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Mach4 General Discussion / Huanyang VFD problems?
« on: January 27, 2017, 01:21:38 PM »
Can any one help with this please. I have had the VFD, which drives a 1.5kw spindle , for a year or so but when I start the spindle up now all the stepper motors start "twitching" and they can  move the spindle quite a long way. This even happens without mach being  loaded.  I assume the VFD is faulty unless there is something I'm missing. Anyone experienced this? Any suggestions?

General Mach Discussion / Help please
« on: February 28, 2016, 07:03:20 AM »
When I try to start mach 3 from the desk top icon that I have done for years - I get "An attempt was made to access an unnamed file past its end".  Then i have to unplug the pc to get back control !!  Try it again - same thing.
I have been trying to get a home made Zero probe working the last few days.  I copied some VB script as directed from You tube and although the Z axis responds to the script I haven't managed to sort out the pin config properly as yet. So not working 100% properly yet.  Could this be the problem even though I have turned it on and off a number of times in the last few days.  How do i get back control please.
Many thanks in advance
confused Jacko

General Mach Discussion / PC thrown a wobbly?
« on: September 30, 2015, 03:08:37 AM »
Any suggestions please?
I have been using my home made cnc lathe with Mach 3 for a number of years perfectly.
The pc stopped working and couldn't be repaired.  I found another Vista Pc and had XP installed on it and also the hard drive from the original broken one put into the new one.
Now Mach 3 runs but  the lathe doesn't ie the motors now dont work.
Any ideas please
Many thanks

    Has anyone have knowledge of making an oscillating knife for cutting thick cardboard on our cnc.  Have toolroom to make it but lacking design know how.  Or where i can buy a cheapie.

General Mach Discussion / mach 3 turn
« on: July 13, 2007, 05:27:33 AM »
I made a router using "mach 3 mill" and then scrapped that and converted my lathe with the bits i salvaged. I am now using "mach 3 turn" to run my lathe.  Every thing is working fine except that i cant jog the x axis.  The axis and dro move ok when i jog z but nothing moves when i try to jog the x axis, not even the dro. The lathe is working  fine and runs programs ok.  Have i had a dodgy download or do i need to configure something. The office computer that i originally download mach onto is the same. ie only the z axis will jog.
thanks in advance

General Mach Discussion / Mach code to GCD
« on: November 16, 2006, 03:09:19 PM »
Can anyone tell me if I can save or convert my existing g code files that I made in mach 3 to a g code file with a .GCD file extension ( whatever that is ) so that  another mill I have just aquired can read it?
Thanks in advance

General Mach Discussion / Thanks a bunch!
« on: October 22, 2006, 05:19:51 PM »
I recently built a cnc router purely as a hobby and a learning exercise using mach 3.  Your forum was  great at solving a couple of issues.  I have, however, just finished machining 150 components in pvc as a paid job and got such a buzz watching it at work and, with the added bonus of it actually earning me some dosh,  that I just had to send all you guys at Artsoft my thanks for providing such a brilliant product. 
Jack Haubner

Third party software and hardware support forums. / spindle motor
« on: September 19, 2006, 05:43:02 PM »
Can anyone suggest a supplier for a nice quiet spindle motor for a home made cnc router.  I get
fed up with the noise from a conventional wood router and induction motors are a bit on the slow side. About 1000 watts would be ok for me.

General Mach Discussion / Text Wizard
« on: August 06, 2006, 11:24:10 AM »
Can anyone answer this query please?    I have no trouble using the text wizard when running mach 2 but when I change to mach 3 all I get is loads of lines of  G01 x50 y50 I50 J50 and error messages saying  "zero radius arc on line  ***********  Everything else seems to work ok.  Thanks in advance.  Is there a more comprehensive Text wizard available anywhere?

General Mach Discussion / Configuring mach
« on: July 11, 2006, 01:01:42 PM »
   Can any one help a new boy gets his home made 3 axis machine running?  I have had my box of drivers etc for a month now but still cant get the motors running.  The box supplier is somewhat slow to respond to my questions and not very helpful.  I have got a xml file from him - Can anyone give me some screen prints showing how to configure mach 3 ie which settings to put into the input / output dialogue  boxes etc just from the xml file?
Heres hoping

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