omitting other lines.  When I run the code the system works perfectly until it gets up to the problem area.  Then it halts. If I hit the edit button, Notepad comes up and the file is perfect.  When I quit Notepad and go back to the G-code list window the bottom half of the file is still messed up.   Is this because it's unlicensed?  Is the code limit less than 500 lines for Mach3Turn?

Regards and thanks to all.
Dave
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Post by: Douglas770 on November 03, 2009, 12:48:38 PM
Hi All'

I'm a maintenance technician for a plastic thermofoming company. I currently have a custom 4 axis benchtop mill (EMC control), Camtech router(Waiting for Mach control)
and I'm helping a friend retrofit a Bridgeport  Interact 412(dspcm,Mach). The Forum looks like a great place for info and ideas, I will be happy to lend what little aid I can.

Doug
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Post by: tractionengine42 on November 07, 2009, 10:47:45 PM
Hi
I reside in Scotland, Aberdeen area, I have been using conventional machines for many years now but I have been interested in CNC for some time. I have everything to learn, I aim to eventually add a cnc lathe and mill to my existing conventional shop. I am currently converting a Warco VMC. No sooner do I make a start I end up working over seas so progress in this area is currently limited to short home visits. Meanwhile I can spend time learning the cnc language, maybe get some g-code ready to try.
May main inertest is scale steam and ic engines, my current projects are a 1/4 scale traction engine and a 1/4 scale Bentley BR2 rotary engine both about 70% complete. CNC will be good for finishing the Bentley. To keep my model activity going while over seas I bought a Sherline lathe, very good and portable machine, basically on my travels I have one suitecase cloths and one or two extra baggage lathe and tools.

Hope to be Happy cncing soon, I am sure I will call on your support from time to time,

Nigel
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Post by: BasHIDAP on November 08, 2009, 03:24:04 PM
Hello,

I am new here! My name is Bas Hesselink. I run my one man prototyping and small series production company from Arnhem Holland. I've got two CNC milling machines, one Bridgeport with a Heidenhain controller and a Gantry machine  Mach3 controlled. The last one is quit new and I am in a Mach3 learning process. Before I had a step4 gantry machine with a step4 controler. I produce the nc data with VX cad-cam software. Until now it works quite well with mach3. Even the G2 G3 worked well.
Apart from milling I do a lot of vacuum forming, vacuum casting and general mechanics. Have a look on my site www.bashidap.nl to get an impression.
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Post by: overdrive915 on November 09, 2009, 09:17:08 AM
Hi
 I'm new here My name is Stanley. I build automatic transmissions and modify them for performance use.
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Post by: xavi on November 10, 2009, 01:02:17 PM
Hi all,

I am xavier from uk... I have just registered on the forum...
I am novice in machine control software... I am trying to build a X-Y antenna positioner to be controlled by CNC software...
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Post by: newtech on November 12, 2009, 11:27:18 PM
Hello all,

I am new to Mach and relatively new to cnc. I have ran a cnc router but this is the first time I will be putting on together from scratch. I hope that I will be able to get some guidance from all of you on this forum.   
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Post by: foxcatII on November 16, 2009, 10:26:53 AM
Hi
My name is Marco, from Italy. I am doing the first steps with Mach3, and they are a problem. I hope to learn from experienced people of this forum.
marco
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Post by: lucasofmn on November 17, 2009, 04:15:35 PM
Lucas here,
New to CNC.  Just set up KX1 mill.  Having problems - computer does not seem to be talking to the mill.

This is the description:
I think things are set up properly, but can't get past step 5.3 in the manual, "Rest the machine".  I click the reset button, but the annunciator does not change, message remains "Emergency mode active...Press reset".  I have verified that the manual reset button is released on the front panel of the KX1 mill and that the chuck guard door is closed. 
 
There is a message near the history/clear buttons, it says "External EStop Requested".  I have hit the clear button a couple times but the message returns as soon as I hit the reset button again.

There is also a flashing red button near a button that says "Manual Limit Override" and a button that says "OverRide Limits".  I have tried to change the status of those buttons by clicking on them but no luck.


Adam at SmallCNCSupport said I should run something called seig_setup.exe, but no fiile by that name is posted on the artsoftUSA website (nor sieg_setup.exe).

Any ideas?

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Post by: Hood on November 18, 2009, 05:52:37 PM
You dont have an E-Stop button fitted by the sounds of it and really you should on all CNC machines. You can however trick Mach into thinking you do by changing the active state of the E-Stop in Ports and Pins, Inputs page.
Hood
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Post by: mickent on November 18, 2009, 06:32:28 PM
Hello,  I'm not a BOT   ;D
I am a retired EE who spent 40+ years in machine controls, but not type commonly referred to as "CNC"
My current project is lathe type engraver with x and theta axis using Parker servo motors and drivers I found on ebay.
I will be using a electric die grinder as a live tool.
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Post by: outfit43 on November 18, 2009, 07:59:21 PM
 I am outfit43 this is new to me :P   Does any one know how to wire encoder?  Any help will be appricated
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Post by: lucasofmn on November 19, 2009, 10:40:03 AM
You dont have an E-Stop button fitted by the sounds of it and really you should on all CNC machines. You can however trick Mach into thinking you do by changing the active state of the E-Stop in Ports and Pins, Inputs page.
Hood

Thanks Hood,

I found the problem, the computer parallel port was faulty.  Now proceeding with next steps.  KX1 does have the estop button present.
Lucas
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Post by: Araldite on November 19, 2009, 06:06:20 PM
Hi, I'm Vince. I'm new to CNC and am in the process of building my first router mill to get my feet wet. I've completed the X axis; I'm using a Xylotex kit. I just installed and configured Mach3 and was successful with no problems in jogging and the initial tuning of the motor. With the software and electronics working, I can get back to the mechanical build. This forum answered a lot of my questions and was instrumental in helping me achieve a smooth start up.

I'm a retired chemist and long time woodworker. I've been working with computers and dabbling in electronics for well over 25 years. This project is a lot of fun because it combines all of these.
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Post by: Chaps on November 20, 2009, 12:23:28 AM
I'm am very happy to be a part of this forum.  I am close to retiring and need a good hobby.  I am totally new to CNC as well as Mach 3.  I have been looking at the videos and searching through many of the posts.  I just converted my X2 mini mill to CNC -- a major task for the first endeavor.

I would appreciate any advice from this forum on how to learn to use Mach 3.  So far I have been able to mill a few simple parts, nothing complex yet.  I still do not understand "lead in" and "lead out" but watching some milling videos I know my G-code is not approaching the material properly.

Thanks again for this forum.  I'm looking forward to gleaning as much as I can from the vast knowledge base represented here!!!!! ???
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Post by: full5th on November 22, 2009, 04:18:25 AM
hi people
new b here
i have some new toys(cnc router-baby one)+mach3.
just getting started.
thought i would start with a (not a spambot)post
up front thought (15 years of g-code exp)this is going to be way past cool!
untill next time

                                                                         full5th
                                                                        overnout
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Post by: David Pace on November 22, 2009, 04:49:45 PM
hi all my name is david, im a maintenance manager at a woodworking company in nottingham england. im just getting into cnc as a hobby, my only prior experience with cnc is on a 12' gantry router at work running an osai controller with bosch drivers/steppers. my field of expertise is with omron plc's, anybody struggling with one give me a shout.
david
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Post by: m1911bldr on November 23, 2009, 04:24:38 PM
Hello, everyone,
     I'm Gary McFarlane, Oklahoma City, USA.  I've been running Mach 3 for a little over a year now and LOVE IT! I just upgraded my 42" x 32" home-built router to the Soigeneris SmoothStepper/G540 dirver and am very impressed.  I had been running with HobbyCNC's board but it proved too unreliable for my use.  I use my router mainly for doing custom cutting board inlays - names and such. I use BobCad/Cam for the drawing work. I'm a "well informed user" and can figure out just about any problem, given enough time, with all the different aspects of CNC but have not graduated into modifying screens and such.  I keep plenty busy producing cutting boards and really don't have any need to dig into all the different options of Mach 3, different screens, Mod Bus (do't even know what that is) and other things.
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Post by: JimInColorado on November 28, 2009, 05:36:51 PM
Hi,

My name is Jim and I'm very new to CNC, but I'm learning fast starting with this Forum.  ;)
 
I've been machining at home since 1989 and have a 9x48 Bridgeport and a 17 X 60 AFM (Polish) lathe as my main machines.
Getting tired of spinning cranks, so I've purchased a Taig CNC ready mill along with a combo Soigeneris SmoothStepper/G540 USB setup to immerse myself into the world of CNC.

I went through a four year machinist's apprenticeship and spent several years as a Manufacturing Engineer after getting my Bachelor's degree in Computer Science Engineering.
I'm now working as one of those IT people that play with Cisco routers and such. It looks like a steep learning curve with Mach3, but I'm motivated to learn and this Forum is my savior at the moment.

Looking forwards to learning as mush as possible from all the talented people in this forum.

Jim
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Post by: chris f on November 29, 2009, 02:00:01 PM
Hello my name is chris and I'm a toolmaker by trade. I've been cnc'ing about 11 or 12 years now. I aquired aTree J300 that had a camsoft refit and I tried to get things working but threw in the towel. I just switched over to mach. Still need some help I'm not a controls person but can figure most things out but I know enough when to ask for help. Thanks Chris
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Post by: bobeson on December 04, 2009, 03:32:19 PM

Hi Folks,  my name is Bob, and I live in Northern California (Santa Cruz county).  I've been a computer hardware design engineer for about 17 years, and have been programming for almost 30 years.   
I bought my first CNC machine earlier this year (a Tormach PCNC1100) and have been learning a lot as I ramp up production in my home workshop.   Mostly I'm working on prototypes for
my own product designs, but lately I've also been engaged in small-lot (80 pcs/lot) production of some steel parts.

I've discovered that I'm much more productive hand-writing gcode than trying to get the CAM output I really want, so I've been spending a lot of time coding up complex
multi-part, multi-operation fixtures.  In part, this is to work around the lack of a toolchanger on the Tormach.

Along the way, I discovered that it is in fact possible to program conditional gcode in Mach, by using expressions for subroutine label numbers, which get computed at run-time.  I've posted a more complete description in the gcode forum.
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Post by: JohnHaine on December 07, 2009, 05:03:47 PM
Hello all.  I'm based in the UK and my job is as a telecoms engineer (well, more marketing these days).  I've been making chips for getting on for 20 years, having inherited the bug from my father.  In principle I'm making a steam launch engine (full size) and my own designed clocks, but in practice I spend more time making tooling (and chips).  I have a Myford Super 7 which is the first machine being CNC'd - now virtually complete but needs a spindle index and an estop switch, but it has cut metal!  This involved making a new X-slide feedscrew because the Myford one is rather expensive to mess around with.

Next will be a little X1 mill, which I chose because my bigger mill, a Myford VMB, I don't want to risk.

The forum has already been useful to me and I'm sure I'll be posting a lot more dumb questions, so please be patient.

John.
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Post by: jchal3 on December 13, 2009, 09:25:51 PM
My name is Jason Chalfant, and I am new here

Im from kentucky and I have decided to build a cnc router.  The original plan was to work on it slowly as I could afford parts, but I fell into some stepper motors and drivers which came off of a piece of packaging machinery so I started a little early.  I figure I will be on here a lot learning how to set-up, and use my mach3 software.

I thank everyone in advance for their help.
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Post by: davidmacnc on December 14, 2009, 03:15:42 PM
Hello,
I have built my own CNC engraving/light milling machine. Have tried two other control programs but Mach3 seems to contain more information in an easily accessed way. Of course lots of information is what a new user needs but having it in a graded form (it goes from basic to more complex as needed) is a must. Just watching the video on home and limit switches changed my ideas on machine configuration. Mach3's machine coordinates which are basic references starts the new user on the right track. I also like the way work fixtures are easily set up. Can't wait to give it a try. Dave Anderson
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Post by: BuellRider on December 15, 2009, 08:58:19 AM
Hello all! My name is Rick, I work as a designer for an engineering firm in Houston Texas. I just recently purchased a used CNC Router from a sign company. I have read some manuals and watched some tutorials, but I'm still new to all this. My use for the CNC is to create one off cabinet doors for cabinet makers, and of course my own personal use. The CNC is a 3' x 4' model, metal framed, looks to be about 5 yrs old. The sign company never used it, as they had no time to learn how to make it work. I told them when I get it set up in my garage I will do their work for them on the side!

My background has been in AutoCAD, started in 86-87 when it was a DOS program, and the computers were around 4 hertz. So when I see a complaint about their computers running slow I just laugh and remember the old days. Back then, if you called up a drawing, it you could watch it actually draw the drawing in front of you, sometimes taking 30 minutes!

I look forward in learning from all of you, and if anyone wants to show me the right direction on setup, books to read, I sure would appreciate it!

  Thanks and hope all have a Merry Christmas!
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Post by: alannet on December 18, 2009, 08:17:04 PM
Hi, Alan here - I built my own CNC plasma table about 3 years ago. Took about 2 months and everything worked fine since the beginning.  I've monitor the forum every once in a while. Recently had a problem and needed help with floating head sensing problem.  You can see my home made machine and work at http://ARHStudio.com   I sell about 10-20 pieces of work a year just as a hobby.  I've done a few pieces for charity.  I think the challenge of building my own machine was what I enjoyed most.

Aerospace engineer during the day, college professor at night, and metal hacker on weekends.

Regards,
Alan Holbrook
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Post by: Jhtitan on December 22, 2009, 01:01:35 PM
Hello,

My name is Jon. I own a small computer repair company and am an RC Airplane flyer.

I am building a Solsylva CNC mill for cutting foam sheets and wood, its a 48"x48" machine that is at this point almost done.

this a new frontier for me and the learning process has been great fun so far.

Jon
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Post by: Dave in MT on December 22, 2009, 02:39:01 PM
Hello, I'm Dave in MT.
I bought Sherline's setup including their Linux box and I wanted to change to Mach3. So, just installed a new HD with XP on it, downloaded the Sherline version, set it up and switch it on. Works, except for two quirks. First, I had to switch the X and Y cables. These worked fine under Linux/EMC, but for whatever reason they are switched under Mach. Second, the X axis has a quirk: Using G codes in MDI, I just used XYZ commands to move things around and check it out. Curiously, and X1 command moves the X axis 2 inches. I'm guessing there is some setting some where (pulse?) that needs a tweak? Y and Z are fine.
Hope to interact with other Sherline users here; might be helpful to have a Sherline area on this site?
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Hood on December 22, 2009, 06:02:01 PM
Curiously, and X1 command moves the X axis 2 inches. I'm guessing there is some setting some where (pulse?) that needs a tweak? Y and Z are fine.

This thread is really only meant for introductions and a new thread should be started for questions but to solve your issue just double the Steps per unit on the motor tuning for the X axis, you may also need to adjust the Vel and Accel to suit.
Hood
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Post by: kkquek on December 25, 2009, 02:11:26 AM
Dear Sir,
how to addin a software "DeskEngrave" to Mach3,
now everytime i need to save gcode the go back to mach3 and open the file
thank
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Dave in MT on December 25, 2009, 02:19:46 AM
Hello, I do not use DeskEngrave so I'm sorry I can't help you. You should put a post in one of the other sections, for technical questions. Good luck!
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Post by: caddy on December 26, 2009, 09:58:56 AM
Hello Chad and Group members
My name is Tim and I'm retired from the airline industry (Hooray!) and live in Phoenix AZ. I'm fundamentally a self taught hobbyist and would not be comfortable calling myself a machinist. (those guys really know some stuff !) Early on, I did recognize with great fascination at just how much could be achieved by utilizing CNC. Accordingly I kept my eyes open and over the last several years picked up a small cnc mill and lathe (Emco F1 and a PC5) I have NO idea how to run them. So now, here I am gearing up to tackle cnc. A bit scary as I am not electronics oriented.
My shop is fairly well equipped after collecting for over 30 years and I enjoy building  hit and miss engines. My plans include building a radial engine and building all the parts "times 9" is motivating me to finally confront CNC and see which of us prevails. As all newbies, I will be needing huge input so a HEARTFELT Thank You to all in advance
Tim 
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Post by: VWDan on December 26, 2009, 04:28:36 PM
Hello, my name is Dan.  I'm new to CNC.  I converted a Seig X2 mini-mill and am now in the process of "fine tuning" it.  I'm new to G-Code but not to programming.  In a former life I was a Microsoft Certified Developer.  I hope to shorten my learning curve by glean some knowledge from the more experienced members of this group.  Hopefully, in time, I'll be able to contribute as well.  This is currently a hobby for me although I've done a little prototyping work for a friend and would like to do some more.  I'm also planning to convert my mini-lathe to cnc in the near future (once I've got the mill figured out).  I also have an interest in air rifles that I modify and make custom parts for.  That's it for now.

Dan 
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Post by: johnmb1946 on December 27, 2009, 03:49:51 AM
 Hi my name is John Bacon aka johnmb I live in Grimsby England . I got into cnc from surfing the web came across the Data-cut site and thought I'd like to have a go at building one and so I did . It has taken me almost 4 years to actually complete my routing machine as i have no mechanical experience at all . Once completed it I bought the Mach software and I also purchased myself most of the Vectric programs apart from Photo-carve. I also wanted something to keep me occupied when I retired which isn't long to go as im nearly 64 yrs old now, ive made  a few things so far and love
Mach 3 greatest program ever. Im also trying to make a 4th axis for it

John
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Post by: Jobber on December 27, 2009, 10:01:06 AM
Hey everyone,

I am a metalworker professionally and as my hobby. I always wanted to have a CNC milling machine.
Hearing the prices of repairs on our CNC machines at work , I gave up my ambition to buy one.
Then I met some people who build their CNC by themselves.Then the idea came to me to rebuild my old Beaver Mill .
A decade ago I bought a Beaver Mill VBRP.
After standing in a corner of my workshop all this time, I put him back in the spotlights. The idea is to convert him into a CNC Mill.
And run it with Mach,after having seen what is possible with Mach3. ;D
If interested here is a link to my project.
http://www.mycncuk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1403
Succes to you all
Andre
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: 25home on December 29, 2009, 12:48:18 PM
Hi my name is Nick i am from Romania and i am new in this area.I like to learn about mach,cad,cam,cnc so i build my first (ugly) router and now i am looking forward to see how to make the settings for mach,how to find some cad software and finally how to transform idea in to something real.
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Post by: mhackney on December 29, 2009, 07:28:06 PM
Hi all, my name is Michael and I live outside of Boston, MA USA. I just finished converting my MicroMark Mini Mill to CNC with the CNCFusion kit with ballscrews on all 3 axis. My other hobby is making fly fishing reels and I plan to use the mill to take my work to the next level. I have just completed writing a book on reelsmithing that will be published in early 2010 by Whitefish Press. I also started the reelsmithing.com/fourm to support reelsmithing.

I am running my mill with the free trial of Mach3 but am planning to purchase the full version tonight.

cheers,
Michael
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: gaz. on December 30, 2009, 06:37:19 PM
hello,

I am new here,  just recieved my cnc machine today,  and its all up and running already.  To my suprise.  I thaught it would be alot harder.
I own a graphics company,  so the machine will be primarely used to cut out acrylic letters for shop fronts etc.  But i want to make more changeling things than that!
I registered to see all the coool things people have made with their cnc machines.

Gaz.
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: ncombes on January 02, 2010, 02:23:58 PM
Hello, my name is Nathan and I live in Jenks, Oklahoma.  I don't have much experience with CNC machines, but I have always been intrigued by them.  I got my mahcine up and running a few weeks ago and I am still working some things out.  Hopefully I can find what I'm looking for in this forum.  I had no real reason to build my machine except that I'm a mechanical engineer and was bored.
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Post by: uMax_Engr on January 02, 2010, 05:39:45 PM
Howdy, Sarge here. I "backed" into this: my brother is buying the parts to build 2 X/Y tables ~30" x 60"; one for him as a plasma cutter, one for me (uncommitted as yet). Bro doesn't have the electronics / programming skillset nor the time to build. I come from 30+ yrs electronics design, 15+ on my own, 10+ in microcontrollers.  A collegue recommended Mach3: a choice move!

 I built the stepper drives & torch control relays, figured out the axes w/pinouts & tuning, but turned to the forum for help on torch control. Special thanks to the posters in "Plasma On/Off", I should have it good soon.

 A fast "cookie" of thanks: the charge pump is a great drive enable, but may have a lag as presented due to capacitive time constant. I used a 74123 retriggerable one-shot with:
 > charge pump signal through 680 ohm to pin 9 (a* inp), with .1 uF to gnd. (noise supression & signal loading)
 > 47k (pins 16 & 7) & .01uF (7 & 6) to set the one-shot time constant
 > pins 10 & 11 to + (pin 16) and pin 8 to gnd
 While pump is active; pin 5 is high & 12 is low. It tolerates the occasional missing pulse, but miss 2+ and it changes state.
I use it to disable the FET drivers (ST type L293B at inhibit)     Thanks for the help, I'll be visiting again soon... <<<)))
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: alanbredbury on January 03, 2010, 01:08:58 PM
Alan Bredbury here Tool and Die Maker by trade went back to school and got my Masters in Business Management. Worked as a project Engineer in the automotive aftermarket for 18 years then the company got bought and moved out of Connecticut. I had some CNC exposure but then became a division manager for a company that had 4 different CNC machines and spent a lot of time drawing and tool pathing in Mastercam X. I had a lot of Autocad experience in the late 90s and early 2000s. I had been buying parts for a while to put a machine together and as of February 2009 I became unemployed once again. I have built my machine X axis 50" Y axis 40" Z axis 18" Gecko 203V 640in/oz motors MACH3. It works great just got it calibrated and running. But (I will post this in the correct area as well) I am a bit confused about one thing. when I go into the motor set up area and jog the axis, any one, I can enter 80 IPM for the speed and jog the motors without missing steps no problem, set my acceleration so high it actually shakes the machine no missed steps. When running a program if I go over 30 IPM even with gentle acceleration I get missed steps I mean blatant you can hear the motor ratcheting. Is there a setting I am missing in the run mode? Anyway Greetings all.
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: John Eriksen on January 04, 2010, 07:18:50 PM
Bought Mach3 (well..  came with a mill I bought..  trying to familiarize myself with the software...)

IS there (I thought I saw somewhere... I thought I saw... I thought I saw )   a dictionary or term look up web page posted here somewhere...  about terms used in Mach3 and CNC in general...  was I seeing things...

folks  talking about "zed position'   and "z axis position" are about to drive me nuts...   (am I already...??)   8-)   thanks for any help

Pleeeze.. ???

Thanks in advance
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Julian on January 06, 2010, 09:49:34 AM
I will shortly have a 3 axis router running from mach3 - just purchased from Exel CNC.

I have many years experience with CNC, use Solidworks and EdgeCAM. Will look at producing patterns and models again! Ran a product development business before, now teaching at the local college - and yes do teach CAE / CNC / CAD / CAM - i don't need to be tested too hard, don't want to be found out!

Looks like a well supported forum - looking forward to joining in - well asking for help?

Any one got a reliable post processor for Mach 3 / EdgeCAM?

Julian
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Post by: gwbohn on January 07, 2010, 11:06:50 PM
Hey; I'm a newbie to both CNC and this forum. I'm CNCing a Proxxon mill, a Taig lathe, and a larger home made mill based on the Taig spindle. A long, long time ago in a Galaxy far far away I was a computer programmer using C, Pascal, Fortran and MS VB. Now I just sell and repair computers. Even with my experience with computers, the set up of Mach3, using the somewhat incomplete and cryptic install pdf, has been a bit frustrating.
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: controlfreq on January 08, 2010, 01:29:23 PM
Hello,
My name is Aaron and I live in WA State in the pacific northwest of the USA. My education is a BSEE (Electrical Engineering, control theory emphasis) but I work primarily in machine automation. I specify hardware, electronic and mechanical, and then develop the software integrating both motion controllers and interfaces to PLC and HMI's.

I started my project using Mach3 as a tool to support a hobby business of mine that requires repetitive routing/cutting of plastic and foam. I have picked up a XYZ table with stepper motors, and am in the process of initial testing. The motors and drives have very little information, as I picked these up used, and they are from a supplier in China.

I have already found the site here to be very interesting. I'm currently working with the Demo version of Mach3 to see how well the whole concept is going to perform, before picking up the license; however, for my task the licensed version is where I'll end up. I really look forward to working with everyone and being a part of this community. I wish every high school offered a program to allow students to join this community and develop educational projects.
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: ukbsa on January 08, 2010, 05:55:15 PM
Hi, Thanks for the welcome. I've been in NC since 1972 in Ferranti and was taught by the guys who invented it back in 1952. lived thro' the development of editing boxes and then full cnc. Been thro punched card, fanfold, mag tape, paper tape, mylar etc. 23 or so different control systems, ran CNC lathe manufacturing plant, 20 years spent as workholding specialist and now am old fart playing in my garage with a little boxford I came across which has no software. Mach3 looks like a good solution so now looking at how to wire it up.
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: JimA on January 09, 2010, 07:57:19 PM
Hi All; This is a great forum and has been the source of many answers for me already.  My name is Jim and I have little experience in engineering/machining or computer programming but love to tinker. I have been a pilot for 36 years and am currently (summer anyway) a waterbomber pilot in western Canada.  I am awed by the experience and generosity of the members of this forum.  I built a basic 3 axis machine 3 years ago and have been lurking for quite awhile. My interest is in building model aircraft of my own design. It is a thrill to design something in AutoCAD and take it all the way through to a production part. Just tried to upgrade to 3.042.035 but everything stopped working so went back to V2.  I will have to probe a little further for some answers. Cheers!
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: alchemy on January 10, 2010, 01:44:08 PM
Hi  All

Just a few lines to introduce myself. I'm an Architect from and based in Ireland. In 2004 I set up a company producing 3D models / images for the construction industry. Currently for obvious reasons the need for architects / 3d visualisers for the construction sector is almost non existent. I have always been excited about CNC - the ability to go directly from drawing to object. Producing 3d images for other guys designs is a little removed and after 5 years was becoming a chore. I have some money put aside and will be looking to purchase either an ez-router or shop bot. I'm currently comparing the 2 machines -shopbot - prob. better machine with large user/support forum and the ez-router alot cheaper and could do the job plus you can use mach 3. Anybody got a recent model ez-router - any advice?
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: AlesV on January 11, 2010, 08:08:02 AM
HI
I'm new to the forum. I like a technical chalenge so I decided to build a cnc mill. It can do approx 1250x700x340mm piece (4.11x2.3x1.1ft), mainly wood and foam (or soft metal like alu or bras, but I do not use it much, just some letters and such)
Lately the original controller (bought off the shelf) box failed and I started to look for options. That's how I found Mach3 on the web.
Already got great help from the members.
As per their suggestions and hopefully further guidance, I'll try to convert the controller box to try Mach3. If all goes well (read:if I do not do something stupid with the electronics) hope to start milling again soon.

Otherwise I am in naval architecture and yacht design. I do mostly aluminium and steel boat plans.

So thanks a lot for this usefull forum.
Ales

 
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Post by: jefftouch77 on January 13, 2010, 02:32:23 AM
Hi,
I'm a newbie here, name is Jeff,I'm here at Singapore currently working as senior technician.
our products here is mainly made out of foam. dinosaurs,statues,animal and action figures,props for events,anything under the sun that can be scanned and milled out of foam.
As of now i having trouble with my scanning machine which is using a mach2 CnC control program that's how i find this
website(forum).hoping i could get some help and i can share some ideas too in the future....

by the way I'm just new with machinery's and scanners cause in practice i am an electronics en gr.

thanks a lot in advance for the help that ill gonna get here......
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Post by: TomL21 on January 19, 2010, 11:51:18 AM
Long time lurker, now have a few questions.  I've been around Mach and the site for some time now.  Decided it's time to start posting.  I've got a mach retrofit in process at home (Supermax YCM40) and will be working with a new Mach powered machine at work in the near future.  At home I'm hoping to be making all kinds of parts for my various "work in progress" projects.  As money/time allows.  At work I'm a New Product engineer at a firearms manufacturer.

I'm now working  on a screen for the machine at work, need to 'dummy' proof the operation and have a couple of questions.

Thanks for all the help in the past and the future.

TOM
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: oscarware on January 22, 2010, 06:23:14 PM
just give me a minute as I'm new to this forum business.  I'm going to push the "post" chicklet at the bottom of this framd and see what happens

OW
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: oscarware on January 22, 2010, 06:31:11 PM
OK, here goes.

Real name is Ed.  Live in Seattle.

I have a small prototyping shop, dba "OSCARWARE". 

I have a BP Eztrak SX and am working on an upgrade to 3 axis using Mach3.  I have dreams of building a CNC lathe and a CNC panel router. 

I'm a Zemax lens designer. 

Anybody out there who finds this message, give me a toot. 

Ed M
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: at6c on January 23, 2010, 08:06:54 PM
I am working on converting an Anilam lathe to Mach3.  The lathe has a six position Baruffaldi tool changer.  This changer is driven by a 3phase motor controled with a lock, brake, encoder, and position sensor.  I was planning to use a plc interfaced to Mach.  Has anyone done this?  Any advice?
Thanks
George
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Post by: AlanRoyDavis on January 24, 2010, 10:52:45 PM
Hi Everybody I'm new.  My name is Alan.  I have been retired for three years and have been spending many happy hours in the shop.  I have just taken delivery (3 weeks past) of a Novakon NM-135.  I have never used Mach 3, or Windows, or CNC before so the learning curve is pretty steep.  (Won't even mention BobCAD)

Today I spent the afternoon trying to puzzle out how soft limit's are supposed to work.  I think I have em set up properly.  The Mach manuals are pretty good for explaining how Mach works.  Not so good for explaining how CNC is done.  Can anyone point me to some good reference material.

Alan
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: takeshi on January 25, 2010, 01:08:01 AM
i am a noob,, Years ago I was a master machinist. And now learning my life long dream of doing cnc routing.

I live in SW Mich and built my own router using hand tools. The learning curve is steep but this is fun.
The video scanning looks intriguing..
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Post by: blake374 on January 27, 2010, 12:15:39 AM
Hi

I am new here and I have a feeling I will be visiting often looking for help.  Any other hot wire users out there?

Blake
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Ted383 on January 27, 2010, 10:40:31 AM
Hello all from Western NC.
I have been doing precision sheet metal work for 25ys. Used to do a lot of work for IBM and Motorola. I started on CNC in 1987 on an Amada turret punch with 3000c controller. No CAD. No PC. Just a dedicated Amada computer with no hard drive. Hand written G code programming.

I have been self employed for 7 yrs. I purchased a CNC Plasma table a few months back. I will be posting a question shortly.  -ted


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Post by: jobobeda on January 27, 2010, 12:19:52 PM
Hello to all from another newbie!

I'm John, new to CNC with hobby experience in machining and metal casting.

My interest in CNC is to eventually convert a Rong-FU 30 type mill drill to cnc .
  I also want to build a CNC router for making patterns for my foundry work.
The router will be the first project.  As a retired person, my budget
 for hobby activities is somewhat constrained but, what the heck!


I'm just now setting up Mach3 on my computer and running gcode in simulation.

So far, So good. Should be a "fun Adventure."

Thank You for allowing me to become a member,

John


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Post by: Peralta on January 28, 2010, 12:05:46 AM
Hi everyone, I am based in Bedminster NJ

I am building a 6 axis robot out of printed plastic parts.
Here is my progress so far.  It works really well. Thanks for all the help!

http://www.alvarogil.com/cadcam/robot/index.html

It just came alive today, But in the upcoming weeks we will program it using Robotmaster inside of Mastercam.

Al



So far, you made a great job, you used plastic parts in order you complete your program. I am very excited for the next move that you do. I hope if you finish your work, you will post it here.
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Post by: Dumb beginer on January 30, 2010, 11:27:18 PM
Hi to everyone from California:
I'm new to cnc. Built the machine no problem, I have the softwear and a driver from MECHTRONICS for bi polar motor. I also have 3 bi polar "23KM-K255-P1v motors. I have hooked up everything but can't get the mach 3 mill make my motor move. I load G cods from the wizard just to try the motor and communication. but nothing happens when the program is running. But I also have a cheap program just to make the motor move which does the job. LOL what do I have to do please help: any help is good. Thanx fellows. E mail: frmco@sbcglobal.net
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Post by: FAllen on January 31, 2010, 11:33:06 PM
Hi,

I am new not only to Mach3, but to machining. I have a lot of experience with woodworking and a fair amount of programming experience. I got into machining because I started making jig for precisions wood working and quickly realized that cutting aluminum on  a table saw and driling and tapping on a drill press was never going to be accurate enough for me. So I dug into options on the internet and discovered the world of hobby machining and then, glory of glories, CNC machining. I haven't been so excited since (I date myself) I first bought an Apple II computer in 1982. I have jumped in full bore: bought a Sherline lathe and Taig mill and run them with a Soigeneris controller. I am an inveterate designer and have been using Rhino CAM for several years now. I recently bought BobCAD for its CAM features and having mastered the basics of it and Mach3 am starting to cut stuff. There is a lot to learn, but that is half the fun. I recently went to Cabin Fever and got a great opportunity to see the works of some great craftsmen and and talk with them. I stopped by the Mach3 table and talked with Brian Barker a bit and was fascinated by the little Taiwan-made gantry router table he had for demo purposes. I look forward to chatting with the other forum members and hope I don't embarrass myself too much. FA.
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Post by: husky on February 01, 2010, 10:53:59 AM
Hello from Slovenia!

I work as a CAD/CAM engineer in a small family workshop. I have been programming two Hurco vertical mills with MasterCAM for last five years.
We also have a nice home made vertical mill for milling aluminium but the controls are really awful. So we decided to change it, of course with Mach3. I hope to get some answers in this nice comunity!

