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General Mach Discussion / Mach modbus or serial and a hitachi NE-S1???
« on: January 17, 2014, 09:50:10 AM »
Hi Folks,

I've been looking for instructions on setting up a Hitatchi NE-S1 inverter to work with Mach3. I have used a G540 to control it through PWM, however, i would like to get more precise control. I would like to use the serial interface on the computer or set up modbus to send commands to the inverter.

I do have a rs485 serial convertor wired to the VFD from the built in serial port. I have enabled serial and mod bus in mach, but I'm not sure how to test the connections, what commands to set up or anything else.

What are my next steps?


General Mach Discussion / Gcode won't start spindle HELP!
« on: November 10, 2013, 01:00:33 PM »
I have an interesting problem.

I wired up a probotix meteor for Mach3. I got everything to work perfectly but the spindle. The spindle works when you manually hit the start button or F5 but the gcode program won't start it. Am I missing a toggle button somewhere to run spindle with the M3 command? The gcode was generated by vcarve pro and looks looks good.

I've built or converted 3 routers over the years and have never run into this problem before!

Thanks for your help.

General Mach Discussion / Anybody use Galaad to control Mach?
« on: September 14, 2011, 06:02:58 PM »
In our school we have a Techno DaVinci machine that uses Galaad to design and control it. Galaad has a feature that it can control mach on our homemade machine but it doesn't work at all for us. I was wondering if anybody has any experience using this software.

Feature Requests / Retract Z on pause option, pretty please?
« on: June 22, 2011, 06:22:18 PM »
A cool option for us router users would be the option for Mach to raise the z axis and stop the spindle on pause. Then when start is pressed, the option would be given for the spindle to start and the Z axis would be lowered to the job and progress resumed. I believe it could be instituted with a preference setting as to the height of rise or it could default to the safe Z height.

As Mach is implemented now, it's a pain in the backside  to manually raise and stop the spindle.  I use a couple of different cnc controllers and they offer this option. I'm sure this could be done with scripting but I have neither the time or patience to learn how to do that right now. :(

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