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General Mach Discussion / Re: Setting up a touch plate in mach
« on: September 29, 2013, 08:37:50 PM »
So i found this script (PlateThickness = GetUserDRO(1151) 'Z-plate thickness DRO

If GetOemLed (825)=0 Then 'Check to see if the probe is already grounded or faulty
DoOEMButton (1010) 'zero the Z axis
Code "G4 P2" ' this delay gives me time to get from computer to hold probe in place, 2 seconds
Code "G90 G31 Z-1 F5" 'probing move, can set the feed rate here as well as how far to move
While IsMoving() 'wait while it happens
Wend
ZProbePos = GetVar(2002) 'get the axact point the probe was hit
Code "G0 Z" &ZProbePos 'go back to that point, always a very small amount of overrun
While IsMoving ()
Wend
Call SetDro (2, PlateThickness) 'set the Z axis DRO to whatever is set as plate thickness
Sleep 150 'Pause for Dro to update.
Code "G1 Z2 F50" 'put the Z height to retract to here
Code "(Z axis is now zeroed)" 'puts this message in the status bar
Else
Code "(Z-Plate is grounded, check connection and try again)" 'this goes in the status bar if aplicable
End If
Exit Sub )
I paste this into the Edit script tab
ill use port 1 pin 15 in the probe tab
Bring the touch plate to the bit to test led is working
The settings in the script need to be changed/tweaked to needs but I think is most of the setup process correct me if I missed anything.
 
 
   

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General Mach Discussion / Re: Setting up a touch plate in mach
« on: September 29, 2013, 06:41:55 PM »
My plan is to solder a wire to a pce of metal I have thats about 1/32 thick.   I realize I may have to use the active low switch to start the z axis down to the work surface.  If my router is grounded correctly by the outlet the 1 probe wire should close the circuit and activate the touchplate.  To sum up I just assign any open pin to the probe signal (port 1? )pin whatever is open in the cable attached to my touch plate.
To use press AUTO TOOL ZERO?

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General Mach Discussion / Setting up a touch plate in mach
« on: September 29, 2013, 11:00:54 AM »
I have a 4848 zenbot that using 4 stepper motors (2 motors on the x axis)  The motor controller  a gecko 54 is using a db9 cable wired to 3 limit switches for homing.  Shaun over at zenbot set it up for me I would like to setup a touchplate but Im unsure how to proceed.  Im assuming the 3 limit switches are using 6 of the 9 wires.  With a continunity tester I can find the 3 unused wires
How do I proceed from this point in the mach 3 config screens Thanks Robert

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General Mach Discussion / Re: Importing gcode changes format
« on: September 26, 2013, 10:21:37 PM »
Fixed I feel so dumb somehow  then toolpath output switched to Maxh 3 arcs to mm instead of inches

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General Mach Discussion / Re: Importing gcode changes format
« on: September 26, 2013, 08:55:15 PM »
Is there a way to check the g20/g21 code? So something in vcp with an imported cut3d file imbedded in the vcp gcode is changing to metric in mach 3? Maybe my Cut3d file that is imported into VCP got switched to mm causing VCP to be switching itself into mm as well?  Attached is my xml file.

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General Mach Discussion / Importing gcode changes format
« on: September 26, 2013, 07:04:52 PM »
Im running all week making a owl project suddenly today all the previous code that ran fine yesterday is bad.  Im using VCP and Cut3d.  Zero the machine all manual jogging reflects the correct movement in scale everythings ok.  Load up some new gcode from VCP and the numbers in mach 3 DRO jump to 300 moving the axis manually the 300 numbers stay in that scale feedrates jump to 2000. (Im thinking Im losing steps) I load up some old gcode from last summer and the numbers and DRO's jump back to normal single and double digital numbers.  The machine cant be losing steps.  Ive restarted rebooted everything removed replaced good mach3 config file.  Thinking of reinstalling VCP and Mach 3 What is causing this software glitch?

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General Mach Discussion / Jog/step shortcut key
« on: May 04, 2013, 12:28:32 AM »
I recently purchased this 33 key silcone keyboard to jog around while Im in my cnc room.  I know tab brings up the jog/step menu but I cant see the monitor is there a keyboard shortcut to toogle between jog and step for fine adjustments?  Will ctrl J toogle modes can kestrokes be edited in the config screens?

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General Mach Discussion / Re: port 1 pin 5 light on
« on: April 28, 2013, 08:35:10 PM »
That worked you are the man!!!  The port 1 light 5 is still illuminated but it homes, soft limits work and the DRO's zero anywhere I tell it.  One more question my kernal speed is set to 60khz thats how its tuned to the motors when I set it to 25khz per mach3 tips it tells me motors need to be retuned.  Should I just leave it set to 60khz?

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General Mach Discussion / Re: port 1 pin 5 light on
« on: April 28, 2013, 01:59:04 PM »

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General Mach Discussion / Re: port 1 pin 5 light on
« on: April 28, 2013, 01:12:10 PM »
Here's the file Thanks for responding also have a youtube video that will be up in about 2 hours after it processes

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