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Brains Development / Re: Jogging with Brains
« on: April 21, 2010, 07:20:38 PM »
Anyone .... ?

I've attached a copy of my brain attempt. So far I am able to hold down one button and get an output and then if I press a second button at the same time it will stop the first output and start a second one. However pressing the buttons individually trigger the same output, where as I need them to trigger different outputs. Does this make sense?

Should I even be attempting this in a brain or is such complexity better suited to the slower VBA macropump implementation?

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Brains Development / Jogging with Brains
« on: April 21, 2010, 08:40:00 AM »
Immagine a simple pendant for one axis with three buttons.  X+, X- and speed boost. The idea being that pressing either direction button on its own would jog the axis at a very slow speed but holding down the speed increase button at the same time would make the axis jog much faster in the chosen direction.

Is this a sensible thing to try and do in a brain ? and would anyone be able to help me achieve this ?

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VB and the development of wizards / Re: IsActive Function
« on: April 16, 2010, 07:22:23 PM »
Thanks for the reply and example. I'm sure I tried something like that but got a syntax error. I'll have a closer look tomorrow, maybe I was close but just did something silly.

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VB and the development of wizards / IsActive Function
« on: April 16, 2010, 09:30:35 AM »
I'm trying to write some vb script which applys some logic to a button press before giving a suitable output but I'm struggling to acknolwedge the button press. Ive been trawling the wiki and it seems like I need to use the IsActive function but I cant make it work for me. Would somone be kind enough to share some example code so I can see how it could be used 'in context' ?

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VB and the development of wizards / Re: VB Scripting Basics
« on: April 14, 2010, 12:54:08 PM »
I'm using the standard mach3 screen, modified with a few extra buttons i've added using the reccomended machscreen screen designer program. I wouldnt know where to begin with flash!

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VB and the development of wizards / VB Scripting Basics
« on: April 14, 2010, 11:03:34 AM »
Please could someone help me with the code to make a button that only produces an action whilst the button is being pressed?

I have made custom buttons that will toggle, pressing once to turn on an output and a second time to turn off an output but what I really need a button that works like the jog buttons and will only enable an output whilst it is pressed and turns off the output the moment the button is released.

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General Mach Discussion / Custom Shortcut Keys?
« on: March 26, 2010, 10:53:38 AM »
I wish to add a number of physical buttons to my machine to perform various functions such as jogging, drawbar release, etc. I figured I simple way to do this would be to write a series of macros and then assign an F key to each one which in turn would be controled by a pokeys card.

Is this a sensible idea or are there better ways ? Also how does one go about assigning a macro to a keyboard shortcut ? I vaugely remember being able to assign keyboard shortcuts to custom buttons in the screen designer software but is there a way to do it without creating a virtual button? - An on screen button would be redundant as I would be using 'real' buttons.

Also where can I find doccumention on writing vbscript for mach? A list of functions & syntax along with a few examples might save me from having to ask a lot of 'simple' questions on here.

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General Mach Discussion / Re: Rigid Tapping
« on: March 05, 2010, 07:15:38 PM »
I was under the impression that if you added an optical sensor to count spindle rotations then mach3 would rigid tap, however if you say thats not the case I'll accept that I was misinformed. However the question remains if mach3 cant rigid tap would I need or want a sensor to count spindle revs at all ? Is it necessary to have one to tap with a floating tapping holder or would the sole benefit be just to get an rpm readout on screen in mach ?

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General Mach Discussion / Rigid Tapping
« on: March 05, 2010, 05:39:07 AM »
Does mach 3 support rigid tapping and if so what features must I enable in the configuration and also what do I need in terms of hardware/electronics to make it possible ?

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General Mach Discussion / Re: Fixtures, Offsets, Origins & Suchlike
« on: March 04, 2010, 10:31:14 AM »
I've been trying to get some work experience there but he's always got so much work on there would be time to show me how to do stuff. Also a lot of the work is repeat jobs where its just a case of loading a file and pressing the green button. However when he's not so busy and has a new job that requires everything to be done from scratch he's going to give me a call so I can go over and watch and see how its done.

In the mean time I have a machine of my own sitting idle so I might as well try to learn as much as I can through forums, videos and experimentation rather than leaving it to rust in the back of the barn.

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