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General Mach Discussion / when / why to dereference axes?
« on: June 01, 2013, 01:09:48 PM »
I am not a professional machinist so please forgive my ignorance.

As I understand it, "referencing" an axis means to "home" the axis.  I understand that this moves the axis to its home position and sets the DRO to 0.  This indicates to the operator that the machine knows its position with respect to that home position.  I do this every time I turn on the machine. 

The "Using Mach3 Mill" document says that "The De-Ref All button does not move the axes but stops them being in the referenced state."

When and why would I push that button?


General Mach Discussion / Mach3 Tool Display "squashed" for 4-axis Gcode??
« on: December 24, 2012, 03:54:17 PM »
I am using a licensed Mach3 with a Taig 4 axis Milling profile (generally with the 2010-4 screenset but this problem exists with the 1024 screenset as well). 
When I load a 2D or 3D Gcode file everything appears at correct scale in the toolpath display window.  But whenever I load a file which has A axis moves, the file appears "squashed" in the toolpath display window.  I have attached a screen capture of one of my files as it appears in Mach3 and as it appears in another simulator.   Why does Mach3 "squash" the display this way?  I have no axis scaling enabled.

If someone is willing... could you load the attached Gcode into a 4-axis Mach3 profile and let me know if it displays correctly for you?


General Mach Discussion / Manual Limit Override won't shut off??
« on: March 11, 2012, 07:33:08 AM »
I am trying to figure my problems out before posting questions, but I am having a heck of a time trying to figure out why the Manual Limit Override LED is on and why it wont turn off.
My machine co-ordinates (X,Y,Z,A) are all well away from their soft limit ranges, diagnostics screen shows none of my home switches are triggered,  I have pressed RESET and tried to jog further off (I can in fact jog all axes).

I have tried disabling soft limits altogether, I have tried disabling Auto Limit Override....
I have tried exiting and relaunching Mach, rebooting the computer,  even downgrading to the lockdown version of Mach3.  It still loads with the Manual Limit Override flashing and won't shut it off.

I am using R3.043.058 with SmoothStepper v17efb.  My settings XML file is attached but renamed with a .txt file extension.  A screen capture of my co-ordinates & diag screens are also attached.
Any ideas what's going on here??

ok so I received the WizLic.dat file and installed it into the C:\Mach3 folder.
It is in that folder not a subfolder, and that is my Mach3 installation folder, and it is really named WinLic.dat.  there is no hidden file extension on the end.
I completely exited and restarted Mach3.
I can invoke the Newfangled wizard (v2.79) and can create a circle cut operation and can verify toolpath to preview the Gcode (screenshot attached here).
But when I post the code and exit back to Mach3 I get the message "Unlicensed Wizard FIle" followed by the message "unknown word where unary operation could be".

How do I get the Newfangled wizard to accept the license file?  There is no indication that it found the .dat file, or that it failed to decrypt it, or that there was a version mismatch .....

General Mach Discussion / override tool change auto zero macro?
« on: February 24, 2012, 01:43:59 AM »
During a tool change how do I override the invoking of the auto-zero macro when inserting a tool that won't contact the probe plate properly (e.g. a slitting saw) or when the cutting tool is offset from the spindle enough to miss the probe plate altogether  (e.g. single point flycutter, indexable boring bar, etc.) ?

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