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Is it possible to pause a macro and manually move a axis (Z for example) and then resume execution of the macro?


Works in progress / New screen for Ascension 1000 users
« on: February 07, 2007, 06:05:12 PM »
Here's a new four axis screen for Ascension 1000 controller users that I'm working on.  I have the Program Run, About, G-code and M-code screen so far.

Mach Screens / Is there an LED for.....
« on: January 24, 2007, 12:19:30 PM »
Is there an LED for an "Overridden Spindle" condition?  There's a DRO, but I was looking for a LED also.


Mach Screens / New screen & arrow keys
« on: January 17, 2007, 01:21:09 PM »

I'm working on a custom screen and I'm currently just working on the main front page.  I can't get keyboard arrow key movement to work with it.  Do you need to have some other thing in place to allow it to work?  Do you have to have a complete tab page?  The DRO's advance with a file or command, but not with the arrow keys.  The only way I can get a response is to have hot keys assigned to a button either on the main page or the tab page.

Thanks for any help.


General Mach Discussion / Version R2.0.030 and Z plate problem
« on: December 30, 2006, 06:40:34 PM »
I have a  Z-zeroing routine that touches off a plate.  With version R2.0.030, when the plate is touched and the Z is supposed to retract to a set height of 2" it goes to approx. 3.5".  If run a second time, it retracts even further.  I can't seem to find what may have changed in the latest version that may be causing this, but it seems to have something to do with G31 probing in any axis.  I reverted back to version R2.0.029 and it works fine.  I have a custom screen set with some added DRO's for this zeroing routine, but I don't see anything that should conflict with it.

Here's the script for the Z-zero routine.

CurrentFeed = GetOemDRO(818) 'Get the current feedrate.
PlateThickness = GetUserDRO(1151) 'You could put your z-plate thickness here instead
ProbeFeed = GetUserDRO(1152) 'You could put a probing feedrate here instead.

Code "G90 F" &ProbeFeed

If GetOemLed (825)=0 Then
Code "G4 P5" 'Time to get to the z-plate
Code "G31Z-5 F" &ProbeFeed
While IsMoving()
Call SetOemDro (802, PlateThickness)
Code "G4 P0.5" 'Pause for Dro to update.
Code "G0 Z2.0" 'Change the Z retract height here
Code "(Z axis is now zeroed)"
Code "F" &CurrentFeed
Code "(Z-Plate is grounded, check connection and try again)"
Exit Sub
End If


VB and the development of wizards / Yes/No or Ok/Cancel dialog
« on: December 22, 2006, 03:09:18 PM »

I'm trying to script a button to run a "Logo" file at an offset location and I have a couple of questions.  First, I would like to ask a yes/no or ok/cancel question as to whether the tool is zeroed on the surface first and I'm not finding if or how I can do that.

Second, I want to do a G92 after moving to a chosen location with a "GetCoord" dialog and after a "LoadRun" of the file and completion, I want to do a 92.1.  Can I do something like close the file when it's done and then do the G92.1in the script or will I have to place the G92.1 at the end of the logo file itself?

Here's what I have so far...

'TLC Logo

Code "(TLC Logo)"
Question=Question ("Do you have the bit zeroed on the surface?")  Here is where I would like to ask Yes/No or Ok/Cancel. I know that I need a If/Then here somewhere.
GetCoord ("Desired X & Y location for offsetting the center of the logo")
Code "G0 X" &Xloc & " Y" &Yloc
While IsMoving ()
Code "G92 X0 Y0"
While IsMoving

LoadRun ("C:\Mach3\GCode\TLC Logo.tap")

Can the file be closed when it's finished and then place a G92.1 here or do I need to put it in the logo file itself and just end here?


Feature Requests / Safe Z on Feedhold
« on: December 15, 2006, 09:45:36 AM »
I'd like to have the choice to have the Z axis raise to the safe Z setting upon a feedhold with a return to depth upon resuming with cycle start.  The cutter can overheat pretty quick when left down in the material upon a feedhold shortening the life of the tool.


Mach Screens / Can't see background jpg
« on: December 07, 2006, 01:04:41 PM »
While designing a wizard, I can't see the background image.  It makes it hard to place objects on screen.  The image clear button has no effect.
I noticed that upon opening the screen sets of some other wizard that theirs don't show up either.  Any help would be appreciated.


General Mach Discussion / .xb files?
« on: November 22, 2006, 01:37:02 PM »
I went to my C:\Mach3 folder to grab a copy of my .xml file and noticed that there were a bunch of "Profile Name".xb# files that were recently created.  I checked and found that each time Mach3 is loaded that a new .xb file is created.  I'm up to 15 new files at this point.

What's up with that?  ;)

General Mach Discussion / Start up modals init string
« on: November 21, 2006, 04:14:10 PM »
I'm not sure, but it seems that the init string under Startup Modals doesn't work the same in the latest version as it did previously.  It doesn't seem to get applied on startup and it applies upon reset with or without having the "Use on all resets" box checked.


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