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General Mach Discussion / fixture specific soft limits
« on: June 07, 2011, 12:19:22 PM »
I am using a small table CNC to make tags for the company I work for.  We have three basic sizes of tag and I have made a single fixture with depressions sized and shaped to hold the tags while they are being engraved.  It works fairly well.  Each location is stored as a separate fixture in the Mill profile (i.e. Fixture 2: G55, Fixture 3: G56, etc.) so this gives me a specific start point for the three most common tag styles we use.  I have to verify that the G-code maximums fall within the designated area for the tags to avoid running the tool into the side of the fixture each time I load a file.  This doesn't take much time and as long as I remember what the dimensions of the tags are, I'm OK.  Next step is to train someone else to use the machine and engrave the tags and I'm less confident in that person's attention to detail.  

I was wondering if there is a way to set up the soft limits so that if the programmed G-code exceeded the programmed dimensions of a particular fixture (or tag) Mach3 would warn the operator that the code exceeded the area available for engraving.  Each fixture could/would have it's own subset of softlimits within the larger set of overall table softlimits.

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General Mach Discussion / Text in an arc
« on: April 28, 2011, 11:32:01 AM »
Is there a way to combine the "Cut Arc" wizard and the "Write Wizard" so that you can engrave text on an arc?  If not, is there another wizard out there that accomplishes this same function?

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General Mach Discussion / Write Wizard
« on: April 25, 2011, 06:19:53 PM »
Hello all.  I am brand new to CNC and Mach3 is the first software I've used.  I purchased a small CNC mill table to make engraved plastic tags for the company where I work.  I successfully engraved several tests and made a tool fixture to hold a standard tag at a standard table location.  

Unfortunately, the Write Wizard will no longer "write" g-code.  The first few times that I used the wizard, and for all of the tests, when I pushed "write" it would send me back to the "Program Run" screen with a page full of g-code. And, as long as I had entered the starting coordinates correctly, made some very nice signs.  Now, after filling in all the parameters in the upper portion of the write wizard page (including selecting the direction.)  The "Write" button has no affect.

Any suggestions that you have would be welcome.

Thanks,
Dan

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