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General Mach Discussion / Re: EStop Problem
« on: May 02, 2015, 09:15:01 PM »
Hood, you're the Guru. As usual you're right on. I just played with ports and pins until I hit the combo that worked.  Thank You.


General Mach Discussion / EStop Problem
« on: May 02, 2015, 12:18:02 AM »
Ever since I added an Ethernet Smooth Stepper I've had a problem with my Estop. When I hit the Estop the G540 stops the steppers but Mach 3 continues to run. I have to manually stop Mach and reset everything. I have the Estop wired to pin 10 as per the gecko illustration. I know I just probably missed something on the setup, but for all my searching I can't find the missing step. Anyone have any ideas? I usually find all my answers here without posting so I guess I'm a lurker. I finally get to jump in.

SmoothStepper USB / Re: ESS and Motors Stopping
« on: April 30, 2015, 12:42:05 AM »
I can't swear the this is the answer but worth a try.  I just had a similar problem and resolved it by an official Ford diagnostic technique. The wiggle test. Wiggle all connectors. Hope it's that easy for you.

Astro Pop

General Mach Discussion / Re: Reversed Setup
« on: January 24, 2015, 12:43:56 AM »
Well three posts, all mine, and I found the answer. I had chosen the wrong post processor in VCarve pro. I'm not sure what the types are other than mm and in. Those are obvious the other descriptions aren't so clear.

General Mach Discussion / Re: Reversed Setup
« on: January 23, 2015, 11:00:04 PM »
I thought I would clarify a few things. First homing is at the left front, Z full up. When moving the DRO's are + and - appropriately. The item being loaded is being milled in the correct direction, it's just that the reference for the basic material of 0,0 is not as designed in VCarve. Instead of at right front the material 0,0 ends up at the left rear. The Cutting is accurate but not just not from the same 0,0 as designed. Am I missing something or is this normal for Mach3?

General Mach Discussion / Reversed Setup
« on: January 23, 2015, 07:58:36 PM »
I know I've seen this question here, but I just can't find it now. So if someone knows where the answer is that I would very grateful. I have found that when I load a file from Vcarve Pro (v7.5) the program ends up reversed on Mach 3. Instead of being at the right front of the material it ends up at the back left of the material. My search words just aren't finding an answer. Thank You.

General Mach Discussion / Re: Another confused Noob
« on: January 18, 2015, 10:01:39 PM »
I figured it out and am now working like a madman. The "persistent DROs" in the general config was turned on. Plus I installed an older version of Mach, just in case it was a bug. Thanks for all the support and advice. It led me in the right direction.

General Mach Discussion / Re: Another confused Noob
« on: January 18, 2015, 05:00:38 PM »
Thanks Daniellyall & ger21, I've got the autozero working. I did have the wrong pin assigned. Now I've created a new problem. The autozero changes all my table coordinates and work offsets to zero at that location. I'm searching the forum for that problem but as usual my search parameters don't bring up results. Is there an answer to this as well? I've compared the macros and they all have the same language for zeroing the DROs. The softlimits are turned on until my limit switches come in. I've tried it with and without softlimits set and same results. 

General Mach Discussion / Re: Another confused Noob
« on: January 18, 2015, 02:50:38 PM »
Thanks for the motivation. I pulled out the manuals for my stuff and finally the light went on. The terminals are directly related to pins. I found my data. I have the wrong pin selected so in a short while I'm going back to the shop and try pin 10. But one thing still not clear to me is the port assignments. Where does that come from?

General Mach Discussion / Re: Another confused Noob
« on: January 18, 2015, 02:26:04 PM »
I fail to understand the flow of electrons  through all these devices. I don't grasp how terminals on the G540 relate to ports and pins. My tool clip is wired to terminal 1 and the block is wired to V- . If there is something in writing somewhere that explains ports & pins and how to access them from a ESS or G540, I'd like to read it. I just haven't found it. I'm building by pictures, examples and a whole lot of reading on this forum.

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