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I have both Mach3 and Mach4 installed for my 3 axis router with a Warp9 ESS.

For me the latest update to the ESS driver is what allowed me to switch 100% to Mach4.

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Mach4 General Discussion / Re: How do I get to the center of 2 edges?
« on: October 11, 2017, 10:10:35 PM »
Just tried the DRO calculator as you described and that works a treat. Really all that I need it to do.

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Mach4 General Discussion / Re: How do I get to the center of 2 edges?
« on: October 11, 2017, 10:06:36 PM »
I'll give that a go.

I've been trying to add the button script that Allan posted but it seems to elude me. Or how to importing a tab into the screen tree with his tabOffset.zip that he provided.

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Mach4 General Discussion / Re: How do I get to the center of 2 edges?
« on: October 11, 2017, 08:37:18 PM »
I've had a look at the menu bar and clicked on the DRO calculator, but nothing happens. No popups....nothing. Using Mach4 2.0.3481 Hobby with Warp9 ESS 2.10

Am I missing something obvious once again?

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Mach4 General Discussion / Re: How do I get to the center of 2 edges?
« on: October 10, 2017, 03:50:18 PM »
Didn't know there was a DRO calculator in the menu bar. I'll have a look at that tomorrow, and see if it will do what I want. Otherwise the solution of Allan's looks like it's the go.

Thanks for the help.

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Mach4 General Discussion / How do I get to the center of 2 edges?
« on: October 09, 2017, 04:47:47 PM »
I use a Haimer 3D mechanical probe to locate parts and for the life of me I can't find the method to find the center of a part in Mach4.

Here's the scenario. I have a part in my vise and I need to reference the center of the Y axis. In Mach3 I would indicate of the Y+ and zero the DRO, move to the Y- and then in DRO output I could add " /2" and the DRO would update with the number. Then all I had to do was to jog to the 0.000 position of the Y axis. This also a very similar process on my manual mill with a DRO.

But in Mach4 this doesn't work for me. The DRO ignores the "/" and will just update with the number 2.

I can't find any method to achieve the same result. Am I missing something obvious due to inexperience with Mach4, or is this feature not possible?

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Mach4 General Discussion / Re: Tool Height offsets ignored?
« on: October 06, 2017, 03:25:09 AM »
And in case you are looking at this thread and wondering how to make the Optional Stop on M1 active when you start up Mach4, Andy over on the Warp9 Forum posted the code to modiy in your screen set. I did the changes and it works a treat.

https://www.warp9td.com/index.php/kunena/7-general-discussion/6724-tool-change-pause-ignored?start=6

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Mach4 General Discussion / Re: Tool Height offsets ignored?
« on: October 04, 2017, 09:50:47 PM »
I suppose in that case, it might be a valid assumption to make.

For me, I always want to pause on M1, and the active tool offset to be applied to the one I currently have loaded.  I haven't tried editing any of the screen elements, and if possible, I'd like these to be activated on startup, so I don't have to remember to do it every time.

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Mach4 General Discussion / Re: Tool Height offsets ignored?
« on: October 04, 2017, 08:59:22 PM »
Just as an update to my problem. I found the "Toggle Active Tooll" button on the Offsets Tab. Turning it on has fixed the problem I was having.

Seems pretty odd to me that by inputing the tool number you are using doesn't grab the height offset automatically, but at least I now know what to do.

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Mach4 General Discussion / Re: Tool Height offsets ignored?
« on: October 04, 2017, 03:52:40 PM »
No I haven't. I don't use a M6 command. I use the M1 optional stop when I change tools, but that's all taken care of by Fusion360, so I have never given it any thought.

Very new to Mach4 and just trying to switch over from Mach3.

I found another post late last night by searching that mentions Setting Active Tool. I'll see if I can find that somewhere on the router screen later when I'm out in the workshop.

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