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I have a 2 axis lathe with encoder on the spindle. I use SolidWorks/SolidCAM to generate g-codes. No problems at all. Only thing that I wasn't been able to get SolidCAM to post a simple eccentric turning program. So I guess SC doesn't support eccentric turning at all.

Question is how can I write a program to cut a piece like in the attached image?


G-Code, CAD, and CAM discussions / Best Cam for 2 axis lathe?
« on: August 06, 2019, 03:56:35 AM »
I use Mach4. I was doing fine with Mach4' canned cycles until yesterday. Yesterday I needed to cut a complex shape but I wasn't able to do it with Mach4 canned cycles.

I normally use SolidWorks with SolidCam but I could not find a proper post processor for Mach4. So, I need switch to another Cam software for lathe.

What Cam software should I use for lathe with SolidWorks + Mach4?

Thanks in advance,

Mach4 General Discussion / Mach4 Lathe: Cutting a 7/24 taper for BT30
« on: August 28, 2018, 08:43:54 AM »
I've been reading this thread for some info and ended up with the initial settings you see in the attached image. I haven't tried it yet. Does this look OK to you?



Mach4 General Discussion / Shuttle config file location.
« on: August 17, 2018, 03:46:16 PM »
I just ran and install the latest Mach4Hobby build over an old build but before I took a backup. Anyway, my shuttle pro settings are gone now. Is there a way to take just shuttle settings from the backup and move to mach4 I just installed?

PoKeys / What causes "Weird signal from device" error?
« on: February 28, 2018, 05:08:45 PM »
I'm using a PoKeys57E with cnc4pc M16 board. Machine is a lathe. It works fine when it works but I often get this annoying error. Once I see it the machine then stops responding and then a "Connection with the device is lost" error comes promptly. The only thing left is to power-off/power-on 57E and restart Mach4.

I have checked all the wiring to make sure if I have a grounding loop but everything looks fine.

When I first get the 57E from cnc4pc it had v4.1.xx firmware installed. I then updated it to PoKeys v4.2.39 but nothing changed.

Anyway, what causes this error? Is there anything I can do/check?


Mach4 General Discussion / Mach4 ShuttleXPress/Pro problem
« on: January 25, 2018, 07:16:12 AM »

I have both Shuttle XPress and PRO. The inner wheel works reversed. When I rotate it CW the axis moves to - direction. When I rotate the wheel CCW then the axis moves to + direction. The outer wheel works fine by the way. Both XPress and PRO works the same way.

Is there a way to revert the inner wheel?

PS: This problem does not occur in Mach3.


Mach4 General Discussion / Licensed Mach4 running in demo mode
« on: December 23, 2017, 02:04:42 PM »
I've contaced NFS a week ago but no one answered so I guess I need to try my luck here.

Mach4 was fine for a while but lately it turned out to Demo mode. I have 2 license files in the folder (Mach4 and Darwin) but I uninstalled the Darwin plugin.

I uninstalled Mach4 and did a fresh install but it didn't help.

I checked the PCID and it hasn't changed.

I re-generated my license files but it gave me the same files as before.

How can I make it full again?


Mach4 Plugins / ShuttlePro plugin can't save button mapping
« on: December 13, 2017, 10:51:39 AM »
I don't know if this is only happening to me. I run Mach4 as admin and configure the ShuttlePro buttons. All works well for the current session but when I restart Mach4 all the setting I made is gone.

Is there a solution for this?

Mach4 General Discussion / Mach4 newbie here. I need some help
« on: November 15, 2017, 08:10:47 AM »

I just purchased Mach4 and the Darwin PP plugin for my retrofitted lathe. The lathe worked well with Mach3 so I thought  it would be easier to setup Mach4 but I realized it is the opposite. Anyway, please read my questions. Any help would be appreciated.

1- In Mach3, I assigned the Enable to pin 1. I did the same on Darwin and Mach3 Mach config. In Darwin Output screen when the "Freq when active" is set to 0 then it doesn't work. Under the text field it says "For PWM enter 1/2 of the base freq. What is the base freq? The only frequency I set is the PWM base frequency for spindle and it is 300.

2- I have set the Charge pump to pin 17. In Mach3 when I hit the Reset button the Enable and Charge pump was triggering at the same time. When "Enable" is active the charge pump become active. When "Enable" id inactive the charge pump become inactive. This works fine in Mach3. In Mach4 I have no idea how to map the "enable" and "charge pump" together.

3- In Darwin Motor Config tab I enabled only 2 motors (Motor #0 for X and Motor #1 for Z). In the same screen there are 2 drop-down menus labeled "X axis" and "Y axis". For the X axis I select Axis0. Fine. But what should I do for the Z? There is no drop-down for the Z. I think this screen is developed for mill?

Mach4 General Discussion / PC ID
« on: November 14, 2017, 02:08:59 AM »
I'm about to buy Mach4 and parallel port legacy plugin. I haven't installed them yet.

Is the PC ID same for both Mach4 and PP legacy plugin or are they different ID's?

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