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General Mach Discussion / Auto Squaring Not Working
« on: May 24, 2015, 01:30:03 AM »
I have been struggling with setting up auto squaring for some time now.  I am just not able to get my X and A axis going the same direction during the Reference All Home function.  I can job and cut things and run G-code just fine but homing the machine is not working.  If I reverse one of the axis' in the homing menu then it breaks the normal jogging function.  The same is true for the other way around.  I would have thought that the homing menu would be separate from the normal operation menu but it seems when I make a change in one it changes the other.

My Home, ++ and -- switches are all on the same pin per axis, so X axis home, ++ and -- are the same pin, Y axis the same and then the A axis home and -- are are the third and final pin.  I have tried all kinds of combinations in the Ports and Pins and the Homing/Limits menus and cannot get the thing to work.

I alos have Home SLave with Master Axis UNCHECKED and I made sure to have the A axis set to linear, not angular.  I am running a Gecko G540 controller as well.  Can anyone please help?

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I am definitely interested in this.  I am teaching myself threading on my lathe now and would love to see someone do a quick tutorial on setting up the machine (home and zeroing) in preparation for a threading operation.  Thats the only part I am hazy on right now.

I downloaded and installed 2.5 of your wizard Scott and it is GREAT!!!  I especially like the thread reference table you included in the wizard, very helpful.  I think an MSI package would be even better!

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Feature Requests / Re: G-code line limit in the demo versions
« on: April 23, 2010, 06:01:15 PM »
I agree Rich, but this should be stated somewhere.  150 lines is not a whole hell of a lot and people need to know that before they do all the work.  I am going to get a license regardless but I think this would make potential users a little happier.

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Feature Requests / Re: G-code line limit in the demo versions
« on: April 23, 2010, 05:23:28 PM »
Is Mach3 Turn limited to 150 lines?  I think that is the problem I am running into.

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General Mach Discussion / Re: RPM and counting ?
« on: April 03, 2010, 08:25:53 PM »
On second thought, I lied, the readout does work.  I cant tell how accurate it is but it seems pretty close.

Rich, I cant thank you enough my friend.  Simple fix but the guidance was great.  Top notch site with great people!!

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General Mach Discussion / Re: RPM and counting ?
« on: April 03, 2010, 08:13:19 PM »
Well I have GREAT news and bad news.  The GREAT news is that I found the problem.  You were right Rich.  In my haste and ignorance I grabbed a cable from my work thinking it was good and it turns out that it is not a straight through cable.  It must be some null modem or loopback cable.  I am now getting signal change in the diags, WOOOOOHOOOOOO.

Now for the bad news.  One of the other contributors was right and the regulator I am using is delaying that voltage change so when I turn up the speed on the spindle the diags does not blink rapidly.  Here is my question, can I go back to the 12V power supply and just feed the 10V or so left over straight from the sensor into the LPT port?  Or is that too much voltage?

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General Mach Discussion / Re: RPM and counting ?
« on: April 03, 2010, 08:08:01 PM »
I cant thank you enough Rich for taking the time to troubleshoot with me.  I tired the Yahoo group with Dave Rigotti, the one who sells the driver board and he closed my thread for being "off topic" so your help has been invaluable!!

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General Mach Discussion / Re: RPM and counting ?
« on: April 03, 2010, 06:29:58 PM »
Fastest, the case is not metal, it is the same case that is recommended in the Pro driver board installation.  It is a hard plastic case.  My 120V main power input does not have a grounding wire.  I am not sure where I would ground the 120V, perhaps to the green wire with the yellow stripe on the transformer? 

Rich, I am checking the Parallel cable as I write this so I will let you know if the cable is an issue or not.

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General Mach Discussion / Re: RPM and counting ?
« on: April 03, 2010, 12:44:23 AM »
Yeah, I see what you are saying Rich.  Switching the active low didnt work.  I could try the other regulator like you said and bring it to 12 volts.  How big of a resisitor would you think I would need to bring it down 7 volts?

I was thinking to that even if the regulator is too slow it still should be tripping the LED in Mach3 but its not.  It should be on and staying on if it was fast enough.  Hmmmmm, interesting.  Not sure who to turn to in order to fix this.

Here is the post for the video just in case you are curious:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMJUCqT974s


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General Mach Discussion / Re: RPM and counting ?
« on: April 03, 2010, 12:15:33 AM »
LED in the diags is not turning on or off.  I am uploading a video I took showing you the ouputs and wiring.  Should be up soon.

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