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General Mach Discussion / Re: simplify screen
« on: February 28, 2011, 11:53:41 PM »
Thanks Gerry, I'll check it out tomorrow...

General Mach Discussion / simplify screen
« on: February 28, 2011, 08:11:12 PM »
Can anyone here tell me what's going on:
I just finished reloading Mach3 software after loosing my hard drive, I'm running a taig cnc mill using Mach3 in Windows XP and while I'm exploring the software I mouse clicked on the Simplify Screen box located in the lower left hand side of the main screen just below the History and Clear boxes, Big mistake!! Now how do I return to the main screen from there? Mouse clicking the Simplify Screen box took me to a blank screen. I checked out all the drop down boxes in that blank screen for File, Config, Function Cfg's, View, Wizards and so on but don't see any links or ways to go back to the main screen. What's up with that? Any Help would be very much appreciated.

General Mach Discussion / Re: Stepper Motors Heating Up
« on: September 13, 2009, 05:05:58 AM »
Thanks MechanoMan,

Thanks for your explanation on the stepper motors. I'm just trying some of the programs in the wizard of Mach 3 trying to understand how to write or modify the wizard programs. I'm a complete newbie so I need all the help I can get. There are so many questions I could ask now but I'll play with what I have for a while before bothering the forum here until I understand the code better. But I do have one question that you touched on briefly in your reply to my overheating question.

As far as I understand G54 is a command that I place in my program after I set the  home position for that command. Please correct me if I'm wrong but this is how I'm setting the G54:

I open the MDI Alt2 screen in Mach 3.
(jog mode in constant) Jog the work piece in the vice so the 1/4'' end mill is just above the work piece (block of wood for now) then (jog mode in step) jog down to approximently 2 thousands above the work piece using a piece of paper then zero out the Z axis.

Do the same with the end mill at the bottom left of the work piece on the X and Y axis's and using the paper then enter -.125 for both the X and Y axis's.

Then enter into the INPUT command line G54 and enter.
Then I enter G00 X0 Y0 and enter and the table moves to the home position which seems to work ok.

Now when I turn off Mach 3 and the controller and turn them back on at a later time it looses the home position. I thought it should remember the home position. I am also placing G54 in the beginning of my programs. Do I have to set the home position each and every time I turn on the Mach 3 program and controller?

Any comments about that?

Thanks in advance

General Mach Discussion / Re: Stepper Motors Heating Up
« on: September 12, 2009, 02:55:08 AM »
Thanks Sam & Ray,

Sorry for not getting back to you sooner but I was away on vacation and just got back. I believe your right Ray about the overheating...

Thanks Again

General Mach Discussion / Stepper Motors Heating Up
« on: September 03, 2009, 12:53:21 AM »
Hello Everyone,

We've had our MicroMill DSLS 3000 System with Mach 3 for a couple of months now and I was wondering if someone could come up with a solution to prevent the stepper motors from heating up while the controller is on and not running a program?

After running a program we have to shut off the controller otherwise the steppers motors heat up (actually get quite hot in not too long of a time) which is probably because the stepper motors are in a holding position? Is there a M or Gcode command that I could place at the end of the program to release this holding torque and thus prevent the over heating problem?

I'm just assuming that's what causing the overheating of the stepper motors so please correct me if I'm wrong. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance...

General Mach Discussion / Re: X Y axis is opposite
« on: May 15, 2009, 09:56:52 PM »
Hi Ray,

Thanks for the explanation, makes total sense now when you look at it from that perspective. How can you tell I'm not a machinist.

Thanks Again

General Mach Discussion / X Y axis is opposite
« on: May 15, 2009, 08:27:10 PM »
Hello Everyone,

I just loaded my Mach3 software and it seems to be working OK except for when I want to Jog the X and X stepper motors. When I use the arrows in the Jog Screen they move opposite to the direction indicated. They are also opposite when using the arrow keys on the PC's keyboard. When I use the left arrow key for the X axis you'd expect the vice to move left but it moves right instead. I can't seem to find anywhere in the program where I can correct this abnormality. I'd really appreciate any help that anyone can offer.


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