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General Mach Discussion / License question
« on: February 02, 2021, 05:10:25 PM »
I have MAch4 on my workshop PC for use with my CNC Router. (Running with an Ess Smoothstepper)
I also have an Eleksmaker and Lightburn to generate the Gcode for my 60Watt Co2 laser machine.

I want to remove the Laser Diode from the Eleksmaker and install it on my Router Z Axis.
Mach 4 I understand does not control the laser but Mach3 will. (I believe thereare PWM issues)
Can I install both Mach3 and Mach4 on my PCc.

Many thanks.

General Mach Discussion / VFD Messed up
« on: January 30, 2021, 07:01:31 PM »
I wonder if anyone can help. I'm using a Chinese spindle motor on my Router it's rated at 8amps 400Hz 220V 2pole 24,000RPM,

I'm using the Mitsubishi FR-D720 inverter and I seem to have screwed up the parameter settings.

I need some basic settings to allow me to run my spindle right up to full speed.
I think it all went wrong when I accidentally executed a restore to default condition.
I know it's all wired up correctly as It's been running great for over 10 years and I'm gutted. It's very true, Don't fix what's not broke!!!
Iv'e taken the Liberty of uploading the manual which I thought I'd tried all but to no avail, clearly I have something wrong because I cant achieve speeds above 7k.  I hope someone can help.

Thanks in advance


Mach4 General Discussion / Success with LightBurn - Mach4
« on: September 03, 2020, 11:43:05 AM »

Mach4 and Lightburn GRBL3 Gcode.
After a bit of changes to the GRBL3 Gcode produced by Lightburn I finally achieved the results shown.

GRBL sends 'S' to to turn laser on and of.
Any 'S' followed by a number' I.e S57 means turn laser on at 57%. This simply needs replacing with M62P20
An 'S' number followed by a 0 means lase off. And needs replacing with M63P20
When you wish to create filled text like the letter 'O' shown be sure to tell Lightburn that your text is 'Line and fill'

Here is a small part of the code I used.
; LightBurn 0.9.16 George's WIFICARD
; GRBL-M3 (1.1e or earlier) device profile, current position
; Bounds: X0 Y0 to X71.17 Y43
G00 G17 G40 G21 G54
; Image @ 6000 mm/min, 70% power
M62P20 F100.0
S200M03 F100
G94 M63P20 
; Layer C00

I hope this is of some help to others.


Mach4 General Discussion / Lightburn Software
« on: September 02, 2020, 01:52:38 PM »
Is anyone using Lightburn to generate Gcode that will run on Mach4 ?

Many thanks.

Mach4 General Discussion / Material not cutting.
« on: August 17, 2020, 02:02:55 PM »
Even after 4 passes my 3mm plywood has not been cut through. Laser power is set to 45%  Mach4 wont allow me to set the laser higher than 45% the file runs ok but the laser does not turn on!  Laser draws 4.5 at 3.5Amps feed was varied between 100 and 1000mm with the same result. Can anyone help please.

10Watt+ Endurance laser.

(Start of GCode for simple box)
G01 X0 Y0 Z1 F250
m2004 (This will Enable the Vector Laser)
G01 X1 Y1 Z1
M62 P20   (This will turn ON the Laser Gate and PWM with the next motion command)
G01 X25 Y1
G01 X25 Y25
G01 X1 Y25
G01 X1 Y1
G01 X25 Y1
G01 X25 Y25
G01 X1 Y25
G01 X1 Y1
G01 X25 Y1
G01 X25 Y25
G01 X1 Y25
G01 X1 Y1
G01 X25 Y1
G01 X25 Y25
G01 X1 Y25
G01 X1 Y1
M63 P20   (This will turn OFF the Laser Gate and PWM with the next motion command)
(Move to the next position, and then start a new laser cut if desired...)

Mach4 General Discussion / Mach4 Simple Auto z touch
« on: August 12, 2020, 05:06:02 AM »
I'm looking for a simple procedure to Auto zero my Z axis when an M6 tool change is executed.

My mach3 setup had an extra button on the screen for this.



Mach4 General Discussion / PWM and Mach4 Hobby setup
« on: August 05, 2020, 06:13:28 AM »
Moderator, please move this if in the wrong area. Thanks.

Finally my new machine is up and running and to prove it to myself I cut and engraved a new house name sign for my neighbor. But moving on......

Hopefully I can get some help here
I have Endurance 10W+ Laser and running Aspire 10.5 with a Warp9 ESS Smooth Stepper a C11 Rev8 BOB (All 5 inputs are used with limits and homing switches) so I have a C10 plugged directly into the Smooth stepper.

I could use some help in getting the laser setup with PWM in Mach4 Hobby. Specifically which boxes should be ticked in both the mach 4 settings and the ESS settings.

Vectric are selling a Laser post processor add on, does anyone know if this works with Endurance lasers and Mach4 Hobby.



Mach4 General Discussion / Difference in Profile MX
« on: July 30, 2020, 01:59:23 PM »
We have a Router.set and a MXRouter.set
Using latest Mach4 what's the difference ??



Mach4 Plugins / Adding a plugin & lost Machine diagnostics
« on: July 30, 2020, 06:05:15 AM »
I'm well on the way with my new machine setup using ESS & Mach4 Hobby
All drives and home/limits switches are now working.
I'm using the standard Screen set and I don't have a 'Machine diagnostics tab' nor can I find where to load a new Plugin.
Could someone point me in the right direction please.



Mach4 General Discussion / Mach4 Hobby V2
« on: July 24, 2020, 04:14:21 PM »
I requested a new number from Artsoft so I could upgrade to V2.
Has anyone done this ?

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