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General Mach Discussion / Re: Mach3 Ignores Feedrates In G Code
« on: February 07, 2012, 10:02:56 PM »
I was wondering about that.  When I changed the g95 with the S1 to a g94, the speed was still the same.  That didn't seem right.  The Feed titles changes from MM's/Rev to MM's/Min so I know Mach3 understands the code but there must be something overriding it.  Or would it do that if I had the spindle turned off in Mach?  Maybe that is why it doesn't change the speed.  So MM's/Rev is spindle speed times feedrate?

General Mach Discussion / Re: Mach3 Ignores Feedrates In G Code
« on: February 07, 2012, 06:56:14 PM »
That is why then, G95 is feed per rev mode so if you do not have any spindle speed Mach can not really feed per rev. What are your feedrates? In other words are your meant to be feeding per rev or per min? Lathes usually work in g95 but really you need spindle speed feedback for that to work correctly.

Ah, now I see what you mean.  If I am in G95, I need to add a spindle speed to the code, but if I am in G94, I don't.  I have been working in G95 because that is how it was set when I started.  I am very new at this.  I have only had the lathe for a couple weeks.  Should I stick to G95 just for the sake that it is more commonly used on cnc lathes?

General Mach Discussion / Re: Mach3 Ignores Feedrates In G Code
« on: February 07, 2012, 05:04:29 PM »
Yes, there is a G95 at the top of the code.

General Mach Discussion / Re: Mach3 Ignores Feedrates In G Code
« on: February 07, 2012, 11:56:28 AM »
The feedrates are in the code.  The spindle speed is manual on my lathe.  So what would I have to add to the code?

G97 S1

Or something like that?

General Mach Discussion / Mach3 Ignores Feedrates In G Code
« on: February 07, 2012, 10:09:18 AM »
     Mach3 ignores the feed rates in my g code unless I change the "S" in the spindle DRO from 0 to 1.  The problem is that I can't figure out how to save it at 1 and I have to reset it by hand every time I open Mach3.  It is getting tiresome.  Any ideas?  Thank you.


General Mach Discussion / Re: turn: gcode or mach bug?
« on: February 07, 2012, 09:57:28 AM »
Thank you for that link.  RS

Hey Everyone,
     I apologize for not following up on this post earlier.  Hood was correct with his first post.  I doubled the steps per unit and it fixed the problem. Now that I have read the other posts, I have a few other questions.  Should I have the sherline 1/2 pulse mode checked?  And regarding the other post by Fastest1 and Hood, I bought a USB Smoothstepper and a laptop for the lathe that will arrive soon, will I need to make changes in the motor tuning to get that to work?  Thank you. RS

General Mach Discussion / Re: turn: gcode or mach bug?
« on: February 03, 2012, 12:24:09 PM »
    Could you please show me where that Mach3 Arc Motion article is?  I can't seem to find it.  I have been having a ton of problems with arcs.  I no longer get crop circles but on every small arc I draw, I get crop arcs.  I will attach an example of what is happening.  It doesn't seem to matter what tool I use or where the tool comes from.  Any ideas?  I am using bobcad.  My post processor is below.  I am using a Sherline 2 axis lathe.  I am a beginner.  Thank you.

 "Customization file for Mach3 1 Line format Lathe modifed by TV 06/23/11"
 "Used for general Mach3, inch"
 "no tapping cycle, G90,G94,G92, turn Groove, Face GR, turn cycle"

Post variables listed in PostVariables.txt

****Version number MONTH DAY YEAR****
1000. Version Information = Version Month Day Year? "9.3 06 11 2010"

0. File Header.
   " "

2. Start of program with turning cycles.


   n,"(DATE - ",output_date,", TIME - ",output_time,")"
   n,"(POST - HAAS LATHE )"
   " "



3. Tool change for turning cycles.


" "



