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Mach4 General Discussion / Regen Toolpath Hangs
« on: February 17, 2020, 02:41:55 PM »
I am using Mach4 Build 4300 on Win 7.  When I load or regenerate a toolpath, the progress bar progresses a little and then hangs.  This just started happening and nothing that I'm aware of has changed with my system.  This occurs with all .nc files including ones which have worked fine previously.

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Newfangled Mill Wizard / MillWizard Rectangle Pocket Gcode Explanation?
« on: January 18, 2020, 02:47:04 PM »
I'm trying to make a rectangular pocket using MillWizard (2.0.5 although it says v4).  I want the outside of the pocket to be defined by the corners (0.5, 0.5) and (1.5, 2.5).  I pick SW corner and parameters Xorign: 0.5000  Yorign: 0.5000  Length 1.0000  Width: 2.0000 and a 0.250 end mill.  I wouldn't expect to see negative coordinates in the Gcode but I do.  Is there something I don't understand about this?  Here is the Gcode file:

(***New File Started***)
(created by NFS Mill, V4)
(New File Started 01/18/20 13:22:02)
(posted for Aluminum )
(Strategy: Equal )
(Rapid height: 0.1000  Clearance height: 0.0500 )
G98 G80 G17 G90 G54 G64 G91.1

G20 G90
(***New Tool Selected***)
(ToolNum: 04  Diameter: 0.2500  )
(Feed: 10.0000  SFM: 500.0000  Plunge: 10.0000  ChipLoad: 0.0001  )
M06 T4 (1/4 MILL)
G43 H4
M03 S7639
(***Rectangular Pocket***)
(Xorign: 0.5000  Yorign: 0.5000  Length 1.0000  Width: 2.0000  )
(Ztop: 0.0000  Zdepth: -0.5000  Zstep: 0.1000 )
(Cut Direction: CW)
(will make  5.0000  cuts of:  0.1000 )
G00 X1.0000 Y-1.0000
Z0.0500
G01 Z-0.1000 F10.00
Y-2.0000
X1.1071 Y0.8929
X0.8929
Y2.1071
X1.1071
Y0.8929
X1.2143 Y0.7857
X0.7857
Y2.2143
X1.2143
Y0.7857
X1.3214 Y0.6786
X0.6786
Y2.3214
X1.3214
Y0.6786
X1.3750 Y0.6250
X0.6250
Y2.3750
X1.3750
Y0.6250
G00 Z-0.0500
X1.0000 Y-1.0000
G01 Z-0.2000
Y-2.0000
X1.1071 Y0.8929
X0.8929
Y2.1071
X1.1071
Y0.8929
X1.2143 Y0.7857
X0.7857
Y2.2143
X1.2143
Y0.7857
X1.3214 Y0.6786
X0.6786
Y2.3214
X1.3214
Y0.6786
X1.3750 Y0.6250
X0.6250
Y2.3750
X1.3750
Y0.6250
G00 Z-0.1500
X1.0000 Y-1.0000
G01 Z-0.3000
Y-2.0000
X1.1071 Y0.8929
X0.8929
Y2.1071
X1.1071
Y0.8929
X1.2143 Y0.7857
X0.7857
Y2.2143
X1.2143
Y0.7857
X1.3214 Y0.6786
X0.6786
Y2.3214
X1.3214
Y0.6786
X1.3750 Y0.6250
X0.6250
Y2.3750
X1.3750
Y0.6250
G00 Z-0.2500
X1.0000 Y-1.0000
G01 Z-0.4000
Y-2.0000
X1.1071 Y0.8929
X0.8929
Y2.1071
X1.1071
Y0.8929
X1.2143 Y0.7857
X0.7857
Y2.2143
X1.2143
Y0.7857
X1.3214 Y0.6786
X0.6786
Y2.3214
X1.3214
Y0.6786
X1.3750 Y0.6250
X0.6250
Y2.3750
X1.3750
Y0.6250
G00 Z-0.3500
X1.0000 Y-1.0000
G01 Z-0.5000
Y-2.0000
X1.1071 Y0.8929
X0.8929
Y2.1071
X1.1071
Y0.8929
X1.2143 Y0.7857
X0.7857
Y2.2143
X1.2143
Y0.7857
X1.3214 Y0.6786
X0.6786
Y2.3214
X1.3214
Y0.6786
X1.3750 Y0.6250
X0.6250
Y2.3750
X1.3750
Y0.6250
G00 Z-0.4500
Z0.1000
M09
M05
M30 (end of file)

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How do I change the screen that Mach 4 starts with?  Do I manually edit the .ini file or is there some more GUI way to do it?

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Mach4 General Discussion / M6 Manual tool change with Mach 4
« on: January 17, 2016, 03:24:53 PM »
I have the m6.mcs macro from the examples in my profile's macro folder, but the machine isn't stopping on M6.  What do I need to do?

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General Mach Discussion / Manual tool change with Mill Wizard and Mach 4
« on: January 17, 2016, 01:15:29 PM »
How do I get the machine to stop for a manual tool change after using G code generated by Mill Wizard (e.g. for two lines of holes using two tools)

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Before I delve into this, I wanted to see if there's a simple way to assign Feed Hold to a keyboard key.  Thanks.

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Mach4 General Discussion / ESS and PWM Speed Control
« on: December 28, 2015, 06:03:28 PM »
I am using Mach 4 with an ESS.  In Mach 3, with open loop control, I could say what pulleys were in use and the spindle speed would be about right open loop.  In Mach 4, if I do S6000, I see around 4000 RPM.  Does the ESS do open or closed loop spindle speed control?  If open loop, do I need to say what pulleys are in use and where would I do that - it looks like this is what spindle ranges are for, but how do I use those?  If closed loop, how come it's so far off?

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I like using the keyboard arrow keys for jogging.  But when I want to edit something in the MDI window, the arrow keys continue to jog instead of moving me around the text.  I thought that in Mach 3, when MDI editing, the arrow keys stopped jogging.

Aside from choosing other keys for jogging, is there a way to prevent the arrow keys from jogging while editing in the MDI window?

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32 bit Win 7 Pro, Mach 4.2.0.2803, ESS plug-in 1.0.1.132, ESS at address 10.9.9.9 directly connected to adapter card.

When I Config the ESS plug-in from Mach 4, the dialog opens and if I do nothing except Cancel the dialog, Mach crashes.  I see a dialog with the message "Mach 4 CNC GUI has stopped working".

Thanks for any advice.

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In Mach 3, there was configuration for this.  How do I do it in Mach 4? Thanks.

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