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General Mach Discussion / Backing up Mach3 settings for computer reformat
« on: September 06, 2006, 02:18:01 PM »
The computer I use to run Mach3 needs a complete hard drive reformat. Can anyone tell me if there's an easy way to save all my hard-earned Mach3 settings and configurations so that when I reinstall the software I can import the settings and restart where I left off? I was thinking as a precaution I should take screenshots of all my config pages but isn't that what the xml file is for?

As you make changes in your software configurations, does the xml file automatically update itself? 

Any advice would be gratefully received.

Does anyone have an idea why during a machining cycle my z-axis is making small movements (maybe a turn on the motor axis) during the first few x-y movements of the program. As far as I can tell (I'm a complete newbie) there are no rogue z commands in my file. I posted it for anyone who cares to comment. File was generated from an Adobe Illustrator DXF.

Can this be done? I just tried it but when I imported into Mach3 I only got a few lines of code that didn't seem to relate to the simple shape I had converted. I can post the DXF file if required.

I'm in the process of getting my K2 CNC set up. I just ran a very simple piece of G-code as a first run to see what would happen. Basically a rectangular cut with radiused corners. When I ran the program the toolpath showed 45 degree angles where my radii should have been. I discovered upon looking at the path in an isometric view that on the x-y plane the cutter was moving at 45 degrees at the corners in x/y but at the same time the radius I had expected to see was being cut in the z-axiz as an arc. Any ideas why this is happening when the G2 is programmed only for x and y??

When I use my right arrow to jog my x-axis, the table moves from right to left towards the motor in an x-minus direction. Can I reverse this in Mach2?

General Mach Discussion / Should I purchase Mach2 or Mach3?
« on: July 07, 2006, 08:19:38 PM »
I have a K2 3925 CNC Router. I am a total newbie and have yet to connect the machine up to my dedicated computer. K2 recommended that I should buy Mach2 but since your site has so many excellent tutorials dedicated to mach3 should I consider that software instead?

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