Best regards,
Luka
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Post by: rhyshimsworth on February 01, 2010, 01:08:08 PM
hi,

My name is rhys. I have just got a trial copy of mach3 and am about to order the full version.

I have a Xylotex driver and stepper motors. I use illustrator to create my image and then export it.

I can't work out what i am supposed to do. I have exported a DXF file but that does not work.

When I export the file as a txt file mach3 seems ok with this (sllthough it moves very slow) however the motors do not turn.

Can anyone help with this??? I need to do a demo to some students and really need to work this out very soon.

If anyone can help I would be really grateful.

Thanks

Rhys
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Rptdream on February 01, 2010, 03:25:45 PM
Hi my name is Ryan and I've been a Mach user for about three years now.
Ive always been interested in robotics and automation and Mach was my first move towards automation.
My next step will be PLC's.
I have a cnc Plasma cutter and mill in my garage that I've been working on for a couple of years now.
I cant think of anything Id rather spend time doing, until something goes wrong witch brings me hear to this moment typing on this forum.

Looking forward to meeting some of you :)

-Ryan   
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Post by: kkin on February 04, 2010, 08:27:56 PM
My name is Kane

I am new to this form and I am working on and three axes mill.
I have mach3 software and a HobbyCNC EZ Driver Board
Frame size: NEMA 23
Holding torque: 136 oz-in
Voltage: 3.2 VDC
Current: 2 A
Step Angle: 1.8° (200 steps/rev)
Leads: 6 wires
Wiring: Unipolar
stepper motors
And I could use a lot of help to create and configuration file
 I have a lot to learn?

Thank you for reading Kane
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Post by: NCR980racer on February 06, 2010, 09:47:53 AM
Hi,
    My names Dave ,me and my wife Kathy make special tools and parts for Ducati motorcycles ,we have been doing this for a few years manually but last year converted a X3 mill using a Promica  conversion kit to try and do some of the more monotonous milling jobs.We are struggling a bit as all our work is done from sketches and we need to accustom ourselves to CAD drawing as well.We have written some basic code to get us started and are amazed when the machine makes stuff on it's own which we usually take hours manually to make,we love the Mach 3 screen and program but have a long way to go to get the most out of it .
       We live in Hervey Bay Queensland Australia.
   Dave & Kathy.
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Post by: alphaindustry on February 07, 2010, 10:29:06 AM
Dear friends!

In couple of days, I am going to purchase 4 axis Bridgeport mill with TNC 151 controller. Deal depends upon your information. Please tell me weather this controller is compatible with Mach 3 and Mastercam software? Also suggest best software for me.

You can email me on alphaindustry@hotmail.com

Your cooperation in this regard will be highly appreciated.

Thanks
Suhail
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Post by: Josef on February 09, 2010, 04:02:51 AM
Hi,

I'm Josef, and I'm new to Mach3. I use Mach3 for laser cutting and -welding. I'm searching for some answers here ;) !

Hope to get some!

best Josef
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Trevor on February 09, 2010, 10:40:25 PM
Hello, I've been tinkering with an old cnc mill using mach3, but wanted to register to get involved with the new lazyturn.
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: dnnsigns on February 10, 2010, 07:43:39 PM
Hi I am Neil I live in the UK we run a 10 year old Camtech Z7 8' x 4' router this has stopped working within the last couple of days and have made the decision to ditch the 10 year old controller and replace with new, and controll using Mach3. The forum is highly recommended as a good source of advice and help, I think I will need lot's of this as I am a Mach3 virgin.

Regards

Neil Herbert
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Topduck on February 10, 2010, 10:17:49 PM
Hi
I am Sam Dehays, just joined this forum after searching for a solution to run Mach3 on windows7 64bit and found some answers here
I am a jeweler from San Diego ( Sunny California )
Recently decided to move on with technology and bought a CNC mill hoping to use it in jewelry making
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Duane on February 11, 2010, 05:11:19 PM
Hello - I'm an industrial arts teacher, just finished building Kleinbauer's Brute II.  Purchased motors and controller from StepperWorld.  Now looking into software.  Kleinbauer says CNCPro is 'cat's meow', but seems most reviews online say otherwise (no documentation or support).  Will have a look at TurboCNC when I figure out how to open it.  Mach 3 looks pretty daunting, I just read the 150 page manual and it seems the hard part of CNC machining has just begun.  Any way, I'm glad I found this forum and look forward to corresponding with some of you.
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Jay Dub on February 11, 2010, 11:03:34 PM
    Hello, my name is Jeff Wittman, and this is my first post here and i am pretty excited about my new projects! Vital stats- 36, married, 2 kids, Industrial Designer turned Commercial Electrician (figure that one out). Avid hobbiest, model cars, airplanes, helicopters. Amature machinist, and first time cnc build. My first cnc is a old Light Machines that I picked up on e-bay. Put in new steppers, built my own controller box, wiring harneses etc. Re-imaged an old desktop pc, and POW -my first CNC system. It seems to work fine so far, have yet to cut parts, but soon. I am off to the regular to ask questions. Thanks in advance -Jeff
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Mr_bossman on February 12, 2010, 09:55:27 AM
Hi I'm from Whitby,ON,Canada,
My son and I  built a 36" x 42" home made router cnc with extruded aluminum  it took about nine months .We are using Mack3 , Vcarve 2d and TurboCad ver14 software.Having lots of fun.Started to run out of room in my garage so we mounted the unit on the wall ( from horizontal to Vertical ) looks and works great.
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: timsshop on February 12, 2010, 11:55:32 AM
New member here. I have been looking into the 'home shop CNC' projects since I retired about a year ago. A lot of info here and at CNCzone.com.
Thanks to all for posting here to hel us not so good at CNCing.
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: sshuford on February 12, 2010, 08:53:41 PM
Names Stan. Just finished a Joe's Hybrid. Now comes the fun part.
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: nowthis on February 13, 2010, 09:39:13 PM
Hi there folks. I'm Bill and bought a custom cnc router machine a few years ago and I am using Mach3 software. And that is how I got here.

My career is computer programming and my hobbies include computer programming and wood working.
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: soundman12 on February 14, 2010, 07:30:03 PM
HELLO TO ALL!!

MY NAME IS KEVIN AND I JUST JOINED UP HERE.  A LITTLE ABOUT ME ??? HMMMMM  WELL AT WORK I HAVE CNC MASTERS SUPRA MILLING MACHINE AND A JET 13X40" LATHE NON CNC.
I AM NOT BY FAR A MACHINIST BUT I AM TRYING TO LEARN EVERY DAY THE TIPS AND TRICKS TO MACHINE WORK.  I JOINED THIS FORUM BECAUSE I AM INTERESTED IN LEARNING FROM PEOPLE AND IF I HAVE ANYTHING OF WORTH OF MY OWN SHARING IT TO YOU ALL.

BUT I LOVE TO MAKE CHIPS AND PARTS BUT I DONT HAVE VERY MUCH LUCK!!! LOL  I TEND TO MAKE MORE SCRAP THAN PARTS !!! LOL  ANY HELP WILL BE GREATLY APPRECIATED AND I WILL RETURN THE FAVOR IF AT ALL POSSIBLE WHEN I CAN.

I WOULD LIKE TO START WITH ::: DOES ANYONE KNOW IF THE MACH 3 SOFTWARE WILL RUN ON A SUPRA MACHINE WHICH IS USB CONTROLLED NOW IS THERE A WAY TO CONNECT THE 2 TOGETHER??

THANKS

KEVIN
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: luckyboot44 on February 17, 2010, 01:56:11 AM
Hello,

Just finished my machine. Built to cut wood, foam and plastics. I am currently a custom cabinet maker and enjoy pushing myself to learn new things. Im sure I will have alot fo questions to ask everyone. Thanks for the info in advance.

L. Boots
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Post by: advt001 on February 18, 2010, 10:02:30 PM
I have lurked for a few months and finally decided to post.I am a patternmaker by trade and started using cnc mills almost 20 years ago.Now I want to try my hand at some retrofits using Mach.
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: RFrana on February 19, 2010, 11:21:14 AM
My name is Ray, I am very new to CNC. I have a hobby workshop that I love to tinker in. I really enjoy working with computers and automation is interesting to me so I decided it would be fun to get a CNC Router and play around with it. I  started looking at routers and finally bought a used cnc from a guy in Texas with the promise of tech support.  :) Now that I finally got it delivered after a month, I am trying to get it up and running and as you might expect, this guy won't answer calls or return emails. Needless to say I am frustrated. He didn't send me any documentation for the machine. I do not know how it is wired or what the drive controles are, however he did send me a config file for Mach.and said all I had to do is past it in the Mach folder and everything would work. I have done this and when I go into Mach3Mill the screen is blank, except for the very top where it says File, Config, etc. I made a new profile named CNC Router. I can start this up and the screen is not blank but when I put his config file in the Mach folder I get a blank screen. Can anyone please help me figure this thing out?
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: SXYGRAMPS on February 20, 2010, 07:56:14 PM
My name is Jimmy Haskins
   I cant remember if I posted in here the first time I tried to use this software or not. But here goes an update anyway.
I have worked in industry controls for years and years. Have programed in many platforms that are common in industry. Most of them are PLC and do not have anything to do with CNC. Currently I am employed by 2 companies one of which I am half owner in. That company owns two milling machines and four lathes. The other company makes food products and actually is profitable. I own none of it.
  The company that I do own part of is called Industrial Technicians and was doing service for industry as far away as Jamaica for a while. Then a nasty divorce forced me to seek steady employment and cut it back. So it is in the rebuilding stage. Before I quit the steady pay check it is my intention to have all the CNC lathes operational. I have already upgraded the Anilam Crusader II mill to Camsoft. An expansive mistake I do not wish to repeat. While having quick technical support at hand was very nice the program just does not seem to meet my needs. I am looking forward to learning the exciting rich features of Mach software. Just watching the videos has awakened me to the power of this platform Wow. Cant wait to get into the roots of this thing. However I am going to need a tennney tinnney bit of help. LOL

Looking forward to getting to know all of the folks here and learning from you all

Thanks Jimmy
Ride safely I need all my friends
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Post by: The Fixer on February 22, 2010, 10:24:55 AM
Hello
Pleased to meet you, I have just constructed a small mini mill for machining wax and plastics, hope to use mach3.  Just got the software up and I'm still learning the basics
Stuart  The Fixer
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Goliathus on February 22, 2010, 01:21:51 PM
Hi,

My name is Randy I live in Toronto Canada and I just this very minute got my CNC Sherline 2000 mill up and running with the Mach 3 software. In the late 1970's and early 80's I was a machinist involved in the building of Palette lines and head lines. CNC was a rare tool to have for any machine shop back then. Its been 35 years since I have even looked at a mill or lathe. I look forward to the fun that will unravel in the years to come. I bought this machine to make parts for things that I need for my AV business and of course to make other stuff too. I am sure I will have questions for all you Mach 3 experts out there to help me become well versed in CNC Machining. The lathe will be here in a few months. Any suggestions for what kind of CAD/Drawing program that work with Mach 3 and Lazy Cam? What about Lazy Cam Pro?
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Curmudgeon on February 22, 2010, 01:45:33 PM
Relatively new to the forum, been lurking and running the demo version of Mach3 while building my Rockcliff  model A CNC.
Got it up and running just yesterday and ready to start making some sawdust. I’m a software guy by trade, but have always had a wood working project in the shop as my escape. I started making duck calls a few years ago and that hobby lead me to CNC. Not for the barrels, that’s the fun part of call making, but for the tone boards. Tone boards need to be very precise, and consistency is mandatory. Most folks use hardened steel jigs. Jigs are expensive and you can’t just make one any time you need one. Being able to use different radi (arc’s) is my goal, and I want to do it with software, not jigs. I also want to be able to probe a toneboard I already have fine tuned and then cut that on my CNC. I have a LOT to learn but don’t doubt I will get it all working with the support tools provide by Art, and of course the folks on this forum.  I’m looking forward also to making a few other things on the CNC, that’s why I built the 12x12 instead of buying one of the much smaller kits that would have sufficed for just the tone boards.
Also using a notebook and a Smooth Stepper with no problems so far....
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: master on February 22, 2010, 07:23:53 PM
Good evening to every one,my name is Eugenio Aleman,Im a cuban, from miami,florida former as screw machining
specialist on 1964 in Rostov,Rossia,graduated on ISPJAE habana,cuba as mechanical engenier,last 20 years on miami work on srew machine,start my own machine shop w srew machine and cnc lathe and mill from HASS,I haved the time to pass it to my son,start a new machine shop in El Salvador C.A. and lost it ,now I have an a Hass cnc VCM (milling),
I made an a router machine I planed to made an art work on it,but I like to made machines I have 66 years old,and.....
still running,maybe I will made a lathe now??!
Thanks to every for reading my post.Eugenio.
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: rbigelow1 on February 24, 2010, 01:05:31 AM
 ;D
Hi All,

I'm another old newbie, that is, up there in years but new to CNC. I had run a manual mill and lathe in a former life and am delighted to see the advances in computers on CNC stuff.  Back in '71 no one ever heard of a "personal computer", a simple calculator cost $250.00 then.

I'm building a DIY machine right now and have some problems with stepper motors. I've spent the last two weeks messing around with them and have accomplished little, however I am learning Mach 3!  Should I post my setup questions here or is there another listing that deals with setup?

I've been reading the posts on this site and I am very impressed with the knowledge base of the users and the willingness to share that knowledge. I hope that my questions will be reasonable, 'cause I'm tired of hitting my head on the table. Maybe I'm just not using the right search phrase for my problems.....?

Thanks,

Rick in Sacramento
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Glen in SA on February 24, 2010, 02:38:13 AM
Hi guys
My name is Glen and I hail from Cape Town, South Africa
I have been working with CNC machines for the last 6years or so after getting thrown in the deep end by my brother with a 2hr crash course!!! lol
My main hobby is paintball and am always looking for a opportunity to sneak a personal project in  >:D
looking foreward to getting to know ya all!!
 ;D
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: RICH on February 25, 2010, 11:16:54 AM
Hi Glen, and welcome to the site.
Not into paintball.......heck, let me try and make you  confortable .....  ;)
RICH
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Dave2433 on February 25, 2010, 05:34:05 PM
Hi all,

My name is Dave and I'm very new to this world of CNC. Having inherited an old Techno gantry router with a very old MAC100 controller I have been floundering around trying to get it working. Having spent months on and off I finally came up with a solution - buy a new controller!

Don't know if I should have persevered with the MAC100 but at least I'm up and cutting. I decided to buy Mach3 to run things and I have to say that I'm very impressed
with it, although being new means I have no benchmark to compare with.

I am just installing some home switches, the X & Y seem straight forward enough, I'll think about the Z later. Maybe I'll be back with some requests for advice.

I spent 24 years ain the Army looking after the Challenger tanks for 7 Armoured Brigade so I have an engineering background, now I have a signmaking business and therefore print and cut a lot of signs. One area of interest I have just now is find out how the routers with optic work. They use some sort of camera to pick up registration marks and then use these to calculate where the various shapes are and then cut them out. Is this something that Mach3 supports? Can anyone offer any advice on this process and whether is can be installed DIY?

Look forward to reading the various topics that are bouncing around.
Title: would you recommend Mach3 to students
Post by: frenchfrog on February 26, 2010, 07:47:47 PM
I've been studying to become a machinist since Jan/2009.  I've started learning G codes and doing simple programs.  Would you advise a beginner to purchase Mach3 to use on a laptop as a simulator? Such as to verify his programs if they respect: maths... radius compensation, code activations and cancellations, .... blah blah Bela.   

Is Mach3 could to simulate various post controllers: Mitsubishi, Okuma, Fanuc, ... ? If not, which one are used.

I see that there are various videos and pdf's.  But is there a step by step learning guide for beginners (or dummies) to learn about all the feature and uses of Mach3?
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: mruel on February 27, 2010, 01:05:17 PM
Hello Machsupport world!

I've been in machining for 28 years as of this posting.  Two years in Technical College where I learned CNC programming and 26 years at a job operating swiss automatic lathes making medical parts.  I've always been interested in electronics, wood carving, fabrication, computer and cnc programming, inventing, music and instrument making, among other things.  With the exception of being in rock and blues bands for thirteen years, I haven't gotten to do too many of my other interests more than dabbling a little here and there.

Recently, I decided to develop a project that would encompass as many of those interests as I could and the result is that I've decided to build a CNC router!  On that router I intend to make some carvings, maybe some intarsia and probably more than one electric guitar!  I'm almost drooling to get started!  I don't know why I didn't think of doing this years ago!

Looking into this project, I came across Mach3 and could tell that it's something I certainly want to explore and probably start using.  Right now I'm going through the tutorials and getting my installation configured.  I missed un-checking the option box for installing the port driver.  So, now I'm looking into these forums to find out if the software can be run in simulation mode even with the pp driver installed, or if there is a difference in what I would see if it can be.

I hope to get to know many of the people in this forum!  Is there a physical gathering that anyone has ever arranged or anything of that nature?  It might be rewarding to do so.

We'll be talkin'
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: gaston on February 28, 2010, 02:28:44 PM
Hi All
I'm new to machining , I'm new to CNC, I'm new to CAD, I'm new to CAM and I'm over 65 so I can barely remember what I don't know!
I have a son who is a machinist, an expert in CAD (solidworks), CAM (mastercam) among  others) , NC and CNC machining and is a manager for a precision CNC facility .
SO I have LEGAL COPIES of Solidworks and Mastercam at home to learn and use. As a learning tool we are building a CNC router and hope to control it with MACH 3.
We are still in the design stage (Soildworks learning experience for old dad) and are gathering up parts to build with. I am lucky in that if I can dream it (and afford the material) we can use the equipment at the company he works at (on our own time of course) to build the parts for it!
I have been lurking at this forum for a while and thought it was time to join so I can pester the great minds here with questions as they arise
gaston (John)
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Post by: EJParrott on February 28, 2010, 02:59:59 PM
Hi,

Names Ed, and I live in Rugby, England.  Ive been a CNC machinist for 5 years, programming long-hand G-code for most of the time, but recently becoming a Mastercam programmer.  All my work is on lathes and vertical borers.

I'm a model engineer in my spare time, and build miniature steam engines which I run at the Rugby Model Engineering Society, of which I am Vice-Chairman.

I'm just in the process of buying a Lillian turret mill from my workplace.  Its got a damaged spindle motor and CNC unit, and is uneconomical to repair - for work.  For me however, it represents an opportunity to buy a good machine for scrap prices, and give it a new lease of life with new motors and new CNC.  I've been introduced to Mach3 by a friend, and have looked throught the website and am hugly impressed - but it looks like Ive got a lot to learn!

I hope to be around a bit, but if I disappear for a while dont dispair - I've got really busy times ahead of me at the moment, and I've got some pretty big projects on the go with my other hobby, Land Rovers.

Cheers!
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: The Fixer on March 02, 2010, 04:08:32 PM
Hello I new to CNC and Mach3, Just built a table top mill and have just now got Mach 3 running good
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: riporeno on March 04, 2010, 05:43:18 PM
hi   
 
my name is Moreno and I reside in italy (rimini) 
 
you excuse if you don't understand me, but I don't know very well the language.   :-[
 
I am happy to have found you. 
 
You are a lot of experts on mach3. 
 
regards
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Post by: dcd442 on March 05, 2010, 04:08:59 PM
Hello...and HELP!   
My 1st project.  Everything seems ok...until XP loads.  I can jog the axis manually (board jumpers), until xp comes up.  Mach 2 makes the lights work (in manual - jogging)...but not the motors.  My step, and direction pins, and outputs appear correct.  The board instructions list enable pins...I'm not sure if I have these set up correctly.  (I have a program called partest...I can cycle the y steps with this program.)   Any help would be appreciated....thanks.
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: dcd442 on March 05, 2010, 05:25:01 PM
found the problem....my enables were set to low. 
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: charles2 on March 06, 2010, 11:00:22 PM
Hi all. My name is Charles. I just registered here. I found you at CNCZONE. I have operated, maintained, and done some programming on CNC machines for a major aviation manufacturer for 27 years. I personally have a Bridgeport (old Boss 6) with Hillbilly's BOB and Mach 3. I am still new to Mach 3 and am trying to figure out LazyCam. I look forward to learning from you guys.

Charles
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Ken Ferrell on March 07, 2010, 01:12:01 PM
Hi my name is Ken Ferrell, I've been using Mach since 2005 on a Taig Mill, and still happy with it. I joined WAY back but had a different email address so I just re registered .
Not sure why after all this time, but finally started having issues so I figured this is the place to come to.
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: eric282000 on March 07, 2010, 08:45:35 PM
Hi all,
   Thanks for the welcome to the site. My name is eric Williamson. I live in Proctorville
Ohio. I work as generator technician for the local caterpillar dealer.  I’ve been toying around
with hobby machining for about 2 years now.  I’ve looked around for the site for some time
now.  I finally decided on mach after I purchased The mach kit from ajaxcnc . I am in the process
 of  Converting my supermax  ycm 16vs mill. This conversion has been a real learning experience.
I would like to thank everyone for all the information they have shared on the forms. These forms
Have helped me immensely.
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: 72Zorad on March 10, 2010, 07:54:39 AM
Hi, Mark here.
Hobby machinist running a CNC Sherline mill and manual (so far) lathe.

CNC setup is Gecko 540 with 4 axis, Mach3, and CamBam.  I'm in this strictly as a hobby and enjoy making unique and hopefully sometime asthetically appealing pieces.

A couple of questions;

First I can't seem to post.  Probably missing something basic but can't find the post button anywhere so I'm left replying here with my second question....

I saw a video some time ago where a guy was running Mach3 and it was sensing the edges and height of his piece.  I'm pretty sure it was using an electric continuity test as he put an alligator clip on the piece.  I'm really only interested in using this to set the z height when changing tools.  Do you know of a link to a discussion of this and can I assume the software/plugin automatically adjusts the z height home or commands to compensate for the different cutter lengths?

Thanks,

Mark
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Post by: robh on March 12, 2010, 05:48:01 PM
Greetings to all out there,
My name is Rob and I live in Ontario Canada. I have been using cnc for a while, struggled with EMC for a short time, great program but I didn't like Linux. My interest is large scale Locos (7.25").
Have used Laser cutting service (to my drawings/dxf files) and found it a great time saver.
Feedback from this forum seems excellent especially to a neophite like me!.
Mach 3 is very easy to learn, so far anyway, the tutorial videos are excellent.
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: jolulank on March 13, 2010, 12:23:19 PM
Hello,

My name is Jose and I am electronics engineer. Some time ago (actually over 2 years now) I decided to build my cnc router and work with Mach, actually I have used the demo version but only to move my motors. Anyway, like more than a few people it took me more time than I wanted since work and family take most of my time, but finally or almost finally I have all the parts made (I made my own design), all the motors and electronics I need and I am confident that in a matter of weeks I will have it up and running. The only thing left is to buy the Mach license but that is the easy part, probably I will have some trouble setting up and tuning the motors but that is why we all are here for, Right?

Thanks for reading this and I'll ask for help soon!

Jose
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: jol on March 15, 2010, 02:18:14 PM
Hi, my name is Ray,Im a toolmaker approaching retirement,so will have plenty of time to get aquainted with Mach3. I live near Norwich, England and am currently running a business in precision engineering mainly designing and manfacturing special tools and fixtures for local plastics industry.
I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to all those involved with the developement of this excellent software.
Many thanks,
Ray.
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Tweakie.CNC on March 15, 2010, 03:36:00 PM
Hi Ray,

Welcome to the forum, nice to have another in the UK. If you have any problems just ask away, there are a lot of knowledgeable guys here.

Tweakie.
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: jol on March 16, 2010, 05:18:03 AM
HI Tweakie,
thanks for the welcome,
Ray
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Post by: EVguru on March 19, 2010, 12:00:52 PM
Hi all,

Another one from the UK. This came home a couple of weeks ago;

(http://www.compton.vispa.com/Avon2200/Mill1.jpg)

(http://img62.imageshack.us/img62/6540/99904960.jpg)

(http://img59.imageshack.us/img59/2770/82029556.jpg)

(http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/9658/83893763.jpg)

And I'm in the process of cleaning it up ready to have a rewire.

I've got Dugong servo drives and smoothstepper on order for the upgrade.

Paul
Luton UK
www.morini-mania.co.uk
Title: Hello
Post by: ZLP on March 20, 2010, 08:53:19 AM
Hello, simply posting a message up to introduce myself.
Don't really want to tell you all about myself as it would probably bore you.
Anyhow, at 55 yrs, I can't really claim to be a "new" member (although its my first visit here).
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Tweakie.CNC on March 20, 2010, 09:51:57 AM
Hi Paul,

That's some project you have taken on there.
I think you will need plenty of those bottles of beer before it is completed.  ;D
Wishing you every success with the rewiring.

Tweakie.
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: AskAlot on March 21, 2010, 07:53:36 AM
Hi All,

just joined dropped a line or two to tell you a bit about myself and 

my Name is rob and i hale for melbourne australia, i recently got the cnc need to machine and decided to build my own
cnc router, which i have now finished it took me well into a year of being a weekend warrior.

needless to say the week days are filled with the money for work thing.

i started out build a reasonable size one (X=800mm Y=1300mm  Z=300mm ) which will travel at 4.5 M/min
can push it to 6 M/min but puts alot of forces on everything but pretty impressive i think.

now i have added a tool changer to the mix i went a spent some money on the mid west rapid tool changer with
the porter cable router.( don't if it was a good spend but probably get told -- what the !! )

Here is the link :- http://www.midwestrapidtool.com/

Just rebulit all the macros to set up the tool rack and setting for 8 tools now works very well, supplied macros
where not the best and did not fuction all that well.

now the machine works well hopefuly i will be able to write a program and cut a nice shape and feed the need to machine.

regards

Rob
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Post by: Philip on March 22, 2010, 06:18:30 PM
Hi:

My name is Philip form Deep River, ct and I run a sign shop.
Been using mach 3 with a CNC router to make signs and has been working great untill
it just doesn't work and I can't figure out what is wrong.

Going crazy,

Philip
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Tweakie.CNC on March 23, 2010, 03:38:25 AM
Hi Philip,

Welcome to the forum.

Describe your problem, best you can, and post on the General Mach Discussion page. The problem will be sorted - a lot of the guys here are very experienced and clever at resolving problems.

Tweakie.
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Philip on March 23, 2010, 12:24:50 PM
Thank You
Philip
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: DaveSoane on March 24, 2010, 06:54:25 AM
Hi All,

My name is Dave Soane and I'm from Durban, South Africa. The place they're going to be playing a lot of soccer in a few month's time !

I am not actually a machining dude, I'm more of a software type, but I have been asked to help a friend of mine who is building a lathe and wants to use Mach3 on it. I have posted specific questions about that in the relevant section of the forum.

But in the meantime I am learning plenty, and it's very interesting. It's actually good to see software having a physical manifestation, rather than simply staying on a computer and having its only output visible on a screen.

No doubt I'll be trawling this forum and asking plenty of (dumb) questions in the future. Be gentle !

Dave.
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Philip on March 24, 2010, 09:05:36 AM
Hello Dave:

Welcome and good luck. This is the place to be there are some very bright people lurking in these pages.

All the best,

Philip
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Post by: FARMBOYKEVIN on March 26, 2010, 11:29:19 AM
Hi ,
I'm kevin, and i live in Alberta, Canada, started my apprenticeship in the oil and gas industrial world,    I'm fairly new to the cnc world and it fascinates me , i have recently finished my apprenticeship  and am now am a journeyman. i live on a dairy farm, have many of my own machines but recently decided to challenge myself and build my own cnc to learn more of the fundamentals, two years to build the first cutting table. Now i am building a one for the company i work for, this one is a little more challenging because they want to me to do it in a month.

i enjoy doing farm work, (farmboy at heart) i own quad, sleds and any fun toy you can imagine, grew up in a 6 person family who have gone to become welder, mechanics, airplane mechanics and farmers. i surf the web for knowledge on anything

what i hope to accomplish is learn as much as i can about cnc and help others , as that is what i do now at my current job.



 
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Post by: woodchuckshane on March 26, 2010, 05:24:05 PM
Hello my name is Shane and I have been hooked on cnc for about 10 years. I was employed as a project manager for a local millwork company who owned a Mayer cnc beam saw and a weeke Cnc router. I was the one who generated to cutlists for these machines. Mostly converting dxf files I drew in autocad to g code.

I now have a millwork company of my own and have a Holzma beam saw of my own... robots are the way to go for accuracy and speed.

For the last four years I have been struggling to make a small cnc router to process parts after they leave the saw.... it's been very difficult, and I had given up on it three of those years.

The machine I built is a gantry style with a working table of 6' x 3'.... it's a mixture of steel and aluminum for the frame,  the movements are made using ballscrews and pillow block linear slides, mach 3 of course is the control program and a logitrol cnc miscostepper drive handles the motor moves. The motors are a little much .... 1200 ozin for the x and y axis and a 283 ozin for the z, but i tried moving the x and y with 283 ozin motors and it just didn't work. I probably could have geared the motors but my plan was to direct drive them for the simplicity of configuration.

Anyway, I am not a machinist and the project has been very challenging for me.... fun... but challenging. I finally think I have it half way licked, and I am again excited about the possibilities it should be capable of. Once i pass the hurdle of getting the machine working, I will again be in my comfort zone of drawing parts for it to cut.
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Post by: Luisto on March 29, 2010, 03:32:32 PM
Hi,
  My name is Luis Torruella and I have been a full time sculptor for more than 20 years .  I have had a plasma CNC for the last seven years (shopbott) and I recently purchased a CNC from Precision Automated Equipment..(, I just got an email from them that their business is closing!!...ouch) ... but the machine looks good so far.  I work mainly in aluminum and recently have started incorporating wood in my work. Check out my website at www.luistorruella.com
 I live in Puerto Rico so most of my free time is spent playing beach volleyball with my daughters or doing something water related...
luis
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Post by: Tweakie.CNC on March 30, 2010, 03:14:44 AM
Welcome to the forum Luis.

Looking at your excellent work I think we will all be learning a lot about art from you. In return, the forum hosts many skills in CNC and any problems with your machines or software you post here are sure to be resolved quickly.

Tweakie.
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Post by: StrayCatalyst on March 30, 2010, 07:41:26 AM
I'm new to Mach software, but fairly experienced with CNC in general.  My brother, and his brother-in-law, bought a three-axis mill with Mach 2, and are adding a fourth axis, and I'm trying to help them, though I'm running up against the learning curve, as I haven't read the manual yet, just working on the knowledge that carries across from previous experience.

I'll have a lot of questions soon, but I'll read the manual first, to get the obvious ones out of the way.

Stray
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Post by: rbendorf on April 01, 2010, 07:36:50 PM
Hello from Grovetown, GA...

I am new to crc but not to industry. I have a background in industrial technology and am just starting to build a computer controlled router as a hobby.  Glad to be aboard and thanks to all who have great wisdom and insights to share.  Rich.
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Post by: YoDoug on April 02, 2010, 12:46:58 AM
Hello all,

First post here. I have 12 years of CNC programming/machining experience under my belt but am just now venturing into building my own CNC. I work as an MFG engineer/CNC programmer for a contract defense and firearms manufacturer as my day job. I also have a side business making high end machined yo-yos. I source the production yo-yo machining to local CNC shops but I need to do my own prototyping. Thats where building my own CNC comes in. I just bought a 7x14 benchtop lathe and my steppers and such for CNC conversion should be here in a week. I'm sure I'll have plenty of question when I get around to setting it all up. TIA.

YoDoug.
Big Brother Yo-Yo Co.
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Post by: moorea21 on April 03, 2010, 01:28:11 PM
Hi,

I'm new to all this CNC stuff, but I'm in the middle of converting a proxxon mill into a 3 axis cnc, using an ncPod... I've already got a 2.5d plotter/ printer, which is still being tested, but seems to have few issues so far, so I must be an okay builder after all!

I'm in the south of England, where it rains every day- good to have an indoor hobby round here... I will no doubt ask many daft questions which I should have been able to figure out answers to myself, so I hope you can be patient with yet another noob! I'm running the plotter on Mach 3, non licenced version as I think I can get away with small G code files. I hope; for now anyway.

I'll post my 1st tech question separately,

Ta!

Richard
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Post by: machinedemon on April 06, 2010, 05:36:10 PM
My name is Jose. some machining experience but new to CNC. Just bought a wonderful Wabeco mill that came with Match3. Trying to learn it fast, so far seems very friendly (although still don't know what half of the controls do). I will enjoy learning from you guys and hopefully, one day not to far, contribute.

JR aka Machinedemon
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Post by: cgdavis007 on April 10, 2010, 09:56:06 AM
Hi to everyone,

 I'm Chuck.  I live in Arkansas.  I am brand new to CNC.  When I say brand new, I mean that I became interested in CNC just last year and have been absorbing as much information as possible from forums, websites and the like.  I have purchased 2 mills (Shizuoka with a tool changer and a Bridgeport SD7).  In the last week I have tackled trying to write a script in VB for one of my projects.  I haven't used any programming since I was in the 7th grade.  In 1983 we had Apple computers and basic.  Now it's like trying to learn a foreign language without a reference point.  I have purchased Mach3 and BobCAD/CAM and so far with fairly minimal head to screen pounding I have learned what would be the equivalent of a few pages of the A volume in a 26 volume Encyclopedia set.

My wife and I are remodeling our new to us house and then I have a new metal building to erect for housing my machines.  So for now I am learning as much as possible and wading through the bottomless cornacopia of information.

