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General Mach Discussion / Re: Drivers
« on: September 21, 2018, 03:23:12 AM »
Ok, well that's just great, thanks will go check it out and follow your advice.

General Mach Discussion / Parallel - usb port adapters
« on: September 21, 2018, 01:03:04 AM »
Hi, can someone tell me if this can work, does mach really need paralelle ports on both sides to work, if it can work from a usb port please tell me how to configure it.

General Mach Discussion / Drivers
« on: September 20, 2018, 12:44:05 PM »
Good day

Struggling to find a new pc with LPT ports.
Bought 2 LPT - usb converters.
Can anyone please tell me how to configure the usb ports to be used in Mach 3?

Driver test does not run.
Using Windows 8.

Thank you.

General Mach Discussion / Oval holes
« on: March 22, 2017, 01:06:09 AM »
Hi, my plasma is cutting oval holes, why? the x and y axis speeds are the same, I also calibrated my machine twice and still have the same problem. I also changed the speed in motor tuning with no change, accept that my cut sizes where either to big or to small. please can someone tell me what to do. 

General Mach Discussion / Re: Plasma cnc
« on: March 19, 2009, 11:44:51 PM »
Could it be that sins Mach is a programme that was designed for turning and milling jobs, that somehow I call it pierce limit but it is something else in mach. Because like I mentioned we phoned the man and he told my boss to change a setting and he did and that was that, unfortunately my boss loaded a new display and could not return to the old one he then loaded the old one and that was saved before changes where made, now however I have the problem, the man is just impossible to get hold off and that's why I'm calling on the form for assistance. Is there nothing that could relate to piercing in mach for example cutting depth or something like that.

General Mach Discussion / Plasma cnc
« on: March 11, 2009, 11:36:43 PM »
I have questions and no answers, first I have a pierce limit problem, I was told to check posts and could only find posts in sheet cam where I set it to 1000, I'm still only piercing 10 times before I have a m01, where do I set this pierce limit in mach?. I did post answers to questions but only find them when I do a such under Marshall, I thought pierce limit was solved, sorry I was wrong on that, but the pierce delay problem was solved after I entered a larger number, thanks. My other question was where should the earth be on the table or on the job, since I use a waterbed and have no space on the job for the earth I put it in the water on the table, would this be correct. Then i have a font problem sheet cam does not recognize all fonts and TNG not all symbols in text like "&" how do i solve this?.


General Mach Discussion / Re: Plasma cnc
« on: March 06, 2009, 09:43:29 AM »
Thanks for the help, the pierce delay problem has been solved, I went for a higher value and it worked, also the pierce limmit is solved i set it to a 100 and its working just fine, thanks again, I wil try to post some pics.

the only problem that remains are the font problem in tng and sheet cam.

Time for Sabbath and that means rest and no worries for he next 24 hrs


General Mach Discussion / Plasma cnc
« on: March 05, 2009, 01:01:15 PM »
We bought and build our own machine that works just fine except for a view points here and there. We are using a thermotech 1650 series 3 plasma machine with automatic thc and air only, we are cutting mild steel and thinking of stainless, I do dwg. in Auto Cad Lt then save them as dxf files and then open them in sheet cam and then sheet cam saves a tap file in mach 3 from where I do my cutting proses. I would like to know where the earth should be on a waterbed, I shall add a photo of my machine, I am using fine cut consumables and do get excellent results, but i can only pierce 9 time then mach return on a m01 optional stop, where do I make a adjustment to increase the no. of piercings. My next problem is that sheet cam does not recognise fonts like stencil although it opens the dxf it only display new roman, also the pierce delay is not working or not responding to the setting made, example, when I cut 2mm cold rolled steel I set pears delay to 4 sec. and that is good but when I cut 10 mm plate it refuses to delay I can set it to 10 sec. it starts moving the second the torch starts.

 Appreciate the help.


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!!!

FAQs / mach3
« on: March 02, 2009, 12:34:24 PM »
I have a problem setting the no. of piercings my machine does before returning on a mo 1, where do I change this setting and to what, currently I can cut 9 holes and it will return on a mo 1.

also please tell me is it essential to have the earth on the job it self or can it be on the cutting table, and if I made a water bed does the same apply,

I also have a problem with sheetcam not recognizing fonts, I use auto cad 2000Lt and are able to draw dxf fonts like stencil but sheetcam does read stencil

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