4. Next operation same tool turning.



5. End of turning cycles.



6. Next operation same tool facing.


7. Same operation same tool turning.


8. Set debug.

9. Same operation same tool facing.


10. Cancel cutter compensation.

11. Cutter compensation left.

12. Cutter compensation right.

13. Tool length compensation.

20. Rapid move.

21. Feed move.

22. Dwell

25. Arc move.

26. Auto cancel cutter compensation after last feed move.

58. Output before any cutting cycle.

59. Output after any cutting cycle.

60. Auto finish cycle for G71,G72,G73 for turning.
   n,"(Unsupported in Mach3, select Separate Moves in Posting Parameters)"

62. Start of rough (G71) turning cycle.
   n,"G77", "(This cycle is implemented by the macro M1077.M1S )"
   n,"(Edit the macro or select Separate Moves in Posting Parameters)"

63. End of rough (G71) turning cycle.

64. End of rough turning cycle separate moves.

66. Start of rough (G72) facing cycle.
   n,"G78", "(This cycle is implemented by the macro M1078.M1S)"
   n,"(Edit the macro or select Separate Moves in Posting Parameters)"
67. End of rough (G72) facing cycle

68. End of rough facing cycle Separate moves.

70. Start of finish (G73) turning cycle
   n,"(Unsupported in Mach3, select Separate Moves in Posting Parameters)"

71. End of finish (G73) turning cycle

72. End of finish turning cycle separate moves.

74. Start of groove (G75) turning cycle
   n,"(Unsupported in Mach3, select Separate Moves in Posting Parameters)"

75. End of groove (G75) turning cycle

78. Start of groove (G74) facing cycle
   n,"(Unsupported in Mach3, select Separate Moves in Posting Parameters)"

79. End of groove (G74) facing cycle

80. End of groove facing cycle separate moves.

82. Start of drill (G74) cycle

83. End of drill (G74) cycle

84. End of drill cycle separate moves.

86. Start of threading cycles.

87. Start of thread (G76) cycle

88. End of thread (G76) cycle

90. End of thread (G33) cycle

91. End of threading cycles.

92. G32 line move.

93. G32 thread cut move.

100. Start of cutoff cycle

101. End of cutoff cycle

104. Start of auto finish no canned cycle.

105. End of auto finish no canned cycle.

108. Start of auto stock feed cycle.


109. End of auto stock feed cycle.

110. Tool list format.

111. Stock definition.
"(SCYL S3 X0 Y0 Z", z_end_of_stock, "D",stock_diameter, "L",stock_length,")"
"(HCYL S3 X0 Y0 Z", z_end_of_stock, "D",stock_internal_diameter, "L",stock_length,")"

199. Not Used

220. Is X modal? y
222. Is Z modal? y
223. Are the g codes modal? y
224. Are the xy (or yz or xz) coordinates modal in arc milling? n
225. Are the g codes (G02 and G03) modal in arc milling? y
228. Output sequence numbers? n
230. Delete the decimal point? n
231. Delete leading zeros? n
232. Delete trailing zeros? y
234. Places before decimal point for reals? 1
235. Number of places for G and M codes? 1
236. Places after decimal for feedrate ? 3
237. Scale factor for feedrate ? 1
239. Add spaces to the program? y
241. Break arcs into quadrants? y
242. Arc center a=absolute, b=incremental, d=unsigned inc., e=radius? E
243. Break arcs into two pieces if greater than 180 degrees? y
247. Sign of X Spindle 1 (p = pos, n = neg, e = either, r = reverse)? e
248. Sign of X Spindle 2 (p = pos, n = neg, e = either, r = reverse)? e
249. Output X as a diameter or radius (d/r)? d

250. Use canned cycle for drilling? y
251. Use canned cycle for peck drilling? y
252. Use canned cycle for chip break? y
253. Use canned cycle for tap? y
254. Use canned cycle for bore #1? y
255. Use canned cycle for bore #2? y
258. Use two line canned cycle format? n

259. Depth format (d = default, t = trailing)? t
260. Amount to add to t to obtain t1? 0
261. Amount to add to t to obtain t2? 0
262. Value of t1 at t = 0? 0
263. Value of t2 at t = 0? 0
265. Places before decimal point for angles? 1

300. Number of places for sequence numbers? 1
302. Number of places for program number? 4

411. R value (Retract amount) for first line of 2 line rough cycle? 0.1
412. R value (Retract amount) for first line of 2 line groove cycle? 0.1
413. R value (Thread mach allowance) 2 line G76 cycle? 0.001

