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Screen designer tips and tutorials / LED for Polar/Cartesian Coordinates
« on: September 07, 2014, 02:51:22 AM »
I am decent with making my own screensets using MachScreen, but I can't seem to figure out how I might accomplish this.

I have recently been using polar coordinates in my G-Code. I find it would be handy to have an LED to indicate if Polar (G16) or Cartesian (G15) coordinates is active. I looked through the OEM codes for LEDs and didn't find anything that showed an already existing LED.

So my thinking is that I can look for "G15" or "G16" in the "Mode" label using VB script, but it doesn't look like the label is available to VB like a DRO is.

Does anyone have any ideas for how to test for a specific G-Code to be used to set an LED?

I found these OEM Codes:

OEM LED 113           Alternative feedrate in use (see OEM DRO 122) LED
OEM Button 299       Toggle bypass feed (enables value in OEM DRO 122)
OEM DRO 122          Feed rate ignoring that set in F word DRO

I added a button to my screen but it doesn't seem to work. The OEM LED works, and seems to indicate the alternate feedrate is active, but it doesn't change the feedrate.

Is anybody familiar with this feature?

Machscreen Screen Designer / "Dry Run" button
« on: June 04, 2012, 04:51:27 PM »
I used to run a VMC with a Fanuc 6M control. It had a switch labeled "Dry Run". It allowed running the program at a rapid feedrate no matter what feedrate was programmed. It made testing a program faster because you didn't have to wait for long slow moves. I want to add a button for this.

I found an OEM code for "Feed rate ignoring that set in F word DRO". It sounds perfect for a "Dry Run" button.

Does anyone know how to set the value of that DRO?

I cannot edit it on the screen when inserted in the screen set. It is set to 1000 by default.

How would I have Mach3 use this value once set?

I am thinking a Brain could be used, but I don't know how to override the programmed feedrate.

Machscreen Screen Designer / DRO problem, etc.
« on: May 30, 2012, 11:42:52 PM »
I am designing my own screen for my Bridgeport BOSS retrofit. To begin, I am modifying the 1024 screen that comes with Mach3. I am replacing the images and also resizing and moving the DROs, LEDs and Buttons.

A few things that I don't understand:

Everything looks great in MachScreen, but when I pull it up in Mach3, many of the DROs have a image that says "Offline".

The sliders are not the correct width. In MachScreen, they are 35 pixels wide, but in Mach3, they are 25 pixels.

Here is a partial screenshot of the offending area....

Works in progress / Working on a touchscreen set...
« on: August 23, 2010, 05:22:56 PM »
I am a relative newcomer here. I have a Series I Boss 3, an old Series II NC (not CNC), a Grizzly X3, and I'm building a purpose built machine to automate a carbon fiber manufacturing process. As of now, I have the Boss 3 converted to Mach 3 and plan to get the Series II and the X3 done too.

For my setup on the Boss 3, I have an Elo 15" touch screen monitor and I want to eliminate the mouse and keyboard altogether.

All the different screensets I have tried have some amount of scrunching and squeezing of the bitmaps to fit the smaller confines of the usable space that's left after Windows puts up its headers and window borders. I prefer not to have this and, along with other desires, I am designing my own screenset. I have started with Gerry's Aqua set and have used much of the graphics as well as modified some for my needs. I don't know the protocol, I don't want to step on anyone's toes or take anyone's work and use it inappropriately. So if I'm violating any rules, please let me know! ;)

I have installed Klaus's MachScreen and plan to use it to do the work. So far I have only cut and pasted (and otherwise edited) the graphics in Paint Shop Pro so nothing works yet. There may even be things I want to do that are not possible.... ???

Anyway, It recently dawned on me that I could share my ideas with this forum. Here is an image of the run-screen. It is still a work-in-progress, but it has most of what I plan to do on this screen.

Since I have a touch screen, I am thinking I may remove the Jog section because it won't be too convenient to be eyeballing the tool/part while trying to reach for the screen. A pendant will preclude the need for that stuff.

Most of my CNC experience is with an old Fanuc 6m control. It was before there was a toolpath display, so I look at the part not the display - so to save space, I omitted the toolpath display on the run screen. The amber buttons across the top left will switch to the different screens. That old Fanuc had a "dry run" switch that ran the program at a rapid speed for testing. I used it all the time and I haven't seen one on any other screens.

Plus, I never plan on using mist coolant, so I don't have a button for it. I left off a lot of things I don't use...

I'll probably remove the MDI line too. Since I want to eliminate the keyboard, I'll need to figure a way to have one on the screen for MDI (so it will probably be changed to a button to open a different screen). I had planned on having the flyout be a keypad, but there are things about that I don't think will work well.

dotScott has a beautiful Settings screen that I want to use parts of also.

This is just the beginning, I can't believe how long it has taken me to just do this screen image. :P Since I am getting by with the 1024 screenset, I can still use the mill. It will probably be slow progress on this as I still have to learn to use MachScreen.

Your comments and suggestions are welcome! I may need to ask questions on making this all come together! ;)

Machscreen Screen Designer / Toolbar Graphics inop
« on: August 02, 2010, 12:39:33 AM »
I just installed MachScreen and my toolbar is unreadable. It looks like this.

MachScreen V1.43.3

Screen designer tips and tutorials / Mach3Screen newbie...
« on: August 01, 2010, 11:49:21 PM »
I am attempting to get to know my way around a screen designer so I started up Mach3Screen and opened 1024.set.

This is what I see. I get the feeling I'm on the wrong track. It isn't making sense. All the tutorials make it seem more intuitive.

Am I on the right track?

G-Code, CAD, and CAM discussions / Creating custom M codes... how???
« on: June 22, 2010, 11:54:04 PM »
Hi everyone,

I am building a machine to automate an assembly process. I involves actuating solenoid valves and relays (along with controlling stepper motors). I want to use M codes to do this.

I have Mach3 installed and working (the motors work fine). I made a custom BreakOut Board that has the required driver circutry for the solenoids and relays. It also works properly.

For testing purposes, I am using M3, M4, M7, and M8 as they are easy to configure. I need more than four M codes and M3/M4 cannot be "On" at the same time.

How do I go about creating my own M codes?


Mach Screens / "Settings" screen green background????
« on: June 21, 2010, 12:32:21 AM »
This is my first post. I have had Mach3 installed for only a few days and I'm getting to know it better. Things are going well so far. I am really impressed with the tutorials and the level of online support!

The only thing I've run into is a problem with the "Settings Alt6" screen in both the 1024.set and Plasma.set screens in the original Mach3 installation. The background is green. I suspect I am missing an image file or something.

Any ideas?

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