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General Mach Discussion / WITH THC ON MACHINE WILL NOT MOVE?
« on: September 03, 2017, 06:39:30 PM »
I'm sure its a setting (my dumba$$ changed). I can cut a part with no issues if I leave my THC off. If I turn it on cutting the same part the torch will come down turn on and turn on and not move. Does the same thing if I let the cut get half way through and turn it on, it'll come down and turn on and stop. Thanks in advance. Oh, its been working perfect not sure when it stopped working. I normally cut 16 ga small parts and leave it off most of the time until I start cutting thicker parts 3/16" and up.


General Mach Discussion / THC Z AXIS NOT GOING DOWN
« on: April 13, 2017, 08:00:01 PM »

While the machine is idle I can place the Promo THC in test mode with THC on and Z will travel up and down. As its travel I'm able to adjust the speed from 1 to 25 and see a very large difference in the speed range.

So while making a long cut I noticed the torch was way too high while I was running with THC on. So, on the next piece I set the voltage on the Promo to 60, I thought this torch should drag the sheet and even that didn't make it work. It's like there is a setting keeping the Z axis from traveling down, now up it'll go 0.500" away from the material with no issue. Even with the speed set at 25 moving down is slow. Coming up it fast.

While watching the Promo the down LED is ON steady but Z isn't moving down.

CURR: 0.000
THC MAX 0.100
THC MIN -3.000

General Mach Discussion / THC Changing Zero Position?
« on: April 12, 2017, 04:31:33 PM »
I started off my cut as normal zeroing out all axis in the bottom left corner of my sheet, as I have been doing since I started. Right now, I'm using a piece of paper to zero Z axis placing it between the sheet and gun until I detect a slight drag and then zero it out ( one day I will add the material detection, baby steps).  I made some cuts with THC off and the machine worked as normal before upgrading to the ESS. I hit the goto zero and all axis went to zero and stopped. But when I turned the THC on it works THC (raising and lowering the gun while cutting). But, when the cut was finished I selected all to zero Z went way past trying to go 0.100 through the sheet. I did this test few times and confirmed it only occurs after I cut something with THC on, it will not do it with THC off. It's like its actually changing the ZERO position when THC is on? I'm sure its a setting, but with a $500 mechanical torch I want to make sure I'm chasing the problem in the right direction.

Thanks in advance.

General Mach Discussion / Mach 3 Pause In Running code
« on: April 11, 2017, 07:41:53 AM »
I built my machine and been running it for around 6 months. Then I decided to purchase a Promo THC controller and install it, after I installed it I found that my USB controller card did not support THC function. So I purchased a ESS from the people at warp9td and installed it without any issues and now my THC is working. But I've noticed an issue now and I haven't found whats causing it, when my code is running there is a new pause (around 1.5 seconds) at any line where M03 or M05. As I'm sure you know I was using this for my torch on and off control with my old controller and I was going to use it for the same here as well. But, when I it pauses there and then pauses again for the pierce time it's a lot of dwell time. I did notice the dwell light on mach3 is flashing when M03 and M05 is called. I'm sure its a simple setting I just haven't found it yet..

First, Thanks for taking the time to read my problem and possibly offer some help. I'm new to the plasma world for about 6 months, I built my machine from scratch and have been cutting with no issues. When I built my system I purchased a USB mach3 compatible controller off ebay (I know ebay and yes its from China). Anyway it works great I havent had a single issue with it, when I purchased everything I also purchased a PROMO THC controller off ebay direct from them off their ebay store. Since I had ZERO plasma experience I didn't want to throw a THC controller in the mess of learning a new machine. So, I decided to wait to install it until I felt good with the machine and cut quality. I'm at the point now, so today I wire it in and go to my diagnostics screen and I can see the THC Torch Up and Down working along with the Torch on as the control is in test modes. But Z DOES NOT MOVE, I watched some videos found that I need to go to "Plugin Control" and select CONFG and turn on THC MODE. My Issue when I go to "Plug in Control" only a video option pops up, I dont see the screen I need. Is there a plug in I need to download?

Yes I'm running a FULL version of Mach3.

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