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General Mach Discussion / MACH 3 hung
« on: December 20, 2014, 05:49:36 PM »
I updated the driver for the USB Smooth Stepper and now when I attempt to launch M3 it hangs at the screen splash.  I backed out the driver but I'm still stuck at the start.  Any ideas short of re-installing M3 all over again?


I'm using a Sherline sensitive drilling tool to drill some small holes (lots of 0.022" dia holes). I can extract the drill hole location into a separate G-code file.  I need to pause the controller between each hole while I manually plunge the drill.  I did a search but was unable to find anything on point.  I hope that doesn't mean there is no way to pause a running program?


I've run into a major hole in my design.  I mean a big hole where there shouldn't be any.

Loading the G-code on my laptop system (Smooth Stepper USB, G540 controller) I can see a giant spiral at 0,0 where there shouldn't be any.

Loading the same file on my desktop system show everything correctly.  I know from experience that if I run the code on my laptop it will crash the bit into the work piece with a wide gash.

The G-code file was created using MeshCam 5 (build 37)

Any ideas as to what would cause this?


Third party software and hardware support forums. / Missing holes
« on: July 07, 2013, 05:29:08 PM »
My design has a bunch of holes (12 total).  I've created the G-code using MeshCAM-5 (build 37) and ran the output through CutViewer and everything looks good.

When I load the file into Mach3 I noticed that only 7 holes show up on the tool path display and when I attempt to run the design it only machines the 7 holes displayed.

All this is on my laptop system running SmoothStepper USB connected to a G540 and a Sherline 2000 mill.  Other times one of the 12 holes displays a giant 3" hole (design is 0.51" dia).

Here's the weird thing; if I load the same file on my desktop system everything looks good - can't run anything as I have mill connected to it.

The design file was created using Alibre (GeoMagic) 2013, the G-code was created using MeshCAM-5 (build37) and simulated using CutViewer Mill.

I'm looking for help as I have no clue as to what went wrong.

I've attached a copy of the G-code file and a screen shot showing the weird display.


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