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I see that fusion 360 has several post processors listed what is the difference between them and which on should I use.

1: Artsoft
2: tormach. ( mach3 not pathpilot)

If i want to add a 4th (A axis)  axis to my mach 3 which one should i use.

thanks but im trying to understand while learning the cam in fusion 360

thanks John

Show"N"Tell ( Your Machines) / Boxford Duet desktop CNC
« on: July 02, 2018, 08:07:13 AM »
Acquired two Boxford Duet desktop cnc machines in an auction.
The software that came with them is DOS based and i would like to update them. Luckily the manuals i got have the schematics.
I also would like to use the existing electronics if possible.
The DB25 pin-out shows the pin numbers and functions but there are a few I'm unsure about.

Has Anyone convertered one of thes yet to Mach 3/4? There are some old post but the are incomplete.

thanks, John

Screen designer tips and tutorials / Changing PNG color
« on: April 02, 2018, 09:03:10 PM »
I would like to change the greendro button image to a different color but when I do and save the image. I can't seer the numbers anymore?

What did I do wrong?

Thanks john

General Mach Discussion / Changing computers and moving the license
« on: March 30, 2018, 06:06:27 PM »
I'm changing computers my old computer has the license on it

How do I get it to my new computer.

Also I running unlicensed on my new computer to set up the I/O I have a Ethernet smooth stepper.

Will the demo still generate motion signals cause I can't se m to get any movement when I try to jog the machine.

I know I read about moving the license but I can't seem to find that post anywere.

Show"N"Tell ( Your Machines) / new control panel
« on: March 07, 2018, 08:07:25 AM »
uses a 22.5 inch touch screen

I have just started learning mach4 screen designer.
I have a 23 inch touch screen in portrait mode
How do I Change the screen size and orientation so I can design the screen in the correct size?

I hope that made sense?

Thank, john

General Mach Discussion / Machine coordinates reference home question
« on: November 10, 2017, 07:52:51 PM »
Should I " refrence all home " every time I start my mill?

Once my mill completes the refrence all home it automatically rezeros all the axis. I understand that's the machine coordinates 0,0,0

Also known as g53???

Does the program save this when I shut it down or should I redo the home reference next time I start the mill?

Thanks John.

Modbus / Who can I call to help me setup this automation direct vfd
« on: November 03, 2017, 07:53:15 PM »
I have been trying and I just can't figure it out
Who can I call to help me set this spindle control tru modbus?

I have a automation direct gs2 vfd.
I also have the USB to 485 from automation direct.

I looked at Most of the post on the internet but no just can't get it.

Thanks in advance.

SmoothStepper USB / Happy with my ess
« on: October 31, 2017, 05:47:18 PM »
Had it for a while and starts up every time with no issues
Installing the drivers / plug ins was easy to.
Great product

Will it work with mach4 ?

Modbus / Can't open serial port
« on: October 28, 2017, 05:31:05 PM »
No matter what I try Mach 3 says serial port not open

Trying again to connect my automation direct vfd to Mach 3 for modbus control

Any suggestions

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