My current affair is an old pallet building machine that I want to control the set up of pallet size with CNC.  It has places for 4 nail guns that mount on a gantry.  I want to move the nail guns with minimal user input to accomodate all (reasonable) pallet sizes up to a maximum of 14' long by 6' wide.  The VB script I have written for this works.  I am proud of my effort and shared it with my wife, father in law, and son, none of which were nearly as enthusiastic as I.  For me it was a huge victory.  I would like to share it with folks that can appreciate the effort, but being that there is more than one way to skin a cat and my way is probably not as efficient or pretty as others I may wait to do so.

Anyway, I'll be asking for help from time to time, contribute where possible, and hope to make some new frinds along the way.

Sincerely, Chuck
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Post by: Tweakie.CNC on April 10, 2010, 12:05:46 PM
Welcome to the forum Chuck.

Lots of extremely clever and friendly guys here only too willing to help you with any CNC or machine problems you may encounter. If your VB script works then it is excellent, it doesn't have to be the most elegant as long as it works.
I look forward to learning from your experience so please post info on what you achieve and what you make. That pallet making CNC sounds interesting.

Tweakie.
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Post by: short1 on April 10, 2010, 07:26:18 PM
Just sign on to the forum,  I just got my novakon nm-200 on thursday and i think i already need a support group.  Anyway, been doing manual machining for over 10 years and have been going to nigh school for cnc.  I live in the atlanta ga area. 
Dain
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Post by: elrami on April 13, 2010, 03:08:47 PM
Hi my name is Jorge , i am a mech. eng student and as part of my senior design project , my team is doing a machine that drills and cuts plastic to do paddles for a construction company. The machine is finished , yet we want to know if it is possible through Mach 3 to move two axis simultaneously,namely cutting and drilling, two improve its marketabiity and production speed.
Thanks ,
Jorge
Title: Hello from Austin,TX
Post by: torque350 on April 19, 2010, 09:20:16 PM
Hi, My name is Bryon .  My interest in CNC started about 3 months ago. I'm looking forward too learning, as the possibilities seem unlimited. I have a mechanical background and currently am a tech for a car wash company.
I am grateful for the information here and hope someday to add too it. In the meantime, I'm sure I will have plenty of questions, so let me say "thanks" to y'all who have shared your knowledge. Best to all...
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Post by: Timmy5694 on April 22, 2010, 03:54:30 AM
Hello, my name is Timmy, I'm based in Wales U.K, just getting involved with Mach3 running a 10' x 5' plasma cutting setup which a friend has purchased via ebay. Only ever had experience with Vinyl cutting plotters but a little of it seems to be similar with regard to x,y,z but I think its going to be a steep learning curve plus we have a niggley fault on movement regarding z axis.....

Bye for now,

Timmy.....
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Post by: Tweakie.CNC on April 22, 2010, 08:40:42 AM
Hi Timmy,

Welcome to the forum.

If you are unable to resolve your Z Axis problem then post as much detail as you can about it, in the general section and I am sure someone here will be able to help or at least suggest fault finding ideas which you have perhaps not thought of.

Tweakie.
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Post by: Philip on April 22, 2010, 02:34:18 PM
Hello been here before but I need help. I'm in the sign business using a cnc router. I'm sending my art from V carve pro to the mac 3 which the art is letters to be cut. When brought into the mac 3 preview window it shows the letters to be cut but also adds in these circles which are larger then the letters. Then we it loads and strat to cut it cut the first letters then starts cutting the circles. Does anyone have any thoughts.

thank you all.
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Post by: Hood on April 22, 2010, 04:52:17 PM
Hello been here before but I need help. I'm in the sign business using a cnc router. I'm sending my art from V carve pro to the mac 3 which the art is letters to be cut. When brought into the mac 3 preview window it shows the letters to be cut but also adds in these circles which are larger then the letters. Then we it loads and strat to cut it cut the first letters then starts cutting the circles. Does anyone have any thoughts.

thank you all.

Config menu then General Config then in the middle change the IJ mode to the opposite of what you have it set.
Next time please post the question in a new thread rather than in this introduction thread.
Hood
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Post by: mikem on April 26, 2010, 02:04:02 AM
Hello All,

Just signed up to the forum. I am using Mach3 with a SmoothStepper retrofit to a 1.5m by 2.6m router where we have replaced
the spindle motor with a steerable knife. Couldn't get the original controller to do what we needed (2.5D plus knife steering) so
tried another system which wasn't up to it. Now very hopeful with a little guidance we can get it to go with this setup.
The application is to cut pre-impregnated carbon fibre 'cloth'.

Cheers,
mike
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Post by: ceth on April 26, 2010, 11:26:03 AM
Hi All
My name is Chris and I live in Yorkshire UK.  A couple of years ago now I built myself a CNC Wood router primarily to cut balsa and the like for my RC aircraft hobby, however that hobby
has taken a bit of a back seat lately due to the new router taking centre stage.
I use the Vectric software Cut 3D and Aspire with Mach3 of course, and I have been totally awestruck by what this combination of software can do, even on a simple homemade machine.
I have been visiting this forum just recently for help and ideas in modifying my Screen with other buttons to suit my needs, and as I found out
Its basically all been done before. So now I have a camera set up on the machine for centring, auto touch probe and have just taken delivery of a Shuttle,
I got into a bit of a pickle setting up the shuttle  with one of the macros I found on here but then again this forum has helped straighten out the problem I was suffering (least I hope its sorted)

So I thought I would break cover and say Hi and thanks to all.

Regards
Chris.
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Post by: Yianni - VJ - Glaux on April 27, 2010, 09:18:35 AM
Hello everyone,

What a big community you have here !

My name is Yianni and my game is 3D Jewelry Modeling. Just dove in Mach3 and I love it.

Any Jewelry Modelers out there ? If so feel fre to stop by www.Glaux3d.com

A social network for people to:

* Show your work
* Review work of others
* Enhance your knowledge and modeling skills.
* Contribute to our accumulative knowledge !

Registration is and will remain free.
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Post by: weldsol on April 30, 2010, 10:22:11 AM
Hello to you all what a great site
I'm Paul (weldsol). I have built a 3axis machine and have now downloaded Mach3 and now today trying to get to grips with everything. ???
So far got the motors running and set up some home points so there is still a way to go before I cut any material.
I also killed three trees by printing the Mach3 manual all 157 pages but now it's in a nice folder by the machine so I can refer to it.

Paul

If it can't be fixed with a hammer then it must be an electrical fault  ::)
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Post by: Jake on May 01, 2010, 12:20:44 PM
Hi, my name is Jake and since I saw a chance to introduce myself I thought that I would and at the same time reach out and ask if any one has the same set up and would be willing to help a novice set up a pendent.  I have a x3 mill with a c11g board and smooth stepper to connect to my computer.  I recently bought a mpg4 pendent and c22 interface but  I'm having a tough time setting it up.  Up to now I have been able to answer all my questions by reading other peoples posts.  This particular set up seems to have slowed me down. Any help would be great.  Thank you all in advance.

Jake
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Post by: Tweakie.CNC on May 02, 2010, 02:34:10 AM
Hi Jake,

Post your problem, with as much detail as possible, under the 'General Mach Discussion' topic and I am certain that suggestions to resolve the issue will be made pretty quickly. There are a great many members here only too willing to help you.

Tweakie.
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Post by: crs329 on May 03, 2010, 01:28:35 PM
Hello,
I'm new here and am building a 6'X12' router table. you can see pics here:
http://www.keeperswoodworking.com/id11.html
The build uses a Machmotion controller, cncrouterparts bearings, and of course 8020 rails.
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Post by: Jd on May 05, 2010, 11:48:16 AM
Hello all, My name is JD I live in Lafayette Colorado, I have been a master engine machinist and master automotive mechanic and Harley mechanic for the last 30+ years. I picked up a old Millrite milling machine 20 years ago and having a back ground playing with computers and electronics was always thinking it would be cool to motorize the beast, so I did it with DC motors, this was okay at the time but I still wanted to be able to walk away from the machine more and the limit switches I had to use at that time were a pain. Fast forward, a wood working friend, bought a CnC wood lathe last year and asked me to look at it, after determining that computer was shot and the drivers were so old that documentation couldn't be found, we began looking for replacements and was surprised at stuff out there now, we replaced what we needed and it now works great. During this project I started, thinking about my mill ( didn't use it much) and decided to take the plunge, so 3 months later I have a fully functioning medium size vertical milling machine and get a blast out of playing with it when I am not cussing it. ( it's like being married again). And now like all newbies am constantly looking for new projects and pushing the machine limits so heres to the ART OF CnC.                     JD     
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Post by: lazybun on May 06, 2010, 01:45:41 AM
Newbie hear Do not want to get kicked out so here is my 1st post. I hope this is the place that will solve my CNC problems!!
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Post by: Jeff@Janed on May 06, 2010, 09:36:49 AM
Hey I'm Jeff located in NY.
I have been programming / running a water jet machine using Sigma Nest for the past 10 years. Just getting started with Mach3 for milling. I'm using Bob CAD for the programming.
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Post by: sevenbor on May 06, 2010, 01:54:48 PM
Hi I am Rob

I bought a Romaxx HS1 with absolutely no idea how to use it, almost no woodworking experience and marginal computer skills. I am 6 months into the learning curve and really enjoying it. My background is as an artist and I use it to make toys and games for my kids and the children that I work with. I have a website that tells you more about me www.robneves.com and you can check out some of my stuff on lumberjock.com under romansfivefive.
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Post by: billstings on May 07, 2010, 05:52:07 PM
Hi, I'm Bill and I live in the San Francisco Bay Area. I decided I wanted to learn more about CNC and so I built a DIYLILCNC, and use Mach 3 for control.
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Post by: lakeguy2 on May 13, 2010, 04:08:23 AM
   Hi, this is Steve from north central Minnesota. I would like to know as much as possible about almost everything......I would like to meet up with local Mach users in Minnesota, I am a Machinist by trade.....am familiar by text ( motorola library) electronics....  guess looking for what most everyone else is....
build a cnc machine , call it my own? (with a little help from my friends) :)



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Post by: capable on May 13, 2010, 07:21:22 PM
Hi, My name is Raymond,
I live in Gatineau,Québec, Canada  ;). I am a printer by trade, just recently retired. I have always being interested in working with wood. Started to read about CNC two year ago and got my juice flowing.
After purchasing some components I was able to build my CNC machine (Had absolutly no expertise in mechanical or electrical knowledge), hence the name "capable".
Have purchase the Vcarve pro software and presently doing some trial runs. Some are good, some are terrible.
It sure make the days go by very quickly and am very please that such forum exist to seek members knowledge on some of their successes and failures.

Bonne journée
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Post by: nishantpol on May 14, 2010, 01:03:50 AM
I am a sophomore in high school who is interested in pursuing engineering.  One of my projects is a CNC router.  I am paralleling my design with several online versions.  I am also building a simple h-bridge controller board (thank you mach 2/3 for providing easy signals to work with).  This is my first major project (I did a small mill conversion on a dremel drill press).  Our robotics team has a Tormach at school that uses Mach 3.  Once I get to work on the machine, I can explore the world of CNC even more than just the theory. 
Any general advice on building a CNC router would help. 
Thanks,
Nishant
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Post by: raceboy on May 15, 2010, 12:02:01 PM
Hello All,

My name is John, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Another newbie to the form and to CNC. At 50 I've decided to start a second career in CNC and Machining. I've just finished my first of two years at Seneca College, Tool Design program. I have a Novakon NM200 machine; a good starter machine. My interests are primarily in Motorsports and in particular motorcycle racing (raced for 14 years earlier in life). I was always making parts on manual V/mill and lathe and enjoyed the satisfaction... cheaper, stronger, better......

With so many things being new and a fairly steep learning curve, I've had the normal teething problems getting going, but I am making forward progress...  ;)

Cheers and happy chips
John

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Post by: JJAE on May 15, 2010, 11:35:36 PM
Hello,

About 1 month ago, I purchased a Lagun 3-axis mill with mach3 installed. The machine is in
sweet condition and we(my son and I) are slowly learning to use it. I have been a machine
designer since about '85. I started as a toolmaker in '76. Have done alot of VB programming
over the years, and some G-code programming for special machines. My current goal is to
write a VB program to produce g-code for simple drilling operations. Pockets etc., would
also be included, but I intend to use existing wizards for that, and include them as a g-code
subroutine (call the external files as subs). The reason for this program is to make the
machine as easy to operate as a manual mill (if possible). It will have a table for X,Y location
manual entry, along with the hole tags. Then setup operations for the hole tags on other
screens. The output g-code will call macros for each tool# to set the Z offset, w/G31. There
is no presetting of tools. I did search around for the VB API to mach3, but didn't find too
much. The main advise I need right now is whether I'm addressing a valid need, or if
there is a commercial CAM program that would do this at reasonable cost (less than $500).

Thanks for any replies,
John
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Post by: fcremn on May 17, 2010, 04:30:32 PM
Hi,

my name is Phil and I live in the UK. Long retired after careers In the Royal Navy and the Nuclear Industry. I have a small home workshop where I produce reproductions of classic Morse keys. I first became interested in CNC in order to engrave the Makers Plates on the keys. I built an engraving machine which ran under Master 5 and was hooked. I now have a small Unimat lathe modified for CNC which still uses Master 5 for control, two tabletop mills which use Mach 2 and a router which uses Mach 3.

I used to do all the coding by hand, but it is laborious and prone to errors so I invested in Sheetcam which has been a great help. However I could not find reasonably priced software for turning so had a look at Lazyturn but soon ran into trouble and turned here for help. The response was immediate and helpful for which I am very grateful and glad to be aboard.

I also enjoy gardening and travelling and spend most winters down under in Australia. I am a licensed Radio Amateur callsign G0NVT.

Phil

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Post by: weldor on May 19, 2010, 10:28:18 PM
Hello My name is lew I used the name Weldor for this site because I have welded since I was 13 and have been getting paid to weld for 33 years now . Well that has been the way I fabricate things . My brother is an engineer and we hope that I can start to machine parts for him . I have just finished converting a Ind. Hobbies Square collum Mill to CNC . So far I See No C's (Chips) . 8 (  . I'm from Pgh ,Pa.  I will be needing your help . Maybe I can return the favor with some of my welding knowledg . I'll be reading through some posts first before I start asking questions , So Thank You All in advance .
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Post by: Crevice Reamer on May 25, 2010, 08:44:37 PM
I am not a spammer.

CR.
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Post by: timskx1 on May 27, 2010, 08:43:55 AM
Hi my name is Tim. I am a mechanical engineer for a security seal company in Long Island N.Y.  I have been building and designing machines for about 12 years now.  I try to get into the cnc we have here whenever i can, as i like to make custom parts for my R.C. cars.  I recently purchased a KX1 cnc machine from littlemachineshop.com.  I have just installed the software as instructed. When i open the mach3 loader program it wants me to select kx1 or kx3. I have neither option, and don't know why.  I can be emailed @ tbourne@americancasting.com, or nuts4ourcarz@aol.com. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you Tim
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Post by: RobasaurusRex on May 29, 2010, 07:58:42 AM
Hi, I'm Rob and I live near Rochester NY.  I took up machining as a hobby about 3 or 4 years ago and recently acquired an X2 mini-mill that had already been converted to CNC. I have a lot to learn and I'm still practicing on foam, although I hope to make my first real parts this weekend.

I'd like to hear from you if you're in the Upstate NY area.  I would like to get a model engineering and technology club started, or at least meet a few others who would be interested in getting together occasionally to share a meal and talk shop.

If you'd like to learn more about me then please visit http://www.machinistblog.com/ (http://www.machinistblog.com/).
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Post by: maddog on May 29, 2010, 04:05:05 PM
Hello All My name is Tom Maddock. I have been a one man shop guy for about 36 years. Started out with a bunch of machinery dating from the '20s to the '50s. Over the ensuing years i've replaced them all with the exception of a craftsman drillpress which just will not quit. Had a guy call one day asking if i would be interested in making the rim for a discus, sure. That call led to making the rims for four different sizes in three weights each. I started doing that job on a mid '50s Cinci. 15 x 54 lathe with shop made form tooling, could make about 10 rims in a long day if I realy kept at it. Demand grew to the point that I could not keep up. I got a Cazenuve with a tracer, though I gone to heven. Was able to up production to 20 to 30 rims per day again keeping the nose to the stone. Demand grew more, could not keep up. So I morgaged the home and got a Hwacheon Hi-ECO 21 HS. With this machine I could make about 70 rims a day. The rim job lasted for several years, at last count several thousand discus rims came out of my shop, includung the Gold metal winner at the Atlanta Olympics! Nice to get to blow your own horn. Eventualy the outfit making the discus was sold, I made rims for them for a time, but one day they said to stop all production right where i was as the job had been sent to China. O'well I was looking for work when that one came along.
 For the last 15 years or so I've been making parts for bicycles keeping the Hi-ECO busy. Thats slowing up some now as my bigest account has obtained their own machine and are making many of the parts that I made. I'm still making lots of 5C sized parts with an American Way AW100 gang tool lathe. Running a batch of waterbottle bosses at this time, 5000 of them takes about 6 days, 97 pcs. per 36" bar.
 Thinking that I would like to get into milling I have obtained a Bridgeport Series 1 R2E3 Boss 8. Nice working mill for the most part, made a lot of parts with it. Which leeds me to why I'm here.
A few weeks ago while cutting a pocket in a SST tube my attention was drawn to the mill by the lack of cutting sounds. The spindle was spinning but no feed on the X axis and an error mesage stating "axis limit". In reading the manual I have found several reasons for that error, but they all seem not to check out. This has led to some expensive guys who know better how to write bills than how to fix old Bridgports. I think I will convert this mill to Mach. Been gleaning the posts for sujestions. Thanks for listening Tom
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Post by: AlanRail on May 30, 2010, 03:50:57 PM
Hi

I am about finished converting a PROXXON Mini-Mill to CNC with parts, motors and electronics I found on eBay. I need to add in the stops for each axis. I am planning to use the machine to create pieces for my train layout.

I added the CNC after I realized that a mill without CNC was like using a printer unconnected to a computer. Yes you could print but very slowly and inaccurately. The Proxxon was modified to include ball-bearings at  each end of the table XY direction. Otherwise unmodified. I created the three stepper motor mounts in Plexiglas and sintra plastics.

Alan
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Post by: SSIRON on June 03, 2010, 11:59:17 PM
I am not new new as I have been watching the site for a bit.  When i check my box and found this message i did not think much of it.  Then I read the replies and I was shocked!  This is incedible.  I have obsessed about building cnc router and plasma cutters for decades.  Anyway I have done just that.  So my next exercise is to figure out what it is I want to build with the machines and build my business.  I live on a relatively small island off the west coast of British Columbia, Canada.  Here are a few links to what is happening in my shop.

All the best - Ron

www.saltspringcommunity.com/2010/high-tech-design-and-fabrication-on-fulford-farm/
www.saltspringcnc.com
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Post by: tcstar on June 04, 2010, 04:47:29 AM
HI I am Luke
a new user of Mach3
come from Taiwan...
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Post by: timskx1 on June 04, 2010, 02:25:39 PM
Is there any one here from Long Island.  Looking to maybe get a club together
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Post by: neptune on June 04, 2010, 04:42:56 PM
Maddog

I just read your problem with axis limit error when machining a pocket. I don't know if this will be of any help or not, but I get a similar problem on a Bridgeport EZtrak. When programming arcs I sometimes get a "command exceeds machine limits" error when it is obviously not true.

Through trial and error I found that changing the start or finish position of the arc by 0.01mm would solve the problem. A Bridgeport service engineer told me that this was also a problem on the Boss machines and was due to the way the software rouded up positional dimensions.

When milling a pocket with 4 arcs in the corners, the error only seems to occur on one arc. and it is a matter of trial and error to determine whether a 0.01mm adjustment needs to be added or subtracted and whether it should apply to the start or the finish or the radius of the arc.

The EZtrak uses conversational programming and I now get round the problem by using blend line commands instead of mill arc commands wherever possible and the problem doesn't seem to occur.
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Post by: tjfisher26 on June 05, 2010, 10:15:16 PM
Hello  tom here im new to this whole mach and cnc just finished the rough in part of my homemade gantry mill .Ill be here alot in order to get thing right
 ;)
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Post by: firefox on June 07, 2010, 03:17:46 PM
newbe here..... firefox.....
just fired up for the first time....hypertherm 30 plasma cutter....!!! wow..!!! looking forward to doing great things with it....
not just collect dust in between cut sessions. sooo.....thats why I'm on this site...info....all kinds...mine, and yours..
I'm a retired master millwright from Kaiser Aluminum,  have skills and hobbies and tons of info...from welding...auto mech.to electronics, photo shop
photo stuff in gen,  so.. not to get bogged down in my stuff, am looking at what others have...to offer...or share...or need..its a great big world out
there, and we all can use the info....ours,yours,mine,whoevers....( I'm kinda windy too, when I get cranked up..)  thanx firefox...
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Post by: numbnutts on June 08, 2010, 05:12:39 PM
Hi guys/girls,

Im completely new to the world of CNC and Mach, Im gonna try not to drive ya all nutts with too many questions but to be honest so far so good on my machine and set up, just one small issue that I will post/search later :)
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Post by: asw on June 09, 2010, 05:43:24 AM
Hallo everybody.
I am a newbie in this forum and on the backstage plane. Have been working for many years and teaching for some in proengineer.
My past have somehow cought up with me and i bought a desktop mill Einhell. Soon got tired of swinging handles a little bit the wrong way on last sequence and decided to make it NC. Got 4 steppers from long_motors and started to fight. Now i am a desperado ! !!! :-((
Nothing seems to work right. Steppers do not deliver the promised torque and of course there are a lot of blanc spots to fill with knowledge.
By the way, what is buffer setting for a stepper and how does it function?
I was noticing that as of this writing we have 2795 members and have only heard from a couple of hundred and an even smaller number of regular posters.

So if you are new around here please post and introduce your self.  You could give a little on your background, hobbies , how you ended up here, whatever!

This is a site to help with mach. There is a great talent pool here already but this is a community driven site and we would love to hear from the silent masses ;)

So stand up and say hi!!

Thanks,

Chad

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Post by: firefox on June 09, 2010, 12:21:12 PM
firefox here :...
I have a small ton of programs and pdf's relating to CNC...with so much out there, it's a bit overwhelming finding just the right  place to start.
soooo......I decided to go slow...now.. I have two sets of heavy duty three stage drawer slides, double ball bearing types, 200 plus pounders.
36 inch's fully extended...so, thats a 3x3 work platform. my basic plan is to build a support frame, and make it a portable unit, ( I can move it
from table to table ) and , it will not be powered... yet.. it has an extension arm, for a small stylis type probe, allowing me to follow a small
patern by hand, a small micro switch is mounted on the probe, to activate the plasma cutter. ( like a click button on a mechanical pencil )
an adjustment on the plasma head, so I can adjust the distance from the cutting tip to the work surface,( kinda like a pantigraph for the plasma)
a small electric motor connected to each axis.to generate a pulse as the arm is moved, and some electronics to convert the signals to pulse's
this will be a source of feedback in my finale design, once powered..( not yet tho...)   got to get the thingie working first..!
I'll post pics and all info as this get's  under way...I'm gonna start small, before I get in up to my neck..heh,heh,heh... firefox...
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Post by: The_Mole_763682 on June 11, 2010, 08:01:04 AM
Howdy,

This Jim (The_Mole)  I am in Manchester, England and have just downloaded Mach3,  all I need now is to find a hobbyist licence, and finish making my pcb mill!

I would like to say how funny i found the registration process, when i saw this tick box... "[ ]    I am at least 3 years old. "

:D
-
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Post by: Tweakie.CNC on June 11, 2010, 11:27:51 AM
Hi Jim (the Mole),

Welcome to the forum.
Some of us had to lie about our age when we registered  ;D

Tweakie.
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Post by: majorstrain on June 12, 2010, 07:30:28 AM
G'day all,
I'm a strain gauge and instrumentation tech at a university here in Perth,Western Australia
I've been manual machining for a couple of years and am just getting together an X3 mill to cnc.
The system will use 387oz steppers @ 50V for the X,Y,A and B (tool changer axis), and a 1200oz stepper @ 80V for the Z axis.
I'm using a Gecko 540 for the 387oz steppers and a 201x for the 1200oz stepper. The ball screws are 5mm pitch direct drive.
The electronics is done but I just have to clean up the finish on the mill and mount the hardware b4 I can throw hot chips around the place.
Mean while it's time to read some old threads from you knowledgeable folk.
Cheers,
Phil
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Post by: gpraceman on June 13, 2010, 05:28:33 PM
Hello All,

My name is Randy and I just recently dove into the CNC world.  I run a small business that makes software and other products for Pinewood Derby type racing.  My motivation for purchasing a CNC machine was to reduce the amount of time to make up batches of the products that I produce and have in development.  I have a HF Mini Mill that I have been using up until this point, but it seemed a daunting task to convert that into a CNC mill.

I first tried to purchase a CNC mill from Modular CNC (http://modularcnc.com/).  That was a huge mistake and I have been waiting over a month for a promised refund that I likely will never see.  You can read the full story at http://www.machsupport.com/forum/index.php/topic,15104.0.html (http://www.machsupport.com/forum/index.php/topic,15104.0.html), if you wish.

I just received a Zenbot 1216 (http://www.zenbotcnc.com/merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=&Product_Code=zenbot1216&Category_Code=BestSellers) and started setting it up with Mach3.  I'll likely be making a bunch of posts here as I learn how to use this machine along with Mach3.
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Post by: Servco on June 13, 2010, 09:06:21 PM
Hi my name is Pete and I work at a power plant in Massachusetts.
I built a shop next to my home to run a metal fabrication business. The Job at the power plant came up and I scrapped the idea of running a business. Now I wonder how it would have gone. I have gotten rid of many tools and machines. I still have a Bridgeport cnc boss series 2 with all original stuff on it. I'm looking to learn about cnc's since I've never ran this machine.


If anyone has any advice on a low cost conversion it would be welcomed.

I have a electrical background with ac motor controls.

Their is so much to learn about everything. Even the stuff you know about.

Thank you all for your time and consideration.

Pete
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Post by: tamiltls on June 14, 2010, 07:56:52 AM
Hello Everyone!I am Vanan from Malaysia.I am 49yrs old avid r/c fan.I recently purchased the ultimate Sherline CNC Lathe and Mill.I hope this forum will get me going with my r/c as I will be using my machine to reproduce r/c parts.But I do have some problem here.I seem to not able to get the software moving.Can anyone assist me please.Hiow to set up and run the system.Cheers.
Vanan
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Post by: daverowland on June 14, 2010, 09:00:38 AM
My name is Dave Rowland, I am South West UK and I have some programming knowledge as well as pretty good with taking things apart.
Basically I am a sign maker who has an large AXYZ machine but wanting to see how an alternative controller might work... i start a new thread for the questions with Mach
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Post by: timskx1 on June 14, 2010, 10:21:00 AM
Hi everyone.  Tim here.  I am having a problem with the units on my mach 3 software.  I set it ti inches, but the machine is working in metric units still.  anyone have any idea what is going on?  Thanks all.
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Post by: Tweakie.CNC on June 14, 2010, 10:40:00 AM
Hi Tim,

If you post your question under the General Mach Discussion topic I am sure you will get a swift response.

btw. Welcome to the forum.

Tweakie.
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Post by: timskx1 on June 14, 2010, 10:42:31 AM
Thanks
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Post by: Viktor on June 14, 2010, 02:29:27 PM
Hello everyone.
First, thanks for everything I am learning from you.
Viktor is for Viktor Shauberger.
My name is Pierre, I live in Montréal, Qc Can.
Cnc is an adventure for me: knew nothing a year ago. 
Hope to share my experience with others some day.
 :)
Pierre


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Post by: nomad060565 on June 15, 2010, 10:05:22 PM
RE Welcome
Hi name is Craig Just built my 2nd cnc router. Wondering if any one can help me and explain how or if I can save 2 different machine profiles under mach 3. Thanks in advance \
Craig
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Post by: timskx1 on June 16, 2010, 09:34:06 AM
Hi my name is Tim.  I know it can be done.  I have a Siege kx1, and it comes with 2 set profiles.  one for kx1, and one for kx3.  I am not sure how it is done though, as i have only Had the machine and experience with mach 3 for a few weeks.
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Post by: CHINAFSYY on June 21, 2010, 10:14:29 AM
Hello, thank you for the warm invitation.
My name is lejingwu,I live in china.
Thanks,
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Post by: foghy on June 25, 2010, 02:34:49 PM
Hello everyone, I am writing recently, I preferred to read a lot before writing a post, because I think that first we must understand the spirit of the forum and only then post. Work in a company that installs industrial automation in various field.Un wish everyone a good work.
Greetings
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Post by: rolexmechanic on June 28, 2010, 08:45:56 PM
nubee here, hi all. I'm pretty new to CAD/CAM as well as the board.
Dwight
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Post by: Zero Cool on June 29, 2010, 11:34:00 PM
Hello,


 Newb here, I have a Shibaura RoiBot that I am just getting up and running. Currently i have some old IMS modules for a controller but i just bought a new 3-axis board from over seas that i hope will arrive one day. I am currently building a new controller box with joystick and various front panel options.  I have a new (to me) 3ghz PC running win Xp and Mach3 and K-Cam.

 So far...I have managed to get control of the motors and make them move in Mach3 under manual control. hey that's a good start! LOL!
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Post by: CJCNC on July 01, 2010, 10:10:11 AM
Hello Everyone,
My name is Chris.  I own a Syil x4 CNC milling machine.  I am new to it and to Mach 3 and hope to get some help to some questions in the future. 
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Post by: gfilyaw on July 04, 2010, 01:27:39 PM
My name is George Filyaw, I am a retired Disable Vet. I have been play with my cnc router for about a year now and Have made some nice 3d projects. I have a Shuttle pro 2 and I want to set it up so I can start my Auto Zero tool  from Mach3 with it,I understand I need a code to do that. Has anyone made a code I can use?
gfilyaw@triad.rr.com
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Post by: backlashphoenix on July 07, 2010, 05:15:26 PM
Hey what's up people.  I've been using Mach3 for about 4 years now, but have unfortunately never hooked up limit switches on the Bridgeport Series I that I use here at work.  I know, I know, bad bad bad.  I got used to being very careful around what my eyeballs told me were the limits, as well as using the physical readouts on X and Y on the machine.  Have turned out lots of parts in Aluminum, Stainless, done some wood engraving and such.  Signed up on the forum a couple years back but never introduced myself...  Anyway, Mach3 has been working great.  It's cool to be able to design in 3D and then go make the actual parts to within +/- 0.002 on my 1969 Mill.  Cheers!
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Post by: strud on July 10, 2010, 03:02:46 AM
G'Day

My name is Craig, I'm from Sydney (Hawkesbury region) Australia.

I have a background in Engineering, specifically machine control and automation.

I've just begun a CNC conversion of a CZ300 lathe, which will be of course running on MACH3. It will be all servo, including the spindle. I also intened to use the spindle in position mode and perform axial milling and radial drilling with a spindle on the toolpost. The 4kW servo will be connected to the main spindle via a steel banded timing belt so stiffness shouldn't be a problem.

My main motivation for the CNC conversion is to assist me with my amatuer rocketry endeavours.

CS
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Post by: dlaery on July 15, 2010, 12:26:36 PM
Hi, I am new to this. I purchased a Taig CNC mill and BobCad V23 about 6 months ago.
I make fishing lures for a living out of lead, for about 25 years, with a spincast machine, vulcanized rubber silicone molds. I needed a way to make models to make my spincast molds. I draw a 3d fishing lure, cut a mold out of aluminum, pour lead models from the alum. mold and use those as models to make the production spin cast mold. I also make custom hand pour molds for fishing lures.

I'm in Warsaw, MO

I have heard about a camera to find my edges. This guy said someone on this forum was selling them. I have done some searching but have not had much luck. Hope someone can direct me to a link.
Is this acurate to find the edge? I am having trouble with my machine reseting the mach software. I keep it oiled, it dosn't seem to be binding, but must be. When it does that, then I have to changed the tool, change the belt to slow down the rpm to use the edge finder. Would this camera be better or just as good?

thanks,

David
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Post by: FishRiverFool on July 15, 2010, 12:43:49 PM
Hi all.  I'm Bob.  I discovered this forum last night as I was searching for info on diy cnc mills.  I've been a hobbyist woodworker for a few decades now and I have always wanted to acquire a cnc machine but they were always so costly for my hobby needs.  My interest was re-kindled here lately as I made some cabinets and a bar for my next door neighbor's dock.  I inlaid some fish in the cabinet doors that came out pretty nice but when I looked to inlay his college logo into the wooden bar top without success, I started looking at options.  I have about decided to make my own cnc machine (which I don't think will be too difficult) but I'm pretty confused about the software so I'm working on my learning curve.  I have never used a CAD program and somehow I'm now thinking that you have to start there with your design (CAD design to Lazycam code to Mach3 control).  Forgive this basic question but can you somehow take a public domain photo or drawing or design and get it converted to g-code with lazycam or some other program?   I'm pretty excited about starting this cnc project but first glance at the software is pretty intimidating.
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Post by: Cassidy on July 15, 2010, 02:09:03 PM
Converting images to G-Code can be done in any number of ways. It all depends on what you want it to look like when you are finished. Some software work from a gray scale, others you can actually sculpt from the photo.  There is a guy I know that does this.  Send me a Private message and I'll give you his number if you like.

Cas.
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Post by: Bjorn Toulouse on July 17, 2010, 09:46:12 AM
Greetings, all.

I recently joined the forum to gain some knowledge about the Mach 3 system, and to decide whether it will help me out in my quest to become CNC literate.

I had an Emco Compact 5 CNC back in the mid '90s, but it died and the cost of repair boards was too high to justify.