512. Tool number format (1=n, 2=n*101, 3=100*n+toffset, 4=toofset, 5=n*100)? 2
513. Number of digits for tool number? 4

517. Medium gear1 spindle speed? 901
518. Medium gear2 spindle speed? 10000
519. Medium gear3 spindle speed? 10000
520. Medium gear4 spindle speed? 10000
521. Medium gear5 spindle speed? 10000
522. Medium gear6 spindle speed? 10000
523. Medium gear7 spindle speed? 10000
524. Medium gear8 spindle speed? 10000
525. Medium gear9 spindle speed? 10000
526. High gear spindle speed? 10000

540. Number of decimal places real numbers metric ? 3
541. Number of decimal places real numbers inch ? 4
542. Number of decimal places angles ? 3
543. Number of decimal places for thread lead? 4

544. Auto output cancel offset (G40)(0=no, 1=On last feed move, 2=after last feed move)? 1

612. Reverse G2 and G3? n
613. Reverse the sign of I? n
614. Reverse the sign of K? n
615. Reverse the sign of Thread taper height (R)? n

635. Are Feed Rates modal? y

640. Check each output line with scripting? n

705. Symbol for lead? "F"
706. Symbol for IPR feedrate? "F"
707. Symbol for IPM feedrate? "F"
710. Begin comment character? "("
711. End comment character? ")"
712. Threading chamfer out start code? ""
713. Threading chamfer out end code? ""
714. Inch mode machining? "G20"
715. Metric mode machining? "G21"

720. Absolute coordinates? "G90"
721. Incremental coordinates? "G91"
722. Coordinate zero set? "G52"

725. End of file? "M30"
726. Stop? ""
727. Optional Stop? "M01"
728. Subprogram call? "M98"
729. Subprogram return? "M99"

739. Cancel wire offset? ""

741. Prefix for radius values? "R"
742. Prefix for arc Z center? "K"
743. Prefix for arc X center? "I"

750. Wire comp left? ""
751. Wire comp right? ""

756. Block delete? ""
759. Add these characters to the end of each line? ""

773. Coolant on String ? "M08"
774. Coolant off String ? "M09"

780. Symbol for Spindle Speed ? "S"
781. Symbol for Tool Number Prefix ? "T"
782. Spindle forward String ? "M03"
783. Spindle reverse String ? "M04"
784. Spindle off String ? "M05"
785. Symbol for CSS spindle speed? "G96"
786. Symbol for RPM spindle speed? "G97"
790. Prefix for canned cycle start line Number? "P"
791. Prefix for canned cycle end line Number? "Q"
792. Prefix for thread G76 first cut amount? "H"
793. Prefix for thread height? "K"
794. Prefix for thread angle in? "I"
795. Prefix for thread last cut amount? "B"
796. Prefix for thread machine allowance? ""
797. GCode for Rapid Move? "G00"
798. GCode for Feed Move? "G01"
799. GCode for Arc CW? "G02"
800. GCode for Arc CCW? "G03"
801. Prefix for X Move? "X"
802. Prefix for Y Move? ""
803. Prefix for Z Move? "Z"
804. Prefix for Rough Cycle depth of cut? "D"
805. Prefix for Rough Cycle stock allowance X? "U"
806. Prefix for Rough Cycle stock allowance Z? "W"
807. Prefix for Rough Cycle retract amount? "R"
808. Prefix for Finish Cycle stock allowance X? "U"
809. Prefix for Finish Cycle stock allowance Z? "W"
810. Prefix for Finish Cycle X stock amount for spring passes? "I"
811. Prefix for Finish Cycle Z stock amount for spring passes? "K"
812. Prefix for Groove Cycle retract amount? "D"
813. Prefix for Groove Cycle X bottom? "X"
814. Prefix for Groove Cycle Z bottom? "Z"
815. Prefix for Groove Cycle depth of cut? "K"
816. Prefix for Groove Cycle peck increment? "I"
817. Prefix for thread taper height? "T"

