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General Mach Discussion / Re: To smoothstepper or not?
« on: December 07, 2018, 09:29:39 PM »
Not so much signal loss , more so electrical noise or interference. We had issue with the z axis basically losing its place and plunging down through the workpiece and stalling the spindle . Needless to say this wasn’t good for the workpiece or the bits.

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General Mach Discussion / Re: To smoothstepper or not?
« on: December 07, 2018, 07:34:57 PM »
Did you notice any improvement in the quality of the cuts you were making ? I know with mine  and the bits I’m using I’m limited in the actual speed we can cut at . Currently cutting 1/2” plywood with 1/8 down spiral bits at full depth has given the best results in the shortest times

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General Mach Discussion / To smoothstepper or not?
« on: December 07, 2018, 02:07:56 PM »
For any of you that have made the transition to using a smoothstepper in place of the typical dB 25 cable , how much of a difference ,if any, has it made to the performance of your setup? I was having signal loss issues and the mfg the has recommended going with a smoothstepper to help and says the machine will run better and faster  with that addition. Now for most of what I do my machine is plants fast enough but if I can do some jobs quicker that would be a plus . I’d like to hear from someone who has made the switch personally

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General Mach Discussion / Re: random Z plunge issue
« on: December 07, 2018, 01:55:49 PM »
Ok after  a lengthy phone conversation with the company who sold me the machine and some switching of cables we have apparently  rectified the situation and have ran two solid days without a glitch ! Thank you for the info

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General Mach Discussion / random Z plunge issue
« on: December 03, 2018, 12:21:43 PM »
ok long story short I've been using mach 3 since July on a new cnc router without issue until a few weeks ago when it has started randomly plunging the Z axis through work piece into the table breaking bits and trashing the sheet . i have ran it for months 8-10 hrs a day without issue till just recently, running the same exact programs from before the issue started. i havent changed a single setting other than the rapid speeds between cuts . also if it makes a difference i am doing all my designing and g-code generation with V-carve9.0
 any help would be greatly appreciated ......this is costing me a fortune in bits and wood!

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