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Hi:
Had a "Z mistake " a few days ago and now it won't home correctly. I'm seeking some ideas on where to start looking for the problem. Here is what happened :
I screwed up the Z offset for a tool and it dug into the work  and made some "ugly noises" before I could hit the E-stop. Now when I try to "Ref all home" the Z starts up and hits the limit switch with the E-stop message. The machine coordinates are say "0" in the Z.  I believe it is hitting the limit switch and backing of just a small amount. The DRO Machine coordinate are working and I can jog the Z normally. As before when "ref all home" is selected the the result is limit switch triggered. I am getting an "abnormal condition" amber light with the message: "Axis is not refed to normal condition" I changed to the diagnostics page and have the following: M1++ is yellow, M1-- is yellow, M1 home is yellow.
Am I correct in making the assumption that due to the "crash" the Z has lost it positioning reference due to excessive load on the spindle? Could it have physically moved the switch out of position? OR is this a software issue? So, the 64 dollar question is how do I fix it and get back running.
As always, your stellar advice is GREATLY appreciated.
Thanks
 Caddy 

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Well, looks as though I've messed it up yet again. I had to replace a limit/homing switch and all seems to be back to normal EXCEPT, the "manual limit override" toggle and LED  on the Settings page has gone dark and won't respond
( red or green light) to any input. How can I reset this so I can use it if needed? Many Thanks to all of you that are burdened  with guiding  the "new people".......:)

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General Mach Discussion / Normal/abnormal message
« on: June 02, 2012, 08:14:20 PM »
Hello:
I'm hoping someone has encountered this before and can guide me on how to resolve the issue:
When I purchased my machine, it was set up to home the full X+ and full Y+. I changed it to home at full X- and full Y_ . After that, the yellow/green Normal/abnormal light flashes at me all the time and when clicked on gives the message: axes not reffed to normal condition". Clearly this is from changing the homing position. I don't know how to tell the normal/abnormal light  that the homing position has changed. Have any of you experienced this and if so, please advise me how to fix it. In return, I would offer to dance at your next wedding.................:)
Thanks for taking the time to read and respond. And oh yes, obviously I'm not the shapest knife in the drawer on Mach 3 ..........well DUH !!

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General Mach Discussion / "turn" question
« on: October 07, 2011, 11:20:20 PM »
Hi
 Newbie here. I need a bit of clarification here. When I D/L Mach 3 (trial ver.) I notice I now have two  "lathe" related icons. One for "Mach 3 turn" and another just labeled "lathe" When I open "turn" it appears to be a different animal than the "lathe". The lathe icon opens to a screen that appears to be identical to Mach 3 mill, while the "turn" appears to be specific to lathe operation. So.....what's the difference and which one should I direct my efforts to? From my perspective, it seems "turn" is the "correct" one to use?
Thanks Gents, as you can see, I haven't much experience to draw on..............

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General Mach Discussion / newbie question
« on: December 26, 2009, 10:16:21 AM »
Good Morning Gents
I'm not sure this is the correct place for this post but thought a greater exposure would be here.
A basic question:
I have noticed that Mach will allow imports from numerous cad/cam programs. I have a VERY OLD Auto Cad program and have been trying to decide if it is up to the task. I have had a friend recommend "Inventor" as a good program as well. I am soliciting your input as to what programs you all like and trying to see which will work well. I'm going to have to learn how on some program so I would prefer to purchase one that will be suitable as well as user friendly.
Thanks for the input
 

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