822. GCode for simple threading cycle? "G32"
823. Prefix for X depth for roughing cycle? ""
824. Prefix for Z depth for roughing cycle? ""
825. Prefix for groove dwell? ""
826. Prefix for groove peck clearance? "R"
827. Prefix for groove peck retract? "R"
830. Code for low spindle gear? ""
831. Code for medium1 spindle gear? ""
832. Code for medium2 spindle gear? ""
833. Code for medium3 spindle gear? ""
834. Code for medium4 spindle gear? ""
835. Code for medium5 spindle gear? ""
836. Code for medium6 spindle gear? ""
837. Code for medium7 spindle gear? ""
838. Code for medium8 spindle gear? ""
839. Code for medium9 spindle gear? ""
840. Code for high spindle gear? ""

841. Prefix for drill first peck amount? ""
842. Prefix for drill peck increment amount? ""
843. Prefix for Tool Home Number? ""

860. Standard Drill cycle live tool face? "G81"
861. Peck drill cycle live tool face? "G83"
862. High speed peck cycle live tool face? "G83"

880. Standard Drill cycle live tool diameter? ""
881. Peck drill cycle live tool diameter? ""
882. High speed peck cycle live tool diameter? ""
883. Tap cycle live tool diameter? ""
884. Boring cycle 1 live tool diameter? ""
885. Boring cycle 2 live tool diameter? ""
886. Boring cycle 3 live tool diameter? ""
890. Canned cycle cancel? "G80"

2001. Program Block 1.
   blnGroove = false

2002. Program Block 2. store current tool , not use
   tn = Lathe_GetToolNumber()

2003. Program Block 3. return current tool number, not use
   Lathe_SetReturnString("T" & tn & "00")

2004. Program Block 4.

2005. Program Block 5. return drill peck in form of Q
   q = Lathe_GetGrooveDepthOfCut()
   q = round(q,4)
   Lathe_SetReturnString(" Q" & q)

2006. Program Block 6.

2007. Program Block 7. return I.03 or I-.03 for G71 depends OD or ID, not used
   r = Lathe_GetRoughXAllowance()
   if r > 0 then
      Lathe_SetReturnString(" I0.03")
   elseif r <= 0 then
      Lathe_SetReturnString(" I-0.03")
   end if

2008. Program Block 8.

2009. Program Block 9. return true if groove tool
   blnGroove = true

2010. Program Block 10. not used
      if blnGroove = true then
         Lathe_ProcessPostLine ( "n,rapid_move,zh")
         Lathe_ProcessPostLine ( "n,rapid_move,xh")
         blnGroove = false
      end if

2011. Program Block 11.

2012. Program Block 12. return G76 thread pitch in form of P.05
   tfr = Lathe_GetThreadLead()
   tfr = round(tfr,4)
   Lathe_SetReturnString(" P" & tfr)

2013. Program Block 13. return spring pass in form of Q2.
   sp = Lathe_GetFinishNumberOfCuts()
   Lathe_SetReturnString(" Q" & sp)

2014. Program Block 14.

2015. Program Block 15.

2016. Program Block 16.

2017. Program Block 17.

2018. Program Block 18.

2019. Program Block 19.

2020. Program Block 20.

2021. Program Block 21.

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    I am brand new to this and I don't really know what I am doing.  I just bought a Sherline lathe with servo motors and Mach3.  I set up the lathe and everything is working fine except for the fact that when I jog it 1" in Mach3, it only actually travels .5".  It seems that all movement and speeds shown in Mach3 are double what is actually happening on the lathe.  I have searched the forum and found that other people with this problem had to adjust their motor tuning to get it to work right.  I was given a sheet of specs for motor tuning with the lathe for quick setup but obviously it isn't working, if the problem is actually with the motor tuning.  I was hoping somebody could look at these settings and see if they could figure out what I am missing.  I have attached a few of the spec sheets that came with the lathe and a motor tuning and general configuration screenshot.  I can supply any other screenshot you might need.  Below are links to the type of servo drivers and servo motors I have.  I appreciate any help that you can give on setting this up correctly.  Thank you.



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