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Share Your GCode / Re: Ford emblem G code
« on: November 29, 2012, 03:45:54 PM »
Hi Scuba,

Brands of the World perhaps http://www.brandsoftheworld.com/search/logo/ford  should enable you to obtain the vector image you need. Other software would be better but LazyCam (free with Mach3) should enable you to create the GCode toolpath.


Thanks Tweakie. I have recently purchase BOBCAD as well as BOBART and just studying. I have saved the image and when I bring to size it gets rough. I am sure I am doing something wrong but I am working on it.
Thanks again

Share Your GCode / Re: Ford emblem G code
« on: November 29, 2012, 03:41:42 PM »
Yes this is something I thought I could practice on. I want the traditional oval with ford in it. Every one I find as far as a picture is so rough I can't figure out how to fix good enough in Art.

Share Your GCode / Ford emblem G code
« on: November 25, 2012, 10:30:05 PM »
I am new to Cnc and was looking for an easy project but need help. I would like to cut a few ford emblems and polish. My material is aluminum measuring 3 in wide and .750 thick. Anyone have any ideas??

General Mach Discussion / Re: Mach 3 and G540 soft limit issues
« on: September 24, 2012, 11:19:47 AM »
Another issue is that I was told that I needed a smooth stepper and so I purchased one. Then told I did not need it. ????? Like I said my driver test run excellent!

Thanks for the reply Philip T.
I am having the same as alot posted here just a little different.
 Limits Soft limits and home
Tak a look at my post in General and let me know what youthink.
Thanks again

General Mach Discussion / Mach 3 and G540 soft limit issues
« on: September 24, 2012, 08:35:55 AM »
Hi  I am new to the whole concept of Cnc and machining in general. I am determined to get this mill operating. I believe my problems can be easily solved but I am just missing the answers. Here are a list of my issues and maybe some of you could give me some much needed advise.
I have a G540 with Mach 3 setup. I am running windows vista. My driver test came out excellent so I assume patch is installed correctly.
I have Cnc fusion deluxe kit for the SX3 and have already over run the Y axes and tore up the ball nut. I have another on the way but I need to get my Cnc programmed before I do it again. 
I would send you my file but not sure how to do that either. Maybe that could be the first you advise me on.
I believe all ports and pins are fine but I am not getting my limits right. I Am trying to use one switch per axes. I have tried several scenarios with no result. I can't figure out how to reference Mach to machine location. When I "Reference Home" Z moves away from limit switch. I have my soft max at 19" and min at 0" for X and 6.25" max and 0" min. My Z is 0 max and -19" min. Switches are tripped at Y toward me, X is to the right and Zall the way to the top.
Limits are wired individual at ports 1 for X  and 2 for Y and 3 for the Z coming out of the 540. Do these need to be wired together then to one port on G540?
I think I may be getting ahead of myself by setting limits before I completely understand the Mach system but just want to get the machine safe before I go any further.
Thanks ahead for any help.

Hi. My name is Steve aka Scuba Steve. I have no back ground in machining or Cnc of any kind but find it very interesting and so here I am. I have been in maintenance (welding, fabricating and off road racing) for years. While I am having issues with my new setup I hope to get it worked out with many expertise of members here.  Look forward to many interesting conversations in the future.

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