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G-Code, CAD, and CAM discussions / Re: Unwanted datum shift in x axis
« on: June 04, 2013, 10:37:48 PM »
 >:(I am using Powermill and Mach 3 on a Novakon Torus mill.  I am making a simple 2 1/2 D part with a profile and some holes drilled in it.  When it comes to a tool change, it seems to lose its coordinates and wander of in to space.  Has anyone had this problem?

General Mach Discussion / Setting Tool Height
« on: March 09, 2013, 05:02:02 PM »

I am getting started with Mach on a Novakon CNC Mill.  I am having trouble figuring out how to account for tool heioght.  If I input a tool height in to the tool table, touch the tool to the work and zero all axes, and then start a program (G code created with the circular pocket wizards) the head goes up the Z axis the height of the tool.  If I reset the zero and run the program again (without reloading) it doesn't go up again.

If I reset the tool height to zero after the first tool run, the tool goes down the length of the tool when I start the program (this could have been a disaster, but I was practicing with wax!).

To date the successful option has been to set the tool height to zero, touch on the work and start the program, but I'm not sure that this is the right way to go.

I've tried reading the maual, but I find it confusing.

Can anyone help?

Peter McKelvey


I live in Saint John, NB, Canada.   I have been a hobby machinist for 40+ years and have recently retired from my career as a consulting environmental engineer.  At the time of my retirement I planned to earn some money from my shop.  To this end, I bought a 13 40 Kent lathe and a Novakon CNC Mill , which just arrived two weeks ago.  (I also have  Myford lathe , vertical mill and a small horizontall mill).  I'm in a steep learning curve with the CNC mill, but it seems to be a nice machine.

I would really like to meet anyone else in my part of the world that is using Mach 3, so i could pick their brain!

Peter McKelvey

Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: Slotting Through Wizard
« on: March 06, 2013, 08:29:23 AM »

Thanks for the help.  I will try again.  I am new to this.  I bought a license for Mach 3.  Are the New fangled wizards in addition to this,and do I download them from the same site?

Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: Slotting Through Wizard
« on: March 05, 2013, 11:05:46 AM »

The wizard came with Mach 3 on my machine.  It is called "Slot Through" and the description says "slotting through  X and Y". It was submitted by someone named Kiran.

Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Slotting Through Wizard
« on: March 03, 2013, 11:29:16 AM »
I can't seem to get the slotting through wizard to work. When I activate it, the machine seems to wander all over the place.

There are several things winth this Wizard I don't understand:

1) There is no setting for English or Metric Units
2) There is no setting for spindle speed
3) The windows for the numbers are too small and the numbers can get cut off.
4) there ate two settings, wall thickness and the Xo  and Yo that seem to be redundant.

Is there something I am missing?

Peter McKelvey

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