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Mach4 General Discussion / Mach 4 losing Home position
« on: October 09, 2020, 03:07:21 PM »
Is anyone else experiencing loss of home position. After I reference Mach 4, then establish my work offset. Mach 4 will flake out more often than not lately and lose its home position. So when I run a part program. The machine will tell me some axis is over its travel limit if it makes that move. Then I have to re home the machine and go through the process of reestablishing my work offsets again. After doing this a second time the machine usually doesn't give me a problem and I can run my part after that, but you can see that If I have to do this every time I run my machine it gets pretty old real fast.

Mach4 General Discussion / Create elements in Mach 4
« on: January 27, 2020, 11:30:19 AM »
How can i create and populate elements in Mach 4. I am trying to create a tool table that is not a popup dialog but embedded into the main mach 4 interface. I am also trying to create a screen that has two elements that pull the Gcode files from. One is the USB location and the other is a Specific folder that i can use as a repository to store the G Code files on the PC. I really like how Tormach did it within Path Pilot. I have attached pic to give you an idea of what i'm trying to accomplish

Mach4 General Discussion / Mach 4 Exit button for touchscreen
« on: December 17, 2019, 08:07:26 AM »
I am trying to create a button that i can use to close out Mach 4 when done using it. Im using a touchscreen and hitting the red x is not an option as it is to small in the corner of the screen to get my fingers in there. So i am trying to create a button to perform this task, what i have is the code listed below, but it doesn't seem to work. When the button is clicked I would like it to check to see if the system is enabled or disabled. If it is disabled it can procede to shutting down Mach 4, If the system is Enabled it will display a message telling you to disable the machine before shutting down. I can't seem to find The system variables that will produce the desired results. I'm also not a great programmer either.

if (mc.OSIG_MACHINE_ENABLED == nil) then
   wx.wxMessageBox("Machine Must Be Disabled Before Exitting!")      

Could someone please explain to me what the purpose of the following items are and what their purpose is. The Trace tab, The Touch button and how is it different from the Probing Tab

Mach4 General Discussion / Mach 4 screen sets
« on: December 13, 2019, 08:06:53 AM »
Can you use Mach 3 screen sets with Mach 4? If not how can i go about getting a screen set for use with a touch screen?

Mach4 General Discussion / Mach 4 variables
« on: November 16, 2017, 02:37:04 PM »
Where would one find the variable definitions for programming Mach4 interface. I need to know what "2035" means but can't find any reference to it. I am trying to modify the Z axis Set button to allow me to enter the value for my reference tool length, instead of it being pulled from the current tool length register. CurHVal=mc.get...(inst, 2035) I'm not sure what this 2035 means. I want to create a text field that I can set the length of my ref tool and have it use that as my value, as sometimes I may forget to set the currents tool manually and would create a bad situation with my tool length offsets and setting my Z work offset.

Mach4 General Discussion / Strange occurence in Mach 4
« on: October 05, 2017, 05:40:06 PM »
I have been having an issue with my mill. The servo motors seem to have a slight oscillating when the machine is running. Lets say I jog the X axis from left to right. The axis will move as commanded but when it stops sometimes it will oscillate for anywhere from a few seconds or until I move the axis in the other direction slightly. It usually only happens with my Z axis, but now I've noticed it with my X axis as well, although still not as much as Z axis. Now this afternoon I had my controller running and PC running but Mach 4 was not running for about 2.5 hours. During this time I had not noticed the issue, event when I tried to move the axis by hand. It seemed very stable. Does anybody have any insight as to what could possibly be the problem?


When setting up the tooling I followed the instructions in the video produced by Artsoft regarding lathe tool setup. Everything seemed to go well until I hit the cyclestart button. It appears that something is not right with Mach4 Lathe or the instructions they gave for setting up X axis offset. I have a 1" part in the chuck, and I used that value for my master tool (only tool) during setup. When I hit the cyclestart button the tool stays off the diameter of the part by .5". Which leads me to believe that somewhere it is using radius for something. I just can't figure out what or where to modify this in the settings. I have the mill setup to use Lathe (Diameter) mode in the settings. Now if during setup of X axis tool offset I use the radius, the part will machine as it is supposed to. Keep in mind that my setup and CAM programming are setup to use Diameter not radius.

Mach4 General Discussion / Single block mode
« on: March 01, 2017, 02:04:33 PM »
Can someone tell me if the single block mode in mach4 works? I have tried to use it three times now, and each time it will start but when I hit cycle start to initiate the next line. Nothing happens. The program will not progress to the next line. Is it operator error or does this feature not work?

Mach4 General Discussion / M6 Script not working
« on: January 27, 2017, 10:43:16 AM »
I am having an issue getting the M6 tool change to work when a "Tx M6" is called in my program. When my program calls for a tool change the code skips the tool change and moves on to the next operation using the same tool. Does anybody know what could be causing this? I have changed the m6() to M6() and that didn't do anything. The script is in the proper folder. I'm at a loss as to why this won't work. I have to enable M1 optional stop in order to make the machine allow for me to change my tools but this is not ideal for me. Any help would be appreciated.

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