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VB and the development of wizards / Re: Manual tool change macro
« on: October 10, 2021, 07:22:13 PM »
Thanks Graham, I'll have to give that a go.
I did retry the standard M6 and it seemed to work better than when I previously tried it, it did to do something weird when I had the program
rotated 90° with G68, I think the tool change location may of rotated as well, not sure if it's meant to do this, I wouldn't of thought so????????☺

VB and the development of wizards / Manual tool change macro
« on: September 27, 2021, 07:29:46 PM »
Hi all,

It's been awhile since I've been here, but time has allowed me more Mach time, which I have sorely missed.
I have read soooooooo many posts to try and figure this out, but to no avail.
My question is regarding the the tool change location.

Just to recap, I have a probing routine (code in the button) that I have used for years, it fairly basic, but it works great for me.
I just jog close to my touch plate, hit the button, then it moves down in small increments until it touches, retracts, then goes again in smaller increments, sets the thickness of the plate then retracts
I decided to make this into M14 so I can utilise it in a program (similar to M6, I could just never get this to work correctly).

So basically in my program it calls M16, which moves to the tool change location specified in (1200,1201,1202), then I would like the machine to PAUSE HERE so I can manually change the tool and jog close to the touch plate, press CYCLE start, then it would touch the touch plate set Z (which it does really well with my M14 if I do it manually), but I cannot get it to PAUSE once it move to the G53 location, it just goes straight into my probing cycle.
Is there an easy way for me to PAUSE the program at the G53 location? I have looked at so many tool change macros, but I cannot figure out what is making it stop so you can change tools and jog the machine.
It's probably staring me right the face. ::)


Tarak ;D

VB and the development of wizards / Re: Enable multiple LEDS
« on: February 05, 2019, 02:59:49 PM »
Thanks TPS, I knew it was a long shot.

VB and the development of wizards / Enable multiple LEDS
« on: February 04, 2019, 05:04:55 PM »
Hi All,

Is it possible to have multiple LEDs enabled/disabled in a single command?
Similar to

Hi Craig, yup sure am an Aussie.
I've had a good amount of success with the MB02, I only found that it was effected by noise a fair bit, until I set the debounce to 5000, then voila, all good!


I probably should've also mentioned I am also using a smoothstepper with the MB02 breakout board (Homann Designs).
I've attached the user manual for my breakout board, just in case you were interested.
For the most part, it's been a bullet proof system for quite a few years now, it's just this issue of tripping one drive, but continuing to machine, that rears it's ugly head every once in a while.


Thanks Craig/GaryhLucas, you've certainly given a bit to think about, I'll certainly look into it.


Hi Craig,
The datasheet doesn't mention anything about the voltage from the RUN OUTPUT (Pin 8 on the IDC10).
I've attached the datasheet for the drive.
I thinkI have the Estop settings as Port 1 Pin 10 with ACTIVE LOW enabled.


Hi Craig,
Thanks for that, I had a look, and you're right the drive has an output that for when the drive is enabled that goes LOGIC LOW when the drive disables.
I also had a look at the INPUT config in Mach3, but I cannot figure out which INPUT signal I need to connect to.
Could you advise which INPUT signal I should connect the drives to?

General Mach Discussion / Servo drive tripping, mach3 stays online.
« on: June 03, 2017, 05:36:01 PM »
Hi All,
I have this issue that happens once in a blue moon:
I believe I have a leadscrew with a tight spot in it. And occasionally when the machine is ramping up speed at this exact point it will tripout my Z axis servo drive (TEK10), but it doesn't stop Mach from running, so my other axis keeps machining, is there a basic setting I haven't enabled to stop the system when a servo drive trips?
Its easy to re-position once it does trip, I just re-home the offending axis and it's good to go again.
BTW, I'm running three ID33003 servo motors with three CNC TekniX TEK10 drives


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