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VB and the development of wizards / Re: Text Message
« on: March 14, 2011, 10:14:10 PM »

VB and the development of wizards / Text Message
« on: March 14, 2011, 08:15:53 PM »
Anyone ever write a VB script to send a text message to a phone via the internet?


General Mach Discussion / Re: Output 1
« on: February 17, 2011, 09:08:03 PM »
Just like life every retrofit has a story....

So I added the power supply and solenoids and fired it up.  Well I messed up the wiring and things were no longer working.  I called Gecko and within minutes got a tech on the phone who told me how to test the system.

Did the test and needed to send the G540 in for repair, I really messed it up.  Sent the unit in and they turned it around on one day!  Additionally when I sent in the paper work I stated that I caused the issue and even though they new it was my fault they treated more than fairly on the repair!!!!!!!

I can't say enough good things about Gecko and their customer service.  I have been using the G540 almost since it was introduced and I really have had no issues with except when I do something stupid.

And also props to Al_The_Man... without his advise and expertise things would be a lot more difficult.

Anyhow a few photos as promised.

The controller with the air and water lines:

Here is the water solenoid:

And the air solenoid:

General Mach Discussion / Re: Output 1
« on: February 06, 2011, 07:26:10 PM »
Actually I figured it out I needed to enable flood/mist in the spindle tab.  It works now as M7

The title should read Output 2 and not Output 1 but I cannot edit the text.

General Mach Discussion / Output 1
« on: February 06, 2011, 06:43:54 PM »
I hooked up the solenoids to a separate 12v power supply (see modify diagram below).

I have them connected to the Gecko #6 which is output #2. I would like them to activate when the spindle comes on but so far I cannot figure out how to active the solenoids. I have the mach3 config page inputs and outputs for port 1 pin 1 but I don't know how to "trigger" the gecko?

Thanks, from your suggestion I think I found what I was looking for.  Just as a note I am in the Philadelphia area.


General Mach Discussion / replacing manual valves with electric valves?
« on: October 28, 2010, 11:44:46 AM »
Being a total neophyte when it comes to anything electrical/electronic I may be asking a very simple question.

I have an air line for my NSK spindle and a drip coolant line that both have small manual valves for shut offs.  I would really like to use in line electrical valves so I can use Mach3 to turn them on and off. 

What type of device should I be looking at or searching for to accomplish this? 

I just need a direction and a some insight/suggestions on what I need to look for.

Thanks in advance.


General Mach Discussion / Re: video window won't work
« on: May 10, 2010, 08:23:34 PM »
Mine hasn't work in over a year.  Tried everything and nothing works.  The webcam works fine outside of Mach but there is some type of conflict that prevents it from working.


General Mach Discussion / Re: Opto switches behaving badly
« on: February 19, 2010, 08:09:38 AM »
This is what I ended up with.  I found an old analytical instrument that was going to be thrown out and I salvaged the box.

Inside the box I used three power supplies.  From the top there is a 12v for the spindle control.  Next is the 48v motor supply. And at the bottom I used an ATX power supply for the homing switches and cooling fans.

This is the back I have two plugs on for the motors and spindle another for the homing and fans.

Here is the front from the top of the box.  The Gecko G540 then the db25 (under the G540) is the spindle control, to the right is the probe and Estop. At the bottom is the db25 for the homing switches that attaches to a second parralell port and below that are the cat5 connectors to the opto endstops. 

No more noise issues the endstops work great.


General Mach Discussion / Re: Opto switches behaving badly
« on: January 21, 2010, 03:53:43 PM »
I also found some interesting information here:


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