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General Mach Discussion / Virtual Pendant / Jog Steps
« on: April 21, 2011, 08:16:33 AM »
Is there a way to bring up the Virtual Pendant  or to change Jog Increments / Continious without using the keyboard?  Hopefully something using the mouse?  Thx...

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General Mach Discussion / Spindle delay
« on: August 21, 2010, 02:14:12 PM »
Help Me. . .

Is there a way to have the Z posisition move while the spindle is coming up to speed?  I have already eliminated the delays under Config/ports and pins/spindle setup (all timers to 0)  it's a manufacturing enviroment and fractions of a second count!  sample program :

N10 G00 x0 y 0
N20 M03 S500
N30 G00 Z -1.00
N40 G01 Z -2.00 F11

no matter how i write this there is a delay while the spindle comes up to speed before the z axis will move, even if i put the M03 in the same line as a movement Execution order or something like that.  I need the spindle to start up while the Z axis is on the way down.  Travel time is about 2 seconds.  I'm not concerned about spindle speed untill it goes into Feed speed N40 as it's not cutting any material yet.

Thanx

J

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General Mach Discussion / Wait timers and Inputs/Outputs
« on: April 30, 2010, 01:24:57 PM »
Are there any G/M codes that will work as a wait timer, I want to hook up an i/o device and have M3 pause until i activate an external signal, then progress through the rest of the program.  Think something like this;

G0 X 1.0 Y 1.0
then wait for input pin *********x to see signal, when it does
G0 z -1.0
 
Also I need to turn on outputs to pick up external devices, I'm thinking modbus or poKeys.  Any help/opinions would be appreciated.  I'm newbie so be kind.

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FAQs / Adding external switches and relays
« on: March 19, 2010, 11:57:05 AM »
newbie.  I'm looking at getting a system with Mach 3 i currently have a benchman/light machine that uses  G25/G26 and M25/M26 to let me hook up external swiches and relays. how do i do that with Mach 3? Also if you have opinions on Tormach millers (thats what the boss is interested in) it's a production enviroment to machine plastic widgets, relatively easy to machine but we have to hold +/- .004 inch tolerances.

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