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I am a little old school, in that I use a piece of paper under my tool as a feeler guage, to set the Z zero position. I use a mini wireless keyboard as my "pendant" to jog the machine around. I hit the pgup pgdown buttons and the machine jogs the Z axis at the rapid rate. This works great to get me close. I then mapped CTRL-PGDWN to jog at the incremental rate. Whatever rate was last selected. All good up to this point. This is where I am looking for some help. I would like to set CTRL-PGDWN to jog Z at a rate of 0.001 and have ALT-PGDWN jog Z at a rate of 0.010. I am having trouble figuring out how to do this or even how to approach it. Is it a key mappable thing or do I need to write some code?

Mach4 General Discussion / Re: Mach4, Esc key to stop program running
« on: June 09, 2019, 04:27:44 PM »
It took me abit to get the correct code for a Estop. the help file and what is in the PCL Lua code is not 100% the same.
Here is the code "I" got to work.

if mc.mcSignalGetState (mc.mcSignalGetHandle (inst, mc.ISIG_INPUT63)) == 1 then
    --  Do something else


Mach4 General Discussion / Re: Pokeys 57CNC board setup
« on: June 03, 2019, 10:57:35 AM »
I finally got it all working. Dumb error on my part, I had the DB25/IDC connector plugged into the wrong spot on the Pokeys57CNC board. I was in the pendant connection not the DB25. I switched it a it all works now. I was also able to get my spindle ON signal to work using one of the axis enable pins. I tied the spindle on to the Xaxis enable pin and then that pin on the G540 terminal that it turns on powers my relay switch that turns my spindle on.


Mach4 General Discussion / Re: Pokeys 57CNC board setup
« on: June 03, 2019, 09:56:12 AM »
Ethernet is to the Pokeys57CNC board then out of it is a IDC 26 pin connector that then converts back into a DB25 to connect to a Gecko G540. So it is both but in and out of the board.

Mach4 General Discussion / Re: Pokeys 57CNC board setup
« on: June 02, 2019, 04:51:37 PM »
1.why not connect directly from Ethernet to pokeys
2.did you run pokeys setup to establish the connection
3.did you put the correct constant ip

1: I am doing this
2: did that also
3: yes.
The one big "fundamental" problem I finally realized, after watching a video of someone talking about the Pokeys57CNC board, is that I am not plugged into the DB25 IDC connector. I am plugged into the Pendant IDC connector. Ugghhhhh! Stupid error.  :-\
After I switched to the correct one most everything started moving. I found a connection issue with the X-axis direction signal but fixed that.
Thank you, everyone, for your replies. I felt like one of "those" PC tech support callers who can't figure out why their PC won't turn on when they have the power strip plugged into itself.

Mach4 General Discussion / Mach4, Esc key to stop program running
« on: June 02, 2019, 04:41:41 PM »
How can Mach 4 be modified so the Esc key, when hit, will stop a program currently running? Like the old Mach 3 did. I tried mapping the Esc key in the keyboard inputs under plugins but I don't know what input to map the ESC key to on the Config-Inputs page to make it work. E-stop has to be mapped to Input#52 (the message that pops up if you do anything else)

Mach4 General Discussion / Pokeys 57CNC board setup
« on: May 28, 2019, 12:33:20 PM »
I am having problems trying to connect up a Pokeys 57CNC board to Mach 4. I previously had mach3 and ran directly from the parallel port to my Gecko G540 controller. I have a newer Win10 64bit computer and I am using Ethernet to talk to the Pokeys board. It connects and talks just fine. I made a IDC to DB25 adapter cable and then plug in my old parallel port cable to it to go to my Gecko G540. I verified that all pins had continuity on my adapter.
What is confusing me is how to just talk to the motors and make them move. The Pokeys tech support says that all the IDC/DB25 pins are fixed mapped and that I dont have to map them. So what do I do in Mach 4 to make it work? I have enabled motors X,Y,Z,A to motors 0,1,2,3 and set their step parameters the same as was in Mach 3. Do I need to go into "outputs" and define anything for things like "Spindle On", "Jog X++" etc.
I dont have a charge pump so that is disabled on the G540 and is not Enabled in the Mach 4 config.
I have tried to follow what Pokeys published for mach 4 setup but it does not cover setting mach 4 up. It stops at that point.
I would appreciate any help from someone who has connected up a Pokeys 57CNC board before.


Tangent Corner / Re: Gear cutting end mill search
« on: July 07, 2010, 11:33:09 AM »
That sounds like it would work. About taking more time to cut though it seems like I have little free time but the price is also free so if I can do it myself as cheaply possible I like it.
Thank you for explaining it more. I am not a gear wiz in any way shape or form but I would like to make some gears from time to time and dont want to buy a cutter that is more expensive than the 1-2 gears I want to cut with it.
Please post back if you give this a try or Tweakie.CNC if you make one I would like to hear how it turns out.


Tangent Corner / Re: Gear cutting end mill search
« on: July 06, 2010, 09:46:46 PM »
I am not sure I follow what you are talking about. Can you desribe the end mill further?

Thank you for clearing that up for me. I had found some examples that had loops but they must have been VB or something. I am going to give M98 a try on my machine tonight. I bet I can get it to work now.


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