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General Mach Discussion / text
« on: February 07, 2007, 03:09:07 PM »
Is there any free software that will do easy text to gcode, like the wizard but with more fonts?

General Mach Discussion / Re: Tool Probe
« on: January 25, 2007, 07:24:59 PM »
I have this now:
'Z zeroing macro by Scott Worden - Timber Lake Creations (and a little "Probe Var" tip from Brian ;-).

CurrentFeed = GetOemDRO(818) 'Get the current feedrate.
PlateThickness = GetUserDRO(1151) 'You could put your z-plate thickness here instead
ProbeFeed = GetUserDRO(1152) 'You could put a probing feedrate here instead.

Code "G90 F" &ProbeFeed

If GetOemLed (825)=0 Then
Code "G4 P5" 'Time to get to the z-plate
Code "G31Z-5 F" &ProbeFeed
While IsMoving()
Code "G4 P0.25"
ZProbePos = GetVar(2002)
Code "G0 Z" &ZProbePos
While IsMoving ()
Call SetDro (2, PlateThickness)
Code "G4 P0.5" 'Pause for Dro to update.
Code "G0 Z2.0" 'Change the Z retract height here
Code "(Z axis is now zeroed)"
Code "F" &CurrentFeed
Code "(Z-Plate is grounded, check connection and try again)"
Exit Sub
End If

Now is that all I do is insert it directly, no changes? And screen 4?

General Mach Discussion / Re: Tool Probe
« on: January 25, 2007, 06:12:27 PM »
Heres some extra info:

I know there needs to be a macro, but i really odn't know how to make one.  Is there any basic ones already done?
I have a very basic 3Axis router and on a bed around 580mmx1700mmx150.  I also need to know where to put the macro, etc.  Its also a manual tool change.

Just need it to go, touch off, the i guess go to G28 (,0,0,0) and touch off again?


General Mach Discussion / Tool Probe
« on: January 25, 2007, 05:58:01 PM »
Just curious if you guys had any help or direction on how to setup the probe on my table in Mach 3 to allow for tool compensation, IE, for tool changes.  I already have the probe on the table just need to know how to get it working and setup, any help would be greatly appreciated.


Only one more question, Thanks for all your help.

Is there a Bobcam Post Processor for Mach 3?  I have looked around and seem a bunch of talk but still alittle confused.


I set the first debounce setting to 100, what about the index debounce?  Although it may have fixed it. 

When I click softlimits, it says Machine is out of limits to enable softlimits, or something of that nature.  This is with the all three axis at (0,0,0)

This sounds like a good Idea, This mechine does not have everypart grounded to earth like all the machine at the plant, this is a samller unit in our basement.

Ok, sounds simply enough, and yes, I had looked over the softlimits buttom, sorry about that.

What I was referring to concerning the home switchs was this.  When I go to the Dianogstics page, Z axis always finds zero no problem at all, but X & Y are sometimes hit and miss, meaning when I click the button next to the light to make it move to the home switch (0,0) that some times it works fine, hits the home switch then backs off just a bit.  The sometimes I can jog the unti in the middle of the table and click ref. and the thing only might move 3mm toward the home switch, the next click it could move 10mm and so on, then after another random click it might do it right and travel all the way back to the home switch.  Is there a step im missing?

Maybe a save function or something once everything is at the home spot?  my x / y soft & hard limits are set to (580,0) (1600,0)



I just purchased Mach 3 yesterday and it seems like its going to be a great platform to run my 3-axis router.  The questions Im goign to ask seem pretty simple but its really got me hung up for some reason.  Im not a newbie to the whole CNC world but jsut new to this software.


1.  I have the Max & Soft Limits set in the homing page to the relative size of my table, 580mm X 1600mm X 300mm. But whenever I jog around the table, I have the ability to jog my unti past those values, how do I make it stop at those values like the video shows?  My Slow zone is set to 2 on all 3 axis.

2.  When I first start the program all three axis are at 0,0,0... There home spot, I can then jog all of the over to any value and then reference them, they go all back to home switchs (0,0,0) one at a time just like they should, then sometimes I can load a part of just jog say X over 50mm.  When I reference X in the Dianogostics, it might only come back 25mm toward the home switch and zero there all on its own...   

Anyone with ideas will be greatly thanked...

Thanks for your time,
Justin Tidwell

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