Recently, I bought a Dyna Myte 2400. It has control issues, but the basic machine is solid. I'd like to get the machine up and running with Mach 3, but I don't really care to invest in new axis drives, as velocity is not a concern at the moment. Bottom line: I'm a Cheep Bastige, and I don't want to spend a ton of $$ to get to the point of making chips!

A couple of searches have shown some interesting retrofits of the Dyna 2400, and any info current users would like to send my way will be greatly appreciated.


Rex

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Post by: milling4fun on July 20, 2010, 03:35:35 PM
Hi Everyone,

My name is Ritchie and I am having a ball learning about CNC.  I recently purchased a Taig mill and am presently using the Mach 3 and LazyCAM demos quite successfully.  It has really been much easier than I thought it would be.  This forum and the videos have been very helpful.

See ya 'round, ;D
Ritchie
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Post by: jdzyne on July 24, 2010, 03:37:44 PM
Hello All,
             I am new user... overwhelmingly frustrated... but excited to learn all of this nonetheless!
I recently purchased a machine built by "CNC Tools & Machinery" which is no longer in business..
The machine does not appear to have ever cut a part, and seems to be built very well.
     It is a converted RF45, to servos, 2hp frq dr, etc...  It came with a liscensed version of Mach2.
I finally got it to run... using an old HP laptop which has a parallel port... Then I upgraded it to Mach 3,
now nothing... doesn;t even recognize it at all??

I guess i am retarded!!!
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Post by: amisk on July 25, 2010, 09:00:42 AM
Hi every one, my name is Michel, I'm living near Trois-rivieres in Quebec Canada

I'm new in the world of cnc.

My native language is french so pardon me if my english is not perfect

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Post by: upthecreek on July 26, 2010, 02:44:26 PM
Just registered, but I've been lurking around this site for a year or so. This is an excellent site, and I'm hoping to learn a lot, and maybe some day return the favor, but right now I'm at square one. I've been doing woodwork for years, custom furniture mostly, and purchased a Romaxx WD-1 last year. I also have Vetric cut3d, VCarve Pro, and Mach3, but haven't had the time to really sit down with this stuff and figure it out. One day I'm hoping it'll all make sense!
Anyway, its too much fun learning this stuff. Haven't broke any bits yet, but crashed into the end stops I don't know how many times!
Thanks for any help I'm sure to get from here!

Bruce
Peachland BC, Can.
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Post by: boort on July 28, 2010, 04:59:23 PM
Hello, I have been lurking for a while and following the Yahoo group. I've been running Mach2 since 2008 on my home built Rockcliff Machine CNC router. Just saying hi before I head off to see if I can find a 800x600 screen set to use on my machine that is clearer than shrinking the larger ones to fit.

BoorT
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Post by: sherdz on July 29, 2010, 03:11:57 AM
Hello all, :)

I've been using Mach for a couple of years now, but have only just registered here.
I have a home built Router - Engraver, bed size 900x1500
I use SimplyCam mostly for creating code.
Am about to install a new interface board from cnc4pc with charge pump facility as I
have already broken one or two bits & wrecked a couple of jobs when windows decides
to hang up during a down move! >:(

Hopefully I'll learn a heap from here! ;D
Title: Hi,I'm JimiG and I need some help w/my new Mach3 setup
Post by: Jimi G on July 31, 2010, 02:33:32 PM
Im using Mach3 ver R3.042.040 w/ win7 32 bit. I'm writing G code w Rhinocam pro on another computer and transfering files to the Cam computer by flash drive to the C:. The .tap files from CNC samples in Mach do fine, but the .nc files I bring in from Rhino cam all want to run like they are in inches not mm's. G code is correct and native units is ok, set to mm's. I don't think my post is wrong but I don't know about the .xml. I'd appreciate any help. Thanks JimiG
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Post by: Jimi G on July 31, 2010, 03:49:07 PM
  ::)Just me again JimiG ,I forgot to say I was using a PCI card parallel port at lpt3 and the port1 in Mach set to that range. Thanks JimiG
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Post by: Tweakie.CNC on August 01, 2010, 01:56:13 AM
Hi JimiG,

Welcome to the forum.

Not many check this thread so it would be better for you to post your question under the General Mach Discussion section where I am sure you will get a swift response.

Tweakie.
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Post by: Jimi G on August 01, 2010, 10:15:45 AM
Thanks a bunch, jg
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Post by: Hawaiirog on August 03, 2010, 02:24:27 AM
Aloha, my name is Roger and I live in Hawaii.  I am in the process of building a CNC router 100mm x 1000mm x 1400mm, and getting all of my parts from EBay and using Mach3 as my software.  It will be a standard CNC router setup with the exception that I will have the X axis cantilever about 6 inches off the end so that I can do some end routing of wood.  I've been reading some of the posts and have gotten some good information.  See you later 
Title: New Guy from PlasmaCAM
Post by: joeplasmacam on August 06, 2010, 10:58:04 AM
Hello everyone I’m an FNG to Artsoft- my name is Joe. I work at PlasmaCAM and a proud owner of a PlasmaCAM for the past 3 years.  If anyone has any questions about the PlasmaCAM don’t hesitate in contacting me. 

I run my machine with a Hypertherm 1000 about 20 hours a week I cut everything from the art-see fart-see stuff to mechanical parts.
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Post by: asmodyne on August 06, 2010, 05:51:21 PM
Hi there. I'm Jean-Louis ARNAL, from Burie, France, an eastern Charente-Maritime tiny city counting only 2000 townfolks.
My main hobby is entertainment robotics, from the PCB engraving & µController/CPU programming, to all the metal casting needed to create sturdy, rugged and nice cosmetics casings for all the little devices my sorry brain can hatch.

Recently, I've been looking to the work of a acquaintance of mine, who's introducing me to professional CNC. Machine tools could really make my days, as I'm tired of filing, grinding and pocketing metal by hand. I known the Ads says one can do wonders with a Proxxon or a Dewalt power tool, but I'm not this proficient with my tobacco-defiled smoker's fingers.

So here I am, hacking an old Iwatsu 2.5D pen plotter, rigging it to a 3 DOF stepper controller card bought on eBay, trying (and succeeding) to drive it with an old Pentium 4 server running Mach3 demo.

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Post by: kiwigeoff on August 10, 2010, 12:09:09 AM
Hi folks, I'm new here. Am considering CNCing my mill with mach3.
Wondering if anyone has managed to use it with the newall spherosyn linear encoders I have on the machine?

Cheers
Kiwigeoff
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Post by: P.C.S. on August 12, 2010, 11:08:13 AM
Hi guys,

my name is Phil, I'm a Mach3 user for about 2 years now. It controls my CNC gantry style router.

In the moment I try to improve safety on my machine, for example by installing a charge pump circuit. I made a pcb of the charge pump circuit by M. Freimanis from the Mach download area, but it does not work properly. I would appreciate any help in the following topic:

http://www.machsupport.com/forum/index.php/topic,15634.0.html


Take car
Phil
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Post by: AuS MaDDoG on August 15, 2010, 03:52:49 AM
Hi All

I'm Tony and a total newbie to CnC. My friend Paul and I are building 2 x Mechmate CnC routers with a table size of 2440 x 1220mm. Our machine builds are complete as far as metal fabrication is concerned and are now in the final stages of painting.
We have all the electrical and electronic componentry to complete both builds and thought it time to purchase our Mach3 control software. I have been doing a lot of reading over the last 12 months of our build and thought it was about time I joined these forums, so here I am.

Cheers
Tony
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Post by: Tweakie.CNC on August 15, 2010, 04:01:41 AM
Hi Tony and Paul,

Welcome to the forum.
We all love pictures here so if you could post some pics of your machines etc perhaps under the 'Show n tell your Machines' section that would be really great.

Tweakie.
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Post by: AuS MaDDoG on August 15, 2010, 07:04:41 AM
Thanks for the welcome Tweakie!! I have just done that ;D Photos you ask!! and heaps of them.

Cheers
Tony.
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Post by: johnfarns on August 15, 2010, 10:38:37 AM
Hello - My name is John F, and I use Mach3 on both a bridgeport clone and a homemade 4' gantry table with a bosch router.

I have a real basic question for anybody that can help:

Using Mach3, the STOP button on screen works with the mouse, but not with ALT-S. The START and PAUSE CTRL and ALT combinations work, but not STOP.

Unbelieveably, I have been using Mach3 for many years and never noticed this, since I always used the mouse. But the recent addition of a pendant that sends keystrokes showed this up.

Is there a setting somewhere that enables/disables this?

 Any help anyone can provide will be greatly appreciated!
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Post by: Tweakie.CNC on August 15, 2010, 12:35:54 PM
Hi John,

Welcome to the forum.

You need to post your questions under the General Mach Discussion section as not all members check this section on a regular basis.
(the usual cause of these problems is the keyboard settings under the Regional Languages tab in Windows Control panel)

Tweakie.
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Post by: tomsenior1 on August 15, 2010, 02:45:48 PM
Hi All, my forum name is tom senior, which is the old machine I have just converted to cnc control.

I am 62 years old, been employed in radio communications since the age of 15. Never done any mechanical engineering bar bash out a few designes for radio cabinets, so it is a steep learning curve, and as ever the first step is jargon busting.

I bought stepper motors, stepper micro controllers and ball screws from Zapp, and Gary was very helpful. The machine conversion was straight forward with the exception of the Z axis. On the tom senior the whole table moves to give Z, and it is very heavy. At this time I have used a larger stepper motor for Z and a counter balance weight to lighten the burden. The redial accuracy in all axis is as good as the ball screws >= 0.05mm, so I am quite happy with the resulting machine, but in the long term I think I will add a DC motor as a spindle drive and make a new slide, to turn the top of the machine into a quill, and use the old table adjustment as a "manually adjusted large gap".
I made my first post here (answered by HOOD), very helpful.
cheers all
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Post by: liquidmetal on August 15, 2010, 05:34:54 PM
I forgot to re-introduce myself. At the time I bought Mach, I was teaching auto service at a local tech school. I ran a firearms manufacturing business from my home and finally got fed up with paying someone to engrave my products for me, especially after numerous times of their machine "crashing" and damaging my work. I'd have to weld up the damaged parts and have them re engraved and the guy would not cut the price. Last time was on a rather expensive part, in the 15,000.00 range and I took it and left. I bought a sherline 3 axis milling machine and then a stepper motor kit and board kit from Hobby CNC (great stuff) and experimented with several programs. Mach was definitely the best so I bought it. I went full time firearms and moved my shop. I finally got around to the cnc machine again and after setting it all up, the pc will not start up, error after error. No go. DANG!! Fortunately, the owners of ArtSoft had a record of my purchase and gave me Mach back at no charge. What great guys, you don't get that kind of service anymore. So, I load it, install it and it's been upgraded so many times I don't recognize the screens anymore and am having trouble getting it to go. I finally got motion (smokeless motion that is) and am on the way to getting it running again. All I use it for is engraving a few lines of text so the Text Wizard is my primary interest.  So far, you all have been very helpful to me and I sincerely appreciate it. Getting this thing up and running is my primary goal right now and I'm confident that I'll get it done. So, my name is Mike, I'm a firearms suppressor (silencer for hollywood types) manufacturer, I'm a hands on guy and love electronics and building things. I'm happy to be here and look forward to your help!! Thanks, Mike
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Post by: 9ale7 on August 15, 2010, 08:45:51 PM
hi,

my name is Saleh, and i'm trying to build my first ever CNC machine, so just want to introduce my self.
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Post by: p_j_whelan on August 16, 2010, 10:28:31 AM
Hi everybody,

My name is Patrick, just writing a post to introduce myself. Im studying engineering design at postgraduate level at University and need some help with a CNC machine that I am building at present (which is posted in a seperate thread which I hope you will look at and help me with!!!). Thread entitled: Power Supply for Motion Controlling. Hoping to continue with automation design as a hobby once I am finished my present work if I can get it completed!!

Cheers
P
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Post by: AMS on August 17, 2010, 12:10:39 PM
My name is David, I'm 21, and I'm from Georgia. What has brought me to this site and Mach 3 in general is that the shop that I work at has just bought a Sieg X2 mill and I've been deemed to learn how to use it. So yes, here I am :D I look forward to learning from the "masters" here :D

Also, my hobbies/interests include traveling, computers, and music.
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Post by: 2TOOLMAN on August 17, 2010, 08:45:51 PM
Hi my name is James , I am new to this cnc stuff.Over the past year I have converted a Harbor freight x3 to cnc.
I've managed to run the roadrunner code in mach 3 ......Learning a little something new every day .Glad there is a place like this.
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Post by: spanky46 on August 20, 2010, 02:45:06 PM
My name is Larry aka spanky46!  I'm 65 years old and have been a woodworker most of those years.  Thinking about retirement and wanted a different challenge.  I bought a CNC Kit a couple months ago and its finished as far as all the mechanics and electrical!  Now is the hard part for me, MACH 3!!!
From time to time I hope to call on you guys for help!  All of my axes work but I'm having other issues!  Limits and homing.  I need a simple procedure for setting my home switches X and Y.  I learn more everyday and for me its a big learning curve!  Thanks Larry
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Post by: Tweakie.CNC on August 21, 2010, 05:13:09 AM
Hi Larry,

Welcome to the forum.
Lots of Guys here only too pleased to help you with any Mach related (or other) problems you may encounter. Post any questions you may have under the 'General Mach Discussion' section. Good fortune with your new machine.  ;)

Tweakie.
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Post by: Thomss on August 21, 2010, 08:27:44 PM
Good day to you all,
My name is Thomass, live in the Netherlands and totally new to CNC.
I'm 56 years of age, and unemployed, due to a major accident, at this time.
Being house bound, i can spend more time to my hobby (digital model rail-road and related electronics) , and learning new skills, like CNC.
so i kan replace my chemicals for cutters  ::)
Mach3 came to my attention, by surfing the internet. downloaded and installed the software, without having a machine at the time.
i do now have a home-brew mill, and lots of time to get acquainted with the software. 

even if $175 is a lot to me, i do want to buy a licence because i have noticed that 500 lines of GCode are spend fast.

I hope whenever i got stuck, i can depend on this forum.

Thomass
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Post by: perra_e on August 22, 2010, 03:41:57 AM
Hi all,

My name is Per Eklund, I'm 50 years old and I live in Sweden. I work as a software developer.
CNC and Mach3 is new to me. My first mill will arrive in a week or so. It's an Opti BF20L that I shall convert with a DC Servo system.
Funny enough I'm also a model railroader and I like to develop electronics as well, just as the previous poster Thomss :-) It shouldn't be that common on this forum I guess.

I have played around a bit with Mach3 and starting to learn how to use Macros, Brain and to modify screens. This is as always a step to take, but there are a lot of information on the forum that is to a great help. Hopefully I can contibute in the future when I have learnd more.

--Per

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Post by: scjb on August 24, 2010, 11:56:10 AM
Hi guys. My name is Steve, and I'm another CNC virgin. Just in the process of getting a Heiz machine, and am glad to see there are already posts regarding support for these. Stand-by for questions!!!!
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Post by: billb95 on August 29, 2010, 10:15:42 AM
Hi all, just joined the forum and hoping to get mach up and running soon.
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Post by: Promech on August 29, 2010, 01:17:44 PM
Hi all,

My name is Jorge (50 years old). I live in Medellin, Colombia, South America. I own a CNC machine shop and have been in busines for the last 15 years. I am a mechanical engineer and my background is mechanical.  Recently I aquired an 1986 EMCO 340 lathe with a Siemens Sinnumerik control. The lathe belonged to a university and has few machining hours. I got tired of having problems with this control and no replacement parts nor expert technicians, so I decided to take the plunge. My challange is to install a Mach 3 control to that lathe and have it perform as an industrial machine. I purchased a lathe control system from Machmotion plus a D06 PLC as the lathe comes with hidraulic unit, hydraulic tailstock, parts catcher, turret, etc. Up to this point I had no experience with this matter, and it is a personal challange to get this lathe to be productive and safe. So far I have all the components (control, plc, servo drives, vfd, spindle motor, etc.) setup on a bench so a complete simulation of the system be done by my operators before installing it on the lathe. I am almost finished with simulation as everything seems to be working fine.

This process has been rewarding. I must say that the writers and contributors to Mach 3 have made a very important contibution and I hope the development of the program continues despite limited resources. I should also mention I have obtained a lot of useful information from this forum. Particularly Hood (from this forum), and Andrew from Machmotion have assisted me every time I have had to obtain help.

Jorge
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Post by: mpryne on August 30, 2010, 09:26:45 AM
Hey,
Mike Pryne
Blanchester ohio
small business owner fabrication/ welding
about to install mach3 on a existing cnc and if i like it i will do three more..

Title: Hi
Post by: electronbee on September 01, 2010, 02:01:48 PM
My name is George and I am looking into Mach3/LazyCAM for my DIY plasma cutter -- plasma for the moment :) .

I'll more than likely be using a Gecko G540 to drive up to four motors since I doubt I'll go past that. I'll be starting with two and then as I get comfortable with it maybe go to three or four for more complex stuff. I just hope that Mach3 in conjunction with LazyCAM is easy enough for someone who is not so proficient at CAD type stuff. I'm not looking into anything complex to start, making a circle would make me ecstatic!

George

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Post by: henryhblig@gmail.com on September 03, 2010, 03:15:08 AM
hello everyone,
my name is Henry and I have a plasma cutter that I use as a hobby to create graphics.  I live in South Africa.  I am hoping to learn from this forum.
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Post by: cncbailey on September 03, 2010, 07:56:39 PM
Where is information on customizing Mach3.
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Post by: Tweakie.CNC on September 04, 2010, 01:19:50 AM
cncbailey,

You need to post your question under the General Mach Discussion section to get a response to this question.
It may also help if you were more specific regarding the type of customization Screen, User input etc etc.

Tweakie.
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Post by: Steampete on September 04, 2010, 03:50:16 PM
Hi all,
I am new to the DIY CNC Milling and wish to browse all the files to find out what I need to buy and do, I have an old Denford Triac that I will modify when I have all the information I need. When I become an expert then I may be able to help others !!!
Peter :)
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Post by: jjanes on September 11, 2010, 02:00:19 PM
Hi My name is Jeff. I am very new to the whole CNC thing I have dabbled in autocad alongtime ago so I am using that to generate the DXF I am using. I am using Mach3 with a CNC machine setup I got from Shawn over at bluumaxcnc.com I nice place to start. I am getting into CNC because I fly Remote Control Airplanes with a focus on the WWII ere planes the P-51 is my favorite but like several others and I love to build them as well. When flying you inevitably make a very hard landing which some may actually call a crash and I want to repair them as well. So being able to create an specific part again with a CNC machine make things a lot easier I also have many plans and will need to cut my own parts. So many of my activities will be in the 2D world I do have one special project I am keeping a close lid on, ??? most which is also 2D but will need to do some 2 side 2D as well.

My main material will be plywood 1/4 or less balsa 1/2 or less and cast acrylic in thicknesses ranging from 1/8 to 1/2 think. I have some question but will post those where appropriate. Glad to be aboard and looking forward to the using my CNC machine a lot.
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Post by: 3dman2222 on September 11, 2010, 05:31:35 PM
Hello
I am new to Mach 3. I bought an Enshu CNC Mill and had it retrofitted with new motors and a control. Steve Balder of SB Precision did a great job with the Mill retrofit; He uses Mach 3 to control the mill.
 I work for a Delcam reseller I am working on developing a post for my new mill to use with PowerMill, Mach 3 looks great on the controller.
Looking forwards to having some fun.
Brent
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Post by: ex apprentice on September 11, 2010, 08:23:00 PM
Hi all, my name is Peter my screen name is ex apprentice, its so many years ago that I was one!! trained as a toolmaker for my sins. I left engineering some twenty years ago (or more) then spent time in the plastics industry. My employer gave me the oppertunity to re avaluate my life and I decided to go back into engineering for myself. I have a small jobbing shop and I love what I do. I am in the process of building a plasma table to make a range of my own products. I know this project will stimulate the old grey cells but I thought it would be wise to join this forum as I am sure that its not all going to be easy as I think it should (when I first had that brain wave) But as I said its going to jump start the grey cells back to life and I am really looking forward to the challenges ahead

I will probably be the one asking the dumb questions

To all the people out there who have wrote replies and given guidanceto all the questions and helped people like me thank you

ex apprentice
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Post by: LarryL on September 17, 2010, 05:48:28 AM
Hi all,

My name is Larry Lamb, AKA LarryL. I am a bit of a noob, I am a government employee of the US Army, and I am a bit of a dabbler in all things mechanical and electronic, especially computer related.  I have nearly 15 years experience in computer building, maintenance, repairing, and network admin as well as electronics.  My main interest is in the computerization of my wife's quilting machine.  I have designed and built a cnc operated, computer controlled quilting machine.  My wife has turned out about a dozen quilts using the CNC Quilter, as I call it, and she is absolutely facinated by the ability of the system.  I have to give credit where credit is due, without the folks at Mach3, the CNCZone, and Rockcliff machine Co., as well Graham Waterworth here at the Artsoft forum, I would not be nearly as successful as I have been at this.  I am totally dedicated now to the programming of the Mach3 screen that I have developed for the system, and the development of an add on system that will automatically roll the take up roller to give more sewing/quilting space, up to about 16 inches instead of the 9 inches of the throat of the sewing machine.

Larry
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Post by: Captain Midnight on September 19, 2010, 02:30:45 AM
Hello,
I am Captain Midnight. I am a gunsmith and also build flat track race bike frames. I wanted to learn CNC machining to compliment my shop. The fastest way was to buy a machine and do it. I have a 1986 Milltronics Pardner 4. Nice machine, but not PC controlled. To update it, I tore out the old Centurion 4 controller, and replaced it with an Ajax/Mach3. Still don't have it working right, but I'm close. I'm hoping this forum can help me get things going. I am selling my gunshop and want to do fabrication work. Thank you everyone.
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Post by: Samuel on September 26, 2010, 08:41:58 AM
hello to all comutnity members and great wishes my name is Samuel and i am here to learn from you pro guys i need the start push to understand how its work aand i understand its the place thanks for you helps
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Post by: Jim Pettit on September 26, 2010, 08:19:41 PM
New to MACH3
I just installed a Mach3 system on a Enshu Japanese Mill circa 1980. 
I am in the process of building a CNC Lathe using Mach3
So I am more familiar with building Mach3 systems than making parts.

Now then ---are there any tutorials showing how to make parts that is applying the Mach3 CNC--- to doing work building parts?
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Post by: Kai on September 29, 2010, 06:41:30 AM
Well I am new just looking at getting 2 new machines a mill and a lathe. these will both me on mach3 so now I need to learn how to use it and get myself up and running
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Post by: Docwelch on October 02, 2010, 06:40:32 PM
I am new to CNC.  Being a reasonable accomplished woodworker, I built my own CNC machine.  I will primarily be using it for making RC aircraft parts out of balsa and plywood.  Good to be here and I look forward to learning a lot.
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Post by: Captain Midnight on October 02, 2010, 07:35:52 PM
Welcome
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Post by: BillB on October 05, 2010, 06:49:19 PM
New and just trying to get started. I have a completed cnc machine and trying to get everything programmed.
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Post by: Captain Midnight on October 05, 2010, 08:52:13 PM
Hi,
What is it, and how are you going to use it?
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Post by: BillB on October 05, 2010, 11:40:21 PM
ZEN 12x12.    Numerous projects from rc helicopter parts to 2d drawings.   Just managed to run my first (simulated) cut with an ink pen. Got a bit to go with setting up locations and figuring out MACH. The tutorials are great.  That roadrunner always looked bigger on tv though...
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Post by: tcoleman on October 06, 2010, 10:45:22 AM
Hello all, I'm Todd Coleman and I'm just finishing up my first CNC at home. I spent 13 years as a systems integrator for Allen Bradley CNC's (and never had one at home). I worked with Bandit I's, III's and IV's the 9/240 series, 8200's, Fanucs, Yasnac's, and some Dynapaths. I think I'm going to really like this Mach control. When I was doing this for a living the PC controls had just come into the market and had a lot to be desired. They were also real expensive. My mill is a 16"x11"x4.5" bridge style with Taig spindle head. The control is built for use on several machines as I will be CNCing a lathe, laser and material deposition system (probably wax for casting) and ..well....God only knows what else. now that I think about it, I think I'm going to LOVE this system......Thanx
Todd
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Post by: arkwhizzard on October 06, 2010, 06:11:18 PM
Hi I'm new  ;D
I purchased my Mach 3 a while back and due to health I had to shelf it awhile, during this time I lost the USB drive on which I had my CNC files. I knew I was going to have to repurchase my Mach 3 software, but to my suprise Art keeps records and emailed my License file to me. I just wanted to say thanks once again My Name is Tim Riggs I'm Just an old guy from Arkansas who likes to tinker, I have a Mini Mill And a Mini Lathe I plan to convert to CNC once I figure out how CNC works. I hope to have my homemade from scrap and surplus router running soon and will post some pics when I do.
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Post by: rockclimbingtools on October 07, 2010, 07:12:55 PM
My name is Russ and new here. I'm trying to fire up my software right now. With much emphasis on "trying" ??? I'm sure I'll be around long enough to drive a few of you nuts, asking classic dumb questions like, "how do I get my demo software to magically turn into full software" and other such interestingly stupid newbiesqe questions.

Just got a Syil x5 and am trying to get er going.  My dad once said "the best tools to have for a job are a hammer and a bottle of booze. Once you realize the job is futile, you hit your thumb with the hammer thus causing much needed medicine from the bottle, allowing you to go sleep it off".
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Post by: charlie58 on October 07, 2010, 08:57:35 PM
Hi,

   My name is charlie. According to the powers that be when I registered, I have to post something or else I'll be kicked out because I'm a spambot. Whatever the hell that is.
   I just got this book on how to build a cnc machine. My problem is, I know nothing about cad and cam and interfacicg to a machine.
   Where do I go to find out more about lazycam, mach3,and all that good stuff. I,ve got a plasma cutter that I use freehand, but I would like to add more potential to it.

                                                                           Charlie
   
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Post by: Jonsparky1 on October 09, 2010, 05:48:44 PM
Hi,
My name is Jon, I have been using Mach 3 for about 4 years. I have a CMC Taig mill that I bought on eBay. I mostly use it for wooden fltue making and retoring antique flutes. I finely broke down and got a decent contoller, getting a Gecko g540, the controller is put together by Deep Groove. Wow, what an improvment form the junk I was was using before, I had to keep replacing the chip on the old driver... Now I can use my A axis rotary talble.
Jon
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Post by: steppmjk on October 09, 2010, 07:55:06 PM
Hi,
My name is Mike and I live in Ocala FL. I have been wanting to build a CNC router for a couple of years now. My son decided to build one as his senoir project in High School, So now I can justify spending the money! I am a newbie when it comes to lazycam and Mach 3 so I am excitied to find this forum.
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Post by: ding2095 on October 11, 2010, 05:08:11 AM
Hi Guys

Newbie Here, and making my first post.
  Im in Adelaide Australia, and have recently decided to CNC my lathe, and Have chosen Mach3 and Lazycam as the way to go. Not doing this for a living, just hobby. May end up purchasing and converting a small mill in the future depending on how this goes..

Derek
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Post by: oldmechano on October 11, 2010, 01:21:20 PM
Hi, My name is Alex and I just started using Mach on my latest project. I have been messing around with mechanical stuff since high school, but I am a designer by trade. I have worked in the Automotive sector since 1985 doing plastics,rubber, and die cast design and product development.

I did some NC work in 1989-92 on a Hitachi machining center... most of the paths I created were to cut electrodes for EDM use, but I also did a lot of engraving paths for plastic injection mold cavities. I can't remember the design software I used, but I do remember the computers were Sun Unix boxes and we used different machining software from the design software, which was all surface driven (pre solids) I used a post processor and a lot of editing was done in VI.

Currently I am working at a small mechanical fabrication company that takes on all kinds of different projects.

The machine I have Mach3 loaded to is a automated stapling machine... it has a fixed staple head (from another machine) using a custom built and designed table (my work) Since I am the "guy" with some NC knowledge (20 years past) I got asked to load the software and get this machine running correctly.

I design in either Catia V5 or SolidWorks, but my Catia has NC path capability were my SolidWorks does not. The paths I create are in a generic ATP format so I edit the positions into proper G code with a freeware editor.

Hopefully I will get some answers to my questions on this forum and maybe I can share some of my knowledge at the same time.

Cheers, Alex.
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Post by: mainman321 on October 19, 2010, 08:45:04 PM
I'm Jesse!

I hope to get my feet on the ground running!  Thanks for all inputs here.  I'm just amazed.

I currently work with lasers in medical manufacturing.  I also have an Industrial Technology- Manufacturing Degree. 

I just can't wait to start machining in my garage for my projects relating to laser automation.  I hope to find out the plans of building CNC machines.

Cutting-edge!! Thank you all!! I'm so happy to have made it to here!!
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Post by: jbcustomcues on October 20, 2010, 02:51:22 PM
Hello everyone my name is Joe Baker and I an a custom cue builder in Ohio.. I have built a couple of cnc machines for doing my inlays in pool cues. I enjoy playing pool being with family and friends and just having a good time in general.. I came about being a member here so I could get some help with a goofy problem that I am having with mach3 and hopfully I will be able to help someone on here as well..
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Post by: Ricardoco on October 21, 2010, 11:00:12 AM
Hello to you all, My name is Rick i live in southern England, ive decided to follow up this interest ive had for several years, I picked up a Boxford 260vmc, did the electronic conversion and now im here to learn the software side of the control system, im new to it all, im not stupid but i do make stupid mistakes, and im hoping that the wealth of knowlege on this forum and others will steer me in the direction of greater understanding of the hobby and its systems.

Rick
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Post by: Powerman on October 21, 2010, 11:30:00 AM
Hello to everyone!

My name is Trevor Bryant, I go by the handle Powerman. Recently I have purchased a Zenbot 1216 CNC machine. It is controlled through a mini tower computer running XP Pro and using Mach3 as the controller software. I'm still picking up cutting tools and engraving bits before I continue my learning process with CNC. Yes, I'm somewhat 'green' when to this - at least the hands-on part anyway  ;D

I design my own micro controller circuits, and write my own code using Visual BASIC, C, C++, and Assembler (intel).

What I'm aiming to do is use my CNC to cut custom circuit boards and plastics for product development prototypes for my projects. I am very good with a soldering iron but decided to purchase a hot air reworking station to populate my circuit boards. That's been a great learning experience using the hot air station so far!  :P

Other than this ... I love riding Harleys but am into motorcycles in general. I also enjoy barbecuing, camping, fishing, camp fires ... all good things for family entertainment! I live in Northern Ontario, Canada where there is lots of opportunity for all of these things.

I'm here to learn as much as I can about running my system and maybe offer suggestions as I am able as well! Until next time, Cheers!


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Post by: timberline on October 21, 2010, 04:09:32 PM
Hi,
Just finished building my MechMate. My name is Steve and I reside in Arizona. Using MACH3 to control the beast. 49"x97" cutting table with router. Need to learn all I can about CNC controls and G-Code.
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Post by: Ian Barley on October 21, 2010, 05:46:09 PM
Ian - make furniture - just purchase an Exel CNC router which came with Mach 3 - so much to learn - so very very much to learn :)
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Post by: Steve R on October 21, 2010, 07:21:07 PM
Hello everyone. I am an industrial arts teacher and new to all of this. We have a new lathe and mill and wish to use prodesktop and pro engineering with mach3. Looking forward to learning, thanks, Steve R.
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Post by: manising82 on October 22, 2010, 03:52:11 AM
hi im new to MACH 3  controller users , i neet to knoe if i purchase the controller for plasma & oxy cutting machine i can directly use the controller or i need to do any modifications in contriller ?
and what are the modifications need to be done ,step by step procedures ,please
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Post by: manising82 on October 22, 2010, 03:53:57 AM
hi im new to MACH 3  controller users , i need to know if i purchase the controller for plasma & oxy cutting machine i can directly use the controller or i need to do any modifications in contriller ?
and what are the modifications need to be done ,step by step procedures ,please
which is suitable for me LASYCAM / MACH 3
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Post by: manising82 on October 22, 2010, 03:55:23 AM
hi I'm new to MACH 3  controller users , i NEED to know if i purchase the controller for plasma & oxy cutting machine i can directly use the controller or i need to do any modifications in controller ?
and what are the modifications need to be done ,step by step procedures ,please
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Post by: Esteeme1 on October 22, 2010, 08:30:38 PM
Hi All,

I just got my Romaxx WD-1 on line (second system), although the first one is only a CNC Shark I quickly found my self hook on CNC.

I didn't think it was going to be so difficult to transition over to another machine but the learning curve has been tremendous for me. I have used the forum several time and would like to thank you all for your post. 

I'm sure I will be back many time after this. Thank you all again for your knowledge.
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Post by: Elliott on October 23, 2010, 02:23:36 PM
HELLO!
New guy here. My name is Elliott, and just started using Mach3 about a month ago. My version runs on windows7 and controls a 5 x 10 NEWCNC with a rotary attachment. I've been in the CNC woodworking industry for 5 years. The new technology has me thirsting for more knowledge.
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Post by: wallyhart on October 25, 2010, 04:01:56 PM
I'm Wally from SLC.  I'm refitting a router using an Ajax controller.  I just have downloaded and installed Mach 3 software 3.042.040.  During the install, I was never prompted to download the driver.  The driver test icon is not in the Mach3 folder!!!  I need the driver to test my motors.  How do I get that driver?

