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Thank you very much!

Regards Danie

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Hi Everybody,

I run Mach3 on an OMNI router with a ATC spindle. All works fine except the system function, current tool number, is not stored during shut-down. I assume all system functions would be saved in the XML configuration file? What am I doing wrong?

Kind regards and thank you

Danie

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Hi

Thank you for the reply. That setting was set correctly......

Regards
Danie

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Hi All,

I have recently added a winerack-style ATC for my OMNI CNC router. In the Mach3 configuration I have selected "Auto Tool Changer"; my gcode is generated from VCarve using the Mach3 ATC mm post-processor. All my tool-changing code is in the M6Start macro, the M6End macro is basically empty. The tool-change code in my g-code that is created by the post-processor looks something like:
End of previous tool routine ....
N450 M09
N460 T3M6
N470 G43H3
N480 S12000M03
N490 M08
Start of new tool routine ...

The M6Start routine seems to work perfectly: the previous tool is stored and new tool is collected but then the machine gets stuck after line N460 or N470 and it requires a Cycle Start to continue. My question is what is required for Mach3 to automatically continue using the next tool?

Any inputs or ideas would be highly appreciated.

Kind regards

Danie

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Hi All,

I have upgraded a Denford ORAC lathe to work with a Pokeys57cnc card and Mach4. All the basics are running very well. Then I also would like to use an A axis for a rotary 6-station tool-changer. In principle that works as well but the rotary tool-changer has a ratchet-lock and can thus only move from one tool-station position to the next in one direction (say clock-wise).

Then inside my M6 or T macro: Say the current tool is 2 and the next tool is 1 it should move clockwise (360-60)deg to get to position 1 but the mathematics wants to move from position 2 to position 1 using the shortest path, that being anti-clockwise.

Any ideas how I can force it to only move in one direction would be highly appreciated.

Kind regards

Danie

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Hi,

I know this work was done a while back - thanks for the great effort. I recently acquired a JGL ATC spindle for my OMNI router - I have basic scripts working but I would really like to look at your M6Start script. Unfortunately I have trouble downloading the file - if someone can upload it again or e-mail me a version I would really appreciate that,

Thank you

Danie Gouws
dgouws@sansa.org.za

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Hi,

I have been generating rotary axis toolpaths (Y axis wrapped around A axis) using VCarve 11 and cutting it on my mill running Mach4 version 4.2.0.4300. Although the part seems to be cut perfectly I really have problems setting up Mach4's toolpath display to display the process while part is being cut. Any suggestions will be highly appreciated,

Regards Danie

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I will go and look, thanks again,

Regards Danie

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Hi,

It works perfectly! Thank you very much. Is there an easy way to determine the correct "parameter/ structure" for other buttons?

Regards

Danie

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Hi,

On my Denford CNC lathe, running a Pokeys57 card and Mach4 I'm trying to zero the Zero Fixture Z using an external button. I have done that very successfully for Cycle Start, Spindle Start and Spindle Stop by mapping external buttons to inputs and then editing the Mach4 Screen using "Edit Screen". Then I loaded the "Screen Load Script" and adding:

[mc.ISIG.INPUT0]=function (state)
        if (state ==1) then
               CycleStart()
        end
end,

I assume I need to replace the CycleStart() with a variable the refers to the "Zero Fixture Z"; for the "Zero Fixture Z" key, under properties/events I found the variable "Zero Z" but that gives me a compiler error....

Hope you can help,

Kind regards and thank you
Danie

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