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General Mach Discussion / Limit switch issues
« on: November 07, 2019, 11:56:18 AM »
Please help,

After a long break away from my Router machine I decided on a rebuild.
I'm now using Mach4 with an ESS Smooth stepper
All 3 axis motors are running fine and I can Jog in all directions (until I configure my Limit Switches)
I have used 5 Limit Switches.
One for the Z Axis top of Travel. Z-
One for X Home and X - (Shared)
One for X +
One for Y Home and Y- (Shared_
One for Y+

I keep getting messages like 'Cant Jog towards limit switches etc'
Can anyone help me getting the correct boxes ticked in Mach4 setup and ESS Setup. I'm getting my knickers in a right twist. Need help.



Mach4 General Discussion / Limit switch config help please.
« on: August 18, 2019, 05:49:25 AM »
I have just Migrated to MAch 4 with an ESS Smoothstepper+C11+C10s breakout boards.

I have a 3 axis Gantry router and want to place my limit and home switches,
Can I use the same switch for home and Limit for each of my axis or do I really need separate switches, do I really need X+ and X- limit switches.

I'm using the sensor shown but I 'm having trouble wiring it in. I'm applying 12v to sensors +ve & -ve with a 2K external resistor across the Black and Brown terminals.  Black terminal then is fed to the Input of the BOB.   Is this correct ???

Mach4 General Discussion / Hook up Schematic help
« on: August 05, 2019, 04:02:48 PM »
I'm sorry to be a bore here but I want to get it correct.
I have ripped my control box out and now will replace it with the following bits.

Warp9 ESS Smoothstepper
My existing C11 Multifunction BOB (I want to retain this because it has 2 built in electromechanical relays and PWM Support)
A new C10S BOB (I want to add this because of the increased i/o capacity)

Question is, how to hook them all up together. A wee schematic would be very helpful.


Mach4 General Discussion / No Pings from my Smoothstepper.
« on: August 04, 2019, 01:17:32 PM »
On my PC I installed a Netgear311(C1) network card.
This card I used to connect my Smoothstepper to whilst the PC onboard Ethernet network is used to connect my PC to the Internet.
That's the theory anyway.

I found that I could not ping the Smoothstepper with this configuration.
I removed the Netgear card and plugged the smoothstepper into my PC's network port and managed to ping my smoothstepper and I'm now at the MAch4 configure ports and pins etc.
This looks really daunting but I'll have to go slowly.

So all looks well except that now I will not be able to connect to the internet!!!!  I think the Netgear card is a duffer because I switched my cables around and tried to access yhe inter whilst connected to this card!!!

So!! where do I go from here ??  Help please.  ( I am learning (Promise))

I would like to install Mach4 hobby License file on anther machine. How many installs are allowed. Do I need another PCID ??

Mach4 General Discussion / Mach4 Hobby install failed
« on: July 29, 2019, 04:57:51 PM »
Mach4 Hobby failed to run, I get a message saying
API-MP-WIN-CRT-Runtime:1-1-0.DLL was not found, try to re-install and it may work.......No luck , tried that.

My PC is running Windows XP

Can anyone help please.

Mach4 General Discussion / Mach4 and Warp9 ESS
« on: July 24, 2019, 05:24:51 AM »
I'm upgrading my system to include
Mach4 + C11 + Warp9 ESS Smooth stepper. (Possibly add another BOB C10)
I already have Aspire 4.5 (Cant stretch to the upgrade yet)
I have fitted an Endurance 10W+ Laser head

I need some help on hooking up the new electronics, a simple schematic would be gret.

I have seen reference to Lightburn Software!  Can this be used with my new setup ? How is it configured.
Am I going to gain $200 worth of improvement by moving to Mach4 from Mach3


General Mach Discussion / CNC4PC C11 plugin for Mach3
« on: July 10, 2019, 11:28:31 AM »
Attemting to configure Mach3 with an Endurance 10Watt+ Laser, a friend tells me to Select 'Plugin Control' then
Mach’s Menu->Plugin Control ->Spindle,THC & Laser Config:
I'm told to place a check next to PWM and set base Freq to 1000Hz and make sure ‘XY PWM Output’ is blank.

However I have no access to this screen, because when I select ‘Plugin Control’ all I get is a Drop down box showing  text for ‘Video Windo’

Do I need to add a Plugin ???

General Mach Discussion / Half Speed Drive
« on: June 25, 2019, 02:25:27 PM »
Been away a while so I'm a bit rusty.
I'm using Aspire 4.5
I have a rectangle 300 x 300
I set my tool speed at 100mm/sec
When I run my code on Mach 3 My axis only run at half the speed
Probably quite simple but where am I going wrong.
Heres my gcode generated by Aspire maybe someone can set me correct.
I have never actually tested the axis speeds before, I was thinking of attaching a laser head and I saw a sample file depicting a feed of 100mm/sec so I wanted to see if my machine axis would travel at that speed. Seems quite fast!! ?

( 300box )
( File created: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 07:20 PM)
( for Mach2/3 from Vectric )
( Material Size)
( X= 500.000, Y= 500.000 ,Z= 20.000)
(Toolpaths used in this file:)
(Profile 1)
(Tools used in this file: )
(1 = End Mill {3 mm})
N130 (End Mill {3 mm})
N160(Toolpath:- Profile 1)

General Mach Discussion / G53 Incremental Block message
« on: March 14, 2017, 02:54:02 PM »
When attempting to home all with Machturn I get the following message.
Cannot use G53 Incremental Block GoG53Z0.0000

Set home Z and set home X both work fine.

I am using Machturn 3 with ESS Smoothstepper and CM106


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