Wally
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Post by: labdoc13 on October 25, 2010, 09:19:42 PM
I am retired from telecommunications and have been interested in cnc routers for some time.  I am ready to make the leap.
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Post by: dar303 on October 25, 2010, 09:33:53 PM
Hi,

My name is Daniel and I live in Stockholm, Sweden.
Me and a friend started building a fixed portal cnc mill a few years ago but we never finished and recently I got some new an much needed inspiration from Tweakie on this forum and decided to take the machine to my workshop and get it up and running before new year!
I also have a EMCO Compact 5 cnc that needs converting to Mach in the future and I just talked my boss at work into buying a small desktop moving gantry machine to do PCB and front panel engraving... so I guess I will have my CNC-hands full for a while! :)
I'm mainly an electronics guy and have some learning to do on the mechanical side so expect stupid "how do I align this to that"-type questions!
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Post by: Grompix on October 26, 2010, 06:39:37 AM
Hi
I'm attempting to build a CNC Router machine with a pal of mine. We intend using Mach3 for the driver software so I've decided joined this forum. The software looks great and appears able to tackle anything we might want our home-built machine to do. Nice forum. Looking forward to talking to the folks on here.
Chris  ;D   
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Post by: mil2584 on October 26, 2010, 11:15:44 AM
Hello

I'm sorry if I am in the wrong topic of discussion, I am new to this forum.

My name is Tullio, and I am currently trying to get our company Plasma cutter table to run properly, and I have been having some issues, as I am about list bellow.

Basically I load the program in, hit the start button, the machine zeros itself, it plunges the torch slowly until it hits the material, then pulls up about 1/8 inch, then tries to fire and all that happens is a large spark. At this point the "torch on/off" led is lit red, and the THC button is blinking. If I hit the "torch on/off" button to turn it off, then the machine resumes its path.  The machine is equipped with a THC controller. 

Also, as a side note; if the machine is not running any program and I manually jog the Z about an inch from the material and hit the "torch on/off" button to turn the torch on, the torch fires for about 5 seconds and then shuts off.  If I try jogging the lit torch down to the material, it just sparks and snuffs itself out when it gets too close to the material.

I'm sorry if I am rambling, I've been trying to get this to work for about a week now and this is the only thing that’s holding me back. Thank you for your time!!!

Best

Tullio
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Post by: Smtl on October 26, 2010, 07:25:24 PM
I everyone

My Name is Simon I am from Montreal.
I am a hobbyist and I just finished building my first CNC.

I bought plans from David K. Steele A long ago and finally, the CNC is moving 2day. I free jog it for the first time about 1 hour ago!
So far I am very satisfy by the tutorial videos I found on the MACH3 website.

I am very excited to join you and talk about CNC .

CHEERS
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Post by: twicecustom on October 28, 2010, 10:33:00 AM
My name is Benjiman, I'm From good ol' North Dakota.  I just acquired a plasma table that needed a new control, So That's why I'm here.  I normally run Okuma Machines, but am really excited to get the plasma table up and going.  So I should be on here quite a bit.  We run BobCAD for our software, Some of our equipment includes, Okuma MC40H horizontal machining center with pallet change and rotary axis (1 degree),,  Okuma LC20 4ST 4 axis simuluturn Turning center with upper and lower turrets (but the bottom is dead right now)  a Wiedemann S4050 40 ton Turret punch,  We are going to retrofit this machine as the Micon 80 control is a PITA to do programming on..  ABB IRB2000 welding and plasma Robots..  just a few of the machines we have..   I enjoy my job, when things go as planned....  I enjoy snowmobiling and cars, and I really enjoy my family.. 
Thats all.. 
Nice to meet all of you.
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Post by: damelman on October 31, 2010, 10:34:30 AM
Hello my name is Mel I work  for a steel producer for 30 years and counting. I am an Industrial Electrician by trade but since all our Electronic techs that know what a mag amp or selsyn are have long since retired, I and two Electronic techs with 25 years of combined experience have to maintain the 1960 vintage analog electronics. As for why I joined the forum I have a Supermax with a bandit 3 control that I am converting to Vipers and Mach 3
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Post by: HeadSmess on November 03, 2010, 01:42:57 AM
howdy do, and how are you?

chris be the name, and trade? iunno. idiot? gofer? all of the above :D

cnc, utter noobie besides watchin the screens on the machines at the old job. always too scared to do that sort of thing for production...for a hobby, when its my own time money and tools...its different, isnt it? so im learning, and learning fast... mmmm, helical interpolation..

my main reason for going cnc is for the autofeeds...damn im sick of handles...
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Post by: Jennifer on November 05, 2010, 07:52:27 AM
Hi there,

i am a new Mach3 user and new to the CNC world. My hobbies include the Lapidary arts, Goldsmithery and Stringed musical instrument making - particularly inlay work. I also am the proud new owner of a CNC router which i have been having a lot of fun with trying to learn the Mach3 application as well as setting the darn thing up. Other facets of my life include Flying, riding my motorcycle and amateur radio (N3GPA). All of this on top of being a business applications developer for the last 30 years.

If anyone actually reads this i do have two questions:

1) without investing in an expensive datascope, how can i check to see what activity is actually happening on my parallel port?

2) the ability of a CNC router to create the recesses for my inlay work is a "gimme" but i am at a loss to come up with a solution for holding the small pieces of material i use to fill those holes. pieces of abalone, oyster shell @ etc... they are preformed into somewhat random sized pieces of "rough" possibly one or at the most two inches square about .050" thick and quite brittle. If i can come up with a way to hold them i may be able to eliminate some of the tedious work i do with a jewelers saw and concentrate more on my design rather than its execution.

actually i have a third question, I can get the router to respond to the "setup the travel units" function within Mach3 but i cannot get the jog (tab key) function to respond. no matter which way i set the jog enable button - green light on or off. Has any of you ever experienced this condition?

Come to think of it that brings to mind a fourth question: I am trying to decide which CAD application best suits my needs. most of them have user interfaces not well suited to drawing complex curves. the best i can find so far requires me to plot endless points around a sketch i import. it would be nice if there was a product that could turn a line drawing directly into the instructions to create a shape. especially if it could be "scaled" in size once imported. I am leaning towards VCarve-Pro, any suggestions of other products i could look at would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks all, i am looking forward to expanding both my luthier efforts and my "simple" inlay work as well Through the use of Mach3 and CNC.

Jen


 
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Post by: Tweakie.CNC on November 05, 2010, 09:27:48 AM
Hi Jen,

Welcome to the forum.
You need to post your questions under the General Mach Discussion area for maximum exposure.
You can download 'Parmon' from here http://www.geekhideout.com/parmon.shtml this is an easy to use parallel port monitor.

Tweakie.
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Post by: Jennifer on November 05, 2010, 09:30:51 AM
Thanks Tweakie! That helps,i will check it out.
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Post by: Jennifer on November 05, 2010, 12:56:55 PM
This is a post I found on another site called “do it yourself christmas.com”.

I thought this may be useful for other “newbies” like me for figuring out if their parallel port is functioning physically and programmatically.

Pretty neat considering the only hardware tool required is a VOM capable of reading +5V DC.

You will require the following software:

Parallel port monitor: (or use « parmon » described by tweakie above)

http://www.doityourselfchristmas.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=7779&stc=1&d=1287369784

Dll for Vixen Software :

http://www.vixenlights.com/plugins/output/BasicParallel.dll

Vixen itself :

http://www.vixenlights.com/releases/Vixen%202.1.1.0.zip

here is a nice Parallel port diagram :

http://www.vixenlights.com/releases/Vixen%202.1.1.0.zip



Step one:
Download the parallel port monitor program (PPM). Unzip and extract the .exe file.
Open the port monitor program and familiarize yourself with it. The most important feature of this program at this point is the ability to manually turn on the first 7 pins (pinout 2 - 8) by clicking on the first port and manually changing the 0's and 1's. 1 means its on, 0 means its off.

Now, take your Cat5 cable, and strip the wires at both ends. at this point, it does not matter what pattern you use, only that you know what wire is in what port. You can use the following chart if you like

Orange Pin 24
Orange/White Pin 2
Blue Pin 3
Blue/White Pin 4
Green Pin 5
Green/White Pin 6
Brown Pin 7
Brown/White Pin 8

Now, using the PPM, change the value of the parallel port to 11111111.

With this done, it is time to get out the multimeter. Check each of the wires on pins 2-8 for voltage. Ground to the orange wire, hot to the numbered wires. you should get approx 4.5v on each wire. If this works, then your PP is working properly. If not, make certain of your pinouts. You may have them upside down, in which case you need to redo them all and test again.
(sorry I dont have the experience and knowledge to determine problems with non-functioning parallel ports, if you cannot get your port to read with the wires and the PPM, I cant help you.) you could use the LED method I have read about, but this way is a lot cheaper and easier.

Now we have figured out that our PP is working, its time for Vixen.

Download the Vixen 2.1.1.0 program. Open the folder, and find the folder named Output. Open the Output folder and look for a file named BasicParallel.dll. If that file is not in your folder, then download it (link above) and place it in the Output folder.

Now open up vixen and set up a profile.

Create a name (test?) and say ok. Now on the bottom of the setup page is a button named Output plugins. Find the Basic Parallel plugin and add it. now click on the BP on the right side. Set the channels and click on the plugin setup and verify you have the proper port selected. Then click ok, then done, then add your channels and finish creating the profile.

now create a new Vixen standard sequence. no need to add a song, but you can if you like. I created a 30 second blank sequence.

Now, you can create a pattern that will turn on each pin in turn for about 5 seconds each. (I only have 6 channels) Once you have finished that, resize your window so that you can have the PPM visible outside of Vixen. Then run your sequence. You should see each light in the PPM turn on in time with the sequence in Vixen.

If your PP is working, and you set up vixen properly, then you should be set and ready to go at this point. All you need to do now is verify your pinout and run the wires to your setup.

i hope this helps someone else who is having as mych "fun" setting up their new CNC as I am... Jennifer
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Post by: Bjorn Ellefsen on November 06, 2010, 04:02:13 PM
Hi.
My name is Bjorn and i live in Norway. My dayjob is at a papermill, and whenever i`m off work i play with my homemade cnc router :D
I`m just abaut to start building my third machine, the first one was a small one abaut 400 x 400 mm table, my second is a 900 x 800 x 150 mm.
The one i`m building now will be 1400 x 800 x 150 mm metalframe driven by a kit from Probotix and a Freud 1100w router, The same as i use now.
My other hobbies are modeltrains and playing bass in a bluesband and American vans

Bjorn.
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Post by: buckwheat on November 07, 2010, 07:33:46 AM
Hi,

my name is Doug and i live in central NY.  I'm in the process in converting a G0704 to cnc.  i have machining experience mostly in the automotive field but also some in manual milling and lathe work.  I'm new to cnc and excited about learning it and converting my mill.
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Post by: lil coupe on November 09, 2010, 02:20:39 PM
I was noticing that as of this writing we have 2795 members and have only heard from a couple of hundred and an even smaller number of regular posters.
new member with a used EZ-ROUTER, 4x4 apc table looking for help getting it going. from Portland Or.
So if you are new around here please post and introduce your self.  You could give a little on your background, hobbies , how you ended up here, whatever!

This is a site to help with mach. There is a great talent pool here already but this is a community driven site and we would love to hear from the silent masses ;)

So stand up and say hi!!

Thanks,

Chad

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Post by: lil coupe on November 09, 2010, 10:54:18 PM
I was noticing that as of this writing we have 2795 members and have only heard from a couple of hundred and an even smaller number of regular posters.
new member with a used EZ-ROUTER, 4x4 apc table looking for help getting it going. from Portland Or.
So if you are new around here please post and introduce your self.  You could give a little on your background, hobbies , how you ended up here, whatever!

This is a site to help with mach. There is a great talent pool here already but this is a community driven site and we would love to hear from the silent masses ;)

So stand up and say hi!!

Thanks,

Chad

soon to be 56 yr. old, commercial electrictian, hot rod, harley enthusiast, with a new toy/early retirement tool to play with.
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Post by: Uwe on November 11, 2010, 08:06:21 AM
Hi there,

i am Uwe. Industrial engineer, but working as IT consultant. Within the few available hours i have, I try to build up a small WaBeCo Milling machine to CNC. Right now i will build up the hardware.  :)

Uwe
 


I was noticing that as of this writing we have 2795 members and have only heard from a couple of hundred and an even smaller number of regular posters.

So if you are new around here please post and introduce your self.  You could give a little on your background, hobbies , how you ended up here, whatever!

This is a site to help with mach. There is a great talent pool here already but this is a community driven site and we would love to hear from the silent masses ;)

So stand up and say hi!!

Thanks,

Chad

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Post by: RichKuzmack on November 11, 2010, 09:16:50 AM
Hi,

I am a hobby machinist and have been for over 40 years.  I am now retired from a career as an economist doing program analysis and modeling, and information technology management.  I combined computers and machining in the past, having revised and updated the methodology of compound indexing for Machinery's Handbook and the Home Shop Machinist in the mid-1990's.  I am now developing a CNC center in my shop to expand the capabilities of the traditional mechanical processes I have been using.  I look forward to exchanging ideas with others similarly engaged. 
 
Rich Kuzmack
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Post by: mlk1950 on November 13, 2010, 11:21:09 PM
Hi, I'm Mike. Just in the process of building my first CNC machine. Got the table and gantry almost complete, and just assembling the driver board and  steppers from the Pro Chopper Board package that I bought from HobbyCNC. It's a 3-axis leadscrew machine with 2 steppers on the X axis. Bought the Mach3 manual and am reading through that, but will have several questions for you, and will greatly appreciate any help and advice I can get. This machine will be used mainly for sign carving at first,  I'm a newbie at this so thanks alot in advance.

Mike Kearns
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Post by: lil coupe on November 15, 2010, 11:38:52 PM
Hi my name is Pete and I just bought a 2009 Easy Router 4x4 APC with Mach 3, looking for help getting it setup.  Any advice/tips would be MUCH appreciated!  Still trying to figure all this forum stuff out. 
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Post by: dmiller on November 16, 2010, 11:09:09 PM
Hi
My name is Don and I am entirely new to cnc. I am currently building a cnc router and have a lot to learn about the build not to mention I know next to nothing about the software.  I appreciate all the info contained in the forum as I know I will need lots of help.
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Post by: madman on November 17, 2010, 09:26:36 PM
Hi,
My name is James I have an old Komatsu plasma table running off of servo's, with an old antiquated software that does not work any more and has no support.
My question is how do i get mach3 to work with this app. I have asked around and nobody seems to know.
help......
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Post by: Tweakie.CNC on November 18, 2010, 02:31:42 AM
Hi James,

Welcome to the forum.

You need to post your question under the General Discussion topic and perhaps be a little more specific about your machine to get the best forum response.
(I would be inclined to replace all the electronics with Gecko drivers, keeping your existing servo's - just a thought).

Tweakie.
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Post by: bobby.neal on November 29, 2010, 04:00:20 PM
Hi, y'all I'm Bobby Neal. I am fairly new to machining parts. I started out two yrs. ago with a 13 1/2" x 40" Grizzly Lathe and a 9 1/2" x 39" manual mill with x axis auto feed. It didn't take me long to figure out that I didn't like standing behind that mill for hours to make a relatively simple part. So I started searching for used cnc mills. I hit pay dirt! I found Bridgeport R2E3 Ridgid head mill with Boss 8 controls, running in a shop, that the guy needed to sell to buy material to fill an order. I gave him $1,000 for the machine and about a dozen tool holders and carted it home. The old controls worked but I had no idea how to use them and at that time knew nothing of cnc controls in general. Hours of online research later I decided to buy new controls and sell of the old ones to pay for it. I went with Ajaxcnc. I kept the 3 phase spindle motor, and dc power supply and the dc servos. The MPU11/DC3IO Kit is what i bought and I also bought their advised 2000 line encoders. The install was fairly straight forward and went off without a hitch. So as far as AJAXCNC KITS are concerned their very good. BUT!!! The support of their equipment is about as lousy as I've ever seen. I will definatly seek another system for my next retro. I like their equipment but hell good equipment without technical support is nearly useless for most. All I can say is thank goodness for a large community of like minded individualls to lend an ear. I also built my own rotary phase converter to run the mill. I have a copy of Solidworks and Solidcam and their super programs and very easy to use.
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Post by: LuLu on December 01, 2010, 11:05:55 AM
Hi Everyone!  I have been using a CNC for a while now, at the company I work for.  Thought it would be interesting to come here and chat with others.    I am using Mach 3 with BobCad v21.   Interesting, being the only female working in an all male environment. 

 Anyhow........    I have been reading the posts for a while, just never joined in.
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Post by: Jennifer on December 01, 2010, 11:23:59 AM
Welcome Lulu,

It is nice to see another female interested in CNC stuff. I am an inlay artist who is experimenting with using a CNC mill as a mechanism to make my art repeatable. I began my career in the manufacturing arena and was often the only gal in the shop. Even worked as a machinist for a machine buiding shop many years ago.

Jen
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Post by: lil coupe on December 01, 2010, 01:26:49 PM
hi Lulu, I`m a newbe to all this with a ez router plasma table (apc), loaded with mach3 version R3.00, BobCAD-CAM, Cut 2D, along with others.  hopefully someone out there can help me with working the bugs out, trying to get a retirement small gig going, like working with metals.
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Post by: matthe4292 on December 02, 2010, 07:21:47 PM
Hey guys I just got my Fireball v90 and am excited to get into cnc. I'll be posting some questions soon as I have no clue what I need to do to get setup. I feel I may be the newest to cnc then anyone after searching through, wish me luck!
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Post by: retro-AC-Servo on December 04, 2010, 12:37:16 PM
Hey All

I just got threw doing a retro fit on a Anilam CNC knee mill using DMM Technology's 4 axis high torque kit.  A few years ago I made a CNC plasma table and used a Dynatorch retro kit with it.  It came with all the cables and everything.  Prior to that I knew nothing about CNC.  So in short I'm a green horn that love learning stuff.
Mach3 seems to have some things I really need to learn.  And this seems to be the place to do it.

My 1st subject will be will be " radom loss of positon" a clitch I get on long runs where x servo seems to freeze for a 1/4 of a second then continue this results in the loss of my zero location equal to the distance it stalled.   I don't know where to post it

Steve
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Post by: Tweakie.CNC on December 04, 2010, 12:55:44 PM
Hi Steve, welcome to the forum.

Post your problem, with as much detail as possible under the General Discussion section where it will receive the most coverage. There will be someone who can help.

Tweakie.
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Post by: Araknid01 on December 06, 2010, 01:45:17 PM
Is anyone here from the northern Virginia area?

I am building a laser cutter/engraver and am looking for someone near me that is experienced in initial setup.

Thanks in advance for a reply.

Eric
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Post by: jtcdudeman on December 06, 2010, 10:32:31 PM
Hi everyone.

My name is Tommy and I just got my DIY Fine Line Automation CNC machine up and running.  Its a 2'x4' cutting area 3 axis machine and Im really excited and somewhat frustrated with it so far.  Im going to be using Vectric's CAM software, Solidworks for CAD, and obviously Mach 3 for CNC control.  Ive been cutting styrofoam, wood, and aluminum for 3 days straight now and am preparing to actually make something worthwhile in the next week or so.


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Post by: magiced on December 07, 2010, 10:54:07 AM
My name is Ed Gillis from Toronto, Canada. I have just built a 2'x4' cnc router machine. The electronics and motors have not arrived yet.
I wanted to know about a USB to parallel cable but got the answer in the forum without asking. My solution was to buy a PCI parallel card and install it.

Great source.
Thanks Ed
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Post by: LatheMaster on December 07, 2010, 12:58:10 PM
My name is Mike . Im in Sacramento,Ca . Im getting ready to get a LittleMachineShop SX2 and convert it to cnc . I plan on using Mach3 . Havent yet decided weather or not to go with steppers or servos . I am a 14 year veteran lathe machinist . I have lots I want to learn and many projects to start . Multi axis machining and 3d machining is only the beginning . I look forward to input to my future questions . I am sure there will be many questions . This will be my first conversion . A lathe will be next .
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Post by: Bernie on December 08, 2010, 06:19:46 PM
Hi,
My name is Bernie and I live in New Zealand. I'm certainly not new - staring down the barrel of retirement! I am however, new to CNC, having left the handwheels many years ago in favour of an airconditioned office and a PC running CAD.

I have spent most of my working life as a product and tool designer, but as retirement beckons, I need good reason to be occupied in the sanctity of my home workshop. My hobby is fixing things and restoring old fizz boats. As parts for these boats have long been obsolete, I intend to make them.

With limited lifespan left the plan is to spend less time standing beside my old universal mill turning the wheels and more time with my grandsons. I am hoping CNC conversion of my old mill will eventually achieve this. After some research on the net, I decided to go with Mach3, as there appears to be many satisfied users out there. I'm sure there will be many things to find out so its good that such knowledgeable people such as those on this forum are available to point me in the right direction. (Fingers crossed!)

Bernie
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Post by: ALR on December 12, 2010, 11:21:01 AM
Hello everyone. 

This isnt my first post but I am new to the forum.  My son and I are building a CNC router to be used in building guitars.  I have been a wood working hobbyist most o fmy life and have some programming skills but very little experience with the electronics side of computers.

We are in the Nashville, TN area.  I am very excited about CNC routing and anxious to get my machine cutting and learning how to use Mach3 and CAD software.

 :) ALR
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Post by: n4807g on December 17, 2010, 03:23:02 PM
Hi,

I just started learning how to use MACH3.  Hopefully the learning curve isn't too steep.  First started building CNC controls in the early 80's by disassembling Commodore 64 computers, using the boards as control computers in machine controls.  At the time, PLC's were just starting out and cost thousands of dollars.  Machine controls have come a long way!!!!!  I'm interested in retrofitting sewing systems and will be using MACH 3 as the controller and  Ajax servo kit as the axis hardware.

As an aside I could use some advice on how to design customized screens that are more suitable to my application.  The basic mill screen has more information and detail than I need.  Any help to get me started would be appreciated.......
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Post by: Ubatoid on December 18, 2010, 01:05:09 PM
Hi, I'm a newb to the forum and slowly working my way through the mountains of info. I am currently building a 10 x 5 plasma table with pipe rotating facility. This is also going to double as a router table so the decision was made to go for servo drives as we also need high speed very accurate plasma cuts aswell.  I've only got as far as building the basic table in Solidworks and will post up the drawings as soon as it's finished I have a very basic understanding of cnc having only used an old prototrak xy mill. I have the demo versions of Mach and sheetcam and have run some simple cuts using imported dxfs, so I am happy with that side. My only thing is I can't seem to find much on setting up servos with Mach, does anyone have any links ? Love the forum and hope to be able to give some back in the near future.
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Post by: KHK on December 20, 2010, 06:20:14 PM
Hello to All!  My name is Keith and I have built a CNC from scratch, it is a small table 24 x 18 in. I use it for Plasma and Routing  I use Mack3 software.   I have a lot to learn about Mack3 and CNC.
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Post by: n6cnt on December 22, 2010, 04:55:01 PM
Name is Bill. New to CNC. Had a manual shop made up of old equipment that nobody wanted and had to give it up when I retired. I am now a desk top mechanist whom doesn't know much.
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Post by: gary22 on December 24, 2010, 04:43:38 PM
Hello all.
My name is Gary and I was a machinist by trade, now they have me driving a desk...
I am stuck up in Alaska and during the long cold winters I needed an indoor project to keep me out of trouble so I decided to build a CNC Router.

I am in the finish stages of building this contraption and have come upon an issue that I have not been able to resolve. (I am sure due to my lack of knowledge in electronics).

The machine is a gantry router with dual X motors. I purchased a Logitrol 5 axis controller which works fine if connected directly to the parallel port. I wanted to have a breakout board to give me some more options so I bought a C23 BOB from CNC4PC and installed it between the PC and the Logitrol driver (uses Geckos). I understood that the signals should pass through the board uninterupted, however I cant get anything to move when the board is in the mix.

If anyone has had any experience with this board I would greatly appreciate some input.


Thanks: Gary
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Post by: damkat on December 26, 2010, 07:57:18 PM
I am so new at this I'm not even sure I am posting.  I am working with a colleague to build a CNC drill.  Everything is new but fascinating.
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Post by: cmmachinist on December 26, 2010, 11:53:04 PM
Hey everyone,
       I'm writing this after getting up at 5:00am and it's quarter till 12:00am now, so bare with me if I ramble. I've been toying with the idea of getting into machining for about two years. I love to be able to make things that actually work. I've read here and there on the internet about some machining, CNC, and CAD/CAM programming. Right now I'm researching purchasing a Mill. I've looked at Harbor Freight and have read and heard both good and bad things about there milling machines. Just to give you an idea the things that I will be using it for are model helicopter parts, an engraving vise and air tool. and other various things. I wouldn't be doing any heavy duty milling, and am purchasing this one due to work space and money limitations. The price is about $600.00 if you guys have better suggestion in that price range, I would love to hear them. I thought about a Smithy 1220 machine but that will have to wait until next year. Thanks for any help. cmmachinist.
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Post by: nishikant.pitale on December 27, 2010, 06:13:02 AM
Hi ,

I am Shashank. I am form India. Already have a two CNC Desktop Miling machine having stepper motor. One is from Roland Japan and one is from Local manufacturer. Both the machine have PC Based controller.

Now I want to replace the local machine controller with other one which is supporting to Mach 3.

I want to use a stepper motor having holding torque of 2N-m

Please suggest me suitable Motion control Card

Regards,

Shashank   
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Post by: DaveHann on January 01, 2011, 02:00:11 PM
Hi All,

I'm Dave Hannaman, live in Retta, TX (just South of Ft. Worth).  Up until last month I had been programming MS Access Databases (Visual basic) for a huge healthcare company for the last 11 years.

A few years ago a friend invited me (as the resident neighborhood computer geek) to take the Alpha CAM class that was provided with the purchase of his MultiCAM machine.  And it started my interest in CNC machines.  Since then I've done a lot of reading on the subject, and attended a few North Texas CNC users group events.

My Dad is the owner of "Retta Texas Fine Woods" on facebook.  He's looking to purchase a router setup, and the prices seem a bit astronomical to me considering that we can weld have the space and work with computer, and I think I've talked him into building one.  So in the next month or so hopefully we can put together a 5x10 router.

If it goes reasonably well I hope to make more for sale.  ;D

Wish me luck, I'll try to keep the newbie questions to a minimum!

Dave





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Post by: dougiedot on January 01, 2011, 04:44:06 PM
Hi, I am Doug from near Inverness in the north of Scotland. I have been using cnc routers for a number of years making wood signs and things mainly on a hobby level but I do a little commercial work. recently I was offered an old Isel router which is not working and has been lying around for a few years so I have been doing as much research as possable on the net with the hope of getting it going again. this is a huge learning curve as the workings of routers are all a bit of a mystery at the moment. my present router is a Gerber dimension 200 which is incredably simple to operate. If I am to convert the Isel i understand that I will need  control software and it seems Mach3 is the the way to go. I have downloaded the trial version and am trying to familiarise with it as much as possable before putting it to test, if there is anyone within a couple of hours of Inversness using Mach3 to control a router I would love to see it in action. I have a small video of the dimension 200 on youtube just do a search for Gerber dimension 200 (beware the background noise) well off to trawl the site for more info and further confuse myself, cheers Doug
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Post by: Hood on January 01, 2011, 05:00:44 PM
I have a couple of milling machines and a lathe under Mach control but afraid no router. I live in Carnoustie  but workshop is in Arbroath so you are welcome to visit if you want.
Hood
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Post by: dougiedot on January 01, 2011, 06:37:45 PM
Hi Hood, thanks for the reply. I would love to take you up on that and are not too far away for me. There are loads of great tutorials and advice on the net but it would be nice to see mach3 in action. I assume the principle would be the same on a mill as the router, can I  contact you private to arrange a suitable time maybe in the next few weeks weather permitting! regards Doug
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Post by: Hood on January 01, 2011, 06:43:35 PM
have sent you an email.
Hood
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Post by: peque on January 02, 2011, 07:14:40 AM
Hola
Uno nuevo desde España
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Post by: Tweakie.CNC on January 02, 2011, 07:27:41 AM
Hola Peque,

Welcome to the forum.

Please note that there is a very active Spanish section here  http://www.machsupport.com/forum/index.php/board,51.0.html

Tweakie.
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Post by: MikeToolMan2 on January 02, 2011, 07:07:44 PM
Hi I'm Mike and ended up here researching how to set up my new Sherline mini mill for CNC. I am not a professional but have good understanding of computer systems and networking plus a little machining experience. I have the stepper motors attached and am thinking of buying the Gecko G540 4 axis controller next. I am working my way back up from the basic machine to the CAD/CAM software--I have already done some learning on the Rhino demo. My immediate needs are simple but I want to make sure that I don't limit myself in the future due to my inexperience now. I will be looking on here for anyone else doing CNC projects on a mini mill.
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Post by: cmmachinist on January 02, 2011, 07:29:05 PM
Hi, I just started looking into CNC/CAD/CAM products in the past few weeks. I thought the cost of it was out of my price range but doing research I found out that I can get into it little by little and get what I need and want. I'm mainly interested in metal machining. I like making things and thought what a great idea to be able to make the parts I want instead of trying to hunt them down or have someone else make them. I'm also looking into heat treating metals and welding. That way I can make whatever I want and have it the hardness I need. Who knows maybe I can turn it into a business. The main reason I wanted to get on this site is because I want to buy a mill to start with and then a lathe later, but I've been looking at the smithy line of combo machines. I talked to a guy about a week ago and told me to stay away from the small mills and lathes from places like Harbor Freight. I've heard both good and bad things about the small machines. I'm looking at being able to turn metal on the lathe of about 1-1/4" diameter. I don't know if getting a small setup to start with will be beneficial or just add to the cost of having to replace it with a bigger lathe and mill at a later date. I have a work bench that's 5' long by 2' deep and can handle about 300 pounds, to work with Any help with this would be much appreciated.
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Post by: SWATH on January 04, 2011, 05:43:38 PM
Hello,
I'm new to CNC but am starting my own business and have a Mikini CNC mill on order.  I don't know a huge amount about Mach but that's why I'm here.
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Post by: linsony on January 07, 2011, 12:30:23 AM
Hi,

My name is Sony from Indonesia.  I'm an agent for cnc routers and laser cutting machine.  As I'm new on this field, I might need to ask helps from you people.

I enjoy photography, driving and talking to peoples.  Hope to meet some guys with same hobby too :D

Sony
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Post by: dgates80 on January 07, 2011, 06:41:27 PM
Hi!

I'm Don Gates and I am a flight test engineer and pilot.  I am new to CNC and Mach 3.  I am building a 3 axis router from a kit from cncrouterparts.com and finelineautomation.com.  I have the stepper motor controller box built and running, and I cam make the motors move... progress!  I have built a sturdy MDF table to hold the machine.  Generally things are progressing pretty well, I hope to have a machine up and running very soon!
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Post by: MDub on January 07, 2011, 08:41:24 PM
Hello,

I'm newly retired and recently purchased a Sherline CNC Lathe and Mill as a new hobby. I've been an IT executive for 30 years and am very comfortable with computers and software so in addition to the Sherline equipment I picked up Alibre Expert and Visual CAM. On my own I've made good progress with the CAD/CAM applications but for some reason I'm having a tough time getting out of the starting gate with Mach 3, stating with Turn. Mach 3 was set up by the vendor so it seems to be doing all it should in controlling the lathe, it's just me trying to get my head around setting up the tools and running the wizards. I'll be going through the forum to see what I can get from prior posts but I figure I'll probably want to ask for some phone support at some point to get me over the hump.

Michael
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Post by: rustymiller on January 10, 2011, 08:03:56 AM
Hi, I've just joined
I've been making and racing car and boat models most of my life with limited tooling, manual lathe and a small manual milling machine.
As I approach retirement the thought occurred to use my many years of knowledge to produce after market parts or indeed to protoype new models so I recently puchased a 5 year old, brand new, never used cnc converted X3 mill. It was supplied with some version of Mach described as Simsoft. I believe the machine was built by Simply CNC and being completely new to automtaed machining I thought it might be a good idea to join a group of people who could help and advise me when things go wrong!!! Which they already have and I've upgraded to the latest version of Mach3 to see if this solves any of the problems I have been having. So far so good.
I am writing code via Featurecam anyone else with this setup??

So hello everybody.

Rustymiller!!
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Post by: hmc710 on January 11, 2011, 11:00:06 AM
Hi All,
Been a Mach3 user since I converted our plasma table over a few years ago. Been researching doing a conversion for our Bridgeport and Clausing mills to try and get a common interface to work with. Our BP Series II Interact II just went down so it looks like the conversion might be fast tracked.
H
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Post by: Speedtwin69 on January 12, 2011, 12:14:28 AM
Hi everyone, my name is Chris. I have been a machinist for 30 years, been on Haas VF3's for about 10yrs.
I bought a MAX NC 10 about 7 years ago and have not used it yet. I tried to hook it straight up to my
Dell via the 25 pin port , it will make little chirps and hums. I have MACH II.
Then I did a little research and found I need a driver and perhaps breakout boards?
At work I can program G-codes and make anything I have attempted to so far.
I know nothing about electronics or wiring or pin assignment.  I think I bought some MACH III software years
Back before Hurricane Katrina ,but all I got now is Mach II demo good for 500 lines.
I lost my computer and all my software disc in the storm in New Orleans.
I now live in South Mississippi. I am waiting on a Gecko drive to arrive any day now.
If anyone can be a help with what else I need , it would be much appreciated.

My Hobbies are in no certain order.

