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I recently put together a lathe so I'm completely new to it.
I set it up to do a simple reaming job.  I assumed it would work pretty much like a mill.
For some reason, the code just doesn't work.
It moves to Z.05 then X.24 then X0 Z.04 just fine.
When it tries to execute the G85, it moves to X0, dwells, then finishes the program.
It never reams the Z-.132.
Can someone tell me what's going on?

N10 %
N20 G18  G20  G40  G61  G90  G95
N30 G50  S3400
N40 O100 (REAM)
N50 (CREATED  03/07/2019 17:01:06)
N60  (#17 - T17 REAMER D 0.12INCH )
N80 (T17 REAMER D 0.12INCH)
N90 G95  G18  G50
N100 (T17 REAMER D 0.12INCH)
N110 G0 T1717
N120 G97 M3 S850
N130 M7
N160 G0 Z0.05
N170 X0.24
N180 X0. Z0.04
N190 G85  X0 Z-0.132 R0.P500 F0.005
N200 G80
N210 G0 Z0.05
N220 X0.24
N230 G53 Z0.
N240 G53 X0.
N250 M9
N260 M5
N270 M30
N280 %

General Mach Discussion / G540 Won't Go
« on: August 30, 2018, 06:07:15 PM »
I have a Gecko G540 that is a few years old but has never been used. I'm working on getting a little lathe put together.
It passed all it's preliminary testing in that it powers up and gives me a green light with the charge pump off.
I checked the parallel cable to make sure it had continuity and was straight through.  I also set the parallel port to EPP .
I set up Mach3 the way I thought it should be but I can't get a green light with the parallel cable connected to the computer.
The computer it's being attached to has never been proven so I attached it to the computer on my little mill.
Same thing.  It just sits there taunting me with its red light.
Seems to me that either the G540 has a problem or I'm missing some essential setting.  More than likely, it's the latter.

Suggestions on what I'm missing?

General Mach Discussion / Issue with new computer.
« on: June 13, 2018, 07:21:40 PM »
Well, not exactly new.  It's a Dell D610 laptop. It's the newest laptop I could find with a parallel port.
I installed a fresh copy of Windows 7 and did all the updates (183!!)
Then I installed Mach3.  Other than Windows, it's the only thing on the machine.

When I did the driver test, it crashed.  Went straight into reboot.
So, I uninstalled and re-installed the driver and rebooted.  Same problem.

Ran specialdriver.bat.  Windows gave me a bunch of grief about compatibility but I went with the suggested settings and it seemed to run normally.  

Now when I run driver test, it doesn't crash but it doesn't pulse either.  No graph parading in the window, no pulses per second, no timer variation, no nuttin.  

The only clue I have is when I click the Start Timer, I get a message box that informs me that it 'Could not locate missing vectors'.

Any suggestions would be welcome.

General Mach Discussion / Puzzle me this.
« on: March 30, 2013, 10:58:44 PM »
So, I opened up Mach3Screen, double clicked Rev All-Home and added Code("x0y0z0") to the end of the normal sequence of:
DoButton( 24 )
DoButton( 23 )
DoButton( 22 ).

The hope was to get the machine to move to 0,0,0 from the Home Offsets.
It does the DoButton sequence then stops.  If I Ref All-Home again,THEN it does the x0y0z0.  THEN, it proceeds to do the DoButton sequence again.

So, I changed it to:

DoButton( 24 )
DoButton( 23 )
DoButton( 22 )

Again, it does something very similar.  It completes the Dobutton's the first time its selected putting in the offset values.  Then it zero's x, y, z the second time it's selected, then goes through the DoButton sequence again.

The net result being, that I'm always left at the Home Offsets and never at 0,0,0.

How can I get it to move to 0,0,0 after doing a Ref All-Home?

General Mach Discussion / Help reversing an axis
« on: March 28, 2013, 12:33:56 PM »
I have an axis set up to Z.  It's actually on a horizontal plain and moves forward and back.
I'd like the Page Up to move it away from me and Page Down to move it toward me.
I'd like moving toward me to be positive and away from me to be negative.
I don't seem to be able to achieve both of these conditions at once.

I can reverse the direction of the motor with the Dir Low Active or in the Homing/Limits but if I get the Pg/Up Pg/Dn moving the axis the way I want, the positive/negative is wrong.  Conversely, if the positive/negative is right the keys are reversed.


General Mach Discussion / A Simple Macro
« on: March 02, 2013, 05:00:46 PM »
At least I thought it would be a simple macro.

All I want to do is pause the program until the operator activates a switch connected to input #2.
I'll need a second macro that pauses the program until the operator activates two switches connected to input #1 and input #2 but I figured I'd start with just the one switch macro.  I've tried two different methods and all I've gotten so far is "scripter compile error" on both.

I first tried:
While IsActive(INPUT2) = False
Message “Press Right Button to Continue”

That didn't work so I went with:
Message “Press Right Button to Continue”
If IsActive(INPUT2) Then Exit Do
sleep 10         

Suggestions please?

General Mach Discussion / Why does this radius not show up on my display?
« on: January 29, 2009, 11:39:09 AM »
N2420 G0X-2.2500Y-2.0000
N2430 G01 Y-2.1500
N2440 X-2.1207
N2450 X-2.0354 Y-2.0646
N2460 G02X-1.9646Y-2.1354Z-0.0080I0.0354J-0.0354
N2480 G01 X-2.0500 Y-2.2207

The radius on line 2460 doesn't show on my display.  It does cut properly.

Here's a similar bit of code that does show correctly.

n1 g0x.2929y1.7071
n2 g2x1.7071y.2929i.7071j-.7071

I'm using 3.036.


General Mach Discussion / Erratic Toolpath Display
« on: January 14, 2008, 04:49:00 PM »
What causes this?

One of my computers has always had an erratic toolpath display.  I've always blamed it on the el-cheapo built-in video.

I just installed a Quatro and get the same result.


General Mach Discussion / Soft Limits Stop Short
« on: July 17, 2007, 10:11:44 PM »
I moved my Z axis the other day plunging a bit too vigorously.  I reset it today and in the process checked to make sure the soft limits stopped where they should.  They stop exactly .100 inch short both up and down.  I went on to check the X and Y and they are doing the exact same thing.  I have no idea when this behavior started.

Can someone tell me what's going on?


LazyCam (Beta) / Well, I took a brief look at the new LC today,
« on: May 09, 2007, 07:12:22 PM »
and it didn't go well for me.  I'm attaching to file I was playing with to see if someone else gets the same result as me.  It's a file that loaded fine in the previous LazyCam.

First off, it put all the entities in one layer.  It recognized which layers were empty and those that contained stuff but then put it all in the last layer it came to anyway.  I tried several files with the same result.

Next, Offsets is X'ed out.  Does this mean it's not functional as of yet or is it not recognizing my license?  Pockets seems to be functional which leads me to think the license is OK.

Everything doesn't fit on my screen (1024 x 728).  Is this something that is being worked on or do I need to upgrade all my screens?

Is there a way to eliminate the Session Type like we do with Mach3?  I only have a mill.

Thanks for your time,

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