Motorcycles (2009 CBR 600 RR) Honda
Triumph Bonneville 1969
1981 Gold Wing. 1100cc. Honda
Yamaha 650 V Star
Honda Elite Scooter
KZ 1300. 6 cylinder.  Kawasaki

Astronomy
Boating
Hunting and Shooting
Archery
FISHING !!!!!
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Post by: Chirp on January 12, 2011, 12:38:17 AM
Hi

I am Chirp Shannahan. I am brand new to Mach3. I have a machine that has 3 Parker Eurotherm 635 digital servo drives and I need a controller to go between the PC and the drives? If I need a controller what does Mach3 work well with? and where do I get one?

Chirp Shannahan
nshannahan@gmail.com
410 200 5006
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Post by: plungerhead on January 13, 2011, 01:54:40 AM
I'm Brad Barron.  Been a plumber for 29 yrs and a hobby machinist for 3.  Just purchased and took delivery of a LMS 3503 (Sieg KX3). Other hobbies include skiing, flying, mountain biking and other outdoor stuff.  You'll be hearing more from me as my mill is having some spindle problems at the moment.

Cheers!
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Post by: raccawasaki on January 13, 2011, 06:33:23 PM
YOOHOOO!!!  Ralf here from holland!

Just finished my CnC mill.. whit a roller pinion system..made myself...

cnc runs greaatttt!! look at my video on youtube..and leave some reactions.

Here the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNCns_Y_c_k (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNCns_Y_c_k)

Thanks for watching

Greetings,
Ralf
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Post by: sagita on January 14, 2011, 01:12:01 AM
Hi 

i almost done my new DIY   router-milling machine for optical process. i am new on cnc but am learning and today was my first day operating the mach 3 is powerfull my machine respond perfect. with the stteper from gecko in a few day i will post some pictures from my work.



Antonio Torres
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Post by: rgeneprice on January 14, 2011, 06:31:41 PM
Hi, I'm new to Mach3 and its been a very long time since I did any cnc work. I recently purchased the Zen toolworks 7 x 7 and have since been trying to get up to speed with the cnc machine and mach 3. My latest stump is configuring the home position.
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Post by: domenicxx on January 17, 2011, 05:29:54 AM
Hi

I am Domenic from Sydney/Australia

Just brought a cnc machine form China using Mach 3......  i am a bit confused but ok

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Post by: Largemouthlou on January 17, 2011, 09:13:34 PM
Hey everyone  ;D

Bought a Percision plasma and CnCandC electronics about 6 months ago, just now getting to the point I'm ready to cut.

Hope ya'll don't mind a bunch of ? from an old construction supervisor!!

Like working with aluminum so I started powder coating and decided to try and cut my own projects.

Louis
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Post by: songlight on January 20, 2011, 11:13:12 AM
Hello, I am a newbie on this site, an electronic hobbiest and learning on a Sherline mill.  I am enjoying learning Mach3 but having some problems using the Sherline rotary cnc table.  While .the x,y,z axis work okay, the rotary table will on run at a certain speed and it does not run smoothly.

I have tried different configurations but still it does not work correctly and I can't run it and another axis at the same time.

Any help would be appreciated.
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Post by: Tweakie.CNC on January 20, 2011, 11:26:16 AM
Hi Songlight,

Welcome to the forum.

If you post your question under the General Mach Discussion section, giving as much detail as possible somebody will be able to help you. There are many Sherline users here.

Tweakie.
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Post by: songlight on January 20, 2011, 12:45:35 PM
Thanks
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Post by: Tony Woollacott on January 21, 2011, 05:43:12 AM
Hello there,
I have been using Mach on and off for about 6 years. I originally had some help converting a small cnc mill and lathe and the guy helping me introduced me to Mach.
I am currently working on building a cnc wire edm and have a puzzling problem. The X axis will only turn in one dirrection even though the read out says it is going both ways. I have swapped the axes over and the situation is the same.
Does anyone have any suggestions?
Thanks
Tony
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Post by: Tweakie.CNC on January 21, 2011, 05:59:31 AM
Hi Tony,

Welcome to the forum.

You need to post your question under the General section where it will get more exposure.

Usually axis running in one direction only is because the controller is not seeing or recognizing the axis Direction signal - check your config setup to ensure you have allocated the Direction pin and Port correctly also check your controller to ensure the direction signal is connected to the correct pin.

Tweakie.
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Post by: Tony Woollacott on January 21, 2011, 06:02:33 AM
Thanks Tweekie, I will try that.
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Post by: BDR70 on January 21, 2011, 02:25:20 PM
Hi:
My name is Ryan.  I live in a technological vacuum in the far northwest part of California.  Most of what I know about CNC is self taught by trial and error (and a lot of crashed endmills). I completely retrofitted a 9X48 1J Bridgeport for 4 axis cnc. I built all the stepper motor mounts myself as well as all the gear/belt trains. The trick was to retain manual use of the mill as well as the "servo" drives AND add CNC to all of that.  I'm using surplus Compumotor M106 motors as well as Computotor S8 drives. All the electronics are located in a Govt surplus 6', 19" rack mount cabinet. The steppers are 1100 in/oz as I remember, so I have plenty of power. They are running at 25,000 steps/rev. It has been a very long but very rewarding project.  I'm a retired electronics tech/electrician from the state of California. I have held a C10 Electrical contractors license for the past 18 years and still do part-time jobs to fund my hobby.
BDR70
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Post by: oakmeadows on January 22, 2011, 11:50:54 AM
hello all my name is Kevin i live in Lancashire u.k and i have just put together my very first cnc router and i use mach3 and vectric 2d.I am very new to this so i am struggling at the mo to get my head around all the tech stuff and with the software setup but im sure ill get there one day with help from you guys.Thanks
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Post by: dj on January 22, 2011, 11:59:18 AM
Hello:

I just join the forum. I am from Toronto and recently acquire a  vortech router and since I am new in the cnc world I need some help with the settings. I have not heared from the company and I can not  make the machine move (no luck with the jogging). So if anyone with experience with this type of machine and with mach 3 could help me it will be great. Please contact me I really need your help.

Thanks
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Post by: gumball on January 23, 2011, 01:23:22 PM
Ok, I gues I have to post something to keep my sign in, so here goes.  I'm a retired shop teacher, living in North County San Diego.
I am building a 4 x 4 foot steel and alluminum cnc router.  Right now I am trying to vies the tutorals but they will not run on my new dedicated cnc computer.  They run just fine on my old computer so I must be missing a browser or something.  I'll work on that today.

If you live near Vista, let me know,I have a Bridgeport J head mill, a 12 engine lathe, and mig, tig, and plasma. for fabrication.  I would love to share builds.... Jon
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Post by: TheLoneInventor on January 24, 2011, 06:39:27 PM
Hi, first post here. I am a 32 year old inventor, entrepreneur and entry level machinist currently residing in Idaho, USA. I use Mach2/3 and also Lazycam occasionally. I currently am using the Mach for my cnc router. I am currently looking to cut out additional copies of another CNC robot I have here called a Makerbot cupcake CNC ( a small footprint 3D printer) More details at Makerbot.com

Thanks!

Steve
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Post by: meltinsteel on January 25, 2011, 04:21:08 PM
Hi all, just wanted to check in & let everyone know theres anothe newbe here. We had been cuting a lot of plate for the kids jeep projects the last week & decided to look into cnc...google search brought me here & i'm lovin it so far.
Wrote a bunch of cut files, so far so good...

THANKS to EVERYONE in the fourms, for the tons of free info there for the taking...


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Post by: cassulo on January 25, 2011, 07:02:31 PM
as a new member  i have a question i am new to mach3 as a driver for a new mill cnc , here's the deal i have tyred every thing to install the driver it won't. i am on a windows 2000 pro set up and hooked up via printer port and the address is correct . cant install cant test driver and performance as it says and most of all i cant remove anypart of the program when i go to remove driver it doesnot show it. lost .  ::) ps like the spell check...
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Post by: EL TOVAR on January 26, 2011, 02:46:55 PM
Greeings:
My name is Jerry.
I've been around and programmed PLC's and Computers and have worked in a metal fabricating shop for a number of years, and worked on a number of different machinery including the Company's plasma table.
Currently I have completed the mechanical portion of a 5'X5' plasma table for myself and am waiting for the soon to be delivered CANDCNC PAK-1A system which includes Mach3 and Sheetcam.
 
I have poured over the Mach3 and Sheetcam programs to a point of being relatively comfortable with them. I use Bricscad for my cad drawings.
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Post by: n8qxg on January 26, 2011, 04:18:48 PM
Hi to the group.

My name is Tom.  I just signed up. 

I have a EZ-router  with a Xycom 3115T computer that I use in my woodworking hobby.
My mother (84) makes toys for great grandson.  I cut out the parts she can not.

I am interested in changing the screen set to make it easier for me.
There is a lot  of info there I don't use.  If I need them I can change back to the one I need.
I do some programming so i din;t think it would bee to difficult,  I just need to be pointed in the right direction.

Any help will be appreciated.


Tom
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Post by: Tweakie.CNC on January 27, 2011, 02:45:42 AM
Hi Tom,

Welcome to the forum.
There are a number of ready made screen sets here http://www.machsupport.com/screens.php or you could make your own with any of the screen designers here http://www.machsupport.com/screens.php
Good fortune with your projects,

Tweakie.
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Post by: Dzoni on January 27, 2011, 03:48:37 PM
Greetings!

My name is Nikola and i just made my first cnc router. I have some general questions about Mach3 and it's capabilities.

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Post by: n8qxg on January 27, 2011, 04:50:40 PM
Hi.

What are your questions?

Tom n8qxg@config.com
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Post by: Dimitrios on January 28, 2011, 08:38:30 AM
Hi all,

My name is Dimitrios, and I am in the final weeks of building a large router with my brother. XYZ dimensions are  2900 mm X 1900 mm X 240 mm.
It will run on Mach3, and we can share constructions details with anyone interested. Our principal interest now is how to calibrate and ture this machine. After the traditional mecanical calibration, we will try 2D positioning sensor, and i think to open a topic to discuss this.

Best regards to all

Truly, Dimitrios
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Post by: kevinl802 on January 28, 2011, 10:27:54 AM
Hi,  Im a newbe learning as much as I can, somewhat of a inventer but arent we all.   Need some help
I cant seem to get the coil winder screen set to work and was wondering if any one can help?
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Post by: Deprondave on January 29, 2011, 06:35:28 PM
Hi New person here
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Post by: kevinl802 on January 31, 2011, 07:52:16 AM
I would like to know how to load the screen set (coil winder) with windows 7.    I cant figure it out.
If someone could help with this  I would appreciate it a whole bunch.    Ive tried but Im not succeeding.
thanks. 
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Post by: kevinl802 on January 31, 2011, 07:58:23 AM
Dimitrios,  I have wired many controllers for machines , on the hobby side of things.  I would be more than happy
to tell you how to calibrate your machine or (motors)  email is kevinl802@gmail.com  I don't profess to know
it all but I do know how hard it is when getting started to get all the info straight into how cnc works.
Have a Great Day!
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Post by: Hood on January 31, 2011, 08:11:58 AM
Please try and not ask questions here as it is meant as an introduction thread.
 It will get clogged up if questions are asked, added to that your questions may not be answered as it will get much more exposure if it is in its own thread, so it is much better to start a new thread in the General Section of the forum.
Hood
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Post by: tiofilo123 on January 31, 2011, 09:06:07 AM
Hello all
New here, both to the forum and the cnc world. Trying to learn the lingo and get my machine finely tuned and working.  Wookworking has been my passion and my new cnc router is the iceing on the cake!!! That is if i can ever iron out the bugs. 
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Post by: MRVALLEY on February 02, 2011, 02:17:08 PM
 >:(

Hello hardworking pros out there and anyone who is taking step forward to use technology to its fullest.
I have a challenge. I am currently working for a start-up company and have been assigned to use a PCNC Automation Router.
It work but not accurately because the slave motor on the x-axis is not working.

I am hoping to find out from someone how to set the software so it works. Is there anyone who can give me some advise?

Matt R. - Midland, MI
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Post by: marecat3 on February 03, 2011, 12:01:59 PM
Yes I am new to this.  The company I work for just got a Stinger CNC machine.  Lucky me I get to learn how to use it.  I have no problem with the design programs like Aspire or even the plasmacam program we use.  I could use a Mach3 for dummy's though.  The computer came with the Stinger and Mach3 was loaded.  I have went through the software installation and configuration tutorials and manual and it reads like a tec manual.  Is there any place that I can find an easier manual that makes sense to the average person?  We ran a test and I have no clue right now what went wrong but we went through the board we were using right into the table. 
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Post by: isidro on February 07, 2011, 03:48:59 AM
Hi to all,
My name is Isidro.  I am a self taught jeweler and I like to make things.  Probably like most of you, I want to make things using a CNC setup.  I put together an ancient CNC kit called a NEURACTOR CNC SYSTEM 300-700 many years ago.  I actually made some parts with it but now I have a different computer and would like to run it with MACH 3.  I am not sure what the problem is but it does not seem to get any signals from the printer port.  Any ideas?  Does anyone have one of these dinosaurs that actually runs with Mach 3?  Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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Post by: ostie01 on February 07, 2011, 01:53:41 PM
Hi isidro

Please start a new thread where you will post picture and spec of your setup, will be much easier to help you.

Jeff
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Post by: Ralph Link on February 08, 2011, 11:34:42 AM
Hi
My name is Ralph I live in the Winnipeg area of Manitoba Canada I have building a CNC router. I hope to use Mach 3. I am very new to all this and have many on going questions. I look forward to being part of this forum
Best wishes
Ralph
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Post by: Howie on February 10, 2011, 07:50:47 PM
Hi - my name is Howie. I have been cncing a little bit for 9-10 years, mostly hobby stuff  I am currently retrofitting a bridgeport mill to cnc.  I bought a cnc controller from Camtrolnics. Dan was kind enough to help me get set up with hardware ,software.  He of course recommend Mach3.  I am attempting to learn how to use it--with some difficulty.From what Ive seen its a great system.  I previously set up a mill/drill using Flash Cut software.  It to is a great program- but a setup for my bridgeport was far to spendy.  I am 77 years old still work part time as a machinist & consider my cnc equipment the best toy I ever had.  Enough for now I know I will enjoy this group. 

Howie-----Email lhowlong30@gmail.com







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Post by: TRICKEY on February 11, 2011, 04:00:41 PM
 ::)Hi my name is "Richard" only called this when my wife or mother is annoyed most of the time I answer to Dick
I was a diesel engineer, lets just say a long time, I became interested in cnc about 12 months ago after seeing a cnc router in operation.and thought that the idea could be adapted to drive my wife's quilting frame ,which I also designed and built,I now have it thanks to the help of a friend which I meet through CNC zone. is up to the point of copying a pattern eight feet long,I am also a member of the quilting forum.This and other sites like it are a tremendous asset to the world as people of all races and religions can, and do, share
I live in Sydney Australia   
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Post by: gjp on February 14, 2011, 09:29:15 AM
My name is Matt R.. I am currently working with a CNC Router. I will try to get on this site to share information about
how to continuously improve parts quality.
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Post by: mrpizzaman09 on February 14, 2011, 04:36:06 PM
Hello, My name is John and I am from McKean, PA up near Erie, PA.
I am working on getting my new 4 axis CNC mini mill up and running.  I hope to learn a lot on this forum like I have on other forums that I belong to.
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Post by: Hermie on February 15, 2011, 06:25:06 PM
hi I am very new to cnc and mach, I took on the challenge of building a cnc router and am finding this forum very helpful. I spend my days pretending to be a carpenter so the skils required for this are a little foreign to me, the router part is easy, it is the computer that is the hard part. I took on this project to help me build stripper canoes and maybe try making clock parts, so far I got the motors to work but I think i have a long way to go.
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Post by: JuMpS4 on February 15, 2011, 06:40:18 PM
Hello everyone i'm steve
I live in florida in the us
i'm new to cnc, mach3, machining, and forums 
i'm a 37 year journeyman auto mechanic   53 years old
my interests have outgrown my shed including cabinet making woodworking welding gokarts boating ...
well I'm now into machining i have 3 small lathes 2 small mills my cnc equipment is a denford cnc micromill and microlathe
I could sure use some help with mach3turn  i have the mill working   I think   lol
steve
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Post by: nitecreate on February 17, 2011, 07:21:03 PM
 ;DHello, My Name is Dennis .  Retired carpenter and machinist.  Living at Ocean Shores, WA. Live in a community of a spit of sand 2 miles wide by 5 miles long.  Worse fear is Tsunami, but what a way to go!  Lake in my back yard Ocean 1 mile away and inland harbor 1 mile the other direction. 
 Built a CNC Router for a hobby. Doing volunteer community work for various organizations here, cabinetry and sign making.  Keeps me busy.  While working for The Boeing Company I was a CNC operator / programmer.  That end is of the CNC is pretty simple. Then again that was close to 20 years ago.  Programing today seems to be a bit easier.   I'm finding that understanding how the CNC really works is a bit involved and complicated.  A total different world.
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Post by: ssw on February 18, 2011, 03:58:25 PM
Hello, my name is Bernie. I'm just finishing the build on my first DIY CNC router. CNC is all new to me except for the 3D modeling. I've been doing that for quite a while.

I'm starting out with BobCad-Cam and running the machine with Mach3. That's it for now, but I'm sure I'll be back.

--SSW
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Post by: DOUBLEG2008 on February 18, 2011, 06:10:11 PM
HELLO EVERY ONE... I  AM NEW TO MACH I JUST BOUGHT IT TODAY ... I AM SO FAR HAVING GREAT SUCCESS ...
I AM AN ENGINEER, MACHINIST, DESIGNER, FABRICATOR, PROGRAMMER, AND ROBOTICS ... I AM IN EARLY STAGES OF TESTING MYSELF WITH STEPPERS...
I AM HAVING GREAT SUCCESS.... THERE IS JUST NOT ENOUGH TIME IN A DAY TO FIGURE OUT EVERYTHING I WANT TO LEARN...
YOU WILL SEE ME SOON...  >:D >:D >:D
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Post by: desutt on February 20, 2011, 05:22:59 PM
Hi my name is Don and I am new to CNC stuff.  I am a retired electronics engineer with several years of wood working experience.  I just recently bought a CNC machine and Mach3.  I am having trouble getting my system stable.  I have a couple of problems and searching the forum did not get any hits.  However despite having designed and worked with computers and software sine the Intel 8080 (boy that dates me) I cannot figure out how to post a question.  Do I do it from the posting instructions page?
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Post by: neptune on February 20, 2011, 06:04:40 PM
Hi Don and welcome to the forum. Go to General Mach Discussion and select "New Topic" you will then be able to post your question and I am sure someone will be able to help you.

Neptune
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Post by: desutt on February 20, 2011, 07:34:45 PM
Ok Thanks
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Post by: axis_control on February 21, 2011, 12:54:54 PM
Hi,
 My name is Pradeep and I am from India. I am curently wokring on building a cnc lathe and a cnc milling machine right from scratch. I have already started a build thread on cnczone regarding my cnc lathe.
I will be using mach 3 for my projects. At this very stage, I know very little about the software, but will be exploring it deeper as I will be using it.
So I hope to have a good learning as well as sharing experience on this forum and wish to thank Artsoft for their amazing products which have given so many people the freedom to have a personal cnc.

cheers!

warm regards,
Pradeep
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Post by: cherokee140d on February 21, 2011, 03:38:17 PM
My Name is John & I have recently acquired A Novakon NM-200 CNC Mill.
New to CNC & would appreciate hearing from anyone in the Holland Landing, ON, Canada area.
I have basic machining skills & manual Mill, Lathe, Surface grinder etc.
Having numerous issues with Mach3 (Probably my own inexperience).
Will post questions on the appropriate forum.
Thanks, John
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Post by: slowtwitch on February 23, 2011, 06:14:16 AM
Hello Everyone, What a fantastic forum  :) I've been lurking for a bit, learning bits and pieces. I'm very new to the CNC venue, although I have used manual machines. I jumped into the realm of CNC kinda out of necessity. I started a very small company with one employee (me), that designs and makes custom linkage systems for the air-cooled VW's, early Porsche's, etc. I decided on making all my parts in house, thanks to some dealings with professional machine shops  >:(

Anyway, my first adventure is going to be the modernization of an Emcoturn 120P lathe, that I 've recently aquired and to have it run under Mach3. Once things start rolling, I hope to start my own thread on the build process. I'm not an engineer, or a professor, nor am I a machinist. So, if the thread is started it will contain the nuts and bolts of putting a project like this together, no formula's , no theory's in physics, no long winded exhortations on why something will or will not work (like i've seen on other forums)  ;D

hope to post soon...
pete

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Post by: tlauts on February 23, 2011, 12:21:29 PM
Hello All

My name is Tim Lauts, a CAD Instructor at Highland Community College Technical Center in Atchison Ks.  Last year we wrote a grant and put in a CNC lab including a Tormach Mill and Syil lathe and lots of new software, also as a part of the grant we added reverse engineering and purchased a 3D Next Engine Scanner.  Needless to say we are working very hard learning all the ins and outs of setting up the machines, software, and general machining operations.  Thank goodness there is lots of wax.  Luckly, we have a machinist attending the class and instructs us on machining practices, he is here to learn the CAD/CAM.

Tim Lauts
HCCTC
1501 West Riley
Atchison Ks. 66002
tlauts@highlandcc.edu
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Post by: Geoff Ford on February 23, 2011, 01:46:36 PM
hi  Just signed on to the forum. I am in Cape Town South Africa and have just finished doing a 2 axis conversion to a Myford ML 7 lathe. I am a retired 78 year old doing model engineering and old sports car restoration. Even with the wizards it's been hard going but slowly getting somewhere. Cheers
Geoff Cape Town
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Post by: TRICKEY on February 23, 2011, 10:47:48 PM
   Hi Geoff
I am also new to CNC aprx. 12 months and seventy years young just a word of warning CNC  will become addictive

Dick   ;D
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Post by: agguilar on February 23, 2011, 11:37:37 PM
Hello from  TEXAS  >:D

I am new to all of cnc stuff . I have a cnc machine  is a 16'' x 32''(is my baby ) .  I'm Glad to be on this greate forum, and thanks to all who have great wisdom and insights to share.  agguilar.
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Post by: wlbjab on February 26, 2011, 05:39:51 PM
Howdy
I just purchased a blueChick CNC Kit 4.0 - Complete Kit at buildyourcnc. The kit should arrive within 2 weeks and I am trying to figure out the software to run the cad cam. I use Cabinet Vision Solid 6.0 and Alpha Cam at our cabinet shop for design. I assume the Mach 3 will interface with this software. Your comments and direction are apprecitated.

Will
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Post by: sawduststeve on February 27, 2011, 09:06:36 PM
Hi,
I have had a 16" by 24" CNC Mill since 2006 with a proprietary German serial interface and CAM interface.  I made due, but there seemed to always be a new hurdle.  I use BobCAD V21 to design and create the g-code.

This past weekend I removed the serial interface and replaced it with a CNC4PC controller.  Not as easy a job as I thought because the driver/power supply board had no documentation, but on Monday I am going to make smoke or make chips.  No going back now.

Steve.
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Post by: TRICKEY on February 27, 2011, 11:42:10 PM
 :-\Hi Steve welcome aboard, chips are by far the easier to clean up, than putting smoke back into the controller best of luck
Dick
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Post by: diygranite on March 05, 2011, 07:16:16 PM
My name is Morris. Been monitoring for a while but just now registered. I run a Granite importing/distribution business but my hobby is being an inventor. I have a big 3 axis 7,000 lb circa 1985 bed mill (wish I knew the manufacturer) with a Dynapath 10 (the one you cant drip feed long programs to), 10hp 3000rpm spindle, brushed servo dynamic servos with servo dynamic drives and a 12 tool umbrella/arm atc (not working because missing some kind of sensor to detect tool position). I just purchased a galil 1740 for the retrofit project. I assume i need a galil 1900 and cable next...I also have a 5000 lb Tree lathe but don't think Ill be retrofitting it. Look forward to a lot of advice. I'm mechanically coordinated but the atc looks like it may be difficult to implement since I'm not much of a programmer.
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Post by: TRICKEY on March 05, 2011, 08:16:38 PM
 ;D Hi Morris I'm a newbie like yourself I had been sitting in the background for some time. welcome aboard. 

   Dick
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Post by: jord on March 06, 2011, 03:25:18 PM
hi my name is Jord Knaap from the Netherlands I am just working on rebinding a cnc machine, so it's to see what is going on. reading a lot of new things on this forum.
I hope to speak to you all soon.
Keep up the good work.

Gr. Jord Knaap
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Post by: TRICKEY on March 06, 2011, 03:47:33 PM
 ;D Hi Jord welcome aboard

Dick
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Post by: Eurofighter45 on March 06, 2011, 05:45:23 PM
HI My name is Kevin (Eurofighter45) started intrest in  CNC over 3 years back will recivering after a Heart attack. Was on line looking at You tube and all the home made CNC machines. Always been intrested in woodwork and my trade is in electronics. Seemed a good idea to combine the two, not what the wife said. As I live in the UK found it hard at the start to find out about controll boards (Bought the Hobbycnc pro) mach3 and all the other things that I need to understand. Well after about 7 months built a machine around 1.2 m x 1.2 with working area just over 800mm x 800mm (idea was to be able to make doors for the Kitchen (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vance_Miller) if I need them and need a goal of some sort + that was the size of the ball screws that I won on eBay). 1st machine was made of MDF and to be honest work a lot better that I thought it would, circles where circles. After a lot of thought and blagging from work used the 1st to build the second machine out of aluminium. Seems to work  well some issues in the flatness off my top,but what do expect from stuff that was due for the skip. have cut wood, brass, Aluminium and done engraving on glass that was fun. Need to get back to sorting out my flatness problem think the table is moving ( well is on a wooden floor do plane to fix that by sinking in concrete post then supporting table on them, just not enough time to do all the things. Then going top have a go at a wood clock that I brought the plane for end of last year. any way anyone reading all this probably need to get back to there machine as there seems to be so much to learn and not enough time.
Happy CNC-ing  ;D
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Post by: fran on March 08, 2011, 04:54:12 PM
Hi everyone
Im new to the world of CNC! I live in cheshire near Manchester adn I want to start my own little craft business on the side of my full time job.
I bought a small merchant dice machine a few weeks ago however I am struggling to get it working! I lack understanding of how ti all works!
Currently the Y axis is stuck at one end and wont move back? :( this means i cant cut anything :( as i just gets stuck 

Any help would be much appreicated i really want to get it going but getting worried I cant fix it!

from what i have read everyone is very experienced on here so please help me!! I really need someone to show me how to work it really!

Thanks

Fran
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Post by: TRICKEY on March 08, 2011, 06:57:20 PM
  ;D Firstly welcome aboard Fran
 is your machine fitted with limit switches if so check that they are correctly adjusted.most home position is set on the Y and X  axis to the left hand lower corner,If you stop the travel on the Y axis before it reaches it's full travel will it return to the centre , will need this information  what driver is your machine using.Mach3 or some other programme
I am only new to cnc myself hope this may be of help ???

Dick      
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Post by: slc on March 09, 2011, 08:55:41 AM
Hi everyone, my name is Steve. This is my first post.  I came here with a problem but while waiting for my registration approval I found the answer to my problem by reading the documentation  ;D
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Post by: TRICKEY on March 09, 2011, 02:25:26 PM
 ::) Welcome aboard Steve
Which of us can throw the first stone?
If all else fails read the direction

Dick  ;)
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Post by: tpetmed on March 09, 2011, 03:17:10 PM
Hi.  My name is Travis and I am new to CNC but have just built a 4 x 4 ft router.  Running mach 3 and cut2D.  This is my latest project with no real purpose in mind.
About me:  General Surgeon in NC.  Spend a lot of time on call and having to stay close to home.  i use this time to do projects such as the router.  Other hobbies include long range shooting, reloading, varmint hunting and xbox.  My wife allows me to live in the garage with lots of stuff to keep me busy when I am not at the hospital :)  I look forward to picking the brains of the forum users to further my knowledge of Mach3.  - Travis
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Post by: TRICKEY on March 09, 2011, 04:31:47 PM
  ;D Welcome aboard Travis

I'm sure that the more experienced C N C operators will be glad to assist

  Dick
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Post by: fran on March 10, 2011, 05:58:48 PM
thanks for your reply dick, i dont know what limit switchs are?!  no if i stop they travel it doesnt move back tot he centre it stays wherre it is. im using mach3.
thanks for your help
fran
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Post by: TRICKEY on March 10, 2011, 06:43:38 PM
 :)  Hi Fran
I am only new to C N C my self and my knowledge is limited but if you have not downloaded the mach 3 manual I would strongly advise you to do so.The limit switches are not the source of this problem,and you may have to check that power from the break out board is getting to the stepper motor as it may have a broken wire.or you may want to check that you have it wired correctly to that motor.
that is just about the extent of my knowledge.Hope some one else will jump in assist you 

 Dick
   
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Post by: Hood on March 10, 2011, 06:47:59 PM
Please post any questions you have in their own topic,  either the General forum (probably best) or one of the specific forums.
This thread doesnt get too many people looking at it and also it is preferred if it is just kept as an introduction thread rather than a Q&A thread.
Hood
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Post by: TRICKEY on March 10, 2011, 06:49:57 PM
Please post any questions you have in their own topic,  either the General forum (probably best) or one of the specific forums.
This thread doesnt get too many people looking at it and also it is preferred if it is just kept as an introduction thread rather than a Q&A thread.
Hood
[
 sorry I should have asked can you Jog it back.it will not move of its own accord
  Dick
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Post by: deltacharlie26 on March 11, 2011, 09:52:41 AM
1st post. Just lurking really as I just have a passing interest in CNC. Looks a great forum though.
Regards,
Dennis
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Post by: Northeast on March 11, 2011, 12:14:55 PM
Hi everyone
Live in the Northeast part of the US
I like mechanical stuff so I bought a Mach Motion kit for my Series 2 cnc
Having fun hooking it up after work.
Looking for advice so I came here.

Thank you for your time and consideration
Northeast :)
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Post by: Eddieman on March 12, 2011, 09:07:36 PM
Hello everyone my name is Ed and I am new to the CNC.  I am from Wisconsin
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Post by: TRICKEY on March 13, 2011, 05:23:02 AM
      ;D Welcome aboard Northeast  & Ed nice to have you with us

      Dick   ;)
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Post by: lil coupe on March 13, 2011, 08:05:56 PM
Hi, I`m lil coupe and just got my EZ Router  4x4 APC going after having it for about 6 months, still having a problem with the torch not coming on after intering the G code and hitting start. the person that helped me says the M code which is sappose to control the torch isn`t getting  signal from the THC (torch head controller) to the plasma tool. any ideas? thought I`d check the cord first.
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Post by: TRICKEY on March 13, 2011, 08:18:43 PM
 ;D   Welcome aboard Lil coupe
  This only a introduction thread ,you will need to contact the main forum I'm sure that they can be of help

    Dick  ;)
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Post by: Fredzway on March 14, 2011, 08:52:13 PM
"new" to this, I have been around machining since I was a pup. Dad owned a machine shop with a power shaft down each side of the building. Did a lot of precision grinding on ceramics a few years ago. Had Autocad in college at the tender age of 40. Didn't use it much in the ceramics job. I bought a Zen toolworks 7X7 mill. Clamped a Dremel in it and thanks to Mach3 and this forum I am making chips. I make wooden Christmas tree ornaments for family and friends. I started with what are called tablesaw snowflakes and I have "progressed?" to the point of needing digital help. I hope to utilize Lazy CAM and Mach3 to progress on into total madness, I am hooked already!!  Fred
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Post by: TRICKEY on March 15, 2011, 12:06:21 AM
    ;D  Welcome aboard Fredzway
      Yes It is addictive  ::)

         Dick
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Post by: Tweakie.CNC on March 15, 2011, 05:50:15 AM
Hi Trickey,

I never got a 'welcome aboard' when I joined the forum and I am feeling a bit left out here  :'( :'(

Tweakie.
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Post by: TRICKEY on March 15, 2011, 06:42:32 AM
    ;D  Well Tweakie.
 
We can't have you feeling neglected so welcome aboard

 Dick ::)
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Post by: sonic1954 on March 16, 2011, 11:45:35 AM
Hi!

I got my degree in industrial technology back in the 70's and got promptly hired to work in the the oil patch so my training has laid dormant for many years.   I have recently regained my interest in woodworking and metal working and have acquired a hobby grade lathe and mill.  May not be the greatest but they were affordable and functional. 

I have grown up with the computer industry since the early 80's.  Yep, I build my first computer IBM clone from the component parts and have been fairly computer literate since then.   

Well it is time to marry the two interest and felt that a CNC mill would be a nice place to start.  That has lead me here in my research and learning.

Looks like a site that has so much information that a body could easily get lost looking information.  I will do my best to use the search feature but please bear with me if I ask some the stuff that has been ask and answered over and over again!

Thanks
 

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Post by: TRICKEY on March 16, 2011, 02:28:51 PM
  ;)  Hi Sonic 1954
I'm sure your background will stand you in good stead, this is not a hobby but a passion

Welcome aboard
   Dick  ;D
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Post by: tgren on March 18, 2011, 05:47:59 PM
This is my first post. We are extremely happy New Owner of a Bridgeport Series II CNC conversion with New Allen-Bradley Hardware controled by Mach III. I dout I got that right. But thats why I'm here. OK now for the good stuff I'm using this machine for gunsmithing and other fun, fancy projects. And I do have alot to learn. I'm wondering how to program, come up with G-code for checkering, fish scales, stippling and jeweling. I found a tutorial on engraving on a countour. Actually I haven't tried it yet. Anybody know how I can do these patterns? Or point me in the right direction? I'm seeing some nice engravinngs and patterns on the new grips. So anyway I'm getting old, And all this CNC is new to to me, other than the fact I worked for Hercules Aero Space for 12 years, before I went out on a disability after a car accident where I was stuck from behind while stopped at a red light. Oh yeah, and I had just gotten out of the hospital a few weeks earlier after some neck surgery. If it weren't fer bad luck I wouldn't have any. And that was a long time ago. I been selling some guns and savin my pennies to get a couple machines to play with. My son is interested and has been attending the local Tech College. He's been working in a machine shop and picking up a few odds and end jobs with these machines. He likes to ride bikes, build them and modify them along with his Ford Hiboy, his VW and RC projects. So this last year we've picked up a 13x40 Central Machinery Lathe and this CNC Bridgeport. We're trying to get the garage/shop lined around and figuring out how this thing works and get the tooling we need. I need to get the machine calibrated, the program and the machine in unison, or how would you put it? I need a tachometer to get the RPM set and to figure out how to get the distance in the program in sinc with the machine. Where do I start? So we've found the wires and connections that fell off or came loose during the trip from Riverton, Wyo. To Clearfield, UT./Hill AFB. I live next to Hill AFB. It was an adventure. We got the machine running now, picked up a vise and a few other items. I also picked up some G10, G11, polycarbonite and nylon to get started with. So back to work. Oh yeah, My name is Troy, My son is Thor. I thought it funny when I read a post from "ynneb" benny spelled backwards. It reminded me I'd be Yort Nerg. Hows that? I can do pig latin. 
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Post by: Hood on March 18, 2011, 06:49:08 PM
tgren
 If you have any specific questions, especially about the AB drives/motors and their setup please start a new post in the General section, it is preferred if this thread is kept for introductions only so that it does not get too far off track.
 If they are DSD drives I will likely be able to help you out as thats what I use.
Hood
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Post by: TRICKEY on March 18, 2011, 10:56:21 PM
  ;D  Welcome aboard Tgren
I'm sure that there are many that will help as Hood has pointed you in the right direction

 Dick  ;)
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Post by: Flyswatter on March 20, 2011, 06:04:05 PM
Hello All.
  My name is Neil and I live on Vancouver Island BC, Canada. I have just finished converting my mill to CNC and plan to use Mach to run it. This look s like a wonderful site and I plan on spending a lot of time here reading.  Cheers.
Neil
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Post by: TRICKEY on March 20, 2011, 06:59:21 PM
 :D
Welcome aboard Neil, I'm sure that you will pick up a lot of knowledge and confidence, knowing that you have support
from the group.  ???

Dick
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Post by: latte on March 22, 2011, 03:08:10 PM
Hello, my name is Andy.  I currently own a gourmet coffee roasting company in Colorado.  Other interests include strong background in internet marketing, search engine optimization, and anything web based.  Look forward to connecting with other forum members and if you are coffee fanatics please visit my website http://www.thejavarush.com.
Thanks
Andy
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Post by: TRICKEY on March 22, 2011, 05:22:07 PM
   ;D
 Welcome aboard Andy ever body that joins brings some knowledge.
 
      Dick  ???
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Post by: latte on March 22, 2011, 05:28:14 PM
Thanks Dick, appreciate!
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Post by: drm58 on March 24, 2011, 05:31:18 AM
Hi, I'm David.  I'm very new to CNC.  Currently, I'm building a CNC machine that comprises a wooden kit I purchased locally and hooking up a Gecko G540 and stepper motors. 
Woodworking is a relatively new interest and my other main interests are family, cycling and movies.
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Post by: TRICKEY on March 24, 2011, 06:52:23 AM
   ;D
Welcome aboard the good ship Machsuport  David there is always room for one more.

  Dick
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Post by: brmachineshop on March 26, 2011, 11:29:26 AM
hi,    my name is brad.  i have been a machinist about 13 yrs and have worked in a lot of different shops. i am located in west georgia ( u.s. )  i am currently working in a 5 axis shop that is getting into the aerospace industry.  i aquired a supermax ycm40 cnc knee mill almost two yrs ago. it hasnt ran very much. the controller keeps going out so we have decided to convert it to mach 3. i have ordered 3 dugong drives and a breakout board. i am hoping that figuring out how to hook everything up and tune it all in wont be too hard. the goal is to find customers and work. i really want to be self employed asap. we use cad/cam that a friend of mine has until we can buy our own.  so our work envelope is around 25 x 16 x 5. but of course the knee allows taller parts to be made.  we have made some fairly difficult parts before machine died again. i hope to add an enclosed mill with atc, a lathe, grinder, and eventually a wire edm. also some welding, driill presses, bench grinders, etc.  wherever the work i hopefully find leads.  any help or advise as far as setting up the machine and mach3, and finding work would be greatly appreciated.  my direct email is BrMachineShop@yahoo.com. looking forward to making lots of networking contacts here.
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Post by: Hood on March 26, 2011, 11:41:08 AM
Good to see you made it here Brad.
Any questions just post in the General part of the forum and I am sure you will get as much help as you need, lots of smart guys here.
Hood
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Post by: sonex128 on March 26, 2011, 01:54:04 PM
Hello.  My name is Brian.  I just got my MDF router up and running.  Trying to figure everything out.

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Post by: TRICKEY on March 26, 2011, 05:05:22 PM
  ;D   
Welcome aboard Brian good to see that you have started down the C.N.C path if you post your question to the general forum I'm sure that you will be get  the answers you seek  :D

   Dick   
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Post by: kid13 on March 27, 2011, 08:49:30 AM
It's so good to be here guys..I'm kid from Philippines and home to learn from what you share :) (http://breastenlargementpittsburgh.com/blog-pittsburgh-pa)


God bless...........
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Post by: Mariah on March 27, 2011, 01:29:44 PM
 :-*  Hi my name is Mariah and I have been interested in making things with machine tools since my teenage days.  In Vo-tech school I studied machine tool technology and got the basics to get hired in machine shops, the pay was great compared to other things and I really enjoyed the work!  As time went on I had the chance to run such things as a Pratt & Whitney Viking (BIG horizontal machining center), Cincinati Millacron, OKK Vertical Machining Center and Mori Seiki turning center.

Since then I have acquired a modest collection of machines in my basement which has turned into a functional machine shop, recently I have retrofitted my 100 year old Hardinge Bros. #4 lathe to CNC with a kit from Logitrol which I am trying to get up and running at this time.

It's nice to be in a group of people with shared interests and I hope some of you will be able to help me with my questions that arise from time to time about programming.

Best wishes to all,
Mariah    :-*
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Post by: Forrera on March 27, 2011, 02:12:19 PM
hi all, I'm new to cnc, but I did some home work before I decided to buy my first router and mach3.
I hope it will help me with my "flying" projects and nice to meet you all.
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Post by: TRICKEY on March 27, 2011, 04:07:13 PM
   ;) 
Welcome aboard Forrera if you address your question to the general forum I'm sure the Guys in there be able to help
 
Dick
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Post by: graham641 on March 28, 2011, 09:25:12 PM
Hi, My name is Douglas. I have been involved in electronics design since the early 80's. I spent many years in RTP, North Carolina where everyone was an enteprenuar and a lot of start -up companies were born. I guess that once you get a taste of the lifestyle you cannot lose it. A friend has need of a laser cutter and I promised to do some research. I am hooked. Something in my head said "You gotta do this".  I currently live in Lima Peru where I teach English as a second language. In Lima I cannot even find a board fabricator and shipping here is beyond belief, both in time and money. I had to give up dumpster diving since they try to fix everything here until they run out of duck tape and bailing wire. I have been involved is some mechanical design, precision presses, etc. but nothing of this magnitude. I am really looking forward to the challange. It is great to see so much support on a project like this.
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Post by: TRICKEY on March 28, 2011, 11:52:10 PM
 ;D
Hi Douglas And the other guys that I missed recently, welcome aboard any questions that you may have please address to the general forum.and I'm sure that someone will be able to advise.I am constantly amazed at the diversity and location of the members
Dick  ;)
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Post by: holycross on April 03, 2011, 05:46:39 AM
Hi,

My name is Mark and I've just converted a AL-320g lathe to cnc with Mach3 control.

Background is varied, currently work as a manufacturing engineer but not in a machining
environment.

Plan to convert my mill next and possibly a small grinder.

Mark
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Post by: TRICKEY on April 03, 2011, 06:15:05 AM
 ;D
   Hi Mark welcome aboard 
   
    Dick  ;)
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Post by: rnponti on April 03, 2011, 07:27:44 AM
Hi,
My name is Robert, I live in SE Texas.  I built a large CNC for a home shop. I have Mach3 and a C11G break out board. When Mach3 is running the screen appears to be running correctly.  Each arrow key makes the screen numbers increase / decrease as expected. The BOB however has no reaction.  The power light is lit. The output light is on.  The direction keys for both directions on the output pins are lit. Meaning all the output lights are on. When I turn the power on the motors jog.

Here is what I have done so far.
     The charge pump jumper is disabled on the BOB and in Mach3.
     The address for the port is correct.
     The inputs (limits, e-stop etc) are all disconnected from the BOB and disabled in Mach3.
     The enable jumper on the BOB is connected.
     Arturo at CNC4PC replaced the board.
     I bought a new PCI parallel port
     I have tried 4 different 25 pin cables.

I would really like to get this running.  Does anyone have a suggestion on how I can get the computer talking to the BOB?

Thanks

Robert
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Post by: Tweakie.CNC on April 03, 2011, 11:11:15 AM
Hi Robert,

Start a new thread under the General section and I will reply there. This section is really only for introductions.

Tweakie.
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Post by: mikecahill on April 04, 2011, 03:42:11 PM
Hi I'm Mike Cahill, and I live in Castleford in West Yorks, UK, I've had the bits for a machine for about 3 yrs, got quite a way along with building a machine out of mdf, but wasn't happy with how it turned out so bought a small mill from Merchant Dice, put together the motors and drivers from ebay etc. got that running about a week ago, and played with it most days since then, I've now bought bigger motors for the mdf machine, and ordered bits to extend the range of my first machine. one of my other hobbies is making clogs, I intend to cut my own wooden soles, and metal parts with a cnc mill, I'll post some pictures when I manage it  
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Post by: TRICKEY on April 04, 2011, 04:57:13 PM
 
   ;) Hi Mike us boys have just go to have our toys, welcome aboard

  Dick ;D
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Post by: mrgare on April 07, 2011, 06:32:49 PM
Hello,  My name is Gary Davis . I am a toolmaker 59 years old. I am trained in AutoCad. I have a little machine shop in work in classic ways to design and make tools and parts.
         Lately, I have been interested in learning to use and possibly make a cnc router. However, I know little about numerical control. I am making a series of plastic parts to replace obsolete parts for ATM machines. One part, and acrylic flat form, would lend it's self well to a small precision CNC router. At the present I mill the form by hand using coordinates from my autocad and watching my dro. It works well but I would like to set up more of these parts, the fixturing for them and be able to deligate the making to a part time helper that works for me.
        So, it looks like I am starting from scratch here applying the Mach3 software. Right now, I am trying to decide to buy a little router to get started with or just make one from scratch ? I dunno.
        Anyhow, I appreciate all the interesting people out there willing to help newbies. .............. Gary
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Post by: TRICKEY on April 08, 2011, 12:36:09 AM
 ;D
Welcome aboard Gary, I'm sure if you address your questions to the general forum the members will be glad to help you
you
  Dick  ;)
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Post by: mrgare on April 08, 2011, 07:09:48 AM
Hi Dick,
             That was nice. I appreciate your note of encouragement. It meant a lot. I have been interested in the seat-of-the- pants ( as we say here in Kentucky ) cnc work for a long time. You guys that jump into all this have set some real standards.
             So, I think for now, I will take your advice and keep up with the forum and propose my newbie questions as I figure out how the best way for me to get started in creating my own base of cnc information.

       Thanks again ,

Gary
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Post by: cuesmith on April 09, 2011, 01:44:23 PM
Hi! I'm very new. I just purchased my second CNC router. I've had a Techno Isel 4 axis gantry router for about 18 years. I bought an AH-HA controller with the machine and have become fairly familiar with it over the years. I just purchased another Techno Isel system similar to my other one but it has a Mac100 controller which I understand was sold by Techno years ago. The guy I purchased it from told me that he _may_ have had an issue with the controller or one of the cards when he put it in storage and purchased a larger 4'x8' system. I'm still awaiting the delivery of the system so I haven't really had an opportunity to test it yet and see what I've gotten myself in to. I emailed Dan Mauch from Camtronics  to see if he worked on the Mac 100 controllers or if he thought I'd be better off setting it up with Mach 3. He is a dealer of Mach 3 software so I kind of had an idea what his response would be but he told me something interesting, that the Mac 100 had a screwed up language and didn't run on standard G codes. That sort of tipped the boat in the direction of the Mach 3 so I thought I'd investigate it a little before I jumped in. I do plan to at least test the old controller before I make the switch, but I think I'll be learning Mach 3 soon. I found the link to the forums at the company web site and thought I'd just say Hi to everyone before I start bombarding them with questions.

I make custom pool cues for a living and have been using my old Techno system for doing all the inlay work, engraving and making some of the small parts. It seems that most of the newer cuemakers are all using Mach 3 and BobCAD for their CNC software. I hope my CADCAM software will be compatible with Mach 3 since it's an old DOS based program, but I've been using it so long I really don't want to switch that. Hopefully there will be a post processor that will make it all jive together.

Anyway Hi folks!

Sherm

Sherm Custom Cues
Cincinnati Ohio
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Post by: TRICKEY on April 09, 2011, 05:08:53 PM
 ;D
Hi Sherm welcome aboard, the guys in the general forum I feel sure will have the answers.It does us all good to get out of our comfort zone and grow,even if we are dragged kicking & screaming.

  Dick  ;)
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Post by: Father FRY on April 10, 2011, 09:54:03 AM
HI ALL MY NAME IS MIKE ELLIS AKA CLEENRMN AND GOT INTRESTED IN CNC ABOUT 3 MONTHS AGO SO IM NEW REMBER WHEN I POST IM NOT DUMB I JUST DONT KNOW I GREW UP IN THE SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS AND HAVENT CHANGED  THIS SITE IS GREAT IVE LEARNED ALOT FROM JUST READING THANK U ALL ALSO I WANT TO KNOW WHERE CHAD GOT MY PICTURE LOL
I was noticing that as of this writing we have 2795 members and have only heard from a couple of hundred and an even smaller number of regular posters.

So if you are new around here please post and introduce your self.  You could give a little on your background, hobbies , how you ended up here, whatever!

This is a site to help with mach. There is a great talent pool here already but this is a community driven site and we would love to hear from the silent masses ;)

So stand up and say hi!!

Thanks,

Chad

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Post by: Father FRY on April 10, 2011, 10:07:49 AM
Hi Everyone,
 I am a newbee to CNC. I started hand carving line art and small signs as a hobby about 2 years ago, upon my retirement to Crete, Greece, from the UK. I have a mechanical background. There is no doubt that because of a long standing hand injury, my only way forward from now on is using CNC. I have the bug already, even though my knowledge to CNC is very limited.

At present, I have come across a possible problem with using my S Box Controller with a desktop Compaq Presario PC. Can anyone please advise as to whether I need a Breakout Board to prevent a fire risk. It seems to me that having read some research that this maybe a good idea, but I need to be sure first. I am about to use Mach3. Any help and recommendations will be much appreciated.
Best wishes to you all

Father FRY
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Post by: Stellator on April 10, 2011, 08:57:47 PM
Hallo everybody!
Sorry to my English. (Autotranslation)
My name is Vadim.
I am 34.
I am Russian, I live in Ukraine.
I have an experience on CNC.
Interesting me: physics, chemistry, electronics, biology, new technologists, energy-saving technologies, new energy, increase of term of life of man, and криостаз.

Now I want to do CNC machine-tool working on principle of electric erosion of metal.
A processing instrument is a wire. 
The output of metal takes place due to destruction of metal under act of electric impulses going from a moving wire.
Between a wire and metallic detail it is necessary to maintain permanent distance.
In the system CNC three sensors are used :
1)Sensor of approaching of wire to the metal.
2) Sensor of adhesion of wire to the metal.
3) Sensor of precipice of wire.
1) For this aim it must be instantly stopped implementation of cnc koda from the signal of sensor of distance between a wire and detail, and to proceed in implementation of cnc koda, when a signal will disappear.
2) it is Yet desirable to have the opportunity of motion of wire, directionally cnc koda in retrograde (in case of adhesion of wire to the detail).
3) At the precipice of wire, a machine-tool must stop and continue work after renewal of wire.

I studied possibilities of Mach3 and functionality fully arranges me.
I am interested by marketability of principles 1), 2), 3).    Minimum 1).
Please, help to find an answer. Or tell how more effective to find...
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Post by: vatorman on April 10, 2011, 10:43:13 PM
  Hello my name is AL and I'm an elevator technician for about 15 yrs .  I'm somewhat new here, I have been reading many posts from the members and its been quite helpful.
I converted a grizzley g0619 about six months ago and completely love it, But always running into a question that some already encountered.
Im also an engine builder and  also proficient with AutoCad. I have a large background in elecrical, hydraulics and fabrication.I currently using Mach 3 and am enjoying it. I have made a few parts here and there but I know there is so much potential that can be done. I have limited knowledge in cnc but would love to learn the vast knowledge that some of you know. Thank you for having me
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Post by: wbleeker on April 11, 2011, 02:02:52 AM
Hi
My Name is Will Bleeker, I am a trade qualified Fitter and Machinist over the years I have done many different things including Potato growing, truck driving and Blasting, We now run our families Pie Shop in Robertson NSW Australia. I have an extensive workshop which recently became home to a Tormach PCNC110 to help me teach myself CNC, which I am still learning! Well any way the bug has bitten well and truly,I have just bought an AL54B lathe to CNC, so I will be asking a few question here as well as following the NZ conversion on here.
Will
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Post by: TRICKEY on April 11, 2011, 05:28:21 AM
 ;D
Welcome aboard Will, know your area well , so would many other members.This is where the Movie BABE was made .   "a story about a little pig".I'm sure the guys in the general forum will be glad  to share some of their knowledge with you

  Dick  ;)
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Post by: Signdraft on April 12, 2011, 02:47:54 AM
Gday Guys and Gals,

My name is rob, and i'm a recovering alc... Oh hang on.. wrong forum!

We have a Multicam CNC Router that has been upgraded by a company in Wollongong South of Sydney Australia.

We used to use Enroute to output files directly to the multicam machine though it's post processor and let the machine do the rest.
Since the upgrade we now still use Enroute to output the files in .TAP format for Mach 3 to process and output/control the machine.

So we are on the front end of a massive learning curve and still trying to iron out (cut out??) some bugs!

Cheers
Rob.
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Post by: TRICKEY on April 12, 2011, 03:58:57 AM
 ;D
Welcome aboard Rob It is always a challenge when you have to learn new things, if you address your questions to the general forum,there is a lot of knowledge in the forum and I'm sure that it wont be long,with their help and you will be on top of it all.

  Dick  ;) 
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Post by: Signdraft on April 12, 2011, 04:48:28 PM
Thanks Dick!

I look forward to learning it,
I've been involved to a small degree with the upgrade and set-up and i am absolutely blown away by the features and power of the Mach 3 software!

Cant wait to get on top of it all and get this machine really humming!

Cheers :)
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Post by: Lohmeyer on April 14, 2011, 08:16:35 PM
Hello,

Nice to meet you all. I've been following Mach3 for years, but finally decided to install a machine with it. My 3 axis  Acer knee mill was done with Camsoft.  Been fighting with it since I bought it. I finally gave up and installed Mach3 last weekend. I hope to upgrade the machine to 4 axis eventually.  I'm also considering another project with a 5 Axis Maho - a semi-retrofit. 

I'm an electrical engineer by trade, but I'm heavily into machining, and motorcycle engine development.  The motorcycle stuff is what promted getting into machining, but I have broader intentions.  I've been taking classes at De Anza College in Cupertino, CA for the last year. 

The Maho "semi" conversion is a project where I don't plan to replace the orignial controller (a Maho CNC532), but instead bypass it. My Maho already has a system to do exactly that - it's called a "Lemoine PC" upgrade, intended to add high speed machining capabilities to older machines.   But even the Lemoine system is old (ISA cards, and DOS based software).  It's an easy conversion because the wiring is already in place to bypass the CNC532 controller (it was a factory installed option in 1994).  I just need to wire in a Galil card and Mach3 where the Lemoine system used to be.  But, that's a project for another day. 

Regards,
Mike
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Post by: TRICKEY on April 15, 2011, 03:40:09 AM
 ;D
Hi welcome aboard Mike It would seem that you have it all under control,but if you need air ideas I'm sure that the guys in the general forum will be a good source of help
 
  Dick  ;) 
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Post by: leeleefocus on April 15, 2011, 05:22:45 AM
My name is Lee i'm 31 and i live in the Somerset area in the UK  Midsomer Norton to be exact.

I am completely new to CNC and have just purchased a Boxford 160TCL lathe and a 190VMC mill.  I am currently trying to get hold of the required electronics to allow these to run on Mach3. 

I am researching as much as possible to try and get up to speed with Mach3 but there is a vast ammount to learn along with learning G-code and learning CAD/CAM.  Feel a little like i'm in over my head but there is no turning back now.

I am hoping to make developement parts for RC cars along with many other things that will fit within the capacity of the machines.

I am hoping that i can be up and running and making things within a few months but that is looking a little optimistic at the moment with the ammount of info i am finding.  I will likely be back and forth on the forum asking for help but it does look like there is plenty of help available.
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Post by: TRICKEY on April 15, 2011, 06:27:35 AM
  ;D
Welcome aboard Lee, I think it was Frank Sinatra that once said  the way to achieve things was to bite off more than you can chew,then chew like blazers it worked for him .but he didn't have the general forum to help him.
 I'm sure that your dreams will become a reality
  Dick  ;)
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Post by: TRC3 on April 15, 2011, 12:08:04 PM
Hi all, my name is Tom and I have been running Sherline with EMC for 7 years.
I am making the switch, have purchased a new computer and have begun trying to figure it out.

I live on the east side of Detroit; I have an art degree and consider myself an accomplished Craftsman.
I have worked in almost all medium in both large and small scale.

See some of my work at tcarbone.com
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Post by: TRICKEY on April 15, 2011, 03:07:15 PM
 ;D
Hi Tom welcome aboard I'm sure the members in the general forum will be able to help you make the switch

  Dick  :D
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Post by: wyb_506 on April 19, 2011, 04:15:09 AM
hello every one. thanks a lot for a warm welcom,I'm a new one for Mach3, please help me ,thank you~~~
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Post by: TRICKEY on April 19, 2011, 05:22:07 AM
 ;D
Hi Wyb 506 welcome aboard, there is always room for one more, I'm sure the members in the general forum will be able to help.

  Dick  ;)   
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Post by: wyb_506 on April 19, 2011, 08:45:10 PM
thank you ~~~
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Post by: Bob78218 on April 22, 2011, 10:21:48 AM
Hi my name is Bob I'm a 63 year old Retired Army Vet. I served for 43 years with the Army. I retired 2 years ago. That about it. Ben there done that!

I have my computer setup and running Mach3. I have a Chinese CNC. The machine does not have a E-Stop or limit switch.  I am adding these parts before I start trying to milling anything.

Ordered from CNC4PC

1 x A31 - Latch Twist-Release E-Stop Button
1 x C16 – PHOTO LIMIT & HOME BOARD
1 x A20 - 5VDC@3A Regulated Switching Power Supply
1 x C11 - Multifunction CNC Board
1 x BX1 - CNC Enclosure

Will post more later.

Thanks
Bob78218
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Post by: TRICKEY on April 22, 2011, 05:35:02 PM
 ;D
Hi Bob welcome aboard, I'm sure that the members in the general forum will hold the answers for you,C N C is not just a hobby It can become  a passion 
 
  Dick  ;)
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Post by: Bob78218 on April 22, 2011, 06:18:56 PM
Thank
Bob78218
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Post by: Craig1 on April 22, 2011, 07:46:45 PM
Hello,

      My name is Craig from Palm Bay Floridia. I have have a long time interest in cnc machining. I use solidworks and solidcam for software. I also have a home foundry for smelting and making my own aluminum from cans and other scrap. My mill is a Sherline 2000 CNC.

Thank you.
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Post by: TRICKEY on April 23, 2011, 12:04:07 AM
 ;D
welcome aboard Craig. the general forum is like one big street party,everybody that comes brings something with them to share.come on in and bring a plate with you.

  Dick  ;)    
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Post by: Alan on April 23, 2011, 12:52:23 AM
Hi,
    My name is Alan or Al. I've worked as a machinist for 38 years, mostly on manuals but have written programs and operated cnc machines from time to time. I've currently been asked by my boss to set up and program two Okuma lathes for a new production job in our shop. He said they were cnc lathes,but when they arrived I saw that they were actually older machines. The tape readers gave it away.Anyway, I've been searching the web for about a week now, looking for a cam program that would be compatable with these machines, and have some support and training to get up and running in a reasonable amount of time. I came across the ArtSoft site and I've been here for five days now. I downloaded the demo and have been playing with it for a few days. I think it's GREAT! Looking forward to meeting other members, and reading everyone's comments.
                                                                                                                                                                                           Thanks for being there,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Al
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Post by: TRICKEY on April 23, 2011, 04:28:15 AM
 ;D
Hi Al welcome aboard, nothing like being thrown into the deep end, to bring out the best in us all,you have come to the right place, the members in the  general forum I'm sure will be a tremendous source of information and encouragement.

   Dick   ;) 
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Post by: Paul4865 on April 23, 2011, 05:01:43 AM
Hello all,
I am a mechanical design engineer using solidworks within a process automation company. I have always had an interest in Cad Cam and also PLC, my lovely wife bought me a 4 axis breakout board complete with power supply and stepper motors for Christmas this year so I have built MkI of my CNC router and have it working with Mach 3 in demo mode, I will need some help getting my home switches going. I am looking forward to buying the full version of Mach 3 so I can unleash the potential of Paul4865 MkI router
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Post by: TRICKEY on April 23, 2011, 06:03:04 PM
 ;D
Welcome aboard Paul, your married to a clever lady that knows that all boys need their toys,the general forum will be a tremendous help when it comes to "unleashing the potential of mach and Paul"

     Dick  ;)
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Post by: Chief on April 26, 2011, 04:50:41 PM
Hi All,

Just wanted to introduce myself before I started asking lots of simple questions.
My name is Terry May, I'm now retired, but my background is in US Naval aviation and system safety engineering.
I have been doing hobby and general puttering machining for a few years with manual machines, but I recently took the CNC plunge by buying a Tormach PCNC 1100.  I'v just had it for a couple of weeks and so am a true novice with CNC work, so I have lots of questions to ask.  I believe I will enjoy learning CNC and using MACH 3.  One minor issue I have already discovered is that the Tormach customized version of Mach 3 has lots of differences in the screens and some of the Mach 3 screens don't appear to be available. It's a little frustrating, because I'm attempting to use the video tutorals before I bug people with questions, but the screens are different in the tutorials and my version, so sometimes it's not as clear as I would like.

Terry
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Post by: TRICKEY on April 26, 2011, 05:15:46 PM
 ;D
Hi All welcome aboard,retirement can be an exciting time,If you have any questions as I'm sure you do.the members in the general forum will have the answers.happy machining  ???

   Dick  ;)
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Post by: RandomCheese on April 28, 2011, 05:09:25 PM
Hi all, Just thought I'd drop a line and introduce myself.  I've already asked a couple of N00b questions in the general forum and received prompt, accurate and helpful replies.

When I started looking for an engraving machine, I had in mind a pantograph style device. (One aspect of a project at work requires more than 1300 engraved tags.) But I soon found that I could get a small CNC machine that was much less expensive and would do everything I needed and a lot more.  I've had the machine and the Mach3 software for a little over a week now and I've started turning out the engraved tags that were the reason why I purchased the whole thing in the first place.  But now I find myself interested in the possibilities that a small CNC machine opens up and wondering how else I can use it. 

This forum is full of amazing projects and very clever ideas.  Even though the majority of my use will be plain old boring tags, I'm sure I can work in some creative ways to use my new toy ... tool...  I mean Tool!

Dan
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Post by: TRICKEY on April 28, 2011, 05:31:12 PM
 ;D
Hi Dan welcome aboard, thank you for sharing your excitement with us if you check out the threads in the general forum I'm sure that you will find plenty of uses for this wondrous new passion,seek and you shall find. ???

   Dick  ;D
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Post by: Glider on April 30, 2011, 07:12:01 PM
Hi All

My name is Steve based in the UK and have found a new hobby , I recently bought a cnc router from a guy who built it and am in the process of learning.

The system has no safety or limit switches so I that is my first priority - learnt that one the hard way many years ago  :D

Looking around the documentation the manual shows the charge pump output going directly to a 7406 gate but Mariss
 at Gecko shows an input circuit to drive the relay that holds the power off to the motors until the PC is stable.

My first question is : will taking the charge pump output from Mach3 into the gate work on its own, if it does need Mariss' circuit where can i get an equivalent for the IRFL530 Mosfet as these do not appear to be available any more??

Hope you don't mind me asking in here but I have to find my way around the site yet.

Thanks in advance
Steve
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Post by: TRICKEY on April 30, 2011, 07:36:24 PM
 ;D
Hi Steve welcome aboard and it is a great hobby (passion) unfortunately this is only a introduction site,your questions should be addressed to the general forum,where I know that there is a lot of knowledge, that I'm sure the members will share

  Dick  ;)
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Post by: Glider on May 01, 2011, 06:02:58 AM
thanks Dick  :)

toldya i was still learning  ;D
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Post by: ennech on May 02, 2011, 03:00:35 PM
Hi, its my first post although I have been using Mach 3 for a little time.

I have converted a Chinese round column mill/drill to CNC operation using NEMA 23 steppers (3.1NM torque).  I have encountered a problem with the X ais which I would be appreciative if someone could point the way to a solution.
I tried milling a 75 mm square with rounded corners by successively increasing the depth of cut.
It soon became apparent that the X axis position crept nearly 1 mm in the +ve.  direction with each successive cut, the size of the square remained reasonably constant.  The Y axis also kept position ok.
This indicated to me that the travel in the negative direction was less than the positive direction.
I then may a large number of measurements  to the x axis (cutting fresh air) using a range of feed speeds and accelerations these indicated that the positive travel was indeed greater than the negative travel.  I also tried varying the number of micro steps from 2 to 125 without any improvement.  Needless to say I eliminated any backlash as I reversed the travel by making a small initial movement  in the direction of travel before zeroing.  I also tightened and loosened the x axis jibs without it making much difference.
Below is a list of x-axis  measured travels.  The speed was 300mm per min. and acceleration of 50, the microsteps for this exercise was 10.

Mach 3 X reading mm         +ve travel mm         -ve travel mm
50.00               49.96            49.51
10.00               9.84            9.82
10.00               9.90            9.69
10.00               9.96            9.72
5.00               5.03            4.90
5.00               4.88            4.89
15.00               14.97            14.71
15.00               14.71            14.69
20.00               19.78            19.36
20.00               19.94            19.36
2.00               1.98            1.85
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Post by: TRICKEY on May 02, 2011, 03:46:53 PM
 ;D
Hi Ennech welcome aboard unfortunately this is only a introduction site,but if you you post your questions to the general forum site I'm sure that they will share their knowledge with you.

  Dick  ;)
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Post by: chadcummings on May 04, 2011, 06:14:18 AM
My name is Chad Cummings.  I am an IT Specialist by trade and woodworker by hobby.  I live in West Virginia and no, that is not banjo music you hear in the background.

I recently purchased a CNC machine by XZero CNC along with Mach3.  I am trying out different software packages and teaching myself the ropes.

Please be patient with me as I WILL have stupid questions.

thanks,
Chad
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Post by: RobasaurusRex on May 04, 2011, 06:05:38 PM
Hi, my name is Rob.  I live near Rochester NY and I’d like to meet or hear from other nearby home machinists and CNC users.   

I took up machining metal as a hobby about 3 or 4 year ago.   About a year ago I unexpectedly acquired a CNC mini-mill.  Unfortunately, I haven’t had a lot of time to play with it so I am still very much a newbie with “dumb” questions.  I’m learning, but slowly.  I’m going to try and speed up the process by attending the Digital Machinist CNC Workshop this June in Michigan. 

If you’re interested, I have a web site called Machinistblog.com (http://Machinistblog.com). 
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Post by: ZigFire on May 04, 2011, 07:45:21 PM
Hi There,

Michael here, I live in Sydney Australia and have always enjoyed the mechanical/engineering/scientific side of anything.
Currently I own a Chinese type mill and lathe, medium home shop size I guess you could say and am looking at converting the mill to CNC with MACH3 control.

As mentioned above I'm into anything mechanical as well as astronomy, grape growing and wine making (and drinking) and walking the dog. I'm also hopeless on electronics so no doubt I will be asking a few questions on this front.

All the Best
Michael
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Post by: TRICKEY on May 04, 2011, 07:51:22 PM
 ;D
Hi Chad and Rob welcome aboard any questions that you may have I'm sure that the members in the general forumwill have the answers Rob there would be members in your area I'm sure, post that question in the general forum also you may be pleasantly surprised.

  Dick  ;)
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Post by: Westpole on May 05, 2011, 08:29:29 PM
Hello,

I am semi-retired which just means I still need the money but I don't want to work hard for it.

I have a couple of lasers I use for marking and welding. I was driving the welder with an old MaxNC controller/driver running in DOS. That computer finally gave up the ghost and I am looking to driving the same controller with Mach3.

I loaded the software and it seems to check out but I get no indication of position change on the axis read outs when I run a test program. I can see it stepping through the G-code lines.

This is probably something simple but not obvious to me. Any help would be appreciated.

Tony
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Post by: TRICKEY on May 05, 2011, 09:59:28 PM
 ;D
Hi Tony welcome aboard unfortunately this is an introduction only and any questions that you may have should be addressed to the general forum, semi retirement means that you still have some time to yourself when you fully retire you have no time to call your own ,I know

   Dick  ;)
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Post by: DangerousR6 on May 08, 2011, 09:55:54 AM
New member here, my name is Doug, just bought a Sieg KX1. I've been a machinist for close to 20yrs working in a tool and die shop. Just decided to get my own machine for home to make small parts. This machine is a bit different than what I'm used to, been working with Hurco's my whole career, so conversational programming has been the majority of it, also we use Surfcam for NC stuff. Anyway, just though I'd introduce myself...


-Doug
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Post by: Ukie on May 08, 2011, 04:14:26 PM
Hi all. My name is Nick and I just joined this forum. I recently completed building my own 3 axis CNC router machine and now am trying to learn how to use Mach 3. I am retired and enjoy woodworking as a hobby.  It has taken me over a year from the time I discovered CNC for woodworkers to actual completion. It has been somewhat both frustrating and a very gratifying project (now that it is finished and working) and now I'm looking forward to making various things with it.

I have had a brief read of some of the different topics available on this site and I am impressed by the content and extent of topics available which will certainly greatly assist me in learning and developing a better understanding of the proper operation of Mach 3 Mill software.

Looking forward to being an active member.

Nick



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Post by: TRICKEY on May 08, 2011, 06:41:33 PM
 ;D
Hi Nick and Doug welcome aboard Nick enjoy your retirement the forum will be a great source of knowledge. Doug I'm sure that you and the forum will get benefit out of you joining

   Dick ;)
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Post by: TRICKEY on May 11, 2011, 04:13:57 AM
 ;D
Welcome aboard Sunxin123 things have moved along in the last ten years but the same stories keep coming up. my conclusion is once you go down the CNC path there is no turning turning back ,YOUR HOOKED.
 
 Dick  ;)
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Post by: Tazmanhawk on May 11, 2011, 09:18:33 PM
HI
I am Nathan I live in Lancaster Ohio I began building my home cnc about a year ago. I am a diesel mechanic by trade, my father is a retired tool and die maker and in building the two machines I have made he has proven to be invaluable. I got hooked on cnc when I went to a build your cnc website and just couldn't stop looking at it. I have just finished my second cnc machine and I am working out the bugs so I will probably be on here more often.
thank you all for your help.
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Post by: TRICKEY on May 12, 2011, 03:21:52 AM
 ;D
Welcome aboard Nathan tell your dad that there is no such thing as a retired tool maker there is just unpaid ones  ::) CNC is very addictive ,but oh so much fun.

  Dick  ;)
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Post by: SMA on May 16, 2011, 12:45:03 AM
My name is Stefan and I make surfboards for a living.  I just recently,  like a week ago, purchased a three axes machine designed to cut surfboard files.  I had a heck of a time setting up Mach due first to inexperience and second to a ghost that kept mucking with things ;).  New nothing about gcode until 4 days ago but over the last few days, dealing with issue after issue, I know a little.  Definately get the foundation of the idea and I would agree it is addictive.

Already seen the benefits of this forum.  Very glad it is here !

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Post by: TRICKEY on May 16, 2011, 03:09:23 AM
 ;D
Welcome aboard Stefan thank you for the positive feedback about the general forum,yes its amazing how "THE GHOSTS"seem to pick on the newbies maybe we should work on an exorcism prayer.I could sure use it my self at times  ::)

  Dick ;)
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Post by: bob b on May 16, 2011, 12:24:52 PM
Hi my name is bob ,I have been a hands on old machinist since 1975 worked at America's oldest brewery as a machinist . My shop was driven with one motor and line shafts . worked there for 23 years as amaint machinist , i upgraded the shop over the years had a bridgeport engine lathe surface grinder etc.  now i work in a coal fired power plant as a maint machinist . I always wanted my own mill but was stuck for head room to buy a bridgeport so i finally decided on a bench top cnc , figured i could learn how to use it ! OK i guess my question is what artsoft mach 3 manual will help me step by step to learn and use machine so far i downloaded and printed , mach 3 cnc controller software installation and configuration guide, a user's guide to instalation and operation it is a novakon 145 machine , can someone recommend a step by step learning manual to print out for mach 3 , I GUESS A BEGINNERS USER GUIDE IS WHAT I AM LOOKING FOR THANKS BOB B
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Post by: mikee on May 16, 2011, 03:51:41 PM
  Hello everyone my name is mike i live in state of nevada.  Everything to do with a cnc is new to me . I am embarrassed to say that i am starting out knowing nothing about cnc. I own a small lathe and i have played with a mill a few time.   I am 52 years old . i am a master mechanic on minning equipment, and there onboard pc,s  (hitachi)  (cat) etc.  I have done  welding tig, mig. and stick. Owning my own fabricatiion shop specializing in aluminum tig welding, plasma cutters robotics (bugo 2 systems) .
 i have purchased build your own 2x4 but i am stretching the table to 2x8 cnc from build your own cnc with mach3 and cam bam software. i am waiting for the cnc to come and i am almost done with my torsion table.  i truly need all the help i can get.
                                                                     thank you   mike
     
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Post by: TRICKEY on May 16, 2011, 04:55:15 PM
  ???
Welcome aboard Bob and Mike
 Mike never apologise for saying that you know nothing about any subject and asking for help,It shows the true mark of a man, none of us came into this life knowing everything, although I have meet some that thought they did.
 Bob great to read that you have bought a bench top CNC machine I'm sure that you will have a great time learning,
   but it will not be your last this form of machining is very addictive.
Any questions should be put to the general forum where I know that you will receive all the help you may need
 
 Dick  ;) 
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Post by: vicrider on May 16, 2011, 08:25:16 PM
Hello everyone,

I am new to this forum and to the Mach software. I am purchasing my first CNC router (digitalwoodcarver.com) and am slightly intimidated by everything I have to learn. I am computer literate having built my first PC in 1991, but have no experience with CNC. I live in Everett, WA and have been woodworking with hand and power tools for many years. I am very excited about being able to design furniture and do more than 'one-off's. The threads I have read here indicate that the community is friendly and helpful. I look forward to being a Machsupport forum member and contributing what I can.

vicrider

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Post by: TRICKEY on May 16, 2011, 09:23:22 PM
 ;D
Welcome aboard vicrider some of us are intimidated and some are in awe but all of us would never desert our love of CNC, everyone that that joins the forum brings something, you may surprise yourself with what you do know that will help someone else on the general forum

  Dick ;)
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Post by: johntech on May 17, 2011, 01:35:37 PM
Hello All
I'm John (aka johntech), new to cnc. I have an electronic background with 30 years in the workforce and still going.  I have an inexpensive Zen Toolworks 12x12 machine for a starter system, running a TB6560 controller on an old 1.2 ghz processor via the parallel port. I'm working on building a rotary coal dumper for my future "S" gauge train layout. I have been trying to draw up the end pieces to look like the real ones using Google Sketch-up. Not sure how to get my drawing from there to my machine for cutting. I know I need some sort of CAM program to convert it. Still learing about that. I have finally gotten everything setup on my machine so all the axis' are moving in the right directions. I have setup and programmed the Auto Tool Zero button as found in some of the posts here.

I have tried a couple wizards in Mach 3 one worked great the other, CUT CIRCLE by Kiran, did not. Instead of moving to a location and milling a hole, it just started cutting a huge arc. I assumed you enter the X, Y location of the hole, the diameter and depth of the hole, size of the bit and hit START.

I have had several classes in VB 6 programming but none in VB Script. I have been scanning through the forum looking for information to learn more about running the machine I have.

Thanks for any information you can pass along

John
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Post by: TRICKEY on May 17, 2011, 03:21:05 PM
 ;D
Hi John welcome aboard and great to hear that you are learning so much,the one thing  that we learn about our hobbies the  more there is to learn. thank you for introducing yourself but all questions should be entered onto the general forum site where I'm sure that you will get the answers to your questions.

  Dick  ;)
 
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Post by: geone on May 17, 2011, 03:26:45 PM
Howdy:
I am trying Mach3 to see if it will drive the hardware we are using.  As you might expect, we are having some problems getting started.  The main problem we are having is rapid movement and signal crosstalk.  The equipment we are using is new:

nema 34 hybrid stepper(s)  WT85STH151-3004A (bipolar) 1600 oz
2ph stepper motor driver(s) SD-2H086MB
24vdc/8.5amp power supply

We trying to develop a 4 axis prototype device with little experience in CNC hardware.  Our device has a requirement for rapid positioning and we cannot seem to achieve more than 200in/min  (500 steps/200in/min setting using the software [motor tuning and setup]).  Any step settings higher than that or in/min cause the rotor to chatter and become static and stop turning.  We have tried all combinations of dip switch settings (driver) and software settings (motor tuning) with the same results.  Question:

Does the motor tuning in Mach3 negate the dip switch setting on the driver....must they be the same?  Thanks much for any suggestions.

nubie
geo


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Post by: FrankenPC on May 17, 2011, 09:02:19 PM
Hi, I'm Roger from the Bay Area.  I'm a rank amateur CNC hacker who acquired a Chinese 3 in 1 machine (Shopmaster 2000??) and promptly added steppers, drive electronics, and a used EBAY laptop.  My dream is to have fun making things out of metal and plastic in my garage but do it without the very long process of learning how to be a full blown machinist first. 

It turns out, truing up cheap Chinese 3 in 1 machines turns you into a machinist weather you like it or not  ;D

I used CNCPRO for a while and decided to upgrade everything so I could run Windows 7 and do advanced things like CNC threading.  That lead me to the no-brainer investment of Mach3. 

So here I am.  Looking for advice and inspiration on this really cool forum. 

See you all around.
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Post by: geone on May 18, 2011, 12:30:39 PM
Help!
How do you make a post in the General Discussion section....
Thanks mucho
geo
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Post by: vicrider on May 18, 2011, 01:38:13 PM
When in the General Discussion forum, use the 'New Topic' button on the upper left of the window.
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Post by: TRICKEY on May 18, 2011, 03:54:24 PM
 ;D
Hi Roger and Geo welcome aboard
Roger and Geo CNC is a very additive Hobey and until Mach3 came on the scene very expensive and well out of the the reach of many of us.
 Roger if you address your questions to the general forum I'm sure that you will get good advice

   Dick  ;)   
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Post by: fozybear on May 31, 2011, 05:45:01 PM
Hello my name is lLarry I'm from Canada. I've been building guitars now for couple of years now. And decided to build my own CNC so I'm new here.
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Post by: TRICKEY on May 31, 2011, 06:03:37 PM
 ;D
Hi Larry welcome aboard it is always a good thing to move outside your comfort zone and learn new things and if you can start a new hobby that will help you with your old interests, well so much the better.
I'm sure that any questions that you may have will be answered if you put them to the general forum.

   Dick  ;)
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Post by: Thys on June 01, 2011, 02:00:01 AM
morning all, I'm Thys, only been here for a few weeks. I am trying to post a few pics of my rig. now the silly question, how does one post a pic. :(
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Post by: Tweakie.CNC on June 01, 2011, 02:19:42 AM
Hi Thys,

Welcome to the forum buddy - It is nice to see that you are already helping others to get their machines working.  :)

If you click on Reply (not quick reply) enter your message then click on Additional Options you can Choose File to select your picture, attachment etc.

Tweakie.
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Post by: Thys on June 01, 2011, 02:28:39 AM
thanks Tweakie, will give it a go
Thys
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Post by: sandtrx on June 07, 2011, 01:56:19 AM
Hello everyone, 

My name is Matt Wilkinson,   I'm a new half owner of a waterjet and powder coating job shop.  The original owner repo'd the business last year and about a month or so ago, he offered my wife and I, a half share of the place if i'd come in.  So naturally, I took a leap.    I ended up here, because in the corner, there is a Supermax knee mill with an Anilam controller.   He bought it a few years ago because the guy he had working for him told him how much money they could make with it and that he could run it and get work for it..  It has sat in the corner ever since and hasn't milled a single part.  I just posted a thread asking for assistance in converting it to mach.

I'm sure i'll be asking all kinds of questions.

Matt
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Post by: TRICKEY on June 07, 2011, 04:41:55 AM
 ;D
Welcome aboard Matt I wish you well in your new endeavour, it is always an exciting time.I'm sure that the members in the general forum will be able to advise you with that conversion to Mach.

  Dick  ;)
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Post by: klapa on June 12, 2011, 11:46:42 AM
Hello - I am klapa - tho actually that is my dog's name! haha

I am an electronics hardware designer by trade - not a machinist by any means.

I sort of got "roped in" to getting an old combo mill/lathe working to drill some sheet metal for initial prototype quantity runs of a product my company makes.

This machine is a "ShopTask" bought for $750 at some equipment auction.

I don't mind so much because I am also a "car nut" and am already thinking about all the custom parts I might make with this machine!

I was introduced to the Mach3 software by a guy I was referred to by the maker of the machine we have - this guy has a company called "Camtronics".

I also noticed that this same software, Mach3, is used on another machine we have - a selective soldering machine.
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Post by: TRICKEY on June 12, 2011, 02:48:16 PM
  ;D
Hi klapa thank you for sharing this information, welcome aboard ,you have been bitten by the CNC bug and will become addicted the more that you use your machine the more potential you will see in it

  Dick  ;)

 
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Post by: slip stream fox on June 12, 2011, 08:08:40 PM
Hi,  I need help with mach3. My Z settings are backwards. How can I change in the config for the software of mach3?


Tim
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Post by: TRICKEY on June 12, 2011, 09:01:02 PM
 ;D
Hi Tim this is only a introduction site you will need to post your questions in the general forum I' sure that someone there will gladly help

  Dick   ;)
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Post by: Thys on June 13, 2011, 02:02:13 AM
hi tim, i sent you and possible solution, welcome by the way
Thys
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Post by: bicey on June 17, 2011, 05:21:20 PM
My name is John King .I have been in metal stamping for 30 years. I have the basic machine shop. Presently I am working on a Bostomatic 312 and a emco lathe. Having issues with the tool changer.My friend is diligently working on it. I have access to 6 more units and a couple of 5 axis units. Hope it can be profitable.
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: TRICKEY on June 17, 2011, 08:31:47 PM
 ;D
Welcome aboard John sounds like you are going to get very busy,it NEVER to late to learn new skills

  Dick ;)
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: nelsonk11 on June 20, 2011, 09:04:43 PM
Hi,  I'm new to mach3.  Just bought a supermax with mach3 control and bobcad/cam v20.  Unit has linear scales and servo motors.  The manual is very intimidating.  I have years of exp as machinist, but having problems setting up unit.  Is there some way to use in DRO mode as a manual mill until I sort out the cnc side of things?  The manual doesn't seem to address doing this.  I can read out position, but can't zero an individual axis.
Thanks
Nelsonk11
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: mikee on June 21, 2011, 02:22:58 AM
hey everyone
got my 2x8 cnc router  to move today X Y and Z drove it around the table next is home
 nelson do you have  mach 3 add on download  it helped me  but i havent cut anything out on a cnc YET  
 talk to tweakie he has been helpful to me  
 good luck

 mikee
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Tweakie.CNC on June 21, 2011, 02:37:36 AM
Nelsonk11,

If you post your question as a New Topic in the General Section more people will see it and it will get better response.
This thread is really just for introductions.

Tweakie.

Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: highlea on June 22, 2011, 06:19:05 AM
Hello everyone.
My name is Colin and I run a small (just me really) engineering design and manufacture business in Wales. (Part of the UK)
I have a workshop with a Syil/Seig mill and lathe running Mach3.
I also have a Bridgeport Interact 1 with Heidenhain controller that I want to convert to Mach3.

Thats all for now!
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Post by: MasterAnubis on June 22, 2011, 11:15:49 AM
Hi all,
  I'm Shawn and I have a background in Calibration as well as a bit of home brew experiences that give me broad base in 'mild' fabrication.  I'm a classic Ford guy and have just recently broken into the realm of CNC with my Taig Micro Mill.   This month I've updated my controller and got with the Mach3 program. 

  I've had some great results with Vcarve doing just what I need it to do.  Mach3 really woke up my Taig.   ;D
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: spanky1954 on June 22, 2011, 12:16:07 PM
Hi,

My name is Scott. I have been a teacher for the last 34 years in a small town in Minnesota. The areas that I teach are in CAD drafting, Electronics and Metals. The kids are great and I truly love teaching, Lord knows there are challenges everyday but if you take it one day at a time and look for the progress that kids make, its worth every minute of time spent. I have 2 Dyna mills (2200 and 2400) that are very limited in function because they will not function with a Pentium computer. 486 machines are all that will drive the programs without giving me an error. I am hoping that I can get one of you who have retrofitted these machines with new controllers and steppers to help me find the right parts for mine so that it will run Mach software. Any help that you can give will be truly appreciated.

Thanks for your time!!
Scott
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Post by: TRICKEY on June 22, 2011, 05:50:05 PM
 ;D
Welcome aboard Colin,Shawn and Scott
Thank you for introducing yourself's,Scott if you post your questions to the general forum I'm sure that you will get all the answers to your questions,as this is only an introduction site.

  Dick  ;)
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Post by: Mountaincraft on June 23, 2011, 11:16:53 AM
Greetings!

New to this forum.. Been hanging out at the Zone for a while though under the same username...

My name is Mark, and I got my CNC table up and running about a month ago.. it is a DIY cnc routerparts based 4' x 8' NEMA 34 table... I'm getting 'very' close to actually producing something on it (Yay!).. Maybe cutting some cabinet parts this weekend for a client...

I have a lot of questions about Mach 3, so it was time to register here and participate...
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: TRICKEY on June 24, 2011, 02:22:00 AM
 ;D
Welcome aboard Mark at this point in your hobby I imagine that you feel like the Toyota TV add here in Australia which goes along the lines of "OH WHAT A FEELING". Congratulations on you effort's
 
 Dick ;)

 
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: mgr on June 24, 2011, 05:54:23 PM
Hello everyone!  I'm an Industrial Engineer in the medical industry who used to run a CNC routing business about 10 years ago.  Still love the technology and am converting a small manual mill to CNC.  My hobby is designing and building my own guitar (focus on the trem unit) but to get some nice curvy parts, I needed a CNC machine.  Local shops are really expensive for parts, so I guess I'll extend my hobby for a few years by building a CNC myself.  I'm just in the process of hooking up motors and testing Mach3.  I think that pin assignments aren't quite right...time to take out the multimeter ;).
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: nokiakees on June 25, 2011, 12:45:06 PM
hi all,
my name is kees and live in Holland, working in the prefab making buildings. i want to built my own cnc machine and learn to understand the software be needed .
I found this forum because of the quality its on and my intrest for mach3

thanks,

Kees 8) 8) 8)
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: mikee on June 25, 2011, 09:03:20 PM
hey kees    
   I'm (NEW) at this too.
i am building my first cnc router  or any cnc .    A cnc router  KIT. 
you are going to make a cnc or a cnc router?  
 you can download mach3 demo with mach 3 addons for free  i also have cam/bam .
 New to CAD and CAM very very hard for me to understand   also web site cnc zone you can print a cnc glossary  i would print every manual fisrt before downloading  (spiral folder works good  )step by set is the only way to go. mach 3 addons  helps in tying everything together. you also might see if you can find someone there to help you
 you might check on  a class. 
when i first started this i was thinking 30 days i will be up and running. right now im laughing at myself.
have fun
mikee
not much land dam few cattle co.


Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: TRICKEY on June 26, 2011, 06:06:45 PM
 ;D
Welcome aboard mgr there are many members interested in guitar building,we all must have our multimeter, I named mine Fred, I figured that we are together that much we should be on first name terms.
 
 Dick ;)
   
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: mgr on June 27, 2011, 10:51:11 AM
Too funny!  Thanks for the nice welcome Dick :D

Mitch
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: btiziano on June 30, 2011, 05:09:00 AM
Hi all,
I'm Tiziano from Italy.
I use only mach3 for my machines.
Very compliment to all staf and member of this forum and MACH3 !!!!!!

Here you can see my CNC !
http://shop.lvltech.it/home

Thank you.
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: TRICKEY on June 30, 2011, 07:05:02 AM
 ;D
Welcome aboard Tiziano thank you for introducing yourself

  Dick  ;)
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: mikee on July 04, 2011, 07:45:27 PM
 HI everyone my name is mike
 im in the beginning stages of getting my diy cnc router going in the dust 
 im sure im not the first person to go out and buy all the stuff to build a cnc and not know nothing. and i was told many times that doing somthing like this over my head and there's
  here is the bad or good part i couldnt do this without you guys helping me .
 my problem i do not have a formal education so i have to learn more  which is great, but i have to try hard and ask if there is some books or a web site  that any of you know about that can help me understand
 
 

 
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: TRICKEY on July 04, 2011, 08:36:38 PM
 ;D
Hi Mike welcome aboard, you've made the first step and having committed money to the plan you have a big incentive to see it threw
The other big PLUS is the knocker and blockers in your life,they will only make you strive to accomplish your goal, imagine the satisfaction when you get everything going, and you reach your goal posts.it is not the education that you did not receive that counts, but the education that you WILL receive, and carry with you for ever from this project
 If you address any questions you have to the general forum I know the guys will be keen to help
  Dick ;)
 
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: mikee on July 05, 2011, 02:18:25 AM
  THANK YOU
 i wasn't ready to post that blog but   its OK   i was a little upset that i cant go some place and learn by hands on instruction
  everyone here has been helpful
 thanks again for the support
mikee
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: steelman on July 05, 2011, 09:57:30 PM
 Hi there everyone. I'm an old newbee from Louisiana but new to cnc. Name of steelman, not because I know a lot about steel but because I play steel guitar. Sure seems like a great forum with really talented people. Glad to be a part of it and hope I can learn something from you guys.  Vincent(real name)
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: TRICKEY on July 05, 2011, 10:07:38 PM
 ;D
 Hi Vincent welcome aboard it is a great forum I,m sure that you will learn a lot, CNC is a very rewarding hobby
but addictive

  Dick ;)
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: mgr on July 06, 2011, 11:39:23 AM
Hi Steelman!

Welcome to the forum and to the world of CNC.  The only hobby that I allow myself to have these days is guitar playing and building my own tremolo bridge.  It just so happens that I needed a mill to make the parts and it would sure make it easier if the mill was converted to CNC, so I guess that my one hobby has expanded a little :D.

Steel guitar is awesome.  I especially like Daniel Lanois' peddle steel work on Belladonna http://youtu.be/tXVQbbGMZY4 (http://youtu.be/tXVQbbGMZY4).

Take care and have fun!  Mitch
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Post by: Troncatore on July 06, 2011, 06:29:25 PM

Hi, My name is Mauro. I'm brand new to this forum and this product. I stumbled across it during a long excursus for learning "how to". I have some basic knowledge of CAD and machining. I converted my Bf20 Mill to CNC . My goal is to learn enough to generate code and machine the pieces for my FS835 Loco tender scale 1/12  on my CNC machine. I'm quite retired ITAF Technical Officer Living in Rome Italy...
Best regards
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Peter J on July 06, 2011, 08:13:31 PM
Pete here. I am in Jacksonville Florida, no rain and it is hot. But it beats shoveling snow in Cleveland. I built my own CNC Router and it has worked very well so far. I have tried etching, cutting and carving, using many of the free DXF fies available on the various CNC forums. I use Lazycam to convert them to G Codes, allowing me to enlarge or reduce. I then load them using the Load function on MACH3, make minor adjustments if necessary, and run the program. Much success.................until yesterday.  For some unknown reason I hope you can help with, Either the Lazycam has stopped creating a complete set of G Codes or MACH3 is not uploading the complete program. Most of the programs converted to Tap prior to yesterday still load 100%, but any new DXF file or even DXF files I saved before yesterday, but did not convert, will not convert 100% to G Codes. The G-code seem to stop and the end of the first chain.  Please help. PS I also noticed that some the programs that are embedded in MACH3, such as Circle Cut will no longer work, but Write works fine.]?????? Pete
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Post by: ned33 on July 06, 2011, 11:37:32 PM
I have completed a small 3D router to the mechanical stage as one of my retirement projects. I am now at the electronics stage and are looking for the best way to make it go. I have mark3 and have used AutoCad for years being involved in many areas of mechanical engineering. Now looking at drivers etc for my router. It will probably be Gecko, but I like the idea of making something up from a kit. My machine has a working area of X = 285mm, Y = 345mm and Z = 75mm and I have two motors on the y axis similar to the PDJ type of setup.
I am in New Zealand, have a home workshop with a small lathe and mill and live in a town on the East Coast of the North Island. Still keep fit by cycling and taking part in bike racing and have made up a few bike parts as well as a recumbent bike. It scares the hell out of me, mainly because it is fast and you cant see the front wheel. That unnerves me a bit.
Another current project is model ships, of the display sailing type.
I am new to the forum and already finding a lot of answers.
My real name is Denis, Neddy is just a nick name.
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: TRICKEY on July 07, 2011, 03:03:21 AM
 ;D
Hi Denis,Pete and Mauro welcome aboard the forum is definitely international one from Rome one from Florida and one from New Zealand
Great to hear from you all this C N C hobby is a very rewarding hobby and the Guys on the general forum area great bunch
post your questions there and some one will help

  Dick ;)
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: lotusman on July 16, 2011, 07:08:42 PM
Greetings,

I am new to NC work & primarily do it as a hobby. I am running a two axis table I designed using NSK slides & Precision ball screws. Total travel of 12.5 in the X & 15.5 in the Y. The table is mounted on a manual Chevalier knee mill. It was a bunch cheaper than retrofitting the mill.

Mach is awesome for people who like to create on there own & I want to thank everyone involved with it's development & support.

Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: mikee on July 17, 2011, 02:20:48 AM
 welcome lotusman
 I'm a newbie too and don't know much but i have allot help, looking forward to see what you make.
 mikee
 
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: TRICKEY on July 17, 2011, 06:47:58 AM
 ;D
Hi and welcome aboard lotusman you have just embarked on a fantastic new hobby,it will lead you into a whole new life I agree Mach 3 is a fantastic programme

  Dick  ;)
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: balajisah on July 18, 2011, 08:25:45 AM
Hi, I'm Balaji  :) from India.

I'm new to cnc and mach 3.

with the help of cnczone, i had made a router (300x300x50) stroke.

the reason I'm here is i have some difficulty in running the machine  ???.

Hope this forum will help me out.

cheers,

Balaji
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Post by: crosbyk2 on July 18, 2011, 12:34:53 PM
I started building a hobby machine about three months ago after finding the Hobby CNC website.  Has been a great experience so far and I don't have a clue as to what I'm going to do with this machine once I get it completed.

I'm now semi - retired, still do some investing, and have been in engineering(mechanical, electrical and software) all my life so this was a natural for me.  I'm short, balding and ugly, but I have good attitude.(My wife said I could say that)  ;D My main passions are hunting and fishing, but I have a very nice shop that is heated and air conditioned with all the tools.  The shop keeps me off the streets and out of the bars when I'm not hunting or fishing.

My machine is mostly completed, needs some paint.  I have completed the setup procedures and I have one problem left to solve.  My machine will not reff all home.  My limit switches are working correctly and the "go to zero" functions fine.  When I hit the ref all button, either the machine does not move at all, or one of the axis will move about .0001 and stop.  I have gone to the diagnostics screen and attempted to home each axis individually and got the same response, the axis either does not move or subsequent pressing the home button, the axis moves a little tiny bit.  I have the XYZ home enabled as per instructions.  I have spent a couple of hours digging around and can't seem to get this fixed.  Hoping you can help.

Thanks,

Kevin Crosby
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Post by: CarlsonGuitars on July 18, 2011, 11:15:28 PM
Hi, I have been using Mach3 since 2006, but finally joined the forums because of a problem that persists- constant pauses during the middle of programs...  I plan on building a 5'x12' cnc in the near future, but need to do some serious studying so I am not encouraging trial and error for the entire build.  Figured I would start frequenting the machsupport forums and learn more about mach...  And who knows, maybe get the bugs fixed on our current cnc too!  Thanks,  -Levi
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Post by: mikee on July 19, 2011, 12:34:06 AM
hey kevin im new to so i may not be any help (at all)
program run mach3 main screen botton left you should be getting error's r click history see what it says please
 are u getting a soft limit . error
 hope fully one of the pro will step in so i dot screw you up. 
mikee
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: CarlsonGuitars on July 20, 2011, 03:50:05 AM
Thanks for the help, I don't see any area for errors, perhaps my resolution is maxed and it looks like my mach3 screen could be a little cutoff, I am not sure if I am getting a softlimit error, not sure exactly how to tell....  I don't see an area to click on history - I looked at the toolpath screen and there is an error section there, but when the machine pauses it does not show any error...  I attached a photo of the screen when it pauses...  Thanks for the help, let me know how to check on error history, etc.  I added the gcode to my website as well as photos of the errors...  http://www.levimanselle.com/page5.php I appreciate the help, hopefully I can get this sometimes havoc causing reset and ultra-annoying pausing issue fixed!!! Thanks!  -Levi
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: CarlsonGuitars on July 20, 2011, 03:51:48 AM
Wow, I just realized your message was for Kevin and not me...  Levi Levin Kevin..  ya, nope...  For anyone reading, I posted my issue under the mach3 hanging up post.  Thanks!
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: neuman5022 on July 24, 2011, 09:40:50 PM
Hello

My name is Isaac Neuman, I live in New Zealand and my main hobby is building flight simulators. After paying heaps of money to some guys with CNC machines, I thought it's time to get myself into this area learn and do things myself.

I am curently building a small cnc router with HobbyCNC board and Mach3.

As a noob I would probaby need lots of help and I know some guys here will be a great help.

Looking forward to learn experience and aquire some new skills

Cheers


Isaac
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Post by: RYERSONG on July 27, 2011, 04:48:35 PM
Hi:

I'm a retired aerospace engineer/geezer living in Holly Springs NC and was exposed to CNC routers at the local TechShop http://www.techshoprdu.com/ (http://www.techshoprdu.com/)where they have a big ShopBot.  I liked it so much that I just had to have something like it for my very own -- so I bought a 2x4 BlackToe kit and so far am quite impressed with it.  I'm just getting it built and am currently well into the electronics wiring and software setup stage. 

At age 69 this sort of thing is both an interesting challenge and occasionally very tiring and frustrating -- but very worth the effort.

I'm not sure what I need this for, but it's interesting.  I built a boat a while back and had a blast building it and would do it all again -- but when I got it into the water it really wasnt much fun.  So maybe this is like that too.

You haven't heard the last of me....... ;D
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: dazza111 on July 28, 2011, 07:03:28 PM
hi my name is darren im a welder in melbourne australia  just got into cnc machine parts for my business im not going so well with it but im a persistant bugger so ill get there relax time is building guitars but i dont get to much relaxation time with my business
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: sabastion on July 30, 2011, 12:18:29 AM
not until I can download mach3...if I cant download there is no sense  >:D
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Briantaylor55 on August 02, 2011, 02:39:03 PM
Hi
This seems silly, but I started with my new machine several months ago and got it running.
Now Ive changed computers, and Mach 3 seems to be stuck. I cannot get it to accept any entries, or operate the jog, with or without the cnc connected.
I know its something silly but im getting desperate to move on.
Have I forgotten some basic switch or setting ?
Help please
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Briantaylor55 on August 02, 2011, 02:42:15 PM
Hi,

i purchased a small cnc with mach 3 several months ago and got it all working OK.
Now after a long break I have connected to a new computer, but cannot get the Mach 3 to respond, either with the CNC connected or without. I cannot even perform a simple jog.
Obviously Ive overlooked some very simple setting or switch, but I am tearing out my hair just to get started
HELP PLEASE
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: stirling on August 02, 2011, 03:31:20 PM
Hi welcome to the forum

you might want to post this in the general discussion - more people will see it there.

Ian
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Post by: james_flofull on August 02, 2011, 11:52:19 PM
Hi,
My names is james utama. I'm indonesian. i'm newbe with mach. now i'm learn and build a cnc router, but it still have problems.
may this forum can help me.

james  ;D
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Post by: wjbzone on August 03, 2011, 10:52:40 AM
Hi, I am Bill Barrows.
I am an mining engineer in Eastern Kentucky. I worked as a mechanical engineer in Dayton, Ohio for 20 years. I moved back to Kentucky about 5 years ago.

While in Dayton, I built my woodworking cnc machine using a Haas VF3. It is made from aluminum and has a travel of 24x12x7. I use a Hobbycnc driver board and was running Turbocnc on a w2k computer.

After my move I stored my cnc for about 5 years and just set it back up last month. The old computer would not run so I just purchased Mach3 for a XP computer. Got it running again. (one problem so far I'll post in a separate thread). Photos of my machine and projects are on my website: wjbzone.com

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Post by: jasminder on August 03, 2011, 01:27:39 PM
hi,
I am jasminder singh age 23 from Amritsar INDIA. I got into cnc and mach3 2 years before when i saw some guys on youtube running lathes using an ordinary computer. I started reading cnczone and mach3 forums and built a lathe with an atc (even i am surprised how couild i do it). i had some experience with manual lathe before so it was a little easier. Everyone here is very friendly.
I wish if a day was mach's day in a year, when all the cnc jerks could enjoy some beer together somewhere (some could have scotch also)

jasminder singh
Title: Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
Post by: Tweakie.CNC on August 04, 2011, 02:14:08 AM
Quote
I wish if a day was mach's day in a year, when all the cnc jerks could enjoy some beer together somewhere (some could have scotch also)

jasminder singh

The Beer would suit me just fine  ;D ;D

Welcome to the forum guys  ( I think Tricky Dicky must be on holiday at the moment ).

Tweakie.
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Post by: dakota1st on August 06, 2011, 12:11:03